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Metamorphoses III

My artist’s book Metamorphoses just won 2nd place in SCAD’s 4th Annual Student Book Competition! This means that the book will be purchased by the school for its permanent collection. Here’s a little slideshow of some of the other finalists, including mine, on the SCAD-Atlanta library blog. The show was juried by incredible book artist Brian Dettmer, who said that Metamorphoses was ‘structurally perfect” ! He gave a talk after the awards ceremony and brought along several of his books, which were really cool to look at and touch (!).

Out of the 14 or so books produced in my section of the bookmaking class with professor Julie Mueller-Brown, 6 of them were selected for the final 25-book show, so congratulations to Julie and all the other ppl from the class!

Having a good day :) Thank you to all the poets who contributed to the texts in the book; your words inspired me as I created the images.

Red Hood IV

It’s finally done! here are some sketches, pages and spreads. The final book is 42 pages long, set up with the story and illustrations on one side of each page and on the other a pattern that relates to the action, so that if the models are cut out and assembled the pattern covers the back of the pieces. Just so everything looks nice and taken care of :).
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Page 12 with model assembled
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(quick shot of the back to show how the pattern wraps around)

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page 22 with sketch and magnification

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Again, by itself

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wolfworld/tattoo sketch and final realization

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Incorporated into the final page

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spread, pgs 7+8

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Working on a pattern/page decoration

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A set of tiles for another pattern

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A model of a small woodland glade, in its flat state

Red Hood II

Every single element in the book is drawn or painted by hand and then brought into the computer for additional digital color.
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Little incidental text decorations.

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Part of a frame and a little gate…

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A portion of handwritten type before formatting…

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Text arranged into a path in Photoshop.

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Another block of set type, with ornaments.

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Some sketches for my upcoming Masters of Fine Arts in Illustration thesis. It’s a retelling of Little Red Riding as an illuminated manuscript/activity book. Yep.

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Red Hood

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wolf tattoo/map of the forest

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“I’m in love with a girl!” –Woodsman

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Ideas for the red hood, some woodsman’s plaid, an anti-wolf charm, etc

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Paperdoll of the woodsman. Throughout the book will be paperdolls, paper-constructions, maps and mazes that let you ‘do’ the story as you read it.

SCAD Student Spotlight

I’m honored to have chosen for the SCAD-Atlanta Illustration department’s Student Spotlight this quarter. There is a large display of my recent work outside the department, and a little self-interview on the departmental blog. Thanks professors! :)

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In other news: My new mailer is done; here are some images from it.
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Handwritten, in-depth biography, page 2
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Four little cutout figures
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Pattern stamping on back

A Classic

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Another book cover with hand-drawn type. Watercolor, pencil and digital.

Richard Brautigan

One of my favorite books is Richard Brautigan’s The Hawkline Monster, so I had a lot of fun doing this. Subtitled “A Gothic Western” the novel takes place mostly in a huge Victorian mansion set alone on a hill in the wilds of 1800s Oregon. Its inhabitants are plagued by a horrifying monster. Etc.hawkline working2 Richard Brautigan

Only Girl II

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Another version of Rihanna.

Only Girl In The World

I haven’t posted anything for a while…mostly because I always remember while I’m at school and I have such a great password that I can only log in when I’m at home with my collection of sticky notes… :P But anyway.

I’ve been working on a lot more portraits. I started this one of Rihanna the other day, still v. much in progress but I’m excited about where it’s going. I was at the club last weekend and they put on “Only Girl In The World” and I started thinking about those fantastic strings of pearls she wore that one time, and how those would look in a portrait.
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This is the little sketch I made, with the necklace looped into the words “only girl in the world.” From here I went into my paints and came up with thisrihanna working 204x400 Only Girl In The World
and then brought it into photoshop and starting working on it – just being playful and exploring different options since it was completely self-assigned and no one was checking on me :D . I wanted to bring in a very edgy, leather, dance feel, so I played around with some buckles and studs a la Burberry. Two different options…
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The left option looked too bruised and bloody, which seemed like a Chris Brown reference, and the grey one on the right looks a little Queen of the Damned to me, so I am going to do some more revisions and see what happens. One thing I definitely want is for her to be looking more directly at the viewer as opposed to off to the side as she is now. The little fairy sparkles around her are shorthand for “insert cool background.”
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Here’s my revised working sketch for how I’m going to change it up on round 2.