Monday, December 6, 2010


It's getting to the end of all my major projects for the semester and I have some final products to share!

First off -- T-SHIRTS ARE DONE!!!  And ready to be sold at Art Market!  So, please stop by and check them out for yourself!
Next up is a holiday/promotional postcard that I made for Concepts.  I had a lot of fun with this (if you couldn't tell) and I'm actually having some professionally printed.  Hopefully those will turn out well - let me know if you want one!

And my final update for the day is a project that I've been working on with another student (Brittany Roger) for out Biodiversity class.  We made a three-dimensional energy pyramid for the kid's room at the Patapsco State Park Visitor Center.  The pyramid illustrates the four main trophic levels (producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, and tertiary consumers).  Brittany and I each illustrated five different species, and, yes, all six sides are covered for each cube.
 These are my final sketches for the five species that I illustrated (Indian Grass, Blue-eyed Grass, Foxtail, Deer-tongue Grass, and a Barred Owl).  Each species has three views.

So, those are my most recent finished pieces.  Now to complete the rest of my finals...  Winter break could not come any sooner!

Monday, November 22, 2010


Here's another piece for Concepts that I just finished.  Our assignment was to design a mural for a building of our choice.  I chose the H. Furlong Baldwin Library which is part of the Maryland Historical Society and located in Mt. Vernon.

The proposed mural:
 What it might look like on the building:

Side note: I have begun t-shirt production on my faux-losophy shirts!!  But!... I overestimated my skills at screen printing and ended up ruining four shirts because I tried to screen print in my apartment in a makeshift kind of way.  So, from now on I'm going to not be lazy and actually make my way down to the Dolphin Bulilding so I can use the screen printing classroom in there.  Hopefully, I'll have better luck that way and not waste so many t-shirts.

Anyway, Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I can't wait to go home!!  I'm very ready to spend a little time away from Baltimore and the stress of college life.  Florida and delicious holiday food, here I come...!

Monday, November 8, 2010


Sorry it's been a little while since I've posted anything - just the usual excuse being that I am so very busy making art all the time.  Junior year is definitely shaping up to be a busy, busy year, but at least it's busy in a good way.  I would definitely say I am enjoying myself.  And on that note, I will share with you some of things I've been up to:

All of the following pieces were made for Concepts I with Allan Comport.

This first piece was for an assignment where we had a week to create a finished comp for a full page newspaper advertisement.  We were given four companies to do an ad for and I chose the World Wildlife Fund.

The assignment here was to redesign the cover of a video game and I, being nostalgic and also not being a huge video game buff, chose to go old school with the Oregon Trail computer games.  I really just wanted to pay tribute to the '90s.

This was an exercise in which we chose a phrase or phobia from a list and created an illustration to go along with that.  I based mine off of the phrase "near miss."  I happened to be sketching on an airplane and feeling pretty relaxed when I came up with the idea, hence the rather zen guy.  Note: this isn't the best scan job, the scanner didn't quite capture the delicateness of my line work and shading.  Oh well, I'll just have to rescan it at a higher resolution sometime.

And this was what was due this morning...  Our assignment was to redesign a CD cover of our choosing, and being a big BOH fan, I decided to redo the cover of their second album, Cease To Begin.  I definitely enjoyed rendering the barn owl, and the Band of Horses font was fun too.

Also, since I'm in a printmaking intro class, I have all kinds of prints that I've made in the last couple months.  Hopefully soon I'll get a chance to document them all and post them on here.  But I am quite smitten with printmaking and excited to be taking more classes in that field.

Now I must prepare to present all of my t-shirt related things to the folks at the Double Dutch Boutique tomorrow morning.  Me and eight other students from The Lab class will be presenting our various project ideas for their criticisms.  Hopefully all will go well.  It's getting closer and closer to Art Market and I am getting more and more nervous and excited to make these t-shirts!  I can't wait until they're all ready to go!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Update Inbetween Updates

While I'm in the process of working on current projects, I thought I'd update with something fun and relatively recent.  This project was my final for Illustration II last semester and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it because, after all, I do enjoy drawing things -- especially humorously strange things, and also animals with human features (well, that's oddly specific).

(Note: the assignment was to make a zine about whatever we wanted!)

So, fall break is merely a few days away, I am rather enjoying all of my classes this semester, my t-shirts are getting closer and closer to actually being made (exciting!), and life is good!  Hooray!!  :)

Hope everyone else is enjoying themselves too!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Another thing I'm working on this semester is ... t-shirts!
Basically, it all started over the summer during my Birthright trip in Israel.  A friend I met on the trip and I decided that we wanted to make t-shirts out of these funny, profound-sounding quotes that he and another friend were making up throughout the trip.  And it just so happened that, for one of my illustration credits, I signed up for a class called The Lab, where we have to make a product to sell at the MICA Art Market.  So, it was a no brainer that I decided to make these funny, profound-sounding t-shirts.  Thus, I give you - Faux-Losophy Tees

(the tag that will be attached to the t-shirts)

(the t-shirt designs themselves:)

Note: The first design (A Man Without A Face Cannot Grow A Beard), when blown up to actual size, should be in proportion to your face so that when you lift the collar of the shirt the mouth is in proportion to your mouth.

And now that I have the designs, I'm going to start playing around with what colors the shirts will be.  So, hopefully, a post about that will be coming soon.

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!


Faux-losophy credit goes to: Jesse Grossman and Max Kritzer

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Beginning!

Hello, Future Readers!

This is my very first blog!  So, please pardon my slow way of getting this started.  My intention for this is to have a place to post the latest projects I've been working on and to really push myself to document more of my work so that other people can see what I've been up to.  Simply because I'm an art student (see About Me section), most - if not pretty much all - of the work I post on this blog will be homework assignments.  So, to start this blog off, I'm going to post some of my recent work:

Starting with an assignment from last semester -
These three illustrations were for the class Narrative Illustration and the assignment was to illustrate a Edgar Allen Poe story, I was given "The Black Cat."  I'm pretty pleased with the way these illustrations came out.  And yes, the cat in the second picture is huge - but I'm okay with that.

Now I'd like to share something very recent.  As in so recent that it was due this morning -
This was for Concepts I.  We were given a Time Magazine article about the rising tension towards Muslims in America and then told to illustrate a cover around the question, "Is America Islamophobic?"  After reading the article, I could not stop thinking about how strange it is that big players in politics and the media seemed to have no trouble showing their prejudiced and misunderstanding feelings toward Muslims (especially in regards to the Park51 community center).  Also, the article mentioned ads for a "safe" way to leave Islam (I looked up these ads, they're real and they're appalling).  So, with such blatant prejudice in the face of a whole religion, I couldn't help noticing what seems to be similarities between what's going on here in America and how subtly the anti-Semitism started in pre-WWII Germany.  I know this is a very sensitive topic and I'm not suggesting that we'll have a holocaust of Muslims (my cover isn't refering to the Holocaust as a whole, just the feelings toward the Jews before it started), but the similarities between the attitudes toward the Muslims in America now and the Jews in Germany then feel very ominious to me.  This is a topic that I feel very strongly about and I know that my idea for a cover is probably too controversial to ever be published, I felt the need to stick to this concept anyway.  (This is also one of the very few pieces I've done that was mostly digital.)

Well, that's all I have time to post for now.   I'll post some of the other things I'm currently working on sometime within the next few days.  Until then, I hope everyone is enjoying their last week in September!