Sunday, January 31, 2010


here's the next step in my progress. I have been changing and changing my color schemes and it's like I don't know what looks good or not, I'm honestly struggling with this, but this was done before I read you comments. Enjoy!

Room Sketches

Here are the thumbnails I did of my room :)


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Beast/Stack Project

Hey guys! Here's the current progress of my final project! Any comments or critiques? Let me know! Thanks!

Friday, January 29, 2010

5 5 minute sketches, chicken scratch style!*sarcasm*

Hey everyone! Here are my quick thumbnails, i did them on the wacom tablet, for the extra practice and feel for digital drawing, there fore their a little sloppy. Excuse the first 4, I had no idea how to fix my wacom's calibration system, so my room mate helped me install the driver, but other than that, i tend to struggle with thumb nails and composition, any exercises to recommend besides this one? I would like to tackle this weakness before sophomore year! Thanks!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Flat Colorrrrr

Hey everyone! Wow, way to participate on the blog! Keep it up! I will be trying my best to comment on your posts, but it's a first-come-first-served situation....the closer it gets to class time, the less free time I have!

So here's a recap for what's due next week:
BLOG! 5 5-minute observational sketches of your room (or room of your choice), cropped and compositioned in interesting ways. Thumbnail style! Don't forget the boundary box/rectangle! Any media you like!

CLASS! Bring your final printout (and your electronic psd of your final file) plus your sketches we looked at in class this week (and any additional ones or thumbnails you may have done--so we can see the progress from your sketch to you final). The final should use flat color, cell shading or minimal shading if you like, interesting limited color ranges, colored line. For inspirational examples of what I'm looking for, check out these fine artists that we looked at in class:

Tomer Hanuka

Jonathan Burton

Jillian Tamaki


Josh Cochran Here's some of HIS thumbnails for inspiration (click the image to see all 6):

Awesome, right? This is his blog post with his references & finals for those sketches.
Here is another good one, and here.

PLUS, he was responsible for the look & keyframes for this Mountain Dew commercial--


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Overachievement Huuuuueeeergh! Limeade

So I have too many favorite foods and I thought I would be clever. Needless to say, I will not be attempting to digitally paint pseudo-realistic glasses of limeade for a long, long time.

On another note, limeade is really, really delicious.

-Katherine McDermott

In-N-Out Enthusiast

my favorite food is a cheese burger

Technically a drink...but I couldn't think of a favorite food. So it'


Drop is a kind of dutch licorice. not really a food food, but they say it's good for you!
(i mean not really since it has just as much salt as it does sugar, but...)

simple shapes were ridiculously weird to draw, ahahaha


Pizza and Hamburger

Very bad at coloring -__-
my attempt at making my two favorite foods in photoshop.

Monday, January 25, 2010


My favorite food is donut.
Jina Kim

oh my goodness!

HAHA! Mine is like "what the heck" compared to some of the stuff people posted...

Whelp, I sat and thought REALLY hard about a favorite food that was more mature than candy...but that's all I got! I love my candies! >:3

Andrew's Photoshop HW.

This is my favorite food created from a Photoshop.

Bi Bim Bop (So called Mixed Veggie Rice Dish in Korean Style)


I love Japanese Style Beef Curry! I'm too lazy to go hunting for ingredients though :(

Classy Mike Likes Classy Pineapple

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pocky Painting

These little bastards are delicious! Thanks Japan.
-- Noni Boynton

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hana Cho: Sushi

My favorite food is
Sushi w/ wasabi.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Favorite Fruit by Alice

Why bananas? They're cheap and nutritious!

I Like Potatoes!

There's not much to say about potatoes, but I get really excited over them and I eat them whenever I can. Baked potatoes are my favorite :)


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Food Piece, by Lexi

Here's my practice wacom piece, with food :-)

Food of the Gods!

Grandma Sunday's pumpkin pie (which I am not even supposed to eat for food sensitivity reasons, but hey). <3

Useless Trivia! Sunday family Thanksgiving is an epic event involving at least 50-60 people crammed into an old farmhouse at wall-to-wall dining tables.

edit: realized it was a bit tiny; higher resolution one is up now.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010


This is my first time drawing/coloring with Photoshop. :D
Btw, if anyone's interested, I think this guy's pretty cool... does a lot with animals.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Good Sketches--Your Guide to a Great Beginning

Hey guys!
To get you all started on your first assignment, I've gathered some examples of how to do good sketches, and what I expect to see from you next week. Yuko Shimizu, a wonderful illustrator whose work you've all probably seen (and if you haven't, take a look!) put up a great article on her blog about her work process. It really is the best way to work as an illustrator, and to read the whole thing, go here. I recommend reading it and exploring the rest of her blog/site when you have the time. The sketch process I will be outlining here is basically the same as what Yuko recommends and she has some great progress images.
Yuko's thumbnails from her blog post:

Jillian Tamaki is another superstar illustrator (one of my favorites, for sure) and a great learning resource. She did a progress post herself on her blog, with some of her sketches and her final product. See here! She also frequently contributes lovely/funny little doodles and sketches to her blog in addition to her finals.

SO! First, you'll probably want to start by drawing some thumbnails, like the ones above by Yuko Shimizu-- rough, tiny, really-quick sketches to help you generate your ideas for your image. The more the better! You don't even need an eraser with these, just keep doing them until you have a few you like.

Look at reference! Sometimes you'll need to look at reference before you do your thumbnails, sometimes after, but it's almost always helpful. Besides the internet, Decker Library is a great resource and photocopies and scans are cheap! Reference may be anatomically related or stylistically related to your image, but remember not to take too much from any one image. The worst thing an artist can do is copy someone else's photo or illustration and try to pass it off as their own.

Next, pick several (5 for this assignment) of your best ideas and take more time with your sketches. These sketches should be clearly readable to the viewer and communicate approximately what you want your final to look like. In the professional world, these are the sketches you send to your client, and in my class these are sketches you bring to class!
Here's some examples of my own sketches that I have used with clients of mine. You are not required to add color or tone to your sketches like I have chosen to:

These are the resulting finals:
(with this one, the art director liked all the sketches, but ended up telling me to take my third sketch and expand on it. Thankfully, he was pleased with the result.)

When you come to class, please bring in the thumbnails, sketches, and any reference you feel was important! Seeing all the different steps you've taken in your image helps improve the quality of critiques and lets me see how much you've been working on the assignment (even if you feel you are having trouble with it.)

I'm looking forward to seeing your photoshop work on the blog and your sketches in class next week! Experiment, and don't sweat it!
HAVE A GREAT WEEK and let me know if you have any questions!

Assignment for next week & blog assignment!

Here's the info for the 5 sketches due next week:

They can be in any type of medium, digital or traditional, as long as we get some sort of sense of what the final will look like.

They must illustrate the concept of your two words, in any way you like. (but the viewer should be able to tell what's going on)

They can be any size, but not super small.

Horizontal or vertical format, your choice.

Must have a foreground, middleground, and background! No floating characters on a blank page.

Bring your 5 sketches to class, plus any thumbnails or reference material you think is important.(MAKE COPIES before class, or tear them out of your sketchbook!)

BE CREATIVE and find a way to make the assignment fun for you!

For the blog:
Take an hour and draw your favorite food (or foods) in Photoshop! (French Silk Pie is one of my favorites) If you don't have Photoshop on your computer, you can use the Fox 216 computer lab (availability schedule is next to the door). If you've never used the program, just try your best, experiment, don't worry! If you run into any problems or questions, write them down and we can talk about them later! Post your Photoshop Favorite Food(s) to the blog before class next week.

Next week we'll be going over the basics of flat color in photoshop, and coloring linework. It's gonna be great!
Have a good week!