Illustrated Journal #34


This is the image of myself I chose for the self portrait.

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I took it into Photoshop and played around with the black and white settings. I will be doing this in charcoal. Black and white created different values around my face. Some areas and darker while others are lighter. To try and capture this on paper will be challenge.B&WComic(Scaled Down)

The finished black and white piece.

Colored Comic(Scaled Down)

The finished colored piece.

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Illustrated Journal #33


This was a demo of what I would go with for the final piece. At the time, I didn’t have an idea for the fourth panel.

Unfinished Piece

This was going to be the final version. However, I restarted. On this one I was not satisfied. The line work on this one I would call sloppy. On God, sometimes the lines are uneven in weight and break off one another.

Finished Piece

This is the final one. I was much more satisfied with the results.  The first panel is the empty void that will eventually become the universe. The second panel is God creating the Heavens and the Earth. The third panel is the creation of the light and a visual of the earth. The fourth panel is the dome place over the flat earth. The fifth panel is the Garden of Eden with the snaked on the Tree of Knowledge.

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Illustrated Journal #32

I will be doing the comic on the origin story in Christianity. It is found in the Book of Genesis.

The comic will be done in a way that mimics stained glass. It was at its peak during the Middle Ages when Christianity ruled Europe. Stained Glass was used to illustrate stories out of the Bible to educate the uneducated masses. I could use this way to tell the origin of the universe in Christianity.

Some Examples of Stained Glass Below:

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What captured my eye were the colors and the geometry. The images iare broken up into tons of shapes, either geometric or organic. The colors are so rich. They mix warm and cold colors together.

Below are some drawings I have done on what I would do with stained glass imagery in the upcoming project.

Scan 1

Scan 2

Scan 3

Scan 4

Scan 5

These are some examples of what I will do with the final piece. They will be in black and white, inked and scanned into the computer.  Like what I came across in the stained glass windows, I drew some landscapes and divided them up with shapes.



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Interior Skeleton

For this project I chose the ‘Interior Skeleton.’ The painting I decided to do was ‘The Old Guitarist’ by Pablo Picasso.

This was one of the few projects that I enjoyed doing from beginning to end. Normally when I start a project, I do not have a general consensus on how to do so. However, this one was different. I wanted to push myself to make something visually pleasing to my eyes. Every critique I see my classmates work and I think to myself, “Oh, I should have done that!” or “I could’ve have done better!” So I aimed to change that with this project. I took my time and over a course of three days I did this. And this time I timed how long it took me to do this. It was around 7 1/2 hours.

I began with making the figure with my ebony pencil so I could have a basis for the skeleton. I started with the guitar because I did not trust myself with the material, charcoal, due to the possibility of it smudging all over the paper. This was a learning experience for me. I had to spread the material across the paper to create a form of a guitar. To differentiate the body from the fretboard, I applied more charcoal to it to maker it darker looking.

The feat to the guitar was the first area I finished. I did the bone lines in black charcoal, then went over them in white. Surrounding it was faded charcoal to give it the outer shape of the original painting. The darker charcoal is meant to represent the clothing the figure is wearing. The lighter one represents the skin.

The second part, and what I considered to be the hardest, was the top half of the figure. The bones on the upper half was done the same way I did the bones down below. For the rib cage, I did the closer part toward the view lighter than the bones that rap around the back. The back ones I applied some black charcoal to show its distance from the viewer.

For the background, I did my best to try and recreate the original painting’s look without damaging the work on the skeleton and charcoal surround it. I used different shades and tints of the charcoal to keep the clothing and skin distinguishable. I did this so that it wouldn’t blend together.

When I finished, I reflected and learned some things from this project. I learned how to use a medium more properly than I did before. The skeleton is one of the most important fundamentals to figure drawing. It helps how one can the body perfectly and proportionally correct.

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Illustrated Journal #31

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The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso (1903-04)

I was not interested in Picasso until I did a paper on him for my art history class. I looked into his work and found some interesting paintings done by him. This one is my favorite. I like it so much that I chose to do it for my skeleton project.

This is an oil painting that only uses two colors. Blue is the most present one. In western cultures, this color is associated with being down and feeling sad. This poor unfortunate soul is painted feeling down on his luck. One thing I really like is the form of the figure. Different value shifts make it make it dynamic instead of just something flat. For example, on the legs shadows in different values are scattered about. They range from light to dark.

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