Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Open House Poster

Open House poster for University of the Arts! The theme was discovery and I thought the idea of discovering a genie would be fun. Entirely colored pencil on bristol paper (minues the digital type) Took a total of two days.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Portfolio Work!

A piece for my portfolio! Jadis the White Witch and Aslan the Great Lion from the "Chronicles of Narnia" book series, and more specifically "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe". These are entirely in colored pencil, which is how I love to work the most. I just wanted to do something fun and nostalgic. Most of my portfolio will feature fantasy illustrations as well as children's and young adult book illustrations.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Ely is Finished!

I have finally completed my senior thesis project! I chose to do illustrations and package design for Celestial Seasonings tea. This is a theoretical project it's not actually intended for Celestial Seasonings. I decided to do a mythology theme, and here they all are!

This is Sun Wukong the "Monkey Lord". He is from a Chinese scroll of poems called "Journey to the West". He is a mischievous deity who eats peaches of immortality to live forever. He is the epitome of strength, speed, and cunning, often getting into trouble with the other gods of the heavens. He is said to be able to shapeshift, fly upon clouds, and utilize all the powers and teachings of Buddha.

Anubis is the overseer of the dead in Egyptian mythology. He created the art of embalming and weighs the souls of the dead against a feather. If the soul is lighter from good deeds they go on to the afterlife, if not their souls are devoured and they no longer exist. He was a beloved symbol of the Egyptians and their desire for immortality and ever lasting life.

Most are familiar with Greek mythology and especially of the goddess Athena. She is the goddess of wisdom, strength, valor, strategy, and the matron of Athens. She favored Odysseus and helped him return home after the Trojan war. Her symbols are the owl, the olive branch, and citrus fruits. She is also the go to goddess for strength and luck in battle as well as the goddess of scholars.

Last but not least Freyja from Norse mythology. Freyja is the representation of all things feminine. She is beauty personified. As the goddess of passion, abundance, fertility, and love, she helps decide who dies in battle and is worthy of Valhalla. She has a twin brother named Freyr who is associated with farming and the hunt. Freyja rides upon the clouds in a chariot drawn by two gray house cats.

Monday, January 23, 2012


This is The redone background of my first Ely piece for the Goddess Freyja

This is the background for Athena

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ely (Senior Thesis)

My first out of four pieces that will become my senior thesis. This is a fixed version of the awful original, but I will probably still have to work on it more in order to get it to where I want it. My thesis is a target marketing project where I am doing mock illustrations for Celestial Seasonings boxes (it's a type of tea for those that don't know). These won't actually be used by Celestial Seasonings, it's just "practice for the real world". The four pieces I'm doing have a theme of mythology. This one has the Norse Goddess Freya. The flavor is "World Tree Apple Cinnamon". It's done in acrylic paint and digital.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sketchbook Doodles

First of three drawings from my sketchbooks that I decided to scan and color. This one is of a humanoid kirin. Kirin are rather like dragon unicorns and originate from eastern mythology typically Chinese and Japanese. I thought she was rather stoic so I colored her in!

Second drawing I colored. Just some vintage lady in a fox stole. She turned out looking grumpy, but I think it's still fun.

Third and final colored doodle. A moody self portrait. Who hasn't felt down in the dumps? I always thought I have a very particular look to me when I get upset. I've been compared to Rudolf the red nosed reindeer and the like. Also If you have light eyes like I do they tend to get extremely bright. No clue why.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Senior Work

Latest senior work. A poster for a Halloween event. I chose Dracula's Ball because I'm going to it!. Hooray industrial music and costumes! The only restriction was that it could only have two colors plus the color of the paper. It is pen and digital. I'm going to redo the awful type so no worries! I will re-upload it when that happens.