Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ocean Pencil Drawings

I made this 11"x14" pencil diptych as a gift for my sister's wedding earlier this spring. These graphite pieces are heavily inspired by the work of the artist Vija Celmins. My sister and I got to see some of Celmins' pencil pieces in Fort Worth when we were children and always loved her beautiful, luminous artwork.
Also, since she and her husband are on the East Coast, I figured they'd need some reminders of the Best Coast / Pacific Ocean for their home 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Beach umbrellas and a figure in a sunhat

More beachy illustrations. Digital, photoshop.

I love the different patterns and almost-patterns that form in beach views, and all the textures and sunlight. Above and in the previous aerial beach view I was playing with the patterns the umbrellas and figures can make, while below I was more interested in the light and shapes.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Carousel" - illustration and poster

I created this illustration and poster design for YMTC Berkeley for their production of Rodger and Hammerstein's musical, Carousel. The whole thing was drawn digitally with my tablet and using shapes in Illustrator, to be printed as both 11"x17" posters and smaller postcards.

Above is the final illustrator portion, below the postcard design with text laid out.

Below are the sketches that I submitted. You can see that the final version is a little bit of a combination of all of these, with the figures and the carousel animals. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blooming Mum

Watercolor and gouache still life study of a chrysanthemum. This started out as a warm-up watercolor sketch, then I got carried away. The original is about 11"x15".

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Recent sketches

I do a lot of watercolor warm-ups and sketches, but I'm not always posting the results. Here are a few that I was happy with or might expand on in the future.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sondheim's "Company" - illustration and poster

I created this illustration and poster design for YMTC Berkeley for their production of Steven Sondheim’s musical comedy, Company. The whole thing was drawn digitally with my tablet, to be printed as both 11"x17" posters and smaller postcards.

This was my first piece for this client. I was really excited to play with 1970's color schemes. 

Directly above is the sketch that was picked to be turned into the final. Besides refining the colors, textures, drawing, etc., I ended up adding in a figure to represent the lead, Bobby. 

Here's the background of just Bobby's apartment, including a lime green shag rug. So jealous.

And a detail of the view outside the window. 

Below are the three other sketches I submitted, all having variously to do with singledom, coupledom, New York City, heavy drinking, and 1970's style. 

And finally, below is the illustration with the text laid out over it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Border Collie portrait

A watercolor border collie portrait. Original is 11x15", watercolor on cold-pressed paper.

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