As I said in a past blog post I’m going to be writing some posts about showing some of my past artwork. I’m trying to mix it up by showing different categories of work I have done and from different periods of my life. This time I thought I would share what I used to do in high school before I went to Nossi College of Art. When I was a kid I always drew what I saw, so if I had a toy I liked I would try drawing that, I would also draw our pets, furniture, and cartoon characters I saw on TV. Pretty much anything I had a good reference for I would try. Doing this from such a young age I feel gave me the ability to reproduce almost anything which came in handy when around my other artist friends because some of them were naturally talented at original art but couldn’t reproduce anything. This of course is all pencil/pen drawing, nothing like paint, water color or media that was more advanced, don’t forget we’re talking about when I was still a kid. I have distinct memories of being in church sitting on the floor and trying to draw a Ghostbusters mummy action figure I had and the drawing turning out fairly accurate. I remember staring at my dog to get his face right. I stared for hours at pictures and other drawings meticulously analyzing every detail so I would get my picture right. It was just something I did and I believe is how I naturally trained myself into becoming an artist, which of course led into many other artistic areas.
Below I’ve included a few drawings I managed to hang on to that range from my freshman year in high school to before I went to Nossi. I would remind you though to keep in mind none of these pictures are traced. When I said I would reproduce almost anything I meant purely looking at the object/image and drawing freehand from what I saw. The He-man picture I drew is actually the only He-man picture I remember drawing my entire life, which is really funny considering how much of a He-man Fan-boy I am. The Thundercat image are ones I drew in my freshman year when I had a rediscovered my fascination with Thundercats because they had JUST been put back on TV. There are a few Dragonball Z characters as well that were a part of my early days learning to draw a bit of anime/manga style which I’ll talk about more in another blog post. Then lastly there are a couple more random ones of the wrestler Sting that I decided to draw and a pair of hands I really liked from the cover of a music album.
To wrap this post up I will say I just about don’t draw anymore due to my job as a Graphic Designer. I also think it’s due to all of my time now is devoted to work, wife, son, house work, and friends. What little tiny bit of my time I get I try to play a video game here and there so drawing has taken a backseat to everything else unfortunately. Hopefully when my son gets older we’ll sit and draw some together and maybe I will rediscover my passion for drawing.
I thought since my blog here is directly tied to my professional portfolio I should start incorporating some of my artwork. Most of my best pieces are in my portfolio of course but I have other that I am also proud of and don’t want to completely forget about. During my time at Nossi (my art school) I was required to take a few sketching/drawing classes. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best, but I’d like to think some of what I did in school was nice enough to share.
The first two pieces we did in our sketching class were portrait shots of a famous person we admired and one self portrait. You’ll see in the first picture, Genndy Tartakovsky, who was a well known illustrator with Cartoon Network. He was responsible for Dexter’s Lab and also the creator of Samurai Jack. He is also the initial creator of the cartoon mini-series Star Wars Clone Wars before it was digital animation. In the second picture is of course myself, I think I rushed myself a bit because my face doesn’t have as good shading applied to it and there’s overall a lack of even lights, midtones, and darkness to it. Otherwise it was a fun piece, but not something I felt too proud of.
After those projects we went on to sketching live models. At the time I felt very fortunate to not have to sketch nude models but looking back I wish I had the opportunity because it is difficult to sketch a body when having to also sketch clothing. Clothing isn’t a natural part of the body so it tends to break the natural curves and that often makes it difficult. The rest of the images here are the decent sketches I have left over from that class. Most sketches are incomplete due to only having so much time with the models. We often didn’t have time to complete the entire sketch before moving on to a new pose. So enjoy looking at the women in swim wear that I had to sketch. Soon I hope to dig out my live sketches that I did at the mall because those had to be done in a matter of a few minutes that I had while a stranger sat there being sketched unknowingly. It was a part of a series of sketches we were required to do that counted as a large part of our grade.
A few months ago at work I was called by the assistant to the new President of TSU, Portia H. Shields, and was asked if I could begin working on a logo for Tennessee State University’s Centennial Celebration. I found out later that the President had actually asked for me specifically because she had seen my work, and after some unsuccessful student designs, she wanted me to give it a shot. After meeting with my department and coming up with many drafts we presented some to the President’s Assistant. She liked what I had come up with and we then began the tedious, but necessary, process of fine tuning the logo. After seeing my final version the President liked my ideas and eventually selected my design to be the official TSU Centennial Logo.
What this ultimately means is that this will be printed on billboards, flags, banners, posters, cards, flyers, brochures, made into a statue, put in emails, on the website, and many other things. I have already seen it on a billboard and some flags. This is the biggest thing I have done in my over five years of being a Graphic Designer and I’m very proud that my design was chosen. I’ve included at the bottom a look at the color and black/white version of the logo. I just wanted to share this with anyone who reads this blog and keep a record of my professional accomplishments. Thanks for reading.