Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Etsy Store Update!

Lots of stuff up for grabs in my Etsy shop! Check it out soon before something you want is gone!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Juggling Bear

This past weekend I finally graduated from Art Center! It's been a long hull over the past 3 years but more than worth it. I've had the pleasure to learn from some amazing teachers and meet amazingly talented peers.

This is the final piece I have to post out of all the work I created for my final semester. I think it perfectly sums up how it was my last term - juggling a lot of things all at once. Congrats to everyone who graduated!

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Story of Hansel and Gretel (and Bingham too)

My big senior project this semester was developing the story of Hansel and Gretel into an eight spread pop-up book. The first thing I did was re-write the story. It never made any sense to me why those kids would want to go back to their dad if he listened to their evil step mom and left them in the forest willingly. That just seemed awful.

My next step was the break the story down into eight key moments and engineer it. An earlier post shows what the spreads look like before I illustrate them. Here are some photos of the finished book. Everything was printed at home on my Epson printer and cut out by hand before I assembled the pieces. A big thanks to an awesome photographer, Jen O'Sullivan, for taking fabulous photos.


Spread 1: Close up of Hansel, Gretel, and Bingham playing on a swing

Spread 2: Hansel and Gretel get lost by chasing after a squirrel

Spread 2: Father gathers wood

Spread 3: Hansel and Gretel are lost in the dark forest
but in the distance is a faint glow

Spread 3: Huddling under a tree

Spread 4: The witch's cottage as a ginger bread house surrounded
by confectioner's sugar or in my case, glitter

Spread 4: Close up of the cottage

Spread 4: Close up of the witch welcoming Hansel, Gretel, and Bingham

Spread 5: A candy and baked goods feast

Spread 5: Bingham knows something is not right

Spread 6: The evil witch's true identity and plans are revealed

Spread 6: Close up of the Witch's face

Spread 7: Tricking the witch into the oven

Spread 8: Close up of being home and eating vegetables

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Paper to Digital

One of the things I've been trying to accomplish this semester has been figuring out a method of translating the paper style into a digital medium. I went back to school in hopes of becoming a visual development artist/ concept illustrator for animation and in that world, everything these days is done digitally due to the pace of production. So these are a few pieces I created in Photoshop using the same exact method I do for paper. I'm looking forward to exploring this concept even more.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Green Quill

Almost at the finish line! Thanks to everyone who came out to Gallery Nucleus this past Sunday for the Brittney Lee event. It was super packed - way more than we anticipated. So we're very excited and can't wait to announce the next one.

Right now, I'm wrapping up a few final projects. This is one I created for my Science and Sustainability class. I call it my 'green quill' since it's green and about environmentalism (the focus of the class). GreenWorks by Clorox is actually a truly environmentally friendly product. It costs just a little bit more in the store, but I hope more people buy it. I think it's worth telling companies people are willing to make small, everyday changes for the environment and that will encourage more companies to start creating products like this. Total time....30 hours?

More to come soon!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Limited Edition Sheep on Etsy

It's been a crazy few weeks getting everything finished up for graduation next week! I'll be posting more work next week as we near the end. In the meantime, enjoy these little free standing pop-up sheep I made for recruiters as take-ways. I only created a run of 125 because each sheep had to be individually cut out and assembled. 100 of them will be going out to recruiters and 25 were set aside for anyone to buy off Etsy. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

An Afternoon with Brittney Lee

A friend, Laura, and I were running a club at school called, "Picture This". And now we've looking to turn it into a real business! So if you're in the LA area and like paper work, you should come check out our first event, An Afternoon with Brittney Lee.

Sunday, April 17th, 2011
1:00 – 4:30 pm
at Gallery Nucleus (210 East Main St. Alhambra, CA 91801)

Join Motivarti and Gallery Nucleus for a special event featuring visual development artist Brittney Lee.

In this exclusive event, Brittney will share her experiences with transitioning from art school into a successful career in feature animation, as well as the techniques she uses to create her exquisite paper art.

The afternoon includes:

- a one-hour lecture with Q&A, with topics including Brittney’s development as an artist, techniques for creating a fan base, and advice for making the transition to a career in the entertainment industry

- a two-hour, open-format paper demo, in which Brittney will craft an original paper work while explaining her process and techniques

- an artist meet-and-greet, with print and book signing following the paper demo

- a raffle of the original paper artwork created during Brittney’s demo; you’ll receive 3 free raffle tickets for attending, with more tickets available for purchase at the event

-an opportunity to purchase a limited-run, numbered and signed print which Brittney has created exclusively for Gallery Nucleus and Motivarti for this event

Pre-purchase: $20 (click here)
At the door: $25

Get three free raffle tickets when you purchase an event ticket. Plus, college students show their I.D. at the door for an additional five free raffle tickets!

About Brittney
After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Film and Animation, Brittney moved to the West Coast with the goal of working in the entertainment industry. Over time, she created a fan base and built buzz around her playful, exquisitely crafted paper art. She currently works for Walt Disney Animation, with credits including the children’s book, Tangled: A Dazzling Day.

About Motivarti
At Motivarti, we believe that luck happens when opportunity meets preparation. Whether you’re a working professional, recent graduate, or current student, you’ll find that our lectures, classes, workshops, and events will broaden your creative horizons, and help you make your own luck.