Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thesis: Costume

 Here's a reminder of what Anya's costume originally looked like

 And here's what it looks like now!

 The back

 And a detail

This is the first costume I have created for my thesis. I condensed the pattern from the original design and did away with the border because I was never really sold on the weird DNA pattern thing... 
The entire dress pattern is embroidered, because when you are making dollies this small nobody makes patterned fabric for them. And it took forever.
Sorry about the crappy pictures, a nicer one will be taken at some point.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thesis: Progress

It starts with a character design (this is the prince in the story. He's a poop.)
 The next step is lining up those characters to get them all to scale.
 The wire is laid over the scaled drawings to make the basic frame. This is the Hag's armature, she's got a hump.
 The poly foam adds meat to the body while remaining posable.
 The arms and legs are sculpted with paper clay, leaving the elbows and knees bare wire, which will be covered by the costumes.

Here's a peek at my progress for my thesis puppets so far. Pictures of costumes coming soon!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Promotional Piece: Little Nikki Leeper

 Guess who! Woven, embroidered, stitched, sculpted, drawn, beaded... partially hand dyed, depending on the patch... entirely by Nikki. In a week. And I don't have a sewing machine. Excuse me while I go pass out in this corner now.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Children of Men

The Illustration department brings in visiting artists every once and a while to give us assignments and make us all compete for a free meal, thereby feeding the animosity already brewing in the souls of most art students. And I swear, these artists brainstorm what assignment they can give us that would be exactly contrary to anything I would ever draw... ever (you may recall the last assignment was an environmental superhero...)
This assignment is a futuristic movie poster in gold, silver and bronze. Yes, the futuristic wasn't bad enough (I don't even draw things from the PRESENT most days) it has to be basically sepia tone.
So, similarly the how I handled the environmental superhero, I decided to ignore the assignment and make a Madonna and Child. Because I am happy to draw Mary, even if I am not happy to draw the future.
Also, check out those hands. Thank you, Jeff Morice for showing me how to do that, I will remember it forever!

Pencil, Photoshop.

Pocket Posh Book Cover design

BEHOLD, FOR I HAVE CREATED MANY PATTERNS. The assignment was to create patterns to be the covers for these little books called "Pocket Posh Puzzle Books". All kinds of mediums and LOOK AT MY PHOTOSHOP SKILLS! None of these were scanned in as full images, I collaged them all in Photoshop all by my very self.
So, keep your eyes out for little books in the impulse buy area, maybe they will be designed by me!