2016-17 Sketchbook Cover
In the background I ripped up some magazine pages and made a white to black gradient from the bottom left up to the top right of the two pieces of the sketchbook. I then took three different colored watercolor print scrapbook paper and cut that into a bunches of triangles, in various sizes. Then I arranged the triangles in a rainbow inspired order, which the repitition of triangles contrasted with the background already glued behind it.
I was inspired to make this organized junk drawer from a reference picture. Different pen and ink techniques were used to show value of the various office supplies inside of the shapes in the drawer. Inside of the triangle to the bottom right I used stippling, the top right triangle I used the scribble technique to show value. In the circle I used crosshatching and for the rectangle I did contour lines. I also used contour lines for the rest of the piece. A variety of black microns and sharpies were used to complete this art piece.
Key to Space
I did the prompt "Keys and Keyholes" for this sketchbook assignment. The front page had to be manipulated in some way to show the page behind it so I cut out the shape of a keyhole to show onto the next page of a figure walking into the distance down an unknown path. When I thought of keys and locks, I thought about mystery and the unknown side of locks, the feeling of not knowing what you're about to find behind it. After thinking about that I connected space with the unknown. I used watercolor and colored pencil to create this two page sketchbook spread.
Leaving with Dreams
For this relief print I was inspired by the two stories, "Leaving" and "Dreams", both by Kellie Dodson. This is the second edition in a set of five that I created on linoleum. I used the gouge tool to carved out the train leaving the station, inspiration from "Leaving". I then took that same tool and made little dream bubbles to represent two parts of the dream about the reoccurring forests and looking for the lost cave in "Dreams".
Jingle Bells in Wonderland
For this sketchbook I used the different ranges in value to create various things related to winter. My inspiration was two Christmas songs, "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" and "Jingle Bells". I drew two jingle bells with part of a ribbon behind them and a piece of paper with the lyrics to "Jingle Bells" on it for that song. For "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" I shaded a snowflake in the corner along with wrote some lyrics around the page.
When I drew this I wanted to focus on the colorful, feathery, glittery traditional Mardi Gras masks that are worn at the festivals. I was inspired by it being close to Mardi Gras time and when I was younger I went to a Mardi Gras themed dance and I have a beautiful mask from New Orleans that I used for it which inspired me with some of the masks design.
For this project I used plastic bags, wire, tape, and hot glue to make the body of this hybrid animal. After the body was constructed I put on two layers of paper maché, one layer of newspaper and one layer of paper towel. It was then painted to further resemble the animals chosen, I combined a kitten and a jerboa for my hybrid. Bitt-Bitt has the ears, back legs, and tail of a jerboa. The rest of Bitt-Bitt, the body, front legs, and head, are from the kitten. I chose these two animals because they both hold meaning in my life. I've always grown up with cats and got my first kitten a couple of years ago and raised him and for the jerboa, the animal is in a video game I used to play with my dad and it's a reminder of the great time I had playing it with him and my sister.
This project we took two clay pinch pots and put them together to create a phone amplifier. My inspiration was Melanie Martinez, more specifically her album "Cry Baby". It's very child like so I built blocks out of clay and put different objects on them to symbolize different songs from the album. The letters on the block represent "Alphabet Boy", the carousel horse "Carousel", the sippy cup is for "Sippy Cup", and the back wheel of a bike with the one tiny training wheel is for "Training Wheels". On the back of the project I slip and scored on two balloons for the song "Pity Party" and glazed them with baby pink and baby green to keep with the child like nature of the album. Also on the back, right below the balloons I carved a tub and carved out the overflowing soap and floating bubbles for "Soap". The carved out tears in the front are for the song "Cry Baby", the carved out portions are where the sound comes out of the piece. The baby blue color is for the album itself because blue reminded me of tears. Lastly the purple bow on top is inspired by Melanie's fashion, she wears of lot of bows so the giant bow pulled everything together.