Tuesday, November 25, 2008



For Character Development, we had to design a toy and then an illustration for the packaging. I'm not sure how this happened, but I started drawing a semi-futuristic Joan of Arc action figure. This is what would go on the packaging. The drawings I did for the toy design aren't particularly interesting, as it's just a really bored-looking Joan of Arc.

I suppose it could be considered an elaboration on my Joan of Arc from last year's Narrative Illustration course, if only because of the hairstyle similarity, but this time, it isn't a direct illustration of the historical figure. I tried to merge the intricate layering of armor with robotic construction, resulting in a kind of, sort of android-y thing (she's supposed to be all machine from the neck down). This hides a lot of the joints and articulations in the toy. She also has a reconstructed, bionic eye (I guess) and can produce fire from her hands (just the character, not the toy itself, even though that'd be totally awesome). I feel like I blacked out for part of this because I'm looking at the finished piece and I don't know how I came up with it. I also scribbled down a note that her head can detach to be a flash drive, because I really like those fancy, designer thumb drives and I thought this would be a kind of hilarious exaggeration. Her bionic eye could flicker when the flash drive is working.

... Again, I must have blacked out, because I don't know what the hell I'm talking about.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving, people. I need to get some rest.

ETA: Also, also... this from Ken Plume.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Eat Skate.

This was a poster assignment for the Charm City Roller Girls and a continuation of the roller girl design from last week. There's a lot of blank space (including on the cake), but I was keeping any potential poster text in mind. The little guys along the bottom were a lot of fun to draw, but that chandelier was a nightmare. Remind me never to enter the chandelier illustration industry.

In other news, have I mentioned how much I like this video?

... I use "in other news" a lot.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Virgin Suicides Cover.

For Illustration Concepts, we had to pick a book and then re-do the cover. One of my favorite novels, Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides, quickly sprang to my mind, and after a long back and forth with some other books I adore, I decided to just go for it. It was tough to capture the tone of the book, as Eugenides's voice is so peculiar and I felt like I could never do it justice. Originally, I had an idea in which the design elements would not-so-subtly hint at the first death, but, again, the tone wasn't there. I figured this final product was the best I could do, and I think it's all right. The coloring wasn't as horrible as I thought it was going to be; I was trying to go for an overall sense of a rosy afterglow but I also muted things for a bit of a nostalgic, aged feel. I got feedback from some of my classmates and now I feel like I didn't make the bandages around her wrists prominent enough. Some people thought I did just a random pretty girl with tacky jewelry, even though it's a direct reference to one of the sisters. Oh, well.

Here are the final illustration and the flattened image with the design elements. For the front cover's text, I borrowed the look of my Bat for Lashes poster from last year. What can I say, I really like Century Gothic.

Virgin Suicides Illustration.

Virgin Suicides Design.

I listened to Air's score for the movie a lot during this project. Those first five seconds of "Playground Love" just seal the deal for me. I also highly recommend Jeffrey Eugenides's second book Middlesex, and you all should read it. I think I actually like it more than The Virgin Suicides.

Sunday, November 2, 2008



In this Character Development assignment, we had to do a roller girl design for the Charm City Roller Girls. I'm not totally sure how I feel about the final piece, but it's better than my last few assignments. Working out the color scheme was absolute torture (I mean, more than usual) and trying to strike a balance between frills and tough girl punk was weird. Next week, we have to put our girl in action, in some sort of context. I'm sure I'll have carpal tunnel by the time I'm done recreating those stripes.

I pulled inspiration from Marie Antoinette (note the neck and cake) and the totally period-inappropriate video for Adam & The Ants' "Stand and Deliver" (note the stripes on both the face and the dress). I have no explanation for the fetal skull action on her wig-helmet, but, yes, that is a wig-helmet. The rat was thrown in for Baltimore-ness.

Hey, an excuse to post an Adam Ant video? Don't mind if I do.