Really on a roll with my lion sketches! Cleaned this one up, felt like it needed some more love
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Been so focused on making vector art lately that I have become rather rusty with my digital painting. After seeing so many up on my social media feeds I've been inspired to try my hand at them again. I wanted to post my progress with a concept I wanted to devote to my spirit animal! After much guided mediation, it came to my discovery that my spirit animal is a lion! Funny enough, I've had a lot of Leos in my life that have played a large role in who I am today. Whether they were the ones I went for advice, so someone I fell in love with, I can't help but see that I am protected by lions. I'm open for critiques and would love to grow in this skill. I will post as I progress.
Rough sketch, laying out composition and key characters.
Fleshing out foreground characters and adding in the leaves I wanted to flow in the wind
Establishing some lighting and textures in the foreground and lighting. Going to be stepping towards a stylized feel with the textures. and adjusted the girl's pose so I don't hide her hands. Though I still need to work on her lighting as well as the lion.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
After getting a rad new laptop, I couldn't help but start playing with my new techie toy. After installing my programs and getting used to Windows 8, which by the way makes me feel like a cave woman, I just had to dive in and make some art dammnit! Being that I love fashion, including some of that funky new wave 80s circa designs out there, I was inspired to make something of that genre. This manifested after a recent compliment when I went out today. I do enjoy the way I dress, but its even sweeter when I have someone compliment me. So here we are folks, me trying to look fashionable and cool. Below is the reference picture I used to make this 80s vomit. Hope you guys think it's rad!
Monday, September 2, 2013
Good Gracey! So as many of you that know me, I am a huge fan of jazz and swing music. With the new swinghouse and boomswing genres that have manifested over the course of the past 10-15 years or so, and the Great Gasby coming out on DVD and BluRay today, I have been wanting to make a series of swingy stuff. Cookin' up some sketches and out came Gracey! Just a sketch of course, and maybe a work in progress, who knows! Just thought I would share something that has taken me in full swing! Can't let go of these dancing shoes and I wanna dance them out of town. This ain't just the stuff you listen to on the radio, ya dig? Swing it brothers and sisters, I will update with more work as I progress.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Within the reaches and deep bowels of my overly stickered hard drive, I found a long lost painting of mine. I had been searching for it for quite some time, and out of nowhere I rediscovered it. After the fantastic drawing skills I had acquired from concept artist Shaddy Safadi, From his brilliant tips and tricks, I was able to blossom into a confident painter hungry for more. This was my final piece. Not my usual style since I go for a more graphic and girly approach. For once I have done something masculine. Ronins are no joke, so I wanted to capture the moment before a strike from above. Hope you guys enjoy!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
So.... after working at a print shop I gained quite a bit of knowledge. Some knowledge I never in my life would think that I would have to learn. If you really know me, I am always excited for new challenges and always try to push myself to be the best in anything I do. So in my own "Read or Die" ways, I have made the attempts of becoming a paper magician.
Apart from the initial design, you have to think of HOW the final print will be. Taking into accounts paper stock, which can vary in weight and coatings, can drastically change your design upon having the physical form in your hands.
I put much thought into my business card layout as well as the printed elements. I want to be able to demonstrate my artistic identity as well as my professionalism. So I got my business cards with 1/4 inch rounded corners, printed on silk laminated 15pt paper (which is very tear resistant!), and spot uv coating on all the black elements so you get this neat glossy sheen against the matte purple!
So far after handing a few of these bad boys out, I have received nothing but positive feedback. Now that I am on the prowl for a new job, I hope they do the trick.
Friday, August 9, 2013
With so many changes in my life, I can't help but reflect that within my art. Sometimes my lines can be soft and other times I just wanna get as chaotic. In my tumbles and turns, I know that I come around to find what is best for me. So I have a few pieces to share. Enjoy~!
My "gangster girl"
She was inspired from a song called "gangster love" below is a link to the song!
This one has a bit more to it than it may appear. Its how I felt after I had gone through a painful transition with understanding what love really was. Note that her eyes and her mouth is sewn shut. Each eye represents something I learned along the way of heartbreak and understanding of change. Affectionately called my "Zombie Puppet Girl" by my peers, she represents a chapter of my life and the hard learned lessons.
Often transparency isn't just what we can create, but its something we can feel. This illustration is geared toward the transformation of what one was and what one can become. Sometimes the unknown can be beautiful as much as terrifying.
Created around July 4th, I felt patriotic and wanted to take a stab at making something involving our nation's birdie. So here we are folks, the proud bald eagle!