Sunday, February 28, 2010


Illustrator, photoshop, pencil/coloredpencil/marker (ew), colored pencil, pen.

I need practice! Doing observational stuff in illustrator is sort of fun... makes me look at shapes. It's also really frustrating, though.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


I've noticed when I draw...I can draw the characters out, no problem. But I NEVER know what to do as a background....ever. I just kind of make it up most of the time ("Uhhh....maybe some mountains annndd....a tree....yeah..."). I never know how to decide and no one's ever really taught me anything about backgrounds. I was wondering what everyone else thinks/does? Thanks!


Friday, February 26, 2010

If we do a Shakespeare play for example, "Romeo & Juliet" with a different setting, like "in space", it still has to be recognizable as the original play right?

Here's the rest of my mediuma

The top one is micron pen (no 01), the second is colored pencil, the third is chalk pastels, and the final sketch is oil pastel.

Hand Sketches: by Lexi

Here's the Digital one first my camera battery is charging as of now :-)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hand Studies!

This assignment made me realize how many art supplies I DON'T have haha.





Colored Pencil.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh Romeo Oh Romeo...

image (c) Yuko Shimizu

Class Assignment:
Shakespeare! Artists and illustrators through the ages have illustrated the many poems and plays by Shakespeare--his works are recognized throughout the world! (and you've probably already read at least one of his plays)
I want you to pick one of his works and do an illustration based on the story in general (think book cover), or on a specific scene in the story. Be narrative with your art, tell the story through your image. 5 sketches are due next week, and you can choose several plays in your sketches, if you like.
Now, these stories are so universal and well known that you can be very interpretive with your illustration--you can do a modern/futuristic/historical take on the story (like a present day Romeo & Juliet or The Tempest IN SPACE), or a more conceptual illustration, or a kid's book version, or macabre, or traditional...It's up to you! Be creative and enjoy what you're doing, as long as you're getting the scene or the story across!

Next week we will have a guest artist, and will be going over digital painting! Your final for this assignment will include at least some digital painting, so keep that in mind.

Since it is difficult to read all of Shakespeare's plays in a short amount of time, here are some resources to help:

Play Synopsis

Lots of In Depth Info

A bunch of classical illustrations for all of Shakespeare's plays

BLOG Assignment:
5 5 minute(or more) observational sketches of hands, done in 5 different mediums. Go wild! Experiment. Remember your boxes. Also remember that I'm looking at who turns in assignments late. (Class AND Blog)

A preview of your demoer next week:

Tentacle Color Sketch from Jeremy Enecio on Vimeo.


1. Walk softly but carry a big stick
2. The female is the most dangerous of a species

Awesome mega super last minute fun times!
I really need to start scanning my pictures.


I did "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't." and "Don't teach your grandmother to suck an egg. They got a little cut of in the scanner down at Decker, my room mate is much better at scanning than this!

hurray for pen and ink

My proverbs are "A leopard cannot change its spots" and"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread," respectively. My, what a morbid week this is for me. But pen and ink is always really fun, so whatever.

I'm going to clean these up later and mess with color on the "angel" one. Any suggestions? Also, I'm not sure if the poster on the "leopard" would be recognizable enough to carry across my concept, so any thoughts on that would be appreciated as well.


Well, as some of you know, I love German, so here's some German proverbs: Alte F├╝chse gehen schwer in die Falle: Old foxes go with difficulty into the trap. and Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund: The morning hour has gold in its mouth/the early bird gets the worm.

This was harder than usual because my tablet drivers aren't working. I think maybe my tablet itself is going out, but even reinstalled, the control panel won't open.

The award for "most stereotypically German proverb" goes to "Everything has an end; only sausage has two."

#1 : Good fences make good neighbours

#2: Money doesn't grow on trees

Proverbs by Alice

The first one is: Don't keep a dog and bark yourself.
The second one: A cat may look at a king.
"A new broom sweeps clean"
"The pen is mighter than the sword"

Don't keep a dog and Bark Yourself

All you need is love

You cant draw blood from a stone

picture is worth 1000 words

Monday, February 22, 2010


Crime doesn't pay

Empty vessel make the most noise


"A penny saved is a penny earned"

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" I guess I'll have to settle for throwing them, because I'm allergic to apples XD

"All skin and bones"

"You cant teach an old dog new tricks"

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I'm about to throw this computer across the room.
I had my sketch and the lines looked a lot different and then low and behold I hit some random button on accident and my sketch and lines disappeared. My lines all look like dots now. Someone said something about it possibly showing the outlines? How would I turn that off? If I save it as a jpg though then the sketch and smooth lines show up. Help please...
(p.s. I can't get a screenshot, this stupid compy. won't let me.)



When it rains, it pours.

Who let the cat out of the bag?


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


(c) Daniel Krall
Some of the illustrator artists we looked at in class:

Daniel Krall

Jessica Hische

Kolchoz (Sam Vanallemeersch)

Autumn Whitehurst

Class Assignment:
Your final print for your Valentines Poster is due next week! Remember, if yours printed out a little dark last time, lighten it a bit on your computer or do a test print if it bothers you.

Blog Assignment:
Pick 2 proverbs and draw them with whatever media you like. Use boxes/rectangles. Does not need to be finished work, but clearly readable and thought out please.

There's a great list of proverbs HERE!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

shishi dog

to scale.



Any Watchmen fans will recognize Bubastis. He would be the best pet ever, JUST LOOK AT HIM. And he's supposed to have stripes but I stopped trying when chewing off my own finger seemed easier to do. Oh well.

Rawr Pirahna

illustrator is ok i guess...

Pet? Neighbor? either way Totoro is awesome.

Weird dragon thing

I doodled a weird dragon thing with a mask-head earlier and figured he might be good for intelligent conversation, teatime, etc. I had fun with the pencil tool, but kinda wish I tried some more with the pen tool.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Dragon Turtle

From what I heard, Dragon Turtle (or known as "Hyun Moo") is one of the four sacred beasts in Korea, and obtaining it will give you great wisdom. So I think it will be cool to have one of the four beasts as pet. IF they really exist I mean...

illustrator...why are you like another language?!

SO. I have never touched illustrator in my life up until now...just saying. I have an image but can't upload even with that "file>save for web" nonsense. Apparently, I'm not authorized to save?Why do Macs hate me!? And, the tools make no sense! I couldn't even get color onto the canvas, boo!

*edit: Now the computer won't even let me try to upload an image... :(
*edit.2: WHOOO uploaded, finally! You guys can guess which one is my ideal pet, haha.