Monday, April 30, 2007

Illustration Friday: Remember

Here's my combo pen drawing with Photoshop work.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sketchbook Assignment

I am doing my sketchbook assignment along with my students...(The creepy drawing of the fingers was the first drawing I did for the assignment, and this is the second.) Only 14 more to go. I'm a mean teacher huh?

My students must thank my fellow bloggers for this assignment. I got so inspired by looking at visual blogs, which is where I got this list of drawings, that I decided they must draw these things too. (They have to do 13 on the list and then the bottom three challenges.)

____ ceramic animal.
____ something brass
____ a single flower, up close and
____ something new you purchased
this week.
____ fingers and/or toes
____ Odd shaped bottle
____ a game piece from any game
____ something a chef would use
____ potato chip or cracker
____ something you push or pull
____ something on your refrigerator
____ something that annoys you
____ links of a chain
____ what you keep spare change in
____ something with a flower on it
____ inside of a shell
____ something you measure
____ something your least favorite
____ 3 strange things in your house.
____ a tongue
____ 3-item still life in blue (or 3
blue items)
____ your face in a reflection
____ An “owie” (bruise, cut, scar,
____ a bowl of something
____ something that reminds you of a
____ a way to say “I love you

Challenge #1: toes on the hand/fingers on the foot.
Challenge #2: Make one of your items look like it is melting or sagging.
Challenge #3: Draw a hybrid between a fruit and an animal

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


These two states and cities are definitely polar opposites.

Monday, April 23, 2007


I was not a contributer to Illustration Friday when the topic was peace. I think I will contribute now. Even though I think this design needs quite a bit more work...

Hasn't everyone been thinking about peace with what has been happening in our world and country lately?

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Inspiration From Fellow Visual Bloggers

This post has been inspired by sketch blogs and illustration blogs I have seen in the past week. Thanks!

mammajam's questions

These are questions from mammajam's visual blog about IF posts, which I have answered below...

Which leads to my questions for any of my IF visitors:

1) How long to you spend on your weekly IF illustration?

2) Do you draw from your mind or do you have a visual reference?

3) Do you illustrate as a profession?

4) How did you find out about Illustration Friday?

5) Why have you started participating in Illustration Friday?

***I would love to read your answers. Perhaps you can post them in the comments section or just leave me a link to your blog and I'll come read it there***

1) How long to you spend on your weekly IF illustration? I have spent anywhere from 1 hour to 12 hours on my drawings/designs for Illustration Friday. All of the illustrions I have posted so far have been new designs for the topic, not old ones I have recycled, but that may wear off...

2) Do you draw from your mind or do you have a visual reference? I have done both, and it's about half from my head and half from pictures I have taken. The cartoony ones are from my head and the more realistic ones from pictures.

3) Do you illustrate as a profession? Sort-of. I illustrate assignments that my students are working on. Besides that I do not do illustration, but I have always admired the way illustrators put visual ideas together. I have quite a collection of children's books. In a related field, graphic design, I have had a couple of logo/letterhead/website design/redesign jobs on the side.

4) How did you find out about Illustration Friday? I gave my students an illustration assignment and googled "illustration" I found many artists websites and blogs that had links to Illustration Friday. I looked at the images long before I decided to set up my blog to create my own designs for the topics. I was hesitant because I manage 4 other personal/work websites. At first the thought of another one overwhelmed me, but it has been a rewarding experience so far.

5) Why have you started participating in Illustration Friday? I need something that "makes" me do more than just create assignments for students. It's like an academic challenge for me in creative problem solving. I also love the networking aspect: hearing advice from and seeing designs by other creative individuals.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Anyone in Jersey?

I have just designed three posters for a local church. If anyone lives in Jersey and wants to take part in a free throw contest feel free.

Two kids in the church helped me. Can you tell what part each of them did?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Illustration Friday: Fortune

I have done the last couple of Illustration Friday topics, but did not post them, so if you like this one check them out on my blog...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Illustration Friday: Green

Here's my go at Photoshop. This was not my original idea for this illustration, but everytime I thought of the word green I kept getting the Radiohead song in my head that begins..."Green plastic watering can..." (Fake Plastic Trees)

I did not get enough time this week to work on this since I was behind from the last two weeks.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Illustration Friday: Snap

I'm trying to keep up with all of them even though I didn't actually post on IF. Hopefully this week I'll get to post ontime again!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

I Spy A Little Eye

Can you see it?

It's in the style of Chuck Close all done with the pen tool and overlapping shapes on Adobe Illustrator.

This was for Illustration Friday when I was on Spring Break so I didn't post it then, but I'm finally finished. It took forever.