Monday, June 27, 2011

My Rug Design is featured in Styline Magazine!

The Rug I designed for Hagopian is featured in Metro Detroit's Styline Magazine this month :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Photos of my Zine

Awhile ago I posted some of the images from my zine that I made for letterpress class, but here are some photographs of the actual constructed book.

Cuckoo Clock Finished!

Here's the finished letterpress cuckoo clock I made!

Embroidered Lion Print

Not completely finished yet, but I had to photograph it for senior exit review so I thought I'd post it. I just have to embroider one or two more flowers!

And in case you were wondering how this was made, I'm really proud of how I did it, because to my knowledge nobody has ever done it before!! I sewed embroidery fabric onto museum board (with the help of Veronica Bayagich. Then after a few test prints, I inked up my lino carving and rolled it through the letterpress, and voila! Then I embroidered it with standard embroidery floss, which was pretty tough because getting the needle to go through museum board takes some extra effort.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

85% Finished Cukoo Clock

So I letter-pressed my cuckoo clock design using photopolymer and this is the result! It was printed on quality paper then mounted on museum board and hand cut out with an Xacto. Needless to say my fingers hurt after cutting this bad boy out! Now all there's left to do is attach the letterpress pinecones with chain material! Final picture will be posted soon!

Candle Packaging

The decals were a pain in the butt to apply, and I'm not particularly happy with them, so here is the candle packaging which I am happy with. I wanted it to be a simple, clean design with a boutique aesthetic.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Letterpress Promo Package

Our last assignment in letterpress class is to create a promotional package of business cards and coasters. I'm using the personal logos I created in another class for them. I'm going to print the business cards black and white, but I'm probably going to play with the colors for the coasters. Promo packages mean it's coming down to the end of art school :( :( :(

Saturday, April 9, 2011

MOO Pattern

My friend and classmate, Jongmee Kim, is doing an out of class collaboration project with me and a couple other people (Jackie Somerville and Veronica Bayagich). It's a milk packaging project called MOO. The girls and I each designed a pattern to use on our unique flavors of milk, which Jongmee will be designing the packaging for. I chose to do strawberry and this is the result! I really like to draw cute hedgehogs, though they're not usually affiliated with strawberries. haha :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Muse Montage Poster

This poster is a compilation of my painting, Jellyfish drawing and pattern I did in photoshop for my advanced illustration and design class. I'm glad we had this assignment because it's a better fit in my portfolio than just the painting, I feel.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Some ills from my ZINE

Here's a sneak peak at some of my illustrations I did for my Ephemera Zine. In my letterpress class, Mark Murphy came to visit and do a workshop. He gave my class a zine assignment and its really awesome, I can't wait to pull an all-nighter tomorrow night in order to assemble all my zines! They're going to incorporate ribbon, little antique keys I found at a scrapbook store and crystal gem charms!

Dia de los Muertos Painting

Now that the painting is done, I'm ordering special decals for candles so I can put them on a flameless battery powered candle for the student show :) I'm also working on a couple packaging designs for the finished candle. I'll post those when they're done!

Monday, March 28, 2011

I Won the Hagopian Rug Competition!

I've known for a couple weeks now, but I forgot to post about it on here. And....I never documented my design..But i'll be sure to take a million pictures of it and the rug at the student exhibition after graduation!!! I'm really excited to see my rug!

Detroit Poster for Somerset Contest!

It's finally finished. Here's my poster submission for Somerset and the Detroit Shoppe. And if you aren't aware, there used to be fallow deer that roamed free on Belle Isle, but now there are just a few in a fenced off area.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Geek Week T-Shirt

All my friends already had the class I'm currently in, where this t-shirt design was an assignment. So I already knew about it, and was coming up with ideas long before the class started. This design came to me right before I fell asleep one night haha. I thought the contrast of hardcore knuckle tattoos and geekery were quite funny.

Personal Logos

I did these a little while ago in my Advanced Illustration and Design class. I like all of them. So it's hard to choose just one to use. I think I'll use a combination. Maybe...

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Not the best lighting for this picture. But it shows how my process is going on my Day of the Dead painting. I'm happy with it so far.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Color Rough

Very rough color study (photoshop) for my new painting based on the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. I'm starting a new series of paintings for senior studio class, and this is the one I'm most excited about. The animal skulls will be my take on sugar skulls (and will have more decoration and ornamentation on them than what you see in the color rough, I just haven't drawn it in yet). The series is based on native art forms, roughly speaking. I say roughly speaking because Day of the Dead art is not typically considered a native art form as is say aboriginal art or Native American art (which will be the other two in the series).

I'm excited for this series because I'm trying to experiment more with layers. As you can see in this painting I've started the layering process. I used the Mexican cut paper decorations, commonly used in Day of the Dead offrendas as inspiration for the diamond pattern you see in the background of the piece. I first gesso-ed the wood panel, then hand painted the diamond pattern, using a lot of liquin in order to make the paint more transparent. I then applied two layers of watered down gesso over the dried pattern to subdue it. I might add a color glaze over the whole background when I'm done painting all the other elements, but I'm not sure yet.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

First Letterpress Print!

This is my broadside poster for Letterpress class. It's a Death Cab for Cutie lyric. I just really wanted to illustrate ornate keys and a locket :p