Sunday, March 27, 2011

Portfolio site!

So, I finally made myself get some kind of portfolio site up. It's just a temporary one, but it will do for now. Well, check it out here!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Closing page for my portfolio with a Texan twist ;)
Ad for the event Blues on the Green in Austin
Goose Girl book spread without color
Goose Girl book spread colorized :P

These are a few of my final projects from my winter quarter at SCAD. All of these were done in ballpoint pen, and then later digitally colored. As much as I love watercolor, Photoshop seems to be growing on me due to fast-paced deadlines.
 The first is my closing page for my Portfolio Class, which will be the last page presented in my printed portfolio. Because I'm from Texas, I felt that I should represent - in this case, the Jackalope. I think I'm going to explore drawing more variety of animals in my spare time; so fun!

I suppose I was on a Texas kick when I decided to illustrate an ad for Blues on the Green in my Vector Illustration class. I had some fun and did a pun  on Edouard Manet's  Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) with the placement of the figures and a little bit of editing. I felt that the mood was so fitting. The last 2 images were also from my Portfolio Class. I chose to illustrate a less popular Grimm fairytale, The Goose Girl. This image would be for a children's book, but the story is a bit dark in nature . . . I love it. It's a little lengthy, but it's the perfect revenge story! The actual size of the drawing took a long time using ballpoint pen, but I really would like to continue illustrations for this fairytale. Maybe others too!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ek Chuah


back of box

side illustration (cacao tree)

side illustration (Mayan temple)

front of box
Yes, it seems I've been doing lots of product illustrations lately! This is yet another package design project for my Type & Image class. I chose to make up my own beer to illustrate the 6 pack case it would come in. Dark chocolate stout sounded like a fun and exotic variation on a universally loved beverage. Going with the chocolate theme, I did my research on the origin of chocolate discovered by the ancient Mayans over 2000 years ago. I found it even more interesting that they first consumed chocolate as a beverage!

I came to the name Ek Chuah because its the name of the Mayan patron god of chocolate. I always love researching mythology and symbolism to incorporate into my illustration work. All of the illustrations for my template have symbolic connection to Mayan mythology and chocolate.

I will also add photos of my mini mock-up 6 pack soon! It's kind of cute! Now, I really want to try some chocolate stout beer for myself . . . .

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Opening portfolio image . . .

This is an illustration I did as a vignette for the opening page in my portfolio. I wanted the image to be a bit simplistic with plenty of open space for my name, which I added later. I had in mind to do an image that would maybe go with a wine label, perhaps a Pinot Noir. Something sensual and dark . . .

For some reason this JPEG file of my image looks messier than it should. The color is a little off, too . . . Might update this soon!