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A little while ago, [livejournal.com profile] eirenebellatrix asked about me posting some of my work from my recent classes where I had to do some digital illustration for the first time ever. I've been meaning to share some of it, and since my entries lately have been so RL-heavy and work and blahhh, I thought now would be a good time! :)

Click them to see them a little bigger!

This is the first thing we had to do, and the first thing I ever drew in Illustrator! Although I use "draw" sort of lightly, since what we actually had to do for this assignment was play around with the pathfinder tool (which can be used to combine shapes, cut into them to make other shapes, etc.). We were required to make something using absolutely nothing but shapes and that tool, we couldn't actually draw anything. So this was my first experiment :)

This was the first thing I actually drew in Illustrator :) We were supposed to search through other illustrators, pick one, and try to mimic some element of their style. I cannot for the life of me remember the artist I picked now, but what I liked about their work was that some part of all of their images blended into the background completely. So that's what I was going for here.

(We weren't allowed to use color, btw XD And the person in the photo is Kim's boyfriend Dan. Original photo is here)

I can't remember what the point of this assignment was, but I'm guessing it had something to do with creating texture.

This was working with gradients and reshaping~

Working with creating depth through transparency~

This assignment made me cry. My assignments are all due by 5am - it's 3am mountain time, they give us a three hour grace period, which is pretty nice. This assignment? I did not turn it in until 5:30am, even though I had started it around 6pm the night before. RIDICULOUS. I AM ABSURD. It was meant to be a simple assignment, where we were just required to use brushes and washes, and one pattern (hence, the cheesy waves). We had to use a photo that we had taken, and this was from one that I took in Spain. I don't know what I was thinking. The rope alone took forever. But I'm kind of happy with how it turned out :)

This was my favorite. We were only allowed to use three colors, max.

The rest of these were all based on our final project, which required us to pick a book, and design a cover for it. I picked The Night Circus, since I had just read it recently and it was still pretty fresh in my mind. Throughout the class, we had to design little things based on our lessons that related to our books in some way, whether we would incorporate it into our final design or not. So that's what these all are:

(That title text was handwritten by me, but if it had been up to me, I'm not sure I would have used that 3D effect on it. That was required for a different assignment, and then we were required to use it for the final >.<)

I have another class like this coming up soon, so I'm sure I will have more to post after it :)

Date: 2012-02-18 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eirenebellatrix.livejournal.com
Oh, yay! Ugh, I wish I had the motivation to learn to do this. Lovely work, some of these are so detailed! I particularly loved this one http://s13.postimage.org/60kowbms7/W2_A2_Brewer_Painting.jpg

Date: 2012-02-19 08:52 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] 4am-secret.livejournal.com
Yay, I'm glad that one did turn out okay :) My teacher really liked it too, I think it's the only reason she didn't deduct any points for it being late XD Thank you! <333

Date: 2012-02-18 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n-isfor-neville.livejournal.com
Wow, that title text is really cool. I bet you could do the whole alphabet & create your own font to sell.

Date: 2012-02-19 08:54 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] 4am-secret.livejournal.com
I should try it out! I had fun doing those letters :) Thank you! <3

Date: 2012-02-19 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pseudoblu.livejournal.com
Very cool! I think there's a default brush somewhere that's a rope, btw. It might have been in CS3 and not 5, but that's what I've used to make Tom's cornrows a lot of the time.

Date: 2012-02-19 08:56 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] 4am-secret.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D

Oh man, that would've come in so handy @_@ I'm sure there were probably easier ways for me to do a lot of the stuff I did, though - it's like Photoshop, where the more I use it, the more I find in it. I hardly ever use Illustrator, but this class made me appreciate it a loooooot more, so hopefully I'll find more stuff that will make it less complicated for me :)

Date: 2012-02-19 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pseudoblu.livejournal.com
Yeah, I had no idea until I had an assignment at a freelance job that had rope and I was about halfway through drawing it when a coworker mentioned there was a brush. Luckily that rope was much bigger than the one you did, so I hadn't lost too many hours. I liked my rope better for that anyway. ;) But it definitely comes in handy for stylized dreadlocks or cornrows!

I think once you get a hang of the pen tool, Illustrator isn't so bad. All the extras are handy and (occasionally *very*) helpful but the pen tool is god.

Date: 2012-02-19 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stolen-warmthth.livejournal.com
These are really really cool!!!
The book cover is so awesome :D

Date: 2012-02-19 08:57 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] 4am-secret.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! :)))

Date: 2012-02-19 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writingonwalls.livejournal.com
I think you had shown me like two of these before but these are all great! :D You're really good at this. DONTYOUDARESAYOTHERWISEOKDAMNIT.

Date: 2012-02-19 08:58 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] 4am-secret.livejournal.com
I remember! Okay, okay, okay, I will just graciously say thank youuuuuuuu :3 <333

Date: 2012-02-20 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ma-chelle.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing these with us! It's fun to see what you've been talking about all this time. :)

Date: 2012-02-22 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melissaluvzhyde.livejournal.com
these are great!!! the goblet with the feather hurt my eyes a little, lol. These are awesome. Must've taken long time!

Date: 2012-02-22 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melissaluvzhyde.livejournal.com
what I mean is the tint of the blue. my eyes are just sensitive. it looks great though.

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Walking the streets with your hollow stare
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