Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Punk-Inspired Holiday Greeting Card Design

Our final assignment in my Traditional Illustration class was to create a holiday greeting card.

Influenced by the song "Silent Night" by The Dickies, I wanted to create a punk inspired Christmas card:
Christmas Greeting Card Design

The interior of this card would read "Have a Smashing Christmas."

Illustration for a Fairy Tale with a Twist: Cinderella

In my Traditional Illustration class, we were assigned to put our spin on an old fairy tale. On almost bended knee, I begged to be granted permission to interpret Cinderella.

My twist was to make all the characters skeletons, and instead of losing her shoe, Cinderella would lose her entire skeleton foot!

Skeletons Tell the Story of Cinderella

My original submission was drawn in colored pencil, but this more finalized second submission was done in acrylic paint on watercolor paper.

John Waters Caricature

I was assigned in my Traditional Illustration class to create a caricature of a famous person, similar to those used in Entertainment Weekly to accompany an article.

I chose to create one of John Waters, one of my favorite writers and directors, who is the brilliant mind behind films like the original Hairspray and Cry-Baby.

John Waters Caricature

My original submission was done in colored pencil, but this revised submission was painted using acrylic paint on watercolor paper.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Master Copy: Norman Rockwell

My first project for Digital Illustration class was to create a "master copy" of a Norman Rockwell illustration entitled Missing the Dance.

It began with a line drawing to study and examine the edges:
Norman Rockwell Master Copy: Line

Next I created a charcoal drawing to map out its values:
Norman Rockwell Master Copy: Value

Lastly, I created an acrylic painting to practice color and technique:
Norman Rockwell Master Copy: Color

Friday, October 15, 2010

Metalworking: Compass Shaped Picture Frame

I've been introduced to metalworking in my Beginning Crafts class at Cal State Fullerton. My assignment was to create a photo frame with an image suspended in plexiglass.

I chose a photo of me and a few of my best friends on my 21st birthday, taken in front of Disney's California Adventure while standing on the enormous compass.

Compasses hold special significance for me: where am I now, where am I headed, etc.

Compass Picture Frame

Each piece of metal was cut from a sheet using a hand saw, then sanded to create safe touchable edges. The piece was assembled and fixed using copper rivets. All gold colored pieces are brass while the orange pieces are copper.

It will be interesting to watch the metal gain a natural patina over time!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Handmade Sketchbook with Custom Stamp

My first project for my Beginning Crafts class was to design and create a sketchbook that would contain preparatory sketches for all of my projects for the semester.

Both covers are wrapped in decorative handmade paper. Sheets of Bristol board are cut and sewn in-between the covers using a traditional book-binding method.

I also created a design for a foam stamp to incorporate with the cover's design. Since I was reminded of pirates and buried treasure by the gold-colored paper's natural fibers, I designed an icon with an "X marks the spot" type of feel:

Handmade Sketchbook Detail

I bound the book together with hand stitching.

Handmade Sketchbook Detail

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Original Composition Rendered in Six Different Graphic Styles

In my Two-Dimensional Design class, I was assigned to generate an original composition using objects placed in the classroom, then render it using six different graphic styles using graphite pencils or ink:

Render #1: Photorealistic (Graphite)Project2 Render_0001
Render #2: Graphic Hatching (Ink Pen)Project2 Render_0002
Render #3: Bright Light (Graphite)Project2 Render_0003
Render #4: Low-Light (Graphite)Project2 Render_0004
Render #5: High Contrast (Graphite)Project2 Render_0005
Render #6: Minimal Graphic (Ink Pen)Project2 Render_0006

Which style is your favorite?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Free Punk Knit Hat to a Good Home!


I made this hat from a pattern in Pretty in Punk about a year ago from last Christmas; since the women who wrote the book sell these hats online, I don't think I am allowed to list it on my Etsy site for sale, SO, this hat is up for grabs! Free to a good home, but you pay the shipping (or, if we already know each other I can hand it to you in person)!

It can fit men or women (it might fit a guy better - I have a big head for a girl, and it's a bit loose on me).

Send me an email or leave a comment on this post if you're interested.


**Update:  April 10, 2010
James Morison is now the proud owner of this hat. He responded via Facebook within minutes of this posting. Congratulations, dear!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hi and Welcome!

Hello! My name is Samantha (I am most often known as "Sam") and I am an artist. I've started this blog as a sort of launch pad for a website that showcases everything I do - ranging from artwork and handmade items to film, web design, and a virtual journal about what's going on in my head from time to time (less emphasis on the latter part, hopefully, although I am told I'm quite interesting).

I consider my life to be a movie, or a never ending TV show - everyday is a new chapter or episode with potential for something amazing to happen. Stuff happens to me that I don't hear happening to other people - I'm mostly referring to the good or surprising things that happen. If I share one of these detailed scenes with you, please note that I don't make stuff up; and if I do, I'll be sure to put a disclaimer, but I typically incorporate that "made up stuff" in my artwork, so that shouldn't be a problem for us.

I'd love for you, my reader, to check back frequently to see what I'm up to and what I've newly posted, and I greatly enjoy reading feedback in the comments section.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and I look forward to sharing myself with you!