Saturday, December 20, 2008

IF: Balloon


Okay, so, really basica concepts, if you hadn't noticed. This guy doesn't even have a body.

IF: Opinion

IF: Sugary


IF: Packed


He's packing his pipe.

IF: Rambunctious


Okay, all my IFs are late as hell, and it might be too late to save my grade, but I'm gonna go ahead and try anyway.

Friday, December 19, 2008

IF: Remaining topics

Sketches of the remaining Illustration Friday topics.
Packed/Strings/Vacant/Wise/Pretend/Opinion/Similar/Rambunctious

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Baltimore

This is my belated Baltimroe piece, quick bad photo, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's watercolors, and that's not really my forte. I wanted a feeling of the old and new, and a feeling of hope. Maybe the colors too everywhere? But the composition is true to my initial sketch for the most part.

Illustration Friday Feasttacular!


Here are some fancy IFs for your viewing pleasure.











Yeah good times!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

3 NEW YORK TIME BOOK REVIEWS

FACTORY GIRLS
FROM VILLAGE TO CITY IN A CHANGING CHINA


THE SUPERORGANISM
THE BEAUTY, ELEGANCE, AND STRANGENESS OF INSECT SOCIETIES


HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED
WHY WE NEED A GREEN REVOLUTION- AND HOW IT CAN RENEW AMERICA

Friday, December 12, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Final







Preliminary comps for EA Games "Snow Queen" proposal. Its based off Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale "The Snow Queen" with a dark twist. I drastically altered the plot to fit my aesthetic and developed three environments/characters that correspond to the script I drafted. The original story line can be read here: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Queen

Monday, December 8, 2008

IF's


IF: Opinion
IF: Balloon

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I know it looks retarded so far, but...


Rough-rough-rough-ROUGH sketch of a spot for the New York Times Book Review of Stephen King's "Just After Sunset." I'm only posting this, at this level of shitty sketchyness, because I'm kinda stuck on the composition and am wary of going too much further.

My concept is supposed to communicate how "Just After Sunset" is a collection of short stories, rather than a novel, where each story seems like it could go off on its own and become a seperate book. So here, I have King with an axe after just chopping apart his book, and the bits and pieces of the pages are spawning into a bunch of smaller books instead of just laying dead. I feel like the whole cut-something-apart-and-it-only-multiplies-and-makes-things-worse idea is a common gag in horror (or maybe it was just on a Twilight Zone episode and I'm totally wrong) so I thought it'd be a fitting vehicle for King and how the NY Times believes his new book reads.

To clarify the concept on the finished piece, I plan on making his face more of a "Eureka!" instead of a "Haha, fuck you book!" and have rays coming up from the book, so it appears like it was a good idea, and not that King has resorted to self destruction or something.

In the background, will be your typical full moon and hazy clouds, very receeded.

And as for colors, I want to try psychadelic neons and black again, as if its a blacklight poster, without going nuts and screwing it up like last time. If its planned correctly, I think it'll make the image pop alot more and tie in with King's whole camp horror image.

But right now, the composition just doesn't seem to be all that it could. I have another of King's full body standing over the book, but that distances, and therefore, de-emphasizes his face, which is the selling point. Other crazier angles seem too impossible to pull off because nailing a recognizable caricature is difficult enough from a frontal view, let alone from some nutty bird's/worm's eye view. So I'm stuck between making it more dynamic, but without losing the recognizability of Stephen King.

Also, does that even LOOK like Stephen King? That's the best likeness I've gotten so far, and I'm probably going to model the re-drawn face after this one, but I can keep trying new ones if it doesn't read.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

IF: Balloon

The Illustration topic for this week: Balloon.
If Penguins could fly I hope it's like this.

Monday, November 24, 2008

One scarlet letter concept sketch


Okay, so I'm doing a series of covers for Penguin American Classics. This is a concept sketch for a cover for the The Scarlet Letter. The type is very rough and misaligned, and the first "T" is an experiment for capitals, but that's the basic gist of the it, style-wise. I was trying to subtly show the secret relationship between Hester Prynne and the young minister, I forget his name. I feel like focusing on the actual scarlet letter "A" is kind of overdone. Instead I would incorporate the scarlet in the color scheme. This is only the first sketch I've done so let me know if the concept itself is lame, or if not, what could be improved with this one. I'll do more though. Also, no color yet, in case you didn't notice.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Baltimore


My intentions are to do a mural-ish horizontal. narrative like, sunset scene. With a church, old, and new building, and a vacant lot with kids playing in it and a painted mural to represent hope and an old man sitting in a chair, and construction guys working. I am a tad lost, but I will get back to it. I slightly changed directions, and got another idea, more poster-like. But I want to pursue idea 1 [nothing posted for that yet]
-Also, my apologies, for not being in class. I honestly overslept, woke up on my own at like 10:30ish and got to school at 12 and class apparently ended early. But I just wanted to post something up to show where I'm at. And the image was badly scanned and cropped.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

IF: pretend



Black Aggie


I spent all morning at the bank trying to get my money back, but I have my homework. I chose Black Aggie of Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville (Northwest side of the city). Here's a link to her story:

http://www.prairieghosts.com/druidridge.html

Fraternities would use the spot to haze pledges and so I focused on the rituals surrounding the legend of the statue at the height of its fame, and ultimately, where it was going.

It is not finished, I bit off way more than I could chew in two weeks. Any incite would be awesome.

because of blogger size.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/codygriffith/3043089390/sizes/l/

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... a fox?

Mhm... Mica Fox :)

balimore piece

drawing and photoshop.
spots to accompany a story.
i took the idea of decaying abandoned property
and poverty and placed into my life, using 
it as a metaphor for my
relationship, or now,
lack there of.
hope you like it.
ok.
fin.

ballimore piece

words to come.

Baltimore


This was supposed to be for the narrative assignment but it kind of works for the editorial too. Anyway...here's what I've got. Any suggestions?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Baltimore Piece

"Little Demon in the Church" Pg.3 - swimming in the holy water.
Just one page, but the color pallet will basically be the same.
Trying to make a small book for the project.

IF:

dis wat i got so far



gotta paint both images, then lookin to collage the crabhobo into the scene, scan it, and paint it somemore, suggestions at this point would be optimal

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Color Palette



Random, and somewhat pointless, but mostly so I don't have to carry my laptop to class tomorrow... Combos: 1,2, & 3