Illustrator in the hot seat. Brian is at the top of his game and has been cranking out some seriously solid work. Check him out in this month’s Communication Arts Issue. He gives a brief personal account of this experience at his drawger link. He is also one of the inaugural illustration instructors at an online site offering cool classes, tutormill.
Illo3 serves it up hot and fresh for assignment five. Nice to see the class work with the given specs of complimentary colors and large flat planes and come up with some solid images. Hope to see several of these up on the illustration 3 wall with large prints so we can share the work with others.
Nice job. I like it.
Assignment six. I’m wanting something for our illo3 wall. make use of that large printer. I would like our class to create illustrations for a horizontal print of 11 full length portraits on one sheet, a Watkins line up. Inspired by the great Josh Cochran, we are going to do full length drawings of classmates and colleagues at Watkins. Pay attention to clothing details and the specifics of what the person is wearing. This is a link to a example of what I am envisioning, a project Josh completed for the Dubai Metro. Your drawing will have the person in a standing position and will be silhouetted against a white background. Sketch deadline: posted by Tuesday, 23rd, 10:00 pm. Final art due on Thursday February 25th, 2010, 10:00 pm, posted.
My recommedation is to take a photo of your Watkins celebrity to work from and then if time permits to do a life drawing at the same time you take the photo. Work from both the life drawing and photo reference. Do not trace the photo. Simply use it as reference as you work out your drawing, before inking. Extra credit for any of you that do two or more Watkins celebrities. Dan in his black hat, full length pose would be a winner. Someone grab a camera.
For week one through five, I’ve asked that each student do one artist review per week. Most of you posted your reviews on time, some did not.
For the remaining two weeks, I simply want five hot links per week, in one short post, without review. Simply list five illustrators/artists that you like. List artist and direct link from name. When completed it should something like:
Travis’s list of five artist for 02-18-10: Hanoch Piven, Randal Enos, Leo Espinosa, Robert Neubecker, Shout
To view artist work, simply click on name.
Deadline: post five for 02- 26-10. And post five for 03-05-10. Questions? Let me know.
School Holiday is scheduled for the 12th, no classes meeting at Watkins. There was some brief discussion about meeting off site or a field trip on the 12th, but we will not be meeting on the 12th. Make the most of your day and enjoy. I will post the new assignment on the 12th, due on the 19th. Please focus on having your black and white brush and ink drawings completed by the 12th. Also, post your weekly artist review for week four.
Drawing is the language of the illustrator, if there is one thing that everyone can improve, it’s our drawing. If at some point you make it your ambition to work as an illustrator, put drawing at the top of your list of goals and objectives. Hey Travis, I did an illustration this week, in seconds I can review the final and see areas of the drawing that contribute to the final or distracts from the success of the final. Drawing is our base, our foundation.
School is closed on the 12th of February for a holiday, this falls on a Friday. There is no class on the 12th. Final art for this fourth assignment is due on Friday, 12th. Post your favorite b/w brush drawing by midnight. No sketches due- it’s not applicable. The assignment is to do a series of black and white ink drawing(s) with brush work only. No nib, no pen. Brush only. Bold strokes- both thick and thin brushed lines. Your drawings should be on 8 x 8 or larger- size format your choice. The drawings should be from life, not from photos or memory. Bold strokes, contours, no pencil, simply brush strokes on paper. Realism is not our goal, representational work is our goal. Stylizing what you see and draw is encouraged. No pencil work under the line. You will bring all your drawings to class on the 19th. Be it one drawing, 15 or 30. Your grade will be determined by your effort, energy and attitude. Also, post your weekly artist review.
Here you go- the three minute critique. Tyler stretched himself and branched out from the pen and ink- i liked the lumberjack. Brittany and Chris did an image in illustrator. Shelby showed us up by sitting down to doodle a fun piece, no sketch, simply pen to paper- you’ve got to love that. Janna gave us an image that at the end of the day could attract art buyers- paying gigs around the corner with a series of this caliber. I like the perspective of Ligia’s drawing of the astronaut. Pig on trike from Patrick was fun.
My favorite for the week- Jared did three pieces instead of one. One for the assignment and two pieces for himself. If anyone is really interested in making a go of this- doing artwork for yourself is what it’s all about. Sounds a lot like what I was saying the first day of class. Dig deeper, find your flow.