June 23, 2012

Billy the Bearded Whale

Most of us knew that whales were mammals, but Billy shows us how mammalian whales can really be!

June 17, 2012

When pigs fly with JETPACKS!

And these little piggies went WEEEEEEEEEE! all the way home.

Drawn on tracing paper with charcoal in layers, scanned, and colored in Photoshop.

June 10, 2012

The Death of King Arthur- Cut Paper

This was fun exploring the use of some new tools in Photoshop, such as bevel/emboss, dropshadows, and creating brushes. I also enjoyed taking on a subject I haven't tackled before...medieval people!

June 5, 2012

Hair-a-sites! Digital Illustration Midterm

Help! I've got hair-a-sites!
I don't know what to do!
They latch on just like parasites
and become a part of you!

I first saw them in the shower
as I was getting clean.
Hair appeared in places
that I had never seen!

They've latched on to my armpits.
I've got some on my chest.
They're growing in my belly button!
I'm getting very stressed!

They latch on tight and won't let go!
I pull them out, but they regrow!
I shave them off but soon they show!

Oh no! 

I've got hair-a-sites!

Pharyl the Country Pigeon

Pharyl the Country Pigeon

I've been developing a story about a pigeon named Pharyl who was raised in rural France on a farm. He and a couple of his friends go on a life changing adventure to London where Pharyl finds his true identity and destiny.

Here is primary group of characters! Pharyl is insecure, sarcastic, humorous, and just wants to find a place where he fits in. Little does he know he is a small carrier pigeon with a big destiny!

Fleur is a pig with OCD about cleanliness. She is timid but sincere. 

Olivia is fun loving, care-free, and wildly attractive. 

Victor is strong willed, courageous, and a little bit dense. 

To better develop my character, I created a sculpture of him out of Super Sculpey! And let me tell you...that stuff is awesome!

The first step is to create an armature, which is essentially a wire skeleton, of your character. Using 12 gauge wire helps the skeleton to be nice and strong. This armature is inserted into a wooden base, and the joints are reenforced with epoxy putty.  

Around the skeleton, I put aluminum foil, which helps build up the sculpture, and helps the sculpey to not be too thick. Thinner Sculpey= less chance of cracking!

This is Pharyl when he is roughed in, and without legs. It is best to smooth the sculpey as much as possible at this point because once it's fired, smoothing gets pretty tricky. I smoothed the surface of Pharyl with moisturizing hand sanitizer which seemed to work well because of the lotions and the alcohol. 

This is Pharyl, post firing. You fire a sculpey sculpture in a regular oven. I baked Pharyl at *200 degrees for 7 hours or so. Hardly any cracking! Yes, his eyes are beads :)

 Before the paint was applied, I smoothed the fired surface with dental tools, wet/dry sandpaper, and fine grade steel wool. The final step is to spray with a matte grey primer. 
Looks pretty good for my first Super Sculpey experience!