Classical Music Cover
So I did Giussupe Verdi, he’s an italian composer from the early 1800s. I took this album because it had this song called Libiam ne’liete calici, which is called the drinking song.
It’s basically about enjoying life and drinking wine in Venice, which is where he composed a lot of his songs.
So I just took a typical scene and did a digital illustration with this, and then did some simple silhouetted lines of people drinking wine.
I just wanted to do something with a romantic feel to do it, and that’s where the soft colors and softness of the digital painting comes in. I just used Bodoni and then ….shoot don’t remember the name of the script font off the top of my head. But yeah! Just tried to give to capture the feeling of the album and the song, which I think I did.
The lines were supposed to be pretty wispy, so I tried to really get those lines down and drawn quickly on the first try, I didn’t want to over think it. I think they look fine. The wine glasses still look a little odd? But I’ve been working on them, the more I work with them the worse they get? So. Yeah. This is fine! Nothing too great, nothing too beauteous. But hey.
It ain’t goin in my portfolio. I probably shouldn’t think that way…….but ha I am. So whatever. This is donzo. Just going to get it printed along with the book cover. Woop!
So. Guys. If you spend a week and a half trying to brainstorm a non cliche illustration for a book cover, you probably shouldn’t keep trying.
I’ve actually been trying to figure out what to do for Don Quixote for like a week and a half now. That is stupid. Why I have been doing that I have no idea.
Anyway. I’ve realized, now that I’ve been on break, and had like 8 hours on a hot sweaty annoying megabus to think about my life, that I have just been creatively stumped for awhile now.
I think it’s so hard to find inspiration during school. Like okay. We’re all in a lot of classes, I know I have plenty of extra circulars I’m in involved with, I work, I try to squeeze in a social life here and there - like okay where is there time to get any inspiration.
I can’t remember the last time I had the chance to sit down and read a book, or just chill out and watch some weird ass movie, or do the typical things I try to do when I’m trying to get inspired.
I think that’s why I sat on that Don Quixote idea for so long. I just expected creativity to come, and you know what, when you’re having to be creative like 24/7 sometimes you just have to move on from an idea. It ain’t gonna happen.
So. Anyway. This probably doesn’t make sense, because HA guess what it’s break and I’m still up doing homework and I”m sleep deprived. WOO. I hate school. But. Moral of the story - I’m moving on. To Catcher and the Rye. Cause. I like that book. And I have more ideas.
More to come.
I’m pissed this classical music thing has to be before the 1900s. Like c’mon!! I had so many ideas for a recent classical artist. SO MANY.
And then Kristen reminded me of the specs and my soul was crushed.
COOL - EVEN WHEN I AM CREATIVE EVERYTHING IS RUINED.
I just want to collapse and sleep on the floor with my pug Hank forever and never go back to school.
I’M DOING DON QUIXOTE FOR THIS BOOK COVER.
Weirdest book/story of my life. I love weird things. This must be good.
Anyway. That’s as far as I’ve gotten on illustration this weekend. Literally being attacked by life in all other directions so. YEAHHHHH
So this is my Society of Illustrators poster.
Just my line illustrations, a simple wash down. And then some text.
Nothing too crazy. But really fun to work on and a good representation of my style and what I like.
It’s nice to have some freedom to make things we like here and there.
And yeahhh every time I upload a jpeg it’s all pixely and weird. But yeah!
Maybe I’ll talk more about this later but I kind of already did in my poster earlier today. So yeah the end.
Also I’m angry this is 16x20……like k glad I have money to print something that huge off. But whateh-r.
I feel like I don’t blog nearly as much in illustration as I did in VCII.
I just don’t have as much to bitch about?
I mean. I’m behind on some deadlines, but not by much. I’m not super overwhlemed, I’m just kinda doing my stuff, doing it how I want. And going with it.
Sent some prints over to get printed out today so those will finally be ready.
I’m excited about my society of illustrators illustration though. I’ve always been super into old anatomical illustrations/prints? They are more prints, so I had to kind of deal with making what is normally done in printmaking and transfer that over to an illustration. But it wasn’t bad. Used a lot of hatching and some stippling.
I really like how the illustration ended up. I’m just doing a normal weird wash to go behind it. I tried a new technique that I think I was always afraid to try before and I did wet on wet.
I got my blog looking exactly how I wanted it with just plain old water and then came in and barely touched it with some paint to get a weird explosive effect.
I don’t know why I didn’t do that before? I feel like that would’ve helped me in a lot of my other watercolor illustrations. But I think I was too afraid to do it…which is so stupid. But whatever. I’m stupid sometimes.
Anyway. I’ll be posted the society of illustrators thing in a second.
Okay for some reason when I upload this as a jpeg it gets all pixelated….?
Idk why that’s happening. It’s at the normal max quality in RGB for this, so idk why it’s doing that.
But it’s making me angry and I do not have time to figure out what’s going on.
ANYWAY. So yeah! The illustration.
I did directional line art for the illustration which was actually pretty enjoyable. It was fun to try something different, and go back to line art instead of painting something. Just switch it up.
It took me about 2 hours to do the illustration and I was happy with how it turned out. It was pretty tough reading and understanding the planes on the feathers, since those are pretty everywhere I feel like. But! Yeah regardless.
As far as the design goes. I used a duotone for this. The pantone color I used was PANTONE 637 C. And then obviously using plenty of tints of that color.
I think my concept was that there is another side to what we see when it comes to Native American’s, and that it what this whole week that we are advertising represents. I think to visually communicate that it is Native American Heritage Month we had to use some type of element that represents the a-typical Native American culture. Which is fine. So that’s why I went with what I did. Hoping that my illustration was good enough to trump the fact that it’s cliche.
The other side is the tag line and then visually represented with change in colors and such. I used blending options for the right side, I think I used exclusion for that? I like how that ended up looking, it really helps bring out the texture in the feathers.
Split up the events a little bit. La la la. Just normal old layout stuff. Nothing fancy or crazy there. I was sure if I should’ve bolded/italicized certain things? I always struggle with thinking about that. I’ll think about that tomorrow I think.
Once I got my initial layout down I just tried to balance it as much as possible.
Overall I liked how this turned out. It didn’t take toooo long? I’d say probably 4 hours total including the making of the illustration.
Speaking of which…I don’t think I’ve uploaded this yet??
This is my Number 3 illustration. Just some coffee…ground up, brewed, empty.
I like the subject matter on this one too! Because I live on coffee. So this worked out well for me.
And I had fun with this one. I finally started to trust the wash after I laid it down, especially in the coffee cup that’s “empty” or whatever.
I actually used someee coffee on it, not a lot because it’s sticky, but it was fun to work with. It was hard to get the shadows of the mugs to look super normal, but I think it’s okay with this because it is more expressive and such. And line art made more sense in this. It left room for negative space, and it was so solidified.
Overall I was happy with this! Didn’t take me long. Maybe an hour and a half. Which is weird, but hey. Didn’t want to mess with it too much.
So here is my world record illustration, digitally done.
The world record is the largest glass of beer ever created/filled. A pub in Ireland filled an 8-foot tall glass of beer and filled it 430 gallons of Guinness. Haha, so it was a fun subject matter to work with.
Obviously exaggerated it.
Digital takes forever, but after some tutorials recommended by Rusty and some YouTube tutorials it got done. I really like it!
It makes me lol thinking about certain illustrations I do to compared to others by the way. I was thinking about this, a few gouache ones I’ve done (purse and woman with a headress), and then my 3 illustrated. And it’s just so weird to me to think about how some illustrations come so easily.
I literally spent like 1.5 on my 3 illustration, and it turned out sooo much better than my life and death which took me forever? And still looks like shit? And still needs to be redone…………………
Anyway. Yeah. I think I just figured out I have a looser style, I don’t like the whole…draw the art…color the lines in kinda thing. I like starting with a loose pencil drawing and then going in and doing the paint and coming in with more expressive lines afterward with a pen or something.
As far as digital goes…I don’t know if I have a style with that? But yeah. Digital was interesting to delve into…….will probably do it again before the semester is over for sure!
Ugh is the title of this post.
Because I’m working on my life versus death illustration, which…looks like a 5 year old drew it.
I hate it. But I don’t think I hate it because it’s the worst illustration in the world. I just don’t like it because it’s not my style. And I hate it, because I don’t think illustration has been showing off my style off at all.
Which is fine…I think we’re trying to build up skills and all that shtuff, which is cool and fine. But I’m getting frustrated. Nothing I’m making is anything I want to show off, I mean a few of my earlier things I liked enough to show others. But I think I’m getting to the point where I’m realizing certain projects are clicking with me, and other ones aren’t.
And that’s okay. I’m okay with. But I get stressed out. Cause I have to go to class the next day and show people these shitty illustrations that I DID in fact try on, but they just look stupid.
I’m rambling about shite that doesn’t make sense.
And yeah. I’m excited about my number 3 illustration. I think this, like the purse, is a subject manner I’ll enjoy more so I’ll probably have a easier time pulling it off, and enjoying it.
The end. Basically the life and death one sucks right now. But I’m going to try to add some contrast to it, some more line art? But I think I just need to sit on it for a little bit. The end. Bitch sesh over.