Kelsey’s soignee pixel winter goddess.
Here is an illustration from the brain of monsieur Wallace inspired by the Andersen’s text below,
““See there are the white bees swarming,” said Kay’s old grandmother one day
when it was snowing.
“Have they a queen bee?” asked the little boy, for he knew that the real bees had a
“To be sure they have,” said the grandmother. “She is flying there where the
swarm is thickest. She is the largest of them all, and never remains on the earth, but flies up to the dark clouds. Often at midnight she flies through the streets of the town, and looks in at the windows, then the ice freezes on the panes into wonderful shapes, that look like flowers and castles.”
Snow Queen portraits from Jimmy, Monica and Alexa.
Here are some process sketches of the Principle Characters from our fabulous students. Not all of the characters have been represented - these are only a few. Thanks to Amanda (Bandit Girl), Minjie (Summer Princess), Katy (Spring Witch), and Danielle, Alexa and Cat Yard (Gerda), as well as the entire class for providing suggestions and a constructive criticism on these principle characters.
Has it been almost a month since our last post?
…and our apologies.
Here are the sketches for the prosceniums that will appear in the production.
Monica, Jordan, Michele and Kelsey - let’s bring these sketches to 3D life!
Can’t believe that there are less than 4 weeks until our first show!
Here are some samples of the chorus costumes that are underway. Many thanks to the fabulous artist Aya Kakeda for coming to our class to strut her stuff, demo a workshop, and help with some of our costumes.
As mentioned in a previous post, we’ve begun to collaborate on some of the assignments that will be used as projected backdrops for the production. The students are literally combining each others’ works to create new compositions. So far, the results have been fresh and dynamic. Here are a few by Jimmy; the top image is his alone, and the latter two were created by combining components of his peers’ work into one picture. Thanks Jimmy for suggesting that this be a collaborative class assignment! I can’t wait to see what everyone else created! Stay tuned…
Here are more visual additions to the production. The project is going very well, with changes along the way. The weeks are flying by, and I’m having a blast seeing the various components of the production take shape and coalesce. Yes, we’ve chosen parts and discarded others, but so far, I feel as though this has been a true collaboration, and I venture to admit that it might also be one of the closest educational experiences that align with the real world. Those last minute changes and seemingly endless revisions that are going on in our class right now mimics the process within the illustration industry. The process that I undergo with my own client-based work, sometimes. For better or worse, ideas grow into better ideas via collaboration, but sometimes the good ones get cut and thrown onto the floor for whatever reason.
This happens, but as long as we remember that it’s our work that is being critiqued and revised, not us as individuals, then it will help us to maintain some distance from our work so that we can improve upon them later on.
We’ve all got egos, we wouldn’t be artists, designers, or illustrators if we didn’t have them; however at the same time, those moments occur when we have to check out egos at the door in order to push ourselves further into places within our own artistic practice that make our work “better.”
When I used that word “better” it’s in reference to how close our work comes to resolving those creative obstacles in the most appropriate and aesthetically intriguing ways. It takes time, but this can only happen if we’re open to discussing our work at hand. In any event, we’re trying to make this production as tight and impressive as possible, but still remain within time and budgetary restrictions. Thanks so much for everyone’s enthusiasm and flexibility. We’re not even halfway through the semester, but so far, I believe we’re maintaining good momentum within our process. If you haven’t already done so, check out the previous post of your work being assembled with your classmates. I think it’s very cool.
Think Y-3; Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas; they work well separately, but together they’re even more bad-ass.
I had to see how our illustrations would work as a group. My fear was that there would be a disconnectedness amongst the images; 15 illustrators, 15 different points of view. How can this work? But I believe embracing the differences in styles might be workable approach. Essentially I’ve edited some of your work, combined them with parts of your existing images, with those of your peers, and also with some of my own work, and have cut, copy and pasted the images together in sort of random way. But somehow the randomness is held together more or less visually. Yes, there are parts of it that aren’t necessarily working entirely well, but I do love the direction that its heading in (and yes, it’s still a work in progress). I still have some more of your images on hand, but didn’t have the time to resize and adjust them. But I will soon!