Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Will Paint for Gas Money

Having heard that I'm looking to make some money while seeking my first full-time job, my new buddy Mike over at Pepperland Music in Orange has commissioned me to paint him a master copy of one of his favorite images: The Endless Summer. He has requested for it to be oil on canvas.

Endless Summer Master Copy

I've been painting "al fresco" in the warm California sun.

Endless Summer Master Copy

Note: I don't advise painting barefoot, kids - it can absolutely result in a bloody mess as it did for yours truly who stubbed her toe on a disguised raised pipe. Shoes or sandals are definitely a must!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Noelle's Wedding

My dear college friend Noelle got married last month!

I was both honored and flattered to be asked to do her hair and makeup for her special day.

Sam Applying Noelle's Eyeshadow Sam Doing Noelle's Makeup

Noelle wanted a natural look that excentuated her features, so we opted for a light foundation, neutral eyeshadows, and girly pink lipstick.

Once I finished her makeup, it was time to gently curl Noelle's hair and create her desired loose waves.

Sam Doing Noelle's Hair

I think she turned out stunning - quite the radiant bride!

Noelle's Wedding Party

Our talented college buddy Matt Gush took these excellent photos. I highly recommend checking out his work and possibly asking him to photograph your wedding too!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Free Summer Commissions for Friends & Family

To keep in practice with my Traditional Illustration techniques, I offered to create free commissions for my friends and family.

The first was a "thank you" to my Aunt Sherry for sending me a full set of Prismacolor colored pencils as a belated graduation gift:
Aunt Sherry - Jack Sparrow
Captain Jack Sparrow, savvy?

My buddy Chris from my internship last summer is a huge Britney Spears fan. I made him this acrylic painting finished with colored pencil to display in his new place in Long Beach:
Christopher T - Britney Spears

My friend Crystal from my Beginning Crafts class wanted a drawing of someone from TruBlood, so I created one for her of Sookie:
Crystal S - Sookie

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Morrissey, My Muse

Morrissey is not only one of my favorite singers, but also one of my biggest sources of inspiration.

Two years ago, in my Beginning Painting class, I created a portrait of him using oil paint on canvas:
Morrissey Portrait

This summer, as part of my free commissions, I created an acrylic painting of Morrissey finished with a charcoal drawing for my friend Evelyn from my Marketing classes.
Morrissey Portrait

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sketch Cards

Felt like knocking out a few sketch cards this weekend:

Ricky & Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy, manga markers
I Love Lucy Sketch Card

Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Prismacolor colored pencils over marker
Jack Skellington Sketch Card

Marilyn Monroe, manga markers
Marilyn Monroe Sketch Card

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Master Copy: Mike Kungl

This summer, I'm offering to create free commissions for family and friends to keep my illustration skills sharp.

First off, we have a colored pencil drawing for my dear friend Shannon. She requested a master copy of a Mike Kungl illustration of Disney's Cinderella: Mike Kungl Master Copy

Monday, May 23, 2011

Commencement: Wearing My Jewelry to College Graduation

Commencement

Hooray! I just finished college and celebrated my Commencement yesterday. You might not be able to see it in the photo above, but I wore both of my class rings during the ceremony - along with some fun and funky green nail polish!

My family & I went out to lunch at Lucille's BBQ in Tustin afterwards. Here you get a better look at my "class ring:"

Class Ring

And I sported my handmade silver bat bracelet too!

Graduation Lunch at Lucille's

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Metal Casting: Square Sterling Silver Pumpkin Ring

I was assigned to create a ring for my Jewelry class using the traditional lost wax casting method.

I wanted to create a square ring so it did not spin on my finger as I wore it. When contemplating which image or design to include on its top face, I decided that a fat pumpkin would fit nicely.

Square Sterling Silver Pumpkin Ring

The ring is just slightly too big since I had quite a bit of sanding during the finishing process (which I had forgotten while fitting the ring during the was sculpting process). It's not suitable for everyday wear for me since I could lose it, but I'll bring it out on special occasions.

My Class Ring: Sterling Silver with Red Plume Agate

Intead of purchasing a class ring to commemorate my graduation from Cal State Fullerton, I opted to create one for myself in my Jewelry class since one of my assignments was to create a sterling silver ring and set a cabachon stone within it.

I purchased a red plume agate stone for my ring and further personalized the ring's design by adding a cutout of a bat on the band:
Sterling Silver Bat Ring with Red Plume Agate

I can't wait to wear it during Commencement!

Sterling Silver Bat Bracelet

My assignment for my Jewelry Independent Study class was to incorporate precision sawing techniques into a piece of jewelry.

I've always admired Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and wanted to make a high class silver bracelet - with some "Sam" flair! Naturally, I chose a bat shape instead of the traditional heart or geometric charm.

For additional texture contrast, I sandblasted the entire surface of my bat.

Sterling Silver Bat Bracelet

I fashioned my own chain but used a purchased clasp. However, my teacher was right: I ought to create a clasp for myself to further enhance the bracelet's beauty.

Sterling Silver Brooch: Bat with Agave Plant

I am very excited to be working with sterling silver for the first time in my Jewelry class!

Our first project utilizes refined sawing techniques and soldering. We were assigned to create a brooch that incorporates shapes of "flora and fauna."

I chose to pair a bat and an agave plant:

Sterling Silver Bat & Agave Brooch

I plan to wear this brooch on my blazer for my formal business presentations and interviews.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Digital Illustration Project Inspired by Chuck Close

To practice using Adobe Photoshop in my Digital Illustration class at Cal State Fullerton, I was assigned to create a portrait using similar techniques to those of Chuck Close.

I chose to create a portrait of my boss/friend/mentor Marisa and to present it to her as a gift before I graduate:

Marisa Portrait

Her image was divided up into a grid. I selected an individual square, then created a small design using the Brush tool and my Wacom Bamboo tablet after sampling colors from within that square.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Self-Portrait Aluminum Brooch

My first assignment in my Jewelry class at Cal State Fullerton was to create a self-portrait as a brooch made of colored sheets of aluminum.

Since I am a Business major with a minor in Art, I exist in two worlds: the free-spirited artistic world, and the structured business world. I chose to exhibit my dual nature with this project.

Aluminum Self-Portrait Brooch

Update (2013): I am very fortunate to have been selected to have my artwork displayed in the Visual Arts building! In addition, my professor kept my brooch to show as an example to future students. My brooch now resides here at home in my private gallery collection.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Oversized Owl Shaped Layered Aluminum Brooch

I am happily taking Independent Study with my Jewelry professor Christina Smith.

My first assignment was to create an oversized brooch using multiple layers of colored sheets of aluminum:

Oversized Owl Brooch

To make the owl, I stacked four colored sheets and cut the main shape simulaneously, then sequentially removed material from the top layers to expose other colors.

I also experimented with masking and sandblasting to create the shapes on the rose, flaking off the colored coating for definition.

I am giving this brooch to my dear friend Meliana for her birthday - she has such a passion for owls!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mickey-ized Self-Portrait

As you may know, I'm a huge Disney fan. I created a self-portrait with an old-fashioned Mickey Mouse cartoon feel:

Mickey-ized Self Portrait

I used varying shades of grey manga markers for this drawing.