I’m back for the year, this time with art. I realize this blog has become more art-focused, but I guess my life has become more art-focused too. Below I have cover art (front and back) for the speculative fiction magazine I’m the design/visual editor for. So, shout out, if you’re anywhere near the University of Washington, maybe consider picking up a copy of AU: Escape sometime next week?
Art and design by yours truly. Below is the art, minus the words.I’ve been super busy for the past week with stuff that has been less fun, so it was nice to get to do this as a break from the stress.
Well, all I can say now is that I’ll try to post more into the future, once I’m done with my winter classes, but history is not on my side here. I can wish you good luck going ahead, though. So, uh, good luck!
This piece is called Comet. I liked it so much I used it in another project: AU’s website, which I just remade. AU is a speculative fiction literary journal at the UW, which of course I had to become involved with! Let’s hope all goes well…
Story time. About two weeks ago I was contacted through the blog by someone who liked my spade— you know, the one in the hexagon in the blog’s header? He’d asked if he could use it as a logo, which I had to decline since that specific spade is so prominent on the blog, and it’s a personal favorite of mine. I was then asked if I could make something else for him to use. And of course I had to say yes! Logo? Spade? Black and white? How could I say no? This is what ended up being the final product:
The client wanted something similar to the original spade, so I tried to take my original concept with the lines in the center and make it edgier, sharper. I like to think this new one is in the same “family” as my original. I’m quite proud of it. Originally the base was diamond-shaped, but later was changed to a traditional base.
I think this marks my first commission for a client that I didn’t personally know– most of the stuff I’ve done was for friends and acquaintances. I’m very proud of the way it turned out. It was a fun project, and I hope I get to do more stuff like this in the future!
Now that I’m free for the summer, I thought it would be fun to do something art-related. So I thought, why not a 30-day challenge?
Below I have a list of 106-ish subjects ready to be drawn. The rules are simple. Using a random number generator (found here), I will pick one random medium and one subject from the list. For the subjects with (+1) afterwards, I’ll get an extra day to finish (hence the “ish” after “30” in the title.) Most of the list is stuff I came up with, some of it comes from what seems to be common in other challenge lists.
This Monday, I’ll randomly choose my subject/medium. The piece will be due the next day. At that time I’ll choose another subject, and so on until I have 30 pieces.
I thought it would be nice to try and stretch my creative ability, as well as just to practice, because Lord knows I don’t do enough of that. I also want to see where my weaknesses are. I’m super excited for this challenge, and I can’t wait to see where it goes!
Well, first assignment’s on Monday. See you then!
Choose one from the following mediums:
digital with color
Choose one from the following subjects:
picture of me
favorite book character
me in a different time period
a rock band
an imaginary friend from childhood
four horsemen of the apocalypse
a hooded figure
stars in the sky
mode of transportation
what I ate for breakfast
random astrological zodiac sign
my Chinese zodiac sign
my astrological zodiac sign
favorite toy as a kid
one of my favorite foods
favorite scene from a movie
sci-fi desert scene (+1)
floating landscape (+1)
city above the sky (+1)
a room in your dream house (+1)
some sort of background
one of my favorite places
something with my favorite color
black & white
song I just listened to, something that represents it
re-imagining of a book cover
get five random tropes from tvtropes, pick one
one of the seven deadly sins
one of the seven heavenly virtues
favorite word personified
an untranslatable word
lettering + first noun/verb/adjective of the 9th full sentence of the book closest to you
a mash-up of three things on this list
something on this list + a mustache
something on this list + one of the four elements
animal + person
mash-up one random Chinese zodiac sign with one astrological zodiac sign
twins + one other thing on this list
logo + something on this list
impossible animal mash-up
jewelry + something on this list
dragon + something on this list
fruits/veggies + the four elements
circus + something on this list
fox + something on this list
redo of something you’ve made before (doesn’t have to be from this challenge)
I updated the front page of the blog this week, as well as the logo. And I drew this nifty welcome sign, see? I’ve been really into hexagons lately, so there are a lot of those on there. Like this one:
I am very proud of my work. Good job, Jackie. *pats self on the back*
GO CHECK IT OUT. PRETTY PLEASE WITH MAPLE SYRUP ON TOP.
Right now I’m just wrapping up midterms *shudders*, which is just awesome-tastic– sarcasm not intended. Anyway, I’ve decided to collect up all my doodles so far this year and put them here, just because I thought they were lovely and needed sunlight. This is the most doodling I’ve ever done in such a short span of time (about a month, I think it is), and I have to say, I’m quite proud of them. Although I should probably pay more attention to my lectures, hahaha…
A quick note: I might be ignoring the internet this week. Must study for finals! Apologies in advance.
Anyways, now’s probably a good time to mention that I’m still testing out my fledgling wings in graphic design, and about a week or so ago I was tasked with making a flyer for our school’s Model United Nations club, which will be distributed at our school’s open house this Wednesday. And I’ve finally finished! I think. When they assigned this to me they didn’t really give me a lot of instructions in terms of what to put on it (and our club doesn’t exactly function as a normal MUN would), so I just wrote what they gave me and filled up the empty space with doughnuts.
Here it is:
What do you think? Is this flyer to empty? Because we don’t really do much, so… so I have no idea what they want me to put on this flyer. I’m not even sure if they’re being printed in color. But I like it, I guess. It works. We’ll see what happens.