Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Attack of the Portraits

The first piece was for an assignment where we had to create a portrait of Wangari Maathai.  She's a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Africa.  It was a supposed cover piece, which mean we had to leave space for text.

The other piece is for an album cover.  I chose Catpower, and without her signature hair, the likeness is thrown off. 

Both are portraits, both aren't incredibly exact.  But I'm really happy with the Catpower one.  It was supposed to be incredibly Alphonse Mucha-esque and I enjoyed doing it.

Riki Pretty

These were two pieces for a Digital Illustration class.  The assignment was to create a character, and place him or her into 3 photo environments.  Then we had to take one of those images and re-do it, either completely with paint or completely digitally.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ira Glass Editorial Illustration

Here is a piece I did for my Illustration class.  I wasn't crazy about the final outcome, but it got a good critique so that makes up for my small disappointment with it.  Once again, I inked this and then scanned it in and then colored it in Painter.

I've slowly become more and more frustrated with Painter the more I realize my shortcomings in utilizing the software.  I really need to find some good tutorials or something to teach me how to use it.  I would love to master the digital watercolor brushes but I just can't wrap my head around them.  Add on to that all of the options you can tweak in the brush creator and there are far too many choices for my little mind to grasp.

But anyway.  Enjoy.