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!