I started my first illustration for RUS 407 today! My first assignment should depict Polina and Oleg inspecting a linden tree. I used reference images of the tree and of linden orchards for the background. From there, I made a rough sketch of the orientation of the page to show what is in the background and where Polina and Oleg are.
I cleaned up the line-work, and changed the shape of the leaves to be more accurate to the linden tree.
I also fixed the flowers to be more acurate as well.
I added in Oleg and Polina to the scene.
Here is the final colored drawing:
I am working on updating the RUS 407 PowerPoint banners. Originally, the banners had birds, but I need to change them to squirrels. And I need to keep the same style of that seen on old Russian wooden carvings.
My first iteration of the squirrel banner:
I added acorns and leaves, and smoothed out the branches. In Photoshop, I added the bevel and emboss effect to the branches and squirrels in order to achieve the wood effect.
I applied the wood as a clipping mask on top of the branches and squirrels to bring in texture. I also added drop shadow so that the squirrels looked more like carvings in wood.
My first job working as a STA was for a project called What Jane Saw. I worked with Prof. Janine Barchas to create this online exhibition depicting the first museum dedicated to William Shakespeare. The museum, which housed this exhibition in 1796, no longer exists, and much about the paintings and space of the museum is unclear or unknown.
The first step of this project was trying to recreate the museum space on an 3D modeling program called SketchUp using clues given about the space. Once those 3D models were create, then came my part. I traced over the renderings to create the line work of the frames and faces of the rooms. My goal was create an accurate and realistic depiction of the space, but add artistic and “sketchy” qualities that the SketchUp model didn’t show. Once I finished the line work, I brought that into Photoshop and rendered it using a variety of methods and adding numerous textures and layers to make eye-catching and pleasant views in the museum. The paintings were added in the frames, and the image was complete.
These images were used the interactive online exhibition of the Shakespeare Gallery, where visitors can learn more about its history and the paintings that were once displayed there.