Tuesday, December 10, 2013

15 Weekly Self- Portraits

Self- Portraits
Mixed Media
August- December 2013

Besides doing illustrations this past semester, I did a weekly self-portrait for the past 15 weeks for my drawing class in my sketchbook.  I used a variety of media, like charcoal, ink, crayon, and chalk pastels.  For some I toned my paper with watercolor or ink, or drew on toned paper.  Some are a lot better than others, but I have enjoyed doing these every week.  I am going to try to keep this going every week to continue to get better.  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fly Away

Acrylic on Illustration Board
8 1/2"x12"
December 2013

This illustration is loosely based off of the greek myth of "The Fall of Icarus".  I changed it to be a self-portrait of me, flying away in the city.

Wanting the Moon- Communication Arts Entry

Acrylic on Illustration Board
December 2013

This is the illustration that I submitted to the Communication Arts Illustration Annual.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Three Final Silhouettes

Overall silhouette- Nintendo 64 game controller
Inside silhouette: 3 Sailor Gnomes holding the Golden Mushroom

Overall silhouette: Banana
Inside silhouette: Squid

Overall silhouette: Whale
Inside silhouette: A boat with sailor gnomes being attacked by a squid

Materials: Acrylic on Illustration board
September 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

One Hundred Circles

In my sketchbook this past week, I drew and painted one hundred circles.  Each circle had to be a different color, and I had to make each circle in to a different recognizable image.  These are my top 25 favorites.  

Sunday, August 18, 2013


This is the last sketchbook update for summer 2013! I have been drawing for the majority of the summer, which has really helped improved my drawing skills.

I went to the Memphis Zoo yesterday to sketch some animals. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

More Sketchbook Stuff!

Summer is a little past half-over, and I've been drawing in my sketchbook everyday.  This is some of the spreads from my sketchbook since the last posting.

A few sketches of my cat, Sam.

Drawing on the Fourth of July while waiting for fireworks to shoot off in Leawood, KS.

A tree in my backyard that is splitting in half and is almost ready to be cut down.

And drawing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


A few more of my sketchbook drawings that I have done since my last post.

Drawing at a KC Royals baseball game:

I recently went on vacation to Branson, Missouri over the weekend.  Even though it was just a vacation, I still managed to make time to sketch some in my sketchbook.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Wine Label Design

In my design class, my assignment was to create a wine label.  What I did first was I created my character.  The character I choose was an elephant, which I digitally painted in Adobe Illustrator.  I choose an elephant because when an elephant reaches their trunk-up to reach something, the shape of their body reminds me of a wine bottle.  The reason why I made the elephant purple is because of the color of wine.  I then went on ahead and created the label.  This is my first product design (although, this is not a real wine product, just a class assignment), and it turned out a lot better than I thought it would.  I named the wine "Big Trumpet Wine" because the elephant's name is trumpet.

All Five:
Materials: Glass Bottle, Adobe Illustrator
March 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013


 Before now, I have never really made an advertisement before. What I did was I choose an interesting mechanical object, which was my Hello Kitty Headphones.  What I did first was I painted my headphones in three different views.  The views are the ear pads, headband, and then the overall view of the headphones.

(All 3):  Materials: Gouache on Illustration Board
10"x 10"
February 2013

From there, I choose one image of the headphones that I thought that would work very well for an advertisement.  I decided to go with the overall view of the headphones, since I can get creative using the text and layout. 

Materials: Photoshop and Illustrator
8 1/2"x 11"
February 2013

Even though this is not a real advertisement (because I am not going to sell the headphones), it really made me think about how to create an image that can get someone to buy a product.