September 28, 2009

the old olympus

The second task we were given at the illustration course was to draw an object of our choice. We were told to bring something metallic and with some detail, so I thought: what better than my stepfather's old Olympus OM-1?! I kind of underestimated just how much detail it had...

I'll admit I cut some corners, it was too much! But most of it is there.
Pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache. Took about 3 hours.

September 21, 2009

greeting card

This is the first product of the illustration course I just started attending.

We were tasked with creating two greeting cards, a serious one and a silly one, and I came up with 4 sketches. This was meant to be the serious one at first, but quickly turned into this... it was the one that the others found most entertaining (mostly due to the mimicry of the characters) and was also the one that looked nicest. So I finished inking it, and when I got home I cleaned it up in Photoshop and added shadows and some shades of gray. In total it took about 1 hour.

September 17, 2009

late post and some changes

No post this week yet, unfortunately.
It's been a bit messy since both me and my brother-in-law had our birthday this week. Mine was yesterday and it was the feared nr 30... It did bring with it some good though, since my lovely partner gave me a great present: a course in illustration held by Johanna Rehn, a young swedish artist (check out her homepage). You'll see its fruits in the coming weeks.
In other news, my design for the GWJ T-shirt didn't win, which is a bit sad. It doesn't really matter though, it was fun and I learnt a few things. I got the T-shirt bug now, so there will be more of that in the future!
Whatever time I had left over was wasted trying to learn a bit of CSS to fix the Blogger template, without much success so far... but expect some changes soon! Hopefully I'll have the next piece up before the end of the week, and then I'll try to stick to a weekly schedule.
Stay tuned!

September 8, 2009

gwj t-shirt contest entry

So this is it! First post!
Here's my submission for a contest issued by Gamers With Jobs, a great community site for videogames. They wanted a proposal for a new T-Shirt design, so I put this together. They'll publish the results soonish, fingers crossed! Not that I stand to win any money, mind you, but it would be awesome to see my design printed!
Go take a look if you like videogames, it's a very friendly and mature community, and they have a fantastic weekly podcast. I lurk in their forums under the screen name il dottore.

Please comment! Otherwise I'll never learn :)