Saturday, April 13, 2013

Inspiration: Urban



For this painting I used the inspiration word from Illustration Friday, "Urban". I decided to do a mock billboard for Visa. When I thought of "Urban" I thought of Hollywood. The billboard reader has 4 seconds to take in the concept of the billboard information. The Hollywood sign was a good concept for Visa/ the billboard as you look at it and can make your own thoughts from it; a trip or living your dreams. This image is my thumbnail for the billboard.

Painting Sky

Painting the Sky

I illustrated my Hollywood sign and Visa logo on the illustration board. From there I painted both the text pieces with rubber cement. I did this so I could paint right over the text without actually colouring it. In this picture, I am painting the sky with Gouache paint.

Painting Grass

Painting the Grass

Next, I started painting the grass. First I painted a wash of green over the entire bottom of the board. Then I took a rough sponge and created some texture to make it look more like grass.



After I painted the sky and grass, I removed the rubber cement over the text. Then I used a white gouache paint for the "Hollywood" sing. Then I mixed my paint with the colours of the Visa logo. After, I put some finishing touches on the painting by adding a thin black line on the sides of the text from the "Hollywood" sign. Just to make it pop a bit more. This is a picture of my finished billboard.

Monday, April 1, 2013

"Talent" Magazine Cover


First, I took a cute picture of my Jack Russell, Cricket.

water color

Next, I created a water color painting in Adobe Photoshop CS5.5. To do this, I created three copies of the image. Then I used a series of brushes on each layer. I also set the layer mode on each layer to a different mode, so all the layers would show through. Thus, creating an image that resembles a water color painting.


Third, I placed my water color image into an 8.5in by 12in canvas on Photoshop (magazine size), and sized it accordingly. Then, I placed my vector title, I had created before in Adobe Illustrator CS5.5, and scaled it accordingly.


Next, I created more text in Illustrator and placed it at the top of my magazine, resembling an issue of this magazine. With this step, I also placed a date for the magazine issue and I placed a barcode at the bottom left of the cover, again, to resemble the cover I chose.


Last, I created some cover stories. I created the text in Illustrator. The one cover story "Congratulations Lori Smith Art Contest Winner!" was created to tie in the water color image to the magazine. I really like how the cover turned out and I had a lot of fun creating it!

Monday, March 18, 2013

"Talent" Magazine Cover in Process

Vector Title for Magazine Cover

I created the title for my magazine cover for my inspiration word "talent". First, I found a magazine I want to base my cover from. Here I have recreated the title of the magazine cover for "City Dog" magazine. I created the text as a vector image on Adobe Illustrator. This way I can scale the text to what ever size I want and it wont get pixelated. I put a black rectangle under the vector text so you can see the word "City" and the slight white outline around the word "Dog". The only thing you can't see from this image is the slight drop shadow behind the word "City".

Inspiration: Talent

Magazine Cover: Inspiration "Talent"

For this little project I have decided to create a magazine cover. The inspiration word "talent" came from the site Illustration Friday. I have chosen the magazine "City Dogs". My vision is to photograph my cute Jack Russell Terrier, Cricket, and use Adobe Photoshop to create a painterly look to the photo. Then, I will use Adobe Illustrator to create the title, and then I will bring it back into Photoshop to put all the elements together and create cover stories. I am very excited to do this project as I LOVE photography and creating magazine covers.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Covered Wagon Final


This is my final design for the concept of the wheel. I started this horse and wagon image and Illustrator CS 5.5. Half way, I thought I would like to paint my drawing. I am not completely  happy with the way this turned out, but I wanted to try painting for a change.  I used acrylic paints on Canson paper.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Covered Wagon in Progress: Color

Covered Wagon in Progress

Now, I am adding color to my vector image. I think that it is starting to come together. The horse wont be that color and there is still more details to be added to the horse. On the right side you can see how many layers I have created so far. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Horse and Covered Wagon in Progress

Covered Wagon in Progress

After I finished drawing my horse and covered wagon, I put my image into Illustrator. As you see in this picture I am beginning to trace the image using the pen tool to create my vector image.