Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Yorker and Punk Blues

Well the school year is winding down and tomorrow is my last class before the essays and portfolio reviews. It feels good to have come this far. I'm ready to get out into the business world and make my mark.

There's about 5 pieces I've been juggling to get finished. Otherwise, about a month ago Tony Auth (a wonderful political cartoonist) came in to teach a workshop on editorial illustration. He assigned for us to make a new yorker cover. I was thinking a lot about commuters and my own daily commute. When you watch crowds submerging in opposite directions they resemble schools of fish, never touching or colliding, always fitting themselves into the wave amongst themselves. So I took a well known new york train station (grand central station) and turned the people into fish, going about their daily commute. Voila! Its a new yorker cover. The image to the left is the version without the binding or the type due to copyright infringement.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out. Originally the fish were rendered and detailed but it became too busy and hard to read. Transforming them into silhouettes fixed the problem.

The next image is a zine cover I did as a creative project for my blues class. It was hard to decide what symbol to use for "punk" so I decided to go with a simple safety pin to let people decide for themselves what punk is, because I couldn't tell you. Robert Johnson is an obvious choice for a symbol of the blues. This is basically a zine that is going to house my final essay for the class. Art school really is a blast, I am going to miss it.
Both images are blue and brown completely by accident.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Too Many Sketches

...or is there such thing?

I feel like I haven't posted in a while so I wanted to let everyone know what I've been up to. For some reason every project for every class started at the same time, including a freelancing job. The work I was doing was all sketching night after night. Finally I get to do some fun stuff (aka finished paintings) so I'm very ecstatic about that. Once I have finalized some of them I plan on posting them for your viewing pleasure.

Otherwise, I just received my postcards in the mail. I am not happy with First of all, I opened the package and they were just loosely thrown in with no security, bouncing around risking damage. Second, the picture side of the postcards had streaks through the image which is a sign that they didn't line up their ink cartridges properly. I took the risk of digital prints and will probably never opt for the cheaper alternative again. Luckily I only ordered 50 prints rather than large shipments like I normally do.

I think I will stick with It takes longer to ship because they are in LA but it is totally worth it. The prints are spectacular. Plus they are very nice on the phone. Hopefully this review helps some people out with choosing a printer for business cards and postcards. I am sure there's lots of good printers out there, I'm just sharing my experience with these two.

Sorry no pictures. Next time!