Saturday, April 17, 2010

Current Project Glimpse

This is a lightpost poster design for C2E2 for an Art Direction class. It will be paired with a piece from another student. We both render/finish our own pieces and also our partners. It should be a good piece

These are my final pencils as well as my color study.

My painting will be placed on the right hand side and my partner's on the left. Mine consists of the "real" superheroes, and alongside them will be the regular joes who dress up as them for conventions. I'm attempting to do more superhero work in the hopes of getting a booth at comic conventions this/next year.

Friday, April 2, 2010

AAART Planner Cover Competition

So here's an update with a cover I painted for the American Academy of Art's Planner for the 2010-2011 school year. The focus of the competition is to represent the school (and Chicago if desirable) in pretty much any way you want. Based on the traditional approach of the school and it's legacy, I thought a more realistic approach would be suitable. *Realism is all relative though because a little painted man has popped out of his painting and complained about his role. This is a painting of a man painting a painting, of a man painting a painting.

I enjoyed the story of this piece and I believe the fact that it kind of breaks the 4th wall for the viewer is an interesting aspect. One of my goals for this painting was to continue to use my own photo reference, but only to use them as a guide, not a bible. Things like opacity, variation of color in skin and achieving some correct looking darks were some of my guiding principles for this piece.

There is a variant of the school logo, I thought both worked pretty well, portraying different characteristics of the school and the medium.

I've continued to touch up this piece since it was scanned, and hope to enter it into the Illustration department show at school.

Gouache/Watercolor on Illustration Board (10.5" x 15.5")