Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ocean Illustration

I've started working on some concept art with the inspiration of the word ocean. Although it's not done yet I thought I would post my work in process.

The medium used was Acrylic paint on Illustration board, primed with Gesso.

I feel it's important that I start by saying my phone's camera made the brown look much more orange than it is in person.
Illustration Ocean Theme part 1
My first step was to map out the land from the water, I knew I wanted a worms' eye view kind of angle, so I made sure to make a kind of 'V' shape with the blue of the water towards the sky.
Illustration Ocean Theme part 2
Next was to start adding depth to my terrain, so I added a darker shade of brown to show shading.
Illustration Ocean Theme part 3
Once I had started the shading it I worked on making a more obvious contrast between the light and dark by including white and dark grey with my mixed paints. This turned out fairly well in my opinion.
Illustration Ocean Theme part 4
Once I was fairly happy with the progress I had made in the landscape I decided to start working on the mini submarine.
Illustration Ocean Theme part 5
After adding in a bit more work on the mini sub and including an octopus plus some schools of fish, I decided to let my painting have some time to dry and my eyes some time to rest. This is my progress after about 2 and a half hours, starting at 7pm and wrapped up at about 9:30.
More progress on my Ocean Themed Illustration.
Illustration Ocean Theme part 6
And after adding a few more details....
Illustration Ocean Theme part 7
And I am done the painting aspect of this project. Once I've given it some time to dry I will continue adding detail with pen and possibly coloured pencil.

That's all for tonight! So I'll end with another beautiful quote

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! " -Audrey Hepburn

Monday, January 14, 2013

Elf Made Vector

My first image upload. This is a screenshot of an image I created in CorelDraw. The model is myself in my LARP costume. This image was done as a promotional piece for an event. Vector Elf Image
My character is named Sorcha Darkwood, and she is an adept wild elf. I LARP with Nero Canada with my best friend Danni. Nerdiness has never been an issue for me.
The eyebrows are a little wonky, but overall I think I did a decent job on this image.
The original but retouched photo I worked from is slightly different, but still pretty fun. Elf Girl Original-retouched
And here is a comparison of my original camera raw picture against the photo retouched image that I worked from. The Comparison
I'm not one for pictures of myself really, but most of my friends are camera shy, and I think this picture looks pretty nice.

Here is the first in hopefully a long series

Good morning all!

Here is my first blog post ever on this site. I intend to work on my illustration and design skills and to update on this blog as I go. My ultimate goal at this point is to eventually become a concept artist, preferably for video games.

In high school I never took any art classes or had any lessons. Since starting the graphic design course at Mohawk in September 2011 I have had my first tastes of actual art lessons. I've started working with paint for the first time in my life, so I'm not very good yet, but intend on honing my skills. I'm also working with digital art for the first time, and am still working on perfecting my Photoshop skills.

I love landscape art, and tend to have some beautiful landscape concepts on my desktop background. I also really love Steampunk, as well as burlesque and pin up style. 

This year I will be graduating from Mohawk College, provided I meet the requirements of course. Continuing my education in design and illustration is very important to me, but more in practice than actual schooling.

This is what I will end with for my first post. Thanks for reading!

"Not all those who wander are lost." -Tolkien