Saturday, September 22, 2007


Only recently did it strike me that I should probably use this blog to talk a bit more about my art school experience. Who needs another blog full of student work? People want the dirt! People want the nitty-gritty details of art school life! Well, I'm not sure that I can provide that completely, but I quite like the idea of sharing a bit more about my school life, if only to document my problem-solving process or talk about my assignments. I'm not sure how long this will last; it depends on how interesting I still find this in a few weeks or reader response. Let's give a try anyway, yeah? Okay. So. Here we go.

I'm currently in an Illustration I course; it's required for Illustration majors and is meant to be a basic run-through of the essential skills needed to survive in the business. Our latest assignment was to do a portrait of a historical or contemporary author. I briefly thought about drawing the super-funny, super-talented Douglas Adams, but I decided that the also super-funny, also super-talented John Hodgman has a face that is much more fun to draw (it's probably the glasses or the deadpan stare). Using acrylics and ink on bristol board, I created this thingy:

Hodgman Illustration.

I'm not that fond of the coloring, but I'm quite satisfied with the resemblance. I still wonder if it would have been better if I had done it in oil paints, but, due to time constraints, that wouldn't have been possible anyway. If you're interested in what that lovely H in sunrays stands for, check out Hodgman's book.

The next Illustration I assignment is to design a poster for an existing movie, band, or play. My first reaction was not to go through my list of favorite movies, bands, or plays. Oh, no. Instead, I thought, "What do I want to draw and what will allow me to draw it?" In case you haven't already been able to tell from the sketches I have posted already, I like drawing crazy action babes. It's a very "15 year-old boy" thing to do, I know. Anyway, I think I'll do a poster for either James Bond or Tank Girl. Things are generally pointing towards Tank Girl. Sketches are due next week, so I may change my mind by then.

Sweet Christ, I have a lot of work coming up. Mustn't neglect sleep, though. That's important to, like, live, right?

1 comment:

  1. Interesting thinking process... and seriously, keep those art pieces comin! They're really some awesome eye candy. I don't usually leave comments but oh well like you said this is ta keep you posting about everything that goes on =P