Mar 28, 2010

George White, the Skeleton

This is my super-creepy-skeleton. His name is George—he used to be alive and living in India, but now he stands in our classroom. We have recently given him a last name: White (credit to Bethany A), and I believe he stands a little taller now that he has gained this new social status!
Anyway, this is my latest drawing piece—it was done with chalk and white and black charcoal on black paper. It was a BLAST, but it took a long time. I have estimated it to be around 20 hours, but I lost count after a while.

All credit goes to God—especially with this piece. The first day I just couldn't do it. My hands were completely useless... I remember running back to my room after about two hours and just breaking down. I prayed and told God that I couldn't do it (like He didn't already know... psh) and that it was entirely up to Him. Once again, I had to give my work over to Him. My talents don't belong to me—the only thing that I can do is dedicate my time, and give Him the glory!

I was given an "A/A-/A" on this piece... I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I can live with it. I was given something to improve on, so hopefully an updated (and better quality) photo will be up shortly.
Possibly a show piece in the near future... we'll see :)

Mar 23, 2010

Word Project

This was my first project for Graphic Design 1:
We were instructed to select a word and then use typography in order to make that word into the thing or action that it represented. I chose "crown" and used a script style font as a base for creating the little girl's crown. The original piece was a drawing (bottom) and I spent an entire weekend stippling, only to find out that we were then going to convert the entire thing onto Illustrator (by hand, no cheating). Well, after almost dieing, I was informed that another classmate and myself would not be forced to do the entire project again on illustrator—but the majority would be required.
Professor Shaw said that I would not have to entirely match the hair as long as I could recreate a similar effect (easier said than done) and that the face could consist of line rather than stippling.
So after another long week of work I was able to recreate my drawing on Illustrator (top).
For the original illustration I received an "A-", marked down for inconsistent style in the figure. The Illustrator recreation was given an "A"(the main objective being an identical copy of the original—focusing on the word).

Mar 16, 2010

Little Red Riding Hood—Roald Dahl

This is a great for a laugh, my family read it aloud during the reading time. I had a WONDERFUL laugh within the last verse or so :) it's a great twist to a much loved tale:

As soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal,
He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
When Grandma opened it, she saw
The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
And she was absolutely right.
He ate her up in one big bite.
But Grandmamma was small and tough,
And Wolfie wailed, 'That's not enough!
'I haven't yet begun to feel
'That I have had a decent meal!'
He ran around the kitchen yelping,
'I've got to have another helping!'
Then added with a frightful leer,
'I'm therefore going to wait right here
'Till Little Miss Red Riding Hood
'Comes home from walking in the wood.'
He quickly put on Grandma's clothes,
(Of course he hadn't eaten those.)
He dressed himself in coat and hat.
He put on shoes and after that
He even brushed and curled his hair,
Then sat himself in Grandma's chair.
In came the little girl in red.
She stopped. She stared. And then she said,

'What great big ears you have, Grandma.'
'All the better to hear you with,' the Wolf replied.
'What great big eyes you have, Grandma,'
said Little Red Riding Hood.
'All the better to see you with,' the Wolf replied.

He sat there watching her and smiled.
He thought, I'm going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmamma
She's going to taste like caviare.

Then Little Red Riding Hood said,
'But Grandma, what a lovely
great big furry coat you have on.'

'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
'To tell me what big teeth I've got?
'Ah well, no matter what you say,
'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature's head
And bang, bang, bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, 'Hello, and do please note
'My lovely furry wolf-skin coat.'

Mar 15, 2010

Thanks... sorta

God always works out the little things. Sometimes I am entirely shocked by His ability to plan everything out. Over the past year and a half (basically my entire college career), I have really only been sick over breaks! Aside from a few small colds, I have only been sick once while at school, and it was the day before a break (and then I was sick all of the break).
As convenient as this arrangement has always been in the long run, it isn't very much fun! I'm sure my family cannot remember what it is like to have an older sister around who is not too ill to do much more than move between couch and bed. I also take over the tv, which is the highest offense known to man!
But it is nice to know that I will be rested up by the time I have to head back—though it would be nice to go without illness for a little while longer... :)

Mar 10, 2010


Entirely different direction.
Working out this now.
It has to be black and white now, but I'm thinking that when I make the business cards / letterhead / CD label I will change the color of the coat :D
Red will probably be the dominate color (like my own coat)

Mar 4, 2010

Five Fingered Friend

These hands are my latest homework assignment (graded) for Drawing II. We were required to make 5 hand drawings following the procedure
we were taught in class.

Step 1: Key line (lightest color—usually yellow/orange on mine)
Step 2: Draw the major masses. Basically, make sausage-like links to represent the fingers. Be careful to overlap them in order to predict the placement of the folds
Step 3: Draw the contour (the outline of the hand in the darkest color)

I only got a "B" on this project. I was pretty disappointed, but I'm moving on :)
Bippes encouraged me to explore harder poses—with more twists specifically. And I should not do as much shading... oh well, maybe next time I'll snag that "A"!

Mar 2, 2010

Old Couple Video

Check this out!
It's a must see for one of those 'off' days :) The movie pretty much speaks for itself, but I'll add the background:
This elderly couple were in the doctor's office when they decided to entertain the people in the waiting room. They've been married for 62 years. Too cute

I dream of being this cool when I am 90...