At school we are all busy putting together our portfolios to apply for co op placements this summer and one of my teachers keeps talking about ‘making art you want to get hired to do’. Well I would love to be hired to illustrate a kids book one day and man would I ever love to work on a Tolkien adaptation!
Who knows if that will ever happen! So I decided to attempt it on my own and plan out a fake ‘golden book style’ Hobbit, inspired by the Unexpected Journey movie. These were all painted with acryla gouache on watercolour paper and the book cover was edited with some photoshop.
I have a few more illustrations for this ‘Little Tokien book’ project on the go but homework is piling up so it might be a few weeks before I can dedicate some time to get the rest done. I’m not really sure if this is anything I can use in my looming portfolio but it was so much fun to do! There is really something nice about taking a little break now and again to rejuvenate your creativity with a personal project!
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Recently my storyboarding teacher, Nancy Beiman, held a contest for all the second year animation students at Sheridan to do an illustration that depicted “the story of animation at Sheridan College”. The winning entries would be take to theCTN Expo next week to display on the Sheridan College table. Imagine my surprise when it was announced that I was the 4th place winner! Here’s my entry in all it’s glory.
In other contest news, I won the most recent creative challenge on Laika’s facebook! Thank you so much to everyone who gave my entry a ‘like’. I really appreciate all the support I get from the people who read my blog, you guys are the greatest!
I have an illustration in the March issue of Owl Magazine! This is a really important accomplishment to me because I had a subscription to Owl when I was a kid and now my nephew has one. It’s always been one of those magazines I’d hope I would get the opportunity to work for!
I thought it would be fun to post up the process of this one. I was asked to do an interpretation of the American Gothic painting by Grant Wood. I sent in three rough ideas of which one was selected. I then did a more cleaned up version of the selected rough. Then it went to finals! Not all freelance projects run this smoothly. It was fantastic that it was such a good experience! My art director at Owl was Caroline Versteeg so a big thank you to her for getting in contact with me for this assignment!