16 December 2009

Return of the Hundred Themes!

A few more of the 100 theme illustrations for Character Creation:

5 - Seeking Solace

8 - Innocence

33 - Expectations

84 - Out Cold

95 - Advertisement

last batch of thesis for the moment

A couple more vignettes, and a full painting:

The Captain looking over calculations done by a midshipman. slightly worrying, what.

Potentially my favourite piece of the semester - "heaving a pawl", or turning the captan around to pull up anchor.

Surgery below deck - amputating an injured leg. I'm actually completely redoing this painting, but I figured that I would post the original version for now.

//from thesis: tools done in walnut ink, vignettes in watercolour, and full painting in acrylic.
A few small vignettes done for thesis - still on the British navy at the turn of the nineteenth century.

A sailor liked nothing more than being physicked - too bad the surgeons were usually clueless.

Naval punishment - always known for understanding in terms of small transgressions.

Fire the long guns!

Tools from Thesis pt.2

Continuation of a theme:

Navigational Tools - not too useful without charts, actually.

Dentistry Tools - mostly pliers. I'd be concerned.

Surgeon's Tools - most surgeon's in the navy were not doctors. Many were, in fact, merely people who had spent some length of time apprenticed to an apothecary, or had worked with another surgeon. Result? That bone saw got a lot of use.

From Thesis

It has occurred to me that I have yet to post anything from my thesis class. I have to admit, I haven't been as pleased with the pieces from this semester as I might have been, but I quite enjoyed doing ink drawings of various tools used in the British navy, and in shipbuilding, around the time of the Napoleonic Wars.

Sparmaking Tools - for making masts

Sailmakin Tools - just what they sound like, actually

Rigging Tools - braiding, pulling apart and running rigging

Caulking Tools - because it's good for your ship to be watertight

13 November 2009

4 more themes

Four more scanned for now. Have I mentioned that these are in no apparent order?

25. Trouble Lurking

36. Precious Treasure

38. Abandoned

48. Childhood

100 themes strikes back

Here are a few more of the 100 themes illustrations for Character Creation. I'm not sure yet if I'll eventually scan all of them.

66. Traps (and my current favourite)

75. Mirror

99. Solitude

100. Relaxation


Here is a bit more work from Elyssa's Natural Science class, this time some birds.

The snowy owl again - now in colour.

A couple versions of a Canadian goose.

just some sketches. Duck, duck - goose!

29 October 2009

Collage Show

So, the lovely Miss Victoria Belisle ( http://victoriambelisle.blogspot.com/ ) and I have teamed up for a very interesting project - series of collages based on old cabinet photo portraits. The pictures we've found are all from around 1890 to around 1915, and we've been having quite a bit of fun making up stories and connections for them and theming the collages around the personalities.

Both of our pieces will eventually be mounted in a show at Montserrat's Bear Gallery, although the specific date is still pending. More information to come!

In the meantime, here's a small preview of some of my contributions to the project:

Elizabeth Martin

Eleanor Abernathy

More Themes

A few more selections from my 100 themes project (also brown ink on illustration board, 4"x4")

#32 - Night

#61 - Fairy Tale

#74 - Are You Challenging Me?

#76 - Broken Pieces

#83 - Heal

Excerpts from 100 Themes

In Character Creation, we have an ongoing project of making a character to utilize in 100 illustrations based on a list of prompts. My character is a female gunslinger named Bonnie trying to track down the men who killed her older brother. These are a few of my favourites so far.

All of the illustrations are brown in on illustration board in 4"x4" squares.

Bonnie herself.

#1 - Introduction


#17 - Blood

#23 - Cat

House Gremlin

Here is another assignment from Character Creation. We had to invent monsters, so I made a house gremlin - a little rodent sized creature that does all sorts of nasty things around the house, including poking needles into the ears of sleeping children. But, he's afraid of teddy bears so, really, how scary can he be?

Mostly pencil on bristol board, with water colour in the turnaround.

Random Character Creation

Here are a few random sketches and such from my Character Creation class:

Bertie Wooster (pencil on illustration board)

redesign of Harley Quinn (ink and watercolour on illustration board)

a few pencil sketches of facial expressions - they were mean to be self portraits, of sorts

More Natural Science!

More from Natural Science Illustration.

pencil sketch of a snowy owl

coloured pencil and graphite