Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Color II - Analogous/Aaron Douglass Emulation

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This assignment was an analogous color scheme. A simple assignment which gave lots of freedom for making the assignment fit the students' purposes. My purpose with this piece was to emulate Aaron Douglas' depression era/harlem renaissance style. Disney emulated his style also in the "Almost There" scene from "The Princess and the Frog." That scene made me so happy!

This piece also serves the purpose of illustrating how I sometimes feel as a art student and mother. It had potential of being a very emotional process, but I didn't cry at all over this piece. Which, if you know me, is a bit of a feat. Actually, this semester I have been tremendously blessed with answers to fervent prayer and aid in times when I do feel like this illustration. What you don't see in this illustration is the beautiful white ship that carries me through the turbulent waters that is the merciful, tender, and gracious love and power of my Savior.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spread1 Critiques Please

Here is the first full illustration and text page for the Lithuanian fairy tale I'm illustrating for my BFA project. The spot illustration is still in progress. I plan for it to look like the sheaves of wheat in the illustration with color and line. I want the scythe to look sharp and metallic too. That will be the hard one for me I think. I made certain words colored to emulate illuminated texts that similarly colored important words in the text. The traditional color in illuminated manuscripts is red, but it didn't seem to harmonize very well with the yellow/purple of the illustration. But now I wonder if the purple is too harmonious and if a more red violet would work better. If I change the color of the colored text on this page to fit the illustration, I'll have to do the same for all the other illustrations, and it may not work as well. Should I stick with the traditional red? Or should I ditch the colored words all together? I think they're kind of fun myself, but I just want them to be a bit more varied.

Your comments and critiques on the illustration, the design of the text, the in progress spot, or anything else will be greatly appreciated.

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