A couple of months ago I was commissioned by Andie of Andies Candies to create an original wall art illustration for her new candy store in Nigeria. She wanted a thought bubble filled with candy with the words “Candy On My Mind” so that whoever sat under it would look like he/she is thinking of candy (definitely a fun idea for pictures!).
My CGMA class wrapped up last week, and I’m so happy to finally share what I’ve been working for my course!
I chose to develop my concept for this illustration I made a few months back since I already have a story in mind for it. Throughout the eight weeks we delved into silhouette, composition, staging, values, adding meaning and history to the elements in our work, and improving on what we’ve done the week before (click each image to enlarge).
Our instructor Armand Serrano stressed the importance of having a strong concept as the foundation of the artwork, with everything else—design, technique, perspective, composition, values, and color—working in support of it. He also reiterated the importance of getting the values down first then dealing with colors last, which is why only two of the illustrations above —my final pieces—are in color.
My first post for Virtual Plein Air, a wonderful Facebook group where artists paint places using Google Street View for reference. Do check it out, there’s a TON of amazingly inspiring stuff going on over there!
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Adaptive Studios to create an illustration inspired by a scene from their new YA thriller Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig. They sent me a copy of the book, and it was such a fast-paced and entertaining story that I was immediately sucked in the book and breezed right through it!