Friday, February 26, 2010

A present for Traci

I promised Traci I would make her a Coptic bound sketchbook and it's finally here!! Very exciting. It's identical to the one I made myself last semester except that the waxed linen thread is white instead of blue (and the end pages are a different pattern). Here are a few process shots:

...and here is the end result:

Today was a very good bookbinding day. I only poked myself with the needle four times (and that was at the very very end of the sewing process), I didn't get a single drop of glue on the covers, and I didn't run out of thread. It took me five hours straight to complete it from start to finish and I am very very happy with the outcome.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I love pattern

This past Monday during the personal viewpoints class we all got to watch Jessica work on her daily drop cap while we made our own. How awesome is that!? The letter of the day was "R." I started out doing a bunch of small sketches and came up with this one. I love drawing curly cues. I also had to do an end page pattern for the Wizard of Oz cover I created... I really love how it came out. I've always wanted to get into patterns, but i've never known how to go about it. It's surprisingly really easy. I just needed to dive int it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ely poster

This past week the poster for our senior thesis was due, but because of the snow we didn't have class. I was so excited to show mine, but it shall have to wait till next week. I'm really really happy with how it came out. It's a pretty big painting (16in by 24in). I was having so much fun with it that i got it done in 2 days! I must say...anteaters look really weird but they grow on you. I keep calling it an aardvark...probably because of Arthur (i used to watch that show every day).

Monday, February 1, 2010


I'm taking a class called Personal Viewpoints this semester. The class is being taught by three different illustrators, each for about five weeks at a time. Currently Jessica Hische is the teacher and it's really awesome. Here's the first part of what I have done in the class. It's a book cover for the Wizard of Oz. I think the roosters are my favorite part of the painting (well one of my favorite parts). The picture is a little washed out, but I'll post a better image of the final final cover when I'm done. I'm working on hand drawn type for the cover of it this week as well as patterned end pages. It's very exciting. I love type and I'm eager to learn more about it.