Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Visual Essay No. 2

For my second visual essay I am presenting still frames of animated short film. These frames are beauty renders that will set the standard for the finished look of the animation. The animation is title is Iwa and the visual essay images are key narrative moments in the piece.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Illustrator Promo Research

The artist shown below all possess abilities I admire, and all of them have been listed in my Illustrator research at some point, but they have been chosen here again because of their relevance to my career pursuits and the ideas they can offer in self promotion.

Jessica Hische
Hische often gives customized fonts to her illustrator and designer colleagues and friends for use in their work. She doesn't get paid for it, but gets a vital credit that shows off her signature style of design.

James Jean
The mere fact that he has ventured into various kinds of media such as album covers, comics, the gallery circuit is awareness in and of itslef, however James Jean also promotes his work outside of the standard illustration/ art world through more commercial avenues such as his work for Prada clothing; creating both murals and concept work for an animation that incorporates his illustrative style. His art books, post card books, and blog are also key elements of promotion.

Sam Weber
Weber enters his work into galleries that host events like The Tortoro Forest Project that have charitable goals , which produces good will for him and of course creates more awareness for his name and work.

Scott Morse
For me the production of books and graphic novelsas well as the work as a designer/ animatoris the attraction to Morse's career. Scott Morse uses his blog as a way to promote any project or news in his life pertinent to his work that may interest potential clients or potential customers. He also visits comic conventions like the San Diego Comic-con every year to sell and promote his work. He also owns his own publishing company called Red Window. He also makes sure he makes and keeps contacts withing the publishing circuit such as Adhouse books' Chris Pitzer. He does this while keeping a full time job at Pixar.

Cory Godbey
He works at Portland studios in South Carolina as animator and painter. His blog is the aspect of his self promotion that I considered worth looking into. He lists several tutorials sharing knowledge and tips about how to work with methods and media that make his work successfull. He also has another side blog that posts tutorials for experimental techniques as well as a Portland studios blog which post videos of various techniques.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Visual Essay no. 1: Niger Pipeline Timeline

The purpose of the visual essay was to depict escalation as it has occurred in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The main character is none other than Esu, the Yoruba god of discord. He is dressed, equipped, and acting in the manner of the militant group, MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta). The color scheme and patterns are a reflection of Esu's androgynous nature, and symbolic of the ethical gray area some consider MEND's actions. However, the violent and morally deplorable actions presented in the images are contrary to the effiminate manner in which they are rendered, a reflection of what I think the situation has come to in the Niger Delta.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Illustrator Research 45:Taiyo Matsumoto

Matsumoto is a comic book artist born in Japan in 1967. Some of his comics include Blac and White which was adapted to Tekkonkinkreet, as well as Ping Pong, and Blue Spring. Matsumoto's visual style reflects both Japanese and European styles (seen in his color pallettes). He is well known for his surrealist proclivities as well as a sort of shaky line quality that tends to give his characters and scenes a sort of unsettling under current of chaos.

Illustrator Research 44: Guy Davis

Guy Davis is an American illustrator and comic book artist born in 1966 best known for his runs illustrating B.P.R.D. and Sandman Mystery Theatre. He has created his comics called The Marquis and Nevermen. His visual style tends to lean tonally toward the dark and foreboding along with the subject matter. Davis is self taught illustrator. His site is here.

Illustrator Research 43: Kazu Kibuishi

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1978, Kibuishi is an American graphic novelist and comic book creator. He is best known for his work on the online comic Copper, Amulet, and the comics anthology Flight. He studied at the University of Santa Barbera and after graduation he worked as an animator for Shaded Box. Most of his work is done with India Ink on Bristol Paper as well as digital painting. His site is here.

Illustrator Reserach 42: Jessica Hische

Hische is a designer and illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She works on editorial illustration and book cover illustrations with clients like AIGA Philedelphia, American Express, Bath and Body Works, Scholastic, O Magazine, Chronicle Books, etc. Her work is simply put, just adorable, and I don't use that description lightly. Her work looks like elaborately cut and sweetly lit cut paper. She also makes the most lovely an fancy customized type fonts for her illustrations. Her type work is actually in demand from other illustrators in the field like Sam Weber for instance. Her site is here. Her blog is here.

Illustrator Research 41: Dave Stevens

Stevens was born in 1955 in California. He was an illustrator and comic artist famous for creating the comic book icon, The Rocketeer, whose visual design and adventures have been envied and admired by almost every illustrator I can think of. He is also famous for his Bettie Page pinup illustrations, helping to revitalise the model's image as a pop culture icon. Dave Stevens was the first to win Comic- Con's the Russ Manning Award for the Most Promising New Comer in 1982. Stevens died in 2008.

Illustrator Research 40: Doug Wildey

Wildey was a cartoonist/ illustrator born in New York in 1892. He is most famous for co-creating the original television series Johnny Quest in 1964 for Hanna Barbera. He also co created several other television series like Jana of the Jungle and Herculoids. His work can also be seen in comics like Tarzan, Sgt. Rock, and Return to the Planet of the Apes . He died in 1944.

Illustrator Research 39: Pierluigi Longo

Longo was born in 1969 and lives an works in Italy. He attended the European Institute of Design, and in 1993 began to work as a freelance illustrator in Milan. Since 200 he has been working for the design agency Airstudio. His site is here.

Illustrator Research 38: Matthieu Bessudo

Bessudo also known as McBess, was born in 1984 in France, but lives and works in the Mill in London. He attended the world renowned Supinfocom school of France. His work has a signature look, like old time Fleischer rubber hose animation,and quirky humor. He works mostly with a pen and ink, and occasionally paints. He also works with 3d animation in the style of his illustrations and the same strange sense of humor. His site is here.