highcapacityassaulttits asked: Are you considering or currently doing prints of the blue crab lifecycle painting? I know a few friends/old teachers that would love something like that!!!
I am definitely planning on adding them as prints on my society6, not to worry! I’m going to update the store with my more recent work probably sometime next week- I’ll post an update here when the new things go up. :)
chvvrch asked: What paints and papers do you use for your illustrations?
I use Arches blocks (hot or cold press, depending on the illustration and the technique I’m planning for it), as I like the slightly off-white warm tone they have to them. For doing less involved stuff, the new Fluid blocks are respectably decent and inexpensive paper for quick studies/preliminaries.
As for paint, I use mostly with Winsor&Newton professional series, but I’ve also used and can recommend the quality of Schmincke (although it can be a little hard to find in the US- BLICK carries them now though). Additionally, we had a Sennelier rep visit our scientific illustration class last year to demonstrate their new line of honey-based watercolors (l’Aquarelle), and I’m a big fan, although I only have a few of their colors on my palette at the moment.
The finished piece that these doodles were studies for; my final for Watercolor for the Illustrator. This was a very emotional piece for me, as the concept deals with the mental health issues I’ve been struggling with this year. It felt good to do, though.
The finish of my Atlantic Blue Crab life cycle painting.
I might fuss around with the type design a bit more, but it’s done for now. [ETA: type changed somewhat.] See the work-in-progress here.
Saguaro cacti in bloom with the nectar-feeding Great Long-Nosed Bat (Leptonycteris nivalis). Done for a backlighting assignment in watercolor for the illustrator.
Four studies in pattern and style for my watercolor final.
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Working on my atlantic blue crab life cycle illustration- here you have my palette, my color comp, the in-progress final piece, and all of my research on what other people have done with the same concept (almost universally badly drawn, typeset, or designed, which is actually kind of heartening)
Extra-credit assignment in Survey of Illustration, for the prompt ‘circular composition depicting a fantasy creature in their environment’. I had the most fun background painting here- the gnomes were a bit of an afterthought, to be honest.
Chastity and Lust, for a surrealism assignment in Survey of Illustration. Photoshop, October 2013.