Friday, February 26, 2010

Pirates! the preview . . .

I am working on a new image
here is a partial sketch

and the thing that I am excited about . . . I went out and splurged on a tube of cerulean blue.
Its a little tube that set me back quite a bit, but a robin's egg sky cannot be achieved without it.
Did you know that in the renaissance patrons would have sections of contract devoted to exact amounts of area that had to be covered by lapis lazuli (cerulean blue) before they would commission a painting? Its true. Because that stuff is expensive.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Let's Save Michigan!

The DIA is exhibiting a show of posters from the Works Progress Administration and to go along with the exhibit they are co-sponsoring a poster design contest with the Let's Save Michigan organization. For the contest, the only requirement was that the poster feature the words "let's save Michigan" and that it be upbeat and positive in message, similar to the attitude of the WPA posters from the 1930s and 40s. We could choose whatever message we thought could be helpful to improve the state of Michigan. I chose a "celebrate Michigan agriculture" for my message and generated three posters.
Now, team, you know I am very self-conscious about graphic design, so I hope the type is working for you.
It is my understanding that the contest will go through an initial round of judging that will narrow the entries down to the top 25, after which time it will become open to public for voting. Shoul the time ever come, I will call upon you to vote for my design.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Joe's Tragic Injury

I spent last night in the emergency room at Genesys in Grand Blanc, MI. My homeslice Joe Vichich mislanded a jump at Mt Holly and sustained a mystery injury, that we had hoped was just a garden variety sprain pulled muscle or something merely character-building like that. Joe got carted away on a snowmobile by ski patrol, then got put in an ambulance and sent to the ER. At the ER, we found out that it was nothing so vulgar as a sprain, but a super-deluxe full blown fracture of the right femur. Requiring surgery.
I sketched this femur so the doc could draw where the fracture is, and what the surgery will do.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pussy and Cigarettes

this is a doodle I did for senior studio.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I have not won an art contest since high school. Seriously. Back then, in little ole Newaygo county, I actually got rather spoiled off of winning things. But that was a long time ago, and in the intervening years I have entered a lot but been selected for nothing.
Until this morning, when I found out that I was selected this year as the first prize winner of CCS annual Hagopian rug design competition!
I am extremely pleased with this, because not only do I recieve a $1000 scholarship, but also Hagopian World of Rugs will be producing my design as a full scale rug, which will be on display at graduation and student exhibition this year.
The crazy part is that I almost didn't enter, because I thought I had too much classwork to get anything extra done. But, I found a couple of hours to produce a few simple designs, and they ended up choosing one of them.
I wish I could post an image but a) I'm not even sure which one of my entries was chosen, and b) I didn't have time to scan them in before the submission deadline (my apologies, I know that is very poor professional practice)
anyway, I'm just excited and wanted to share

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Goose Girl

For Mr Chuck Gillies Period Costume Illustration class (which is probably the most fun art class I ever took) our first assignment was something fairy-tale related and kid friendly for inclusion in the Michigan Society of Children's Book Illustrators annual student show.
I did an illustration for "The Goose Girl" by Brothers Grimm. It is the very sad tale of a princess who is forced, for a time, to do honest work.
The model was Jessica Newberry, and the geese i used as reference were a really interesting, exotic variety of goose called Egyptian Geese.