Monday, July 15, 2013

'Girls in Whites Dresses'

Here is another piece I had at my BFA show based on the theme 'A few of my favorite things'.
I love shopping, fashion and cupcakes!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Visual Development

It was last summer I looked at so many blogs of artists I liked and whenever I read their profiles, it would say the words 'Visual Development'.

I knew the term 'Concept Design' well enough, but never realized it was used more in the gaming industry.  Visual Development or 'Vis Dev' is concept art for the animation field.

I have always been drawn to the art of animation and now I had found a focus I could both satisfied my needs as an illustrator and my love for animation. I based my senior project on doing a visual development portfolio and I wanted to share those pieces with you.

First I picked a story that not only was nostalgic for me, but had a good variety of characters for me to work with.

Creating characters is more than googling an image and reproducing it in a stylized way.

It is really taking the time to explore the personality of your characters and visually portraying those traits the best way possible to tell the story.
I chose the story 'Snow White and Rose Red', a Grimm's Brother's Fairytale.
The main characters included two young girls, a dwarf and a bear.

I tried to emulate the characters personalities in the environments I created.
Asking yourself questions as you draw helps.

There it is! My first attempt at Visual Development.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Opening Reception

As stressful as everything was right up until the show, it turned out to be a great success.
We had a LOT of people come and see it.
When I say 'we' I mean Nate Call, James Allen, Ginny Tilby and myself.

We had decided to do our BFA show together because those are the funnest shows I've been to with more variety and a lot more people attending. Also, you can split the cost on certain things.

We were REALLY lucky to have Nate's wife, Camie offer to make our refreshments. She nailed it.

There were many more people who helped with a lot of the behind the scenes stuff to help pull off such an incredible night:

My awesome husband, Jared, my amazing mother-in law, Denise, my sweet friends-Annie Pugmire, Jacque Secor, Heather Michelle Owens, Stewart Craig, my Sister-in-law and her husband Tyler, who all offered help with random tasks.
I had someone let me borrow their laptop when mine crashed.
My boss an new work mates, who have been super understanding and supportive of my schedule.
My amazing professors who got me here and the incredible Lindsey Sweat who took amazing pictures of the night.

(My Book!)


Nate Call, myself and James Allen. Two great artists I did my show with.

It was wonderful to celebrate the last step in officially graduating with our incredible friends and family who have supported us in this journey.
Though the opening reception was only for one night, the show will be up at the UVU Library for the next two weeks. It's free to the public, so definitely go check it out!