Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Illustration Friday submission: "plain"

I thought it would be interesting to investigate the relationship between images and our perceptions of the subjects based on past interactions and general knowledge. Materials are pen on paper...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

illustration and sketch studies

This is an illustration I created a few months ago but hit a roadblock when it came to applying color.

subject/concept: the travels of a modern day pioneer
materials: pen, graphite, and watercolor

These are some character studies, some of which were used in the above illustration...

More studies...

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the happy mistake

Your in the middle of a creative piece. Maybe you're constructing some crucial lines or perhaps you're applying some watercolor or oil paint. Suddenly, something happens. You don't know why but your hand moves a little too much and you realize you've made a mistake. Aaaaaaagghhhhhh! You don't even know what you've done so you decide to react first and think later. Well, after "later" arrives, you realize that this "mistake" is contributing to the concept. It works. You don't know how but you've managed to accidentally kick the piece up to the next level!

What I'm referring to is the "happy mistake". And the truth of the matter is this...usually, the "what have I done!" sensation only lasts a few moments. Once you see that the mistake is actually supporting and enhancing the piece, the skill and experience you've gained over the years tells you to use the "mistake" and possibly expand on it. That's where we as creatives make up for our's also the moment the mistake becomes intentional.

I'm writing this article because I just had one of those happy mistakes! I've begun the planning stages for a business I am EXTREMELY interested in starting so I decided to buy a journal to keep my thoughts/planning/ideas in one place. As I was designing and constructing the journal's cover, I thought I'd made a huge mistake; not only did I think I made a mistake, the feeling lasted for a few hours! As I gave the process of repair one last shot, an addition of color made me see the forms in a different perspective and it turns out that "mistake" fits perfectly with the concept of the journal.

The moral of the story? Next time you think you messed up, don't get frustrated. Give it a few moments, look at it again, and then decide. Sometimes the biggest errors can lead to the biggest successes!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

dailyObjects 01.04.08 - 01.12.08

Ok, so drawing daily objects while on family vacation was a little more challenging than I thought. Lesson learned. Luckily, I have a few that I can post.

left: airport signage (january 4, 2008)
right: wheelchair (january 7, 2008)

woodburning stove (january 11, 2008)

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

dailyObjects 01.02.08 - 01.03.08

left: exit sign (january 2, 2008)
right: starbucks espresso cup (january 3, 2008)

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Illustration Friday submission: "Soar"

Here is my submission for Illustration Friday's current theme "Soar"; this piece is pen, graphite, and prismacolor marker on paper.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

dailyObjects 12.31.07 - 01.01.08

I've committed myself to drawing one object everyday within a tiny, handmade journal that is maybe 3" x 4"...and no, this is not a New Year's resolution! I realize that drawing one object a day isn't much but it's more along the lines of "if nothing else, I at least draw this one object".

To get things started I decided to post my first two studies; under normal conditions, I will post the drawings a week at at time. Before I go on vacation in a few days, I'll post the rest of this week's studies and then catch up after I return.

left: water bottle (december 31, 2007)
right: shoe (january 1, 2008)

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