Tuesday, October 27, 2015

scratch your eyes out

Using the word "Adventure" from I.F. we are doing a scratchboard look for this weeks assignment. The format is 8 x 10 (portrait) (10 high 8 wide Joe). Mark Summers is the Master Jedi Knight of scratchboard, use his stuff for inspiration. The objective and challenge of this project is to  use hard black lines to show the form of the object. In the second attached illustration you can clearly see that the artist is using curved lines to show the form of the face... good news, you can do it too and become superstar!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Album cover

12 x 12  (square format) Using the Illustration word of the week "stuffed." The album cover needs to have a TITLE created using the font tool. You can also add any other test needed (parental discretion advisory etc).

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


No size restriction.

The painting should be rendered out like a portrait (not cartoony). Can be black and white or color.

A little environment in the background would be nice.

But there was one man amongst them who particularly enjoyed the sport. He would come running at the first sound of a steamboat's whistle; and when the last fight was over and White Fang and the pack had scattered, he would return slowly to the fort, his face heavy with regret. Sometimes, when a soft Southland dog went down, shrieking its death-cry under the fangs of the pack, this man would be unable to contain himself, and would leap into the air and cry out with delight. And always he had a sharp and covetous eye for White Fang. 
This man was called "Beauty" by the other men of the fort. No one knew his first name, and in general he was known in the country as Beauty Smith. But he was anything save a beauty. To antithesis was due his naming. He was pre minently unbeautiful. Nature had been niggardly with him. He was a small man to begin with; and upon his meagre frame was deposited an even more strikingly meagre head. Its apex might be likened to a point. In fact, in his boyhood, before he had been named Beauty by his fellows, he had been called "Pinhead." 
Backward, from the apex, his head slanted down to his neck; and forward, it slanted uncompromisingly to meet a low and remarkably wide forehead. Beginning here, as though regretting her parsimony, Nature had spread his features with a lavish hand. His eyes were large, and between them was the distance of two eyes. His face, in relation to the rest of him, was prodigious. In order to discover the necessary area, Nature had given him an enormous prognathous jaw. It was wide and heavy, and protruded outward and down until it seemed to rest on his chest. Possibly this appearance was due to the weariness of the slender neck, unable properly to support so great a burden. 
This jaw gave the impression of ferocious determination. But something lacked. Perhaps it was from excess. Perhaps the jaw was too large. At any rate, it was a lie. Beauty Smith was known far and wide as the weakest of weak-kneed and snivelling cowards. To complete his description, his teeth were large and yellow, while the two eye-teeth, larger than their fellows, showed under his lean lips like fangs. His eyes were yellow and muddy, as though Nature had run short on pigments and squeezed together the dregs of all her tubes. It was the same with his hair, sparse and irregular of growth, muddy-yellow and dirty-yellow, rising on his head and sprouting out of his face in unexpected tufts and bunches, in appearance like clumped and wind-blown grain. 
In short, Beauty Smith was a monstrosity, and the blame of it lay elsewhere. He was not responsible. The clay of him had been so moulded in the making. He did the cooking for the other men in the fort, the dish-washing and the drudgery. They did not despise him. Rather did they tolerate him in a broad human way, as one tolerates any creature evilly treated in the making. Also, they feared him. His cowardly rages made them dread a shot in the back or poison in their coffee. But somebody had to do the cooking, and whatever else his shortcomings, Beauty Smith could cook.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

paper cut out/shadowbox

This week's assignment will be based on IF's word of the week "Mermaid" and will be illustrated in a paper cut out style and put into a digital frame shadow box. The image size will be 15 wide by 11 high at 300 dpi.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Black and White graphic novel page

1 page of a graphic novel, 3-5 panels.

Image must be in grayscale and should have a graphite/charcoal feel to it.

You can pick from either the Wonderful Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland.

Please add the text you choose to illustrate as a separate file.