Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mission Accomplished! (or Commission Completed)

This latest Commission I have been working on was a secret gift for a friend's partner. Because it was a secret I couldn't post on the progress of the piece for fear of spoiling the surprise. Now that the piece is delivered the secret's out and I can show you my process. Below is the beautiful photograph I was to paint from.

I took a few liberties with the spacial layout of the piece and drew up a value study/ layout of what I wanted the piece to look like.

After finishing the drawing in graphite on the final board I painted over the whole piece (with acrylic) in a single tone, uniting its overall sense of color, and defining its darks and lights.

Then I slowly started building up color on top of that overall tone until I got to what I wanted. After that I did some final touches with a colored pencil and added some slight texture with a pallet knife and acrylic. E voila!
 "Summit Lake"

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Six beer labels from the show

Well now that the Fantasy Beer Label Show opening has come and gone. I thought I would share the New labels I did for the show. I did them all in graphite and acrylic on illustration board where I slowly built up the acrylic color layer by layer until I was happy with the level of saturation. This body of work was a blast to work on and it will make a very nice addition to my portfolio.
 "Tyrannosaurus Stout"
 "Bikeodactyle Ale"
 "Flat Tire Ale"
 "Hen House Bock" SOLD!
 "Octopus's Garden Ale"
"Unicorn I.P.A."
The show had a great turnout and I even sold the "Hen House Bock" piece! Thanks to everyone who showed up I hope you had a great time, I know I did. If you haven't gotten to see the show in person remember it will be up at Bikeasaurus for the entire month of November. Bikeasaurus is open normal business hours Wed-Sun and is located in SE on MLK just north of the Hawthorne overpass. All images on this blog are copyrighted to me, Margaux Meganck. Please respect my art by not stealing it. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fantasy Beer Label Show!

Announcement! I am having a show opening in Portland, Oregon at my friend's bike accessory shop called Bikeasaurus. It is this Friday, Nov. 5 from 7-10 pm at the shop on MLK just north of the Hawthorne bridge. Be there. I will bring munchies and wine and you can check out my latest artistic endeavors. Whats more the Bikeasaurus store will be open and you can feel free to shop for all the latest bike related crafts and and accessories. You can check out Bikeasaurus online here.

The above "Tyrannosaurus Stout" label is just a sample of what you will see at the show. The series includes a "Tyrannosaurus Stout," a "Unicorn IPA," an "Octopus' Garden Ale," a "Hen House Bock," a "Flat Tire Ale," a Bikeasaurus Ale," and a "Coat Closet Brew."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Quail Cottage label in color!

I added color to the label and am very happy with the results! Hope you like it too.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Quail Cottage Meadery Label!

Hello folks! I have completed the label for a San Francisco based meadery. For those who are not familiar with mead it is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey among other ingredients. That explains the honeycomb pattern as well as the bees feasting on flowers on the label. The blank banner at the bottom is for the Meadery owner to write in the deets about each specific brew he makes. Anyway thought I would share the finished product with y'all! The owner wanted black and white for ease of printing but we both agreed that a full color version would be worth doing so look for a colorized version of the same label next week!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quail Cottage Meadery

Hello everyone! I am sorry it's been several weeks since my last post. I've been very busy working on a couple of commissions. The latest one is actually a job I picked up from my last post. Quail Cottage Meadery of San Francisco needed a label designed for their growing home brewing endeavors and contacted me! Gasp! I thought I would share a little of my process with you all.

The thumbnail/ idea generation stage is always my favorite part of the process. Elements I needed to incorporate into the label were quails, cottages, and mead (which is made from honey):

A refined sketch:

A label design plan:
 I will keep you all posted on the progress, and if you are in the San Fran area keep your eyes out for Quail Cottage Meadery!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beer Labels!

So, ever since I realized that illustration is what I want to do I can't seem to shake the idea of how awesome it would be to illustrate beer labels. I like brewing beer, tasting beer, and I'm pretty sure I would like making art for beer as well. One of the great things about living in Portland is it's vast, energetic, and booming artisan/microbrew community! We love our flavorful beer here in the NW and we are proud of it. I am excited to have such direct access to the plethora of local upstarts in the brewing industry. Therefore, I am coming up with my own portfolio of beer labels for made up beers. I plan on taking these and shopping them around at some of the microbrew festivals we have in the area. So far these are just sketches though. I plan on adding color traditionally in the next couple days. Take a look:

This one is for a "T-Rex Stout" ...get it? he's stout? it kills me every time.

This one is for a "Unicorn IPA":

This one is for a "Coat Closet Brew":

And last, my favorite the "Octopus' Garden Ale":

I have enjoyed coming up with my imaginary beer names, but if you have any suggestions for beer names that I should illustrate PLEASE help me brainstorm! There are only so many awesome animals (real or not) that I can have in my beer label portfolio before looking like a bit of a one-track-minded geek. Anyway, I hope you can tell how much fun I am having with these. Oh, and if you know anyone who needs beer labels tell them to look me up! Of course, all art on this blog is copyrighted to me, Margaux Meganck, so please respect my art by not stealing or distributing it. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Done, Done, and Done! (...I think)

The Commission is done, and I feel pretty good about it. I put a "balloon in flight" pattern on the wall because this painting references the previous Commission I did for this client, which was of a the young girl flying through the air on the tail of a balloon. This is about that moment when she returns from her adventure to the safety of home. Anyway, take a look:

A detail:
And one to show off the fancy painted edges, oh my!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Getting closer!

I'm slowly layering transparent acrylic layer after layer until some of the color actually starts to show up! I'm almost there. I think the next post will probably be the finished product! I am thinking about adding a wallpaper pattern to the wall, and stars in the sky. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Commission progress!

I am done with the under drawing now time to go over transparently with paint! Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Illustration Academy 2010

Wow, so much has happened since my last blog post! I have attended my second summer of Illustration Academy. This year was a shorter (only 4 weeks) version of the program in 2009 but just as intense and eye opening. I met so many amazing artist and am so excited to have them as friends and creative resources for years to come. The work I got out of Academy this year was great to add to my portfolio and a wonderful learning tool, but I maintain that the most important tool one gets from a program such as this is the vast network of supportive peers who are struggling with the same trials and nuances of the business that is freelance illustration.

So now to show my work from Academy. Last year's program was seven weeks and we came out with 6 pieces. This year's program was 4 weeks and we came out with 4 pieces. One assignment a week, given by a professional illustrator as if for a professional job.

First week's Assignment: "A Slice of Richmond, VA"

This one I did in Cut paper tinted with pastel. We were supposed to keep to flat shapes of value, so no gradients and no rendering. The carnation on the feet were a last minute addition thanks to John English's pop of color suggestion. I think it makes the piece.

Next Assignment: "Celebrity Portrait," given by illustrator Anita Kunz

I did a portrait of Ira Glass, talented host of the radio show "This American Life." I didn't think it was so necessary to worry about his exact likeness as he is a radio host and his face is not necessarily recognizable to most of his fans. Instead I focused on giving the viewer hints as to who they might be looking at. I used gouache and acrylic on illustration board for this one.

Assignment #3: Young adult novel cover, assignment given by illustrator Jon Foster.

I chose to illustrate "The Giver." If you haven't read it yet, you should. It is a young adult novel but as an adult who has recently gone back and reread it I can say it does hold up to my memory of it. It looks at the flaws behind a futuristic Utopian society through the eyes of a 12 year old boy. This one was done in graphite and acrylic on illustration board.

Final Week's Assignment: "A Conversation," assignment given by illustrator C.F. Payne

I chose the conversation of story time. The young girl has fallen asleep and the father continues reading, consumed by the story. I did this in acrylic and colored pencil on illustration board.

Well that's all folks! If you are debating whether or not to attend Illustration Academy next summer you should probably just bite the bullet and go. It will motivate you, it will push you to your full potential and it will put you in touch with other people trying to do the same!