Shadowness - akiko There's always something making me smile. en SP11 - Bookshelf Secrets <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Another Sketchbook Project submission from this year - after looking through the pieces I made for this, I had to put it up. I think it's also a lead up to a possible piece I will have coming soon. I'm feeling extremely nostalgic about Harry Potter at the moment (after shedding quite a few tears at the speeches at the premiere the other day, my goodness Joanne hit the spot XD). So for the time being, this is my homage to Joanne Rowling. The wonderful woman who not only got me to read books, but also sent my imagination into overload where it has never been the same since, and I couldn't be more grateful. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 06:57:29 -0400 CATC - Rendering Techniques <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Another college assignment, but I think it's good to put stuff like this up here, because it's what is forming the foundations for the artwork I have coming. I'm finding more and more that I'm becoming tired of creating art pieces on the computer, and I'm sure it's entirely thanks to my college course. aha This one was an exercise with the same image, different rendering techniques. So from the left: original (a birthday present from my mum, it's a beautiful keyring charm), lead pencil, copic marker, ink and finally fineliner pen. I can't pick a favourite, but that fineliner pen and the ink are tied for first. lol I was fighting with the copic markers the entire time - it was raining that weekend and the moisture in the paper was making my life miserable. I really think there's an art to using them well though, so more practice is needed. The ink felt a lot like watercolours, so I was so glad when I caught onto that. XD So what's your favourite? Sun, 10 Jul 2011 06:39:21 -0400 08 Cheers For 08 Years <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />So I'm of two minds with this piece. One side of me still loves this piece to bits - it was one of the few vectors that I'm completely proud of. The other side of me feels bad for posting this because while I am so so happy that dA has been a huge part of me these past few years, I don't quite feel the same way about it anymore. Which saddens me, but I'm still incredibly grateful for everything that happened there. So this is me posting my tribute to dA. Sure it was made for their birthday nearly 3 years ago, but I still count it as one of my favourites. Stock photo used here can be found (once she takes everything out of storage lol) at =) Sun, 10 Jul 2011 06:29:37 -0400 Vexelove - Logo Redesign <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Vexelove put out the call for a new logo, and because I love them to bits, I couldn't help myself and gave it a shot! The bottom section shows the process of 'playing' I went through to get the final version. There isn't too much variation between them, but from memory I think I was mainly just trying to give them more options if they liked a slightly tweaked version better. As there are two main elements to the group, 'vexel' and 'love', I wanted to either use symbolism to show both, or at the very least have the type there to show people what they were about. And as they are based out of deviantART, I also wanted to keep the font used consistent with what dA had rebranded themselves with (I'm a stickler for consistency). Add in a bright pink and you've got yourself a logo! This logo, to me, is one of the best I've created. Not only did it fit with the purpose, but there were guidelines and things to remember, rather than restrictions, and that really helped me as far as coming up with roughs for the end design. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 02:09:05 -0400 SP11 - Birthday Party Time <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />For the past few years the Brooklyn Art Library has been hosting a project for artists worldwide called 'The Sketchbook Project'. Basically, you spend $20 (yes, just $20) and they send you a moleskine sketchbook to you to fill with arty goodness. You then send it back to them, and they take it on a tour of the US. Awesome idea, right?! After thinking to myself 'that can't be that hard to do!' (and with a 4 month deadline), I took up the challenge, and to be honest, it was nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be. The little guy in this piece is a robot named Kyo. I decided to base my entire sketchbook around adventures involving him, as my theme was 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' - a name a bit too ambitious for me normally, but it was a good starting point. I spent my entire Christmas break in Dec 2010 / Jan 2011 (while it was raining, just to make my life even harder) learning the very basics of what watercolours are capable of doing.. and I can't remember ever having so much fun, artistically speaking. I can't say that I wasn't taking the project seriously, but I had complete freedom in what I was doing. If I wanted Kyo to take the 11th Doctor Who's bowtie, and the 10th Doctor's suit and overcoat, or maybe even have him dressed up ready to go to a Liverpool FC match? Maybe I wanted a splattered effect to make the sandcastle look more realistic and sandy? Of course I could do it! I plan on participating on the project again next year as the Australian portion of the sketchbooks (plus a few more as a treat, I hope!) are actually traveling to Melbourne for one of the tour dates! It truly is a wonderful project, hopefully some of the artists here will take up the challenge as well! =) Sun, 19 Jun 2011 01:50:10 -0400 The Jazz <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />This piece was a good exercise in restricting myself to a minimal number of colours (in this case, there were 5). It also helped me get back into sync with the pen tool again. There's something about being able to take a photo of something (which also happens to be my awesome little car!) and transforming it not only into shapes, but also effectively minimising the piece right down to its simplest form. It's not the most detailed piece, nor the best I've ever created, but it is one of those breakthrough 'aha!' pieces for me. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 01:33:59 -0400 CATC - Flower <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />In February this year I started a course in Commercial Art. Part of the reason I chose this course was because quite a large amount of content in the course is hand-rendered pieces, which is something I've been itching to get better at. Every week in our first term, we had to finish at least two fully-rendered pieces a week, using only a fine-pointed marker pen. I was terrified because I had never done a serious drawing of any sort, and they were asking us to do it in a permanent ink to boot?! What I quickly learned however was that it wasn't so terrifying, and that I actually wasn't half-bad at it. Finally my 'perfectionism' gene had found its home, and I wouldn't hand in a piece until I was completely satisfied with it (but still keeping within my deadlines of course!). The other pieces that I have done so far can be found at: Reference photo was taking by one of my wonderful friends, Juliane Klinkhardt, and can be found at: Sun, 19 Jun 2011 01:19:12 -0400 002 Love <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />At the time I created this I had just discovered fractal art, and had got myself a copy of Apophisis to play with. I'm not the most patient person in the universe, so when it came to waiting for my computer to export the fractal, I ended up taking a screenshot of the finished piece, and decided to try vectoring it instead. This was one of the first vector pieces that I ever created, and to be honest, it's become quite a stalling point for me. I love how it looks, I love that the effort I put into it completely paid off, but now it's quite hard for me to measure up to it in terms of quality. I can't even begin to tell you how long it took me to do this; it truly was a labour of love. All that said, to this day it is still one of my favourite pieces, and probably always will be. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 01:07:25 -0400