Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Illustration/ still lifes

This assignment was a simple still life for my illustration class. It had to be one color (monochromatic) and in oil paint. The point of the still life was to continue learning how to use the medium of oil and paint realistically.

This was my first monochromatic still life this semester and for the assignment we were required to have 2 fruit and a mug. I spent a long time trying to get get the values correct, and push my darks. I have a habit of wanting to make everything light, but I do my best to push my range of values in a piece.
Both of these where done at the beginning of September.

Monday, October 5, 2009

figure drawing

Here are a few of my favorite life figure drawings I did earlier this year. All of these are from life (drawings done in a studio) in graphite and the time spent on them is about 6 hours for each one. I have chosen 4 out of many drawings I did this past winter semester and I will be posting more later.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Black and White still life done in gouache. This was one of my first assignments of the semester. The painting was to portray the joy of a childhood Christmas. It was difficult to do, because our limitation was to only use black and white paint and the best way to show the mood of joy is in color.

I absolutely love this one of Mary had a little lamb in Peru. I did lots of research on clothing and environments in Peru. I wanted to show the scene where the children laughed an played. It was a different take because most of the rhythm illustrations are Mary walking to school with a lamb tagging close behind.

This is one of my favorite still lives I did this past year because I designed it using triangles. This assignment was to illustrate nutrition in gouache. I really wanted to do good nutrition because I think it looks more aesthetically pleasing than hamburgers and milkshakes.

This is a book cover for Narcissus and Echo. I had the opportunity to have my friends model for me and I was able to get photo reference for this piece. I used the triangle composition for this intimate setting tto make it more dynamic.

Here is an illustration for an editorial piece on severe anxiety. I wanted to show that this man stuck himself in a hole to avoid social contact with coworkers and also to show that he has the ability to climb out of his hole. This piece I wanted to paint in a graphic style because I enjoy looking at graphic illustration for editorial pieces.

All of these are done in gouache paint and on illustration board.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I have decided to take up blogging mainly to display my art work. I hope that you all enjoy!