If you couldn’t make it to TAAFI, I’m going to be exhibiting at the Indy Comics Showcase at Back Space Toronto on College Street on the 26th! I’ll have Lemon Inc. books and Mystery Path mini comics as well as buttons and free bookmarks. Amanda Sandland, Shane Kirshenblatt and my brother Chris Lai will also be there and you should come to check out their comics and stuff too!
I’m going to be exhibiting at the TAAFI Animation Arts Maarket next weekend from June 14th to June 15th at the Corus Quay & George Brown College on the Waterfront, table W19! I’ll be sharing a table with Amanda Sandland! I stole this graphic from her because it’s perfect and I’m lazy. Come see us and buy our stuff!
Q:hi there! I applied to seneca for illustration and I'm interested in hearing about the program is like. Mind telling me some info? :) Once you get the time. It would help me out a lot. I've been really uncertain about where to attend for illustration. I'm not interested in a 4yr bachelor course so this seems like my best option.
Hi. Sorry for not replying to you earlier but to start, the program is pretty intense and I wanted to give you a pretty detailed response. This is going to get long and ranty but hopefully it will be helpful for you. If you’re not interested in taking a 4 year course, then Seneca is a good option for you! There is a strong focus on getting people out of school and into the industry as soon as possible at Seneca. If you go through the summer then you can graduate in just over 1 year.
We’re making mail teasers in business class that incorporate a word cloud of adjectives and slogans that describe our art and business. We were supposed to use Wordle.net but were allowed to use Photoshop or Illustrator if we wanted to. The ones from Wordle looked too automated to me so I made my own… I hope mine isn’t too creative to be considered a Wordle.
I designed a new logo and business card for business class and I updated the blog to match. I didn’t think I could come up with a logo I liked better than my previous one but I actually much prefer this one because it’s much simpler and more iconic. I’m really happy with how it turned out. So far I’ve been continuing the trend of producing the art that I’m most satisfied with in business class this semester.
How I Choose Colours
Somebody asked me how I choose colour schemes for things and how I go about digital painting. I spent a lot of time writing this so I thought I should post it here for everyone in case it helps anyone else. I can’t guarantee that this is all 100% accurate but I have been told that colour is my strongest skill and it’s information that I’ve cobbled together from picking the brains of my favourite artists and professors as well as by observing the colouring of my favourite colour artists like Kazu Kibuishi and Tyson Hesse.
I never choose colours randomly. There is always some thought put into it. There’s nothing wrong with trial and error of course but there are better ways of going about choosing colour schemes. How I would go about this would change depending on whether I’m working on a more representational piece or a more abstract piece. For abstract pieces just try complimentarty colours, analogous colours etc, and see what looks good.
Representational pieces are more complicated. Unless you’re working with traditional paint, which is even more complicated, never mix white into your colours to make things lighter or black into your colours to make things darker. When you shine a light on an object it becomes more saturated. White just desaturates colours. First you should start by choosing a colour for your light source. This colour needs to be mixed into every light area of every highlight. Then figure out what the dominent colour in the environment is. This colour should be mixed into all of the darker areas and shadows of your scene. For example, if the sky is blue and the scene is in a clearing then there should be blue in all of the shadows. But if the scene takes place in the middle of a green jungle then you would probably change that to green. If the scene takes place in a red room that would change to red, etc. The colours of things also changes depending on the transparency of objects. Trasparent objects react differently to light than other objects.
When it comes to digital painting, that’s not something I do a lot of. Most of the time I use solid colours when I colour my work but digital painting is just adding more lighting and blending to solid colours. Knowing everything that I mentioned above will help with digital painting. The other important thing to remember is to make sure that your values work because if your values aren’t believable then nothing else will be. I have digital painting class this semester so I’ll probably be learning a lot more about it.
Hopefully this is helpful.