Sunday, May 25, 2014

Dragon Con Poster

My portfolio is lacking in dragons.

The solution? Make a mock-poster for the Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. I approached the project like I was receiving art direction from an art director for the event. Aside from the fact that I was receiving art direction from my teacher and peers (for which I am grateful), I took into account that all of the posters in the past had dragons and usually something related to film.

 These are the comps I made for class. The third one was a new idea that came to me after I finished the first two comps. I like the concept, but I think the execution is much less successful than the other two. 


Here is the poster as it stood before critiques.

Here is the final poster with some revisions I made after critiques. More information about the festival can be found at the official website.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Adopt a Griffin

You could be the proud parent of my baby griffin painting. It is now for sale at the ArtOrder Store along with many fantastical works of art. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Guest Post: Funny Bones

 I would like to introduce my amazing sister, Kelsey Broersma. I will be enriching my blog with her insightful posts from time to time. You can see her full blog at Enjoy her post on skulls: 

I love science, especially biology. As a kid, owning pets, watching Animal Planet, reading National Geographic, and discovering the ecosystem in my backyard fed my desire to learn more about the animal kingdom. As an adult, I still do all of those things and the natural world never ceases to amaze me. Drawing is learning. When I take the time to study a found object, I am amazed by its structure and complexity.
I received a partial skull and eagerly awaited to make a few skull studies. I believe it is a raccoon skull, but it could pass for an opossum too. The skull's small size made it ideal for life drawing--I kept the studies "sight-sized", a technique where you draw the object the exact size you perceive it whether it is next to your paper or several feet in front of you.
I took my skull theme to the internet, where I pulled dozens of animal skull images. I wanted to represent as many animals I could, so I ended up drawing twenty skulls including reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish and birds. How many skulls can you identify?

Profile images display the most striking characteristics, so I let that rule guide my reference selection. Make sure you click on the image to enlarge it! I shaded the darkest areas to simplify the overall form.

If you want to see more scientific illustration, I recommend Cal State Monterey Bay's student gallery.
Have fun discovering!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Spot Illustration for Charleston Magazine

I made a spot Illustration for Charleston Magazine, which may or may not be published. However, I'm very happy with how it came out granted the short time I made it in. It's approximately a week's work from concept to finish, which is pretty darn fast for a slow poke like myself.

The final sketch:

The final:

Monday, May 5, 2014

Gershwin & Bernstein Poster Comps

Here are three comps for a mock-job doing a poster for the July 10th performance of the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The program includes works by Bernstein & Gershwin, so I tried to add an Art Deco flare and lots of jazzy blue. The sailor is a reference to Bernstein's On The Town.