Friday, October 30, 2009

VisComII: Society of Illustrators

First layout comp for the Society of Illustrators 53rd Annual Exhibition, took between 1 to 2 hours. The big illustration is the poster side and other is info side. It's only a comp so I only know mostly where which body of texts are going to be. And I know it needs lots of work.

For my second rev for Society of Illustrators, had more imagery, but still needs more work, I have already started working on it and forgot to put up what I had saved for this second rev. This second rev needs more attention on the inside and better front cover. Time took about another 1-2 hours.

The third rev. The poster obviously on the right and inside info on left. I still have to print it out; not sure how the green and black and white images on the top left panel will look, as well as the smell trail at the far right of the panels. These changes took about 2+ hours from the second rev, with a total for the whole project of about 5-6 hours.
Final production. I am happy with the turn out. The total time was probably around 7+hours for the entire project. The image on the poster side needed to be scanned better originally from the get go, and yes, the black speckles in the image are really part of it, I just went and looked at the original image in Communication Arts. I definately feel I am improving, give time to work on things and 3rd revs make a big difference to me. Those last few small details make a good difference.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Illustration: Guinness Book of World Record

My pencil comp for the Guinness book of world record project. A guy shorn 50 sheep in 8 hours by hand with scissors.

Marker comp.

Final production, took about 2 hours or so to complete, with the painting, scanning, and adding text, etc. I had to change the sky and clouds to be able to see them better and allow the sheep to pop a bit more.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Illustration: Redone Gouache Montage

This turned out much better than before. I went with a concept for the colors from the color wheel, which helped out the colors to look a lot better together. As well as using a different brush for the background yellow color made a huge difference. Although these colors a slightly more vivid from the original, my scanned image(s) weren't good and the image above slightly blurry up close, as it would have been printed.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Illustration: Overheard Conversation

Here is my pencil comp for the conversation 'cartoon'. The story is that the [Kirksville] water makes this girls strawberry blonde hair green. Things to change is the prospective as it has already been sketched to be changed and move the view up of the girl so we see more of her and know more that the water is clearly making her hair green and no confusion.

My marker comp for the story. This is my second comp, I moved her view up and changed the water to blue so it doesn't seem like someone didn't just put food coloring in the shower head, and to clear it up she's looking at her hair worried and confused at why in the world is her hair turning green?!

My final art production.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

VisComII: Time in the Woods (own photography)

Layout #1: from what was shown in class, I had lightened the photograph up and added color to the subheading. Things I need to fix, maybe darken the image slightly to be able to read 'time' in the headline and add a drop cap. I need a better photo, add another photo to the body of text on the right, 'design nuance and flare' and maybe move the subhead into the body of text so the copy is started off with the drop cap.

Layout #2: I moved somethings around and added another smaller image. I can see on the computer screen that 'time' in the headline is slightly hard to read, I need to move the whole headline down a bit to be more readable, as the 'in the' is slightly hard to read too, because of the limbs behind it.

Final layout:
Time was about 4-5 hours.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Illustration: Midterm Portfolio

I chose this assignment for my first portfolio piece. The top image is pen and ink and bottom was watercolor and pen/ink. I feel I was finally getting a better grasp on how to work with each/both of the medias.

I chose this for my second piece. I was happy with how it turned out I was having trouble with getting textures in the bushes without making them look flat, but I think I finally got them. This painting looked very close to the photo I had taken (last summer). Working with watercolor is a lot different than gouache mainly because you can move the gouache around and watercolor you can just take away.

This is my third piece, my second time working with gouache. With the gouache I was able to take away/move the paint around and get the 3D effect and glares on the glass bottle.

My fourth piece for the portfolio. This was my first time working with gouache, I was frustrated with it at first, but then I got the hang of it the further into the painting I got. I was surprised with how it turned out because I was so frustrated with it, but after coming back to the piece after finishing it, it looked better.

For my final piece I chose my gouache montage. I had a bit of difficulty with this painting, being that the images that are in front are lighter colors and the background is the dark contrasting color. With that it was hard to cover up the green background from the images, but I think I pulled it off well. I am happy with how it turned out overall, however if I were to do it again/ if there's a next time, I would rather do a lighter color in the background and use darker images( which apparently now we have to, did you read my blog before illustration today?) I had more difficulty with the gouache for this project but I think the gouche looks more bold and better compared to what watercolor would have looked like, more "pastelly" and transparent. The illustration looks better on-screen and the actual thing than the print out.

VisComII: Midterm Portfolio

I chose this poster for my first piece in my portfolio because I feel it's the first layout that I was able to look decent. From the original I straightened the headline out and changed the font, as well as minimized the margins.

I chose this as my second layout, because I think from the original it looks better. I took out the pill border from the top and I agree it works a lot better without. I moved the image of the pills up from the margin and gutter, by scaling it smaller, wrapped the text, but didn't let it go below the image. I also change the font in the headline to times from garamond, it looks cleaner might be the word or sleeker and tightened the spacing.

I chose this for my third piece because I like how simple and basic the layout is. I shot the image myself and yes I agree the lighting could be better, I had other images with better lighting but I liked this angle on the objects better. From the original I added a drop cap, moved the headline up a bit and tightened the spacing, as well as moved the page headers to the top.

I chose this fourth layout, simply because I had needed not to make any adjustments from the original. I feel I am getting better at layouts, I remember in DSP last semester you had said that magazine layouts was not my strongest thing, but I feel that I am improving.

My fifth and final layout for the portfolio. I changed the image of the wind generated windmill, it has a lot better resolution and you are able to tell what it is this time.
I think the order I placed these layouts shows my improvement throughout the semester.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Illustration: Gouache Montage

My initial pencil sketch for the gouache montage of three random images. I need to make the flower bigger as well as the jumper(slightly bigger).

My marker comp after fixing the flower from the first original marker comp, I also changed the background color to go better with the color of the images.

My FIRST final and the painting of my gouache montage. It looks a lot better on-screen and the actual illustration itself than it does printed. As I stated my thoughts of this one in the illustration midterm portfolio. As well that we have to do this assignment again?!

VisComII: Professional Photograph

Layout #1: My ad spread, promoting windmills on I have centered the body of text since posting this already, I didn't realize how off it was until it was printed. Things to change: add a COB of a generated windmill.
Layout #2: Make pull quote more distinguished. Find better logo, it's lo-res.
Final: I changed the wind generator image, added a drop cap, and added color to my pull quote.

Magazine Spread
Layout #1: My 2 page spread, a how to article. Things to change: enlarge the body of text in the sky of the image on the left and maybe add an image of a generated windmill.
Layout #2: Find a better image of a wind generated windmill, add color to my layout, and maybe re-crop the main image to how it was in the first layout.
Final: I added color and CIOB'd the blue sky from the photograph, I think I like the blue sky in it better tho...

Layout #1: My poster promoting NAWG (National Association of Wheat Growers). Thing to change: something to go along with the dinner.

Layout #2: Maybe enlarge the photograph. Things I did between layouts, added an image of a dinner bell and moved the body of text with the dinner bell more to the right.
Final: production, I think the only thing I change from the previous layout was enlarging the photo.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Illustration: Gouached Sundrop

For this project we had to chose from either a #2 pencil, exacto knife, cell phone or soda can or bottle. I chose to do an old Sundrop bottle. We had a choice of using watercolor and/or guoache, and I chose to work with just guoache. I think it was easier to work with in this case to be able to take out the glares of the glass bottle.