Wednesday, June 12, 2013

24. Word of the Week




So I was going through my old files and thought I would post these illustration assignments from the Fall 2012 semester . looking back I was very hesitant to post these because I honestly felt I could have done better. In all honesty I figured it would be good to just talk about them and share my thought process. My professor Jeff Jackson assigned a word a week, it was my job to come up with an idea and illustrate that word within the piece.  The first word was "home" in my thumbnails I had many different ideas as to what I felt best illustrated the word to me. However only a handful truly resonated with me. When I was young my father would frequently travel for work; I will always remember my mother and I would always drive to the airport to pick my father up after each journey. It is very apparent that I am still trying to wrap my head around using my tools effectively; perspective, composition, etc.
The second word of the week was "Camouflage" I really pushed to express the word in an out of the box manner. I tried to depict how we as humans mask our feelings. with this piece I really had no clue as to what I was doing in regards to execution, the markers should not have been my go to medium for all three illustrations, but lack of knowledge and fear really kept me from pushing to give the illustration life. I understand now that is not an excuse, because the only limits that I have are the ones I create for myself.
The Third and final Word of the week was "Dangerous" and I opted to take a safer route in my idea. My ideas are there, where I am falling short is skill level and knowledge. Bad drawings are going to be a fact of life, however I need to suck it up and keep on going. I think it would be in my best interest that I continue this assignment, and it would be awesome to see the progress with all of them side by side.

Friday, June 7, 2013

23. Salander Pass 1

photoshop attempt 1
original photo

I believe that the current score right now is Photoshop:1, Geoff: 0. For my first attempt at painting in photoshop I made an effort to not complicate things. Kept to a black and white image, didn't mess with brushes a whole lot; my cup can hold only so much tea. In retrospect this was probably for the better seeing how I seemed to be struggling with proportions, shapes, and value; among other things I didn't think it wise to throw in color on top of the pile of things my brain needed to process. I also thing it would have benefited me more if I had gone the route of doing a drawing first then scanning it into the computer and adding tone. Yet I live to learn. This being a first pass I can definitely see I need to work both the face and hand more before I move onto the details. I have already started another file that has some much needed adjustments. Sorry Rooney Mara and her fans for butchering her face. I will continue to work on this one for another week or so, honestly at this point I already put a lot of time into this, and I really gave it my all, I think the areas in which I can improve upon are evident, that being said I need to step away and sharpen those areas in order to progress. I will post the 2nd pass in a week or so.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


So I am currently in the short downtime between the end of the semester and the time before I start summer work. This short respite has given me a chance to reflect upon the words of wisdom my A/I professors have given me. thought I would share them. hopefully my next post I can get some scanned work up.

"You're still not seeing all the details, slow down and really look at what you are drawing."
-Professor Wu

"Squint more".
-Professor Clapp

"Needs more mileage".
-Professor Chun

"Go watch a movie".
-Professor Briggs

"Contact, Hit, Pass, Lift, Contact, Hit, Pass, Lift, Contact, Hit, Pass, Lift".
-Professor Jackson

"I'm dropping pearls of wisdom on you guys".
-Professor Petrocchi

"You gotta suck it up and put the big boy pants on".
-Professor Gustlin