Thursday, December 10, 2009

New York Show

I, along with three other students and one professor, did a art reception which hung in the HFAC at BYU. This is one of the pieces I did from the show. I focused on the young adult children's book market.

Here's our Artist's statement for the show which will tell you more,
New York City Mentoring Project:
New York City is a complexity of visual and intellectual inspiration making it one of the cultural centers of the world. Along with the city’s vast galleries, museums, and immense concentration of illustrators, photographers, designers, painters and publishers, there is the excellent architecture, both humble and heroic, the pulsating life that ensues the city, the diversity of the human condition and the melting pot of culture to add to the stimulation and information that this great city offers. It is for these reasons and more that several illustration students and one crazy professor took off to see the Big Apple.
For six weeks we sampled what New York had to offer. We visited professional illustrators such as Sam Weber, Bill Thomson and Brett Helquist where we learned about their creative process as well as their perspective on conducting the business side of illustration. Each student also interned with a professional artist in their desired market focus for three days of each week. We sampled the food; we saw the sights; we were inspired and motivated by the exquisite talent exhibited in museum paintings; we sketched and we collected reference of the people, buildings and anything and everything in between to refer to in our own personal projects.
New York City has become the stage for our illustrated stories and each participant’s artwork is focused on their particular professional market interest.
We are grateful to the kind and talented professional illustrators whom we interned with, our project mentor, Professor Hull, who made sure we didn’t get lost, and the Orca and Oscarson Discovery Grant programs which allowed us this great experience and opportunity.

I found to make my illustrations look fairly the same in blogger as in photoshop I had to increase the saturation by fifteen or twenty points and play with levels, especially the darks. Hopefully the color looks alright on everybody else's computer.

Shadow Lake

Novel Cover idea: The story idea behind the illustration is that the protagonist, the boy, has somehow inadvertently, through his own character flaw, not done something he should have, which has resulted in a future post apocalyptic New York. The only way to right the timeline is to follow the daunting draped figure’s gesture into the dark door where he will face the antagonist head on.

Born Super

Being in NY, the inspiration for many a superhero’s place of residence, I thought I’d attempt a hero theme book cover illustration.

New York Show

Black and White

The idea for the illustration below stemmed from walking around the lakes at Central Park. I thought it would be cool to see the view from the other side: the viewer (i.e.. you) seeing what the object is, the mystery behind it and the curious, yet unsuspecting couple that just happened to look down, resulting in the story one can make up from there.