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.


  1. Better late than never!

    For some reason I really like the mushroom piece. Those faces are to die for

  2. It was actually one of the lowest marks I got in that class. Haha. I think I only got a C+ o_o

  3. Nice! The acrylic is great, it doesn't surprise me that it was one of the better marks you got