Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Studio Sketches and Studies

Just some Studio work and Sketches from School. No real explanation required:

Oh, and I love hands. Yep, yes I do.

The Curse of Acrylics

I've always liked the more technical classes at OCAD. I get incredibly bored sometimes, and the dust in the 6th floor drawing labs always makes my allergies go haywire, but I feel like they're the classes where I progress the farthest. My bias probably stems from the fact that I'm kind of OCD when it comes to technical stuff, but that's a story for another time.

I had Terry Schoffer as a prof for both semesters this year: he's a great teacher, really laid back. I did much better for the first semester than I did for the second, but second semester was when we got our first introductory class to Illustrative Drawing and Painting, so I ended up cursing acrylics to hell and back.

We didn't have that many projects for Illustrative Drawing and Painting. Terry's always been really reasonable with the projects and deadlines that he hands out, and he makes sure we figure out the basics before moving on. As such, we only had five projects in total: four painting studies, and a final portrait.

Three of my four painting studies. For the life of me I can't remember where I placed the fourth, but if I find it eventually, I'll put it up. All three were done with regular acrylics.

My final project for the class. We had to do a portrait of ourselves in historical garb from a certain time period. I enjoyed this project wayyyyyyy more than the studies, simply for the fact that I changed paints.

Core Illustration Classes: 2nd Year

I've been going through my projects from my core illustration classes this year, and I've found a couple that I've decided to post.

I've never really enjoyed my core classes: its endless critique after endless critique, punctuated by sessions of me nodding off to sleep and agonizing periods of pins and needles in the legs from sitting for so long. Unlike my more technical classes, I never have any noticeable improvement when it comes to core illustration, and the classes tend to turn me into a jumble of fried nerves and frustration because of it. I'm not that great with singular concepts and the trendy illustrations that OCAD seems to embrace, so I don't have that much that I'm content with. That being said, this post will be short.

There are a couple larger pieces that I still have to photograph, so I'll add those later, but for the most part, everything's here:

I think this was actually the first project I did during 2nd year: we were given the subject matter and asked to draw what a person would see inside "our fridge". I tried experimenting with an absence of line work, but that didn't work out as well as I had hoped. Neither did the paint. Media is acrylic and India ink.

These two images were a set of illustrations that I had to do for my second core illustration class. We were asked to illustrate a 'before' and 'after' scene, so I chose to do a take on the little mermaid. The class itself was taught by Gary Taxali, so I consider myself (and others) to be extremely fortunate. And while I found the class incredibly frustrating, I'm still glad I had him as a prof.

Another set of illustrations that I had to do for Taxali's class. The project itself was incredibly open: we were told we could do absolutely anything for our final project, so long as it was "amazing." I chose to illustrate the concept of the Illustrator as Machine, and broke it down into three parts: body, heart and brain. All three pieces are mixed media.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Media Studios: Squares, Squares, and more Squares

This post is coming pretty late, considering the last school semester ended almost a month ago, but I figure better late than never, and I'd like to think that being continuously late on posting is a little like being predictable and stable.

During the winter/spring semester, those of us in 2nd year illustration were given our introductory class to Media Studios. While I have issues with how late this class begins (they should be teaching new media techniques starting FIRST year, not halfway through second), our prof Harvey Chan was really great, and I learned a lot from him over the course of the semester. 

Despite my best efforts and a whole lot of struggling, a lot of my school work usually turns out looking less than ideal, so not all my pieces from school have been posted (aka they're never going to see the light of day again), but I rummaged through my work and managed to find a few that I was okay with displaying. Harvey had a real thing for square compositions, so I've done more squares and boxes in his class than I've done in all my other classes combined over the past two years:

First attempt at something called the ink-gouache resistance technique. It took me a couple tries to actually get a picture to appear, but I think it's a technique that I definitely want to try out again sometime in the future.

Mixed media has always been by far my favorite thing to work with: I love the versatility that you can get mixing different substances, both wet and dry. All media have their weaknesses, but I find if you combine them, those weaknesses kinda go by the wayside. For this project we had to illustrate an urban myth: I chose to do one about a girl who gave birth to an octopi (octopi/octopus? I've really got to look that up one of these days). Media is ink, gouache, watercolor, and Chiyogami paper. I have an obsession with all things paper (pretty sure it links back to my love for books), but right now Chiyogami is what occupies most of my attention.

Another favorite media of mine is Collage (but collage and mixed media are kinda two sides to the same coin, so I'm not sure if that even qualifies as different). While this isn't the best collage I've done, I managed to get it finished in a couple hours and still pull off a fairly decent mark, so I consider it an accomplishment: got to work on getting my projects done faster, though.

Another piece we did for Media Studios was our "clown" portrait, where we were given the subject matter and asked to draw their portrait in pastel. This piece was a real problem for me, since I'm allergic to pastel, chalk, charcoal, or anything else that sheds dust like a cat sheds fur, so I had to experiment with textures and different types of line more than the pastel itself. In the end, it just turned into another mixed media piece.

The McChine: my commentary on how humans mimic the machines they use depending on their station in life, and vice versa.

The rest of the images are random projects, and require no explanation. Nope, none at all.

Mushroom Clouds, minus radiation. Plain ol' ball point pen.

Ink and watercolor. Project had something to do with reoccurring dreams, I think.