Creation Myth Comic Strip

This comic panel deals with the creation story of the Tungusic tribe that resides in Northeast Asia/ Siberia region. They don’t have much in art but they do have clothing, so most of my artwork is based off old Asian art and the fashion of their time.

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The story behind the comic in summary is Buga, the main God, and Buninka, the secondary, have a quarrel and Buga ends up winning. After that, Buga spares Buninka allowing him to roam Earth as long as he leaves humanity alone. Buga then creates humanity from elements of the Earth. once humans die, the passing of their souls is spread between the two Gods. The good ones go to Buga and bad ones going to the center of the Earth where Buninka resides and becoming his. Continue reading “Creation Myth Comic Strip”


Animal Mask

The mask is based off the animal the Red Panda. The style used was an attempt to create form ,facial features, and animal ascetics. The curves of the paper allow for a slender figure yo appear creating what I saw as Asian in nature. I also believe that the curves allow for an organic tone to be involved through my paper sculpted mask.

All the forms are are cut-out and held together through tape and sliding of crevasses. Just like real people and animals, the mask is asymmetrical in the smallest of details.


phenscopeFor the phenakistoscope a twelve-frame animation was created to be in a looping pattern. For the project I used consitant line weight throughout the piece except for the red ball going down the waterfall. There is greater line variation within that section of animation so that the viewer can identify the ball. To separate the frames of animation contrasting colors were added in order to help bring out the focal points in each animation series. To make fluid and enjoyable animation, some principles of animation used were anticipation, the zooming out for the red ball to drop; Timing, tried to keep a steady smooth flow so that no transition into the next frame was too drastic of a movement; and straight ahead pose to pose, the window wheel opening and closing. I’ve grown more confident in myself from this project becouse it shows that im willing to take some risk and not always go for what feels comfortabllw to me. In relavance to my major as a DMA student at Alfred State College, I’ve challenged myself to work on exacting measurements to keep frames of animation linked, and I have challeneged myself in moving camera angles and perspectives. Both of which seemed to be successful in practice.


Gallery 1 – Dr. Mary Drach Mcinnes

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In viewing Dr. Mary Drach Mcinnes works, she goes back and forth from surreal and figure drawings. Her art focuses a lot on line work and making a composition so that even a still image can express a tone or mood.


Untitled 1

Start of her gesture series, there is knowledge of form, very rough, generalized shading closing the space between lines to show value of shadow


Untitled 13

Towards very end of her gesture series, very clean lines, smoothness and fluidity of every line, no distraction of original form, now uses white lines to reference highlights, better understanding of the space surrounding the person in the picture, better representation of lights, midtones, and dark areas of the organic.


Imagined landscape 1

Start of her abstract surreal series, use of bold colors, very little value change, use of compliments to bring out certain objects of importance to her work, simple geometric shapes, collage and comic feel, uses perspective to show volume form and space within her illustration


Imagined landscape 16

Towards end of her abstract surreal series, more use of boldness of colors, addition of shadow by value change, every object relates to its individual broken up frame, has a story element, still basic but with more dynamic geometric shapes, creates illusions of reflectiveness by having outlines of circles around areas warping or capturing light bounced off object



My observational drawing of the chair uses contrast as its major element of design. The absence of the addition of any markings within the white stripes brings out the highlights within the fabric. Using the various shades of gray to black, each crease and fold are shadows made to represent the separation of the layers on the cloth that the mind would otherwise try and replicate as lines. Each stripe varies in orientation and thickness through the piece to show the flow of how the cloth was draped on the chair creating motion. The piece is centered off to the right and center to create balance of what is seen so as to not attack the viewer and hold its place in its 2-dimensional plane of existence.

This assignment forced me to concentrate for numerous hours in replicating this delicate form. The stress of hoping the wind would not move this light fabric to not obscure by work was overwhelming. The need to find a proper reason of creating art is what this project has taught me. As in the realm of digital media, the art must show emotion and character as to not sit flat and center within the page to draw in a viewer. With this project I now know that I have a new medium to attach onto my preferred ways to create grayscale pieces that aren’t just graphite.

Illuminated Initial

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The illuminated letter project started off by researching: Book of Kells; Book of Hours; or Persian or Indian Miniatures. After researching those, the next step was to then find inspiration from nature by finding certain textures or patterns, that through my perspective would benefit my piece. Once all resources we gathered the next step was to then create a preliminary drawing or sketch of what would soon be the final product. Through research of Book of Kells and others, the first artwork created was which had to be black and white. I recreated my original sketch digitally to clean up my line work and proportions. In order to balance the piece and create focal points, sectioned areas were filled in with tight detail while others where left almost completely basic white or total black. After the first draft was done, a different medium needed to be practiced; this is represented by the strokes of watercolor in the second image. From this step I was then able to find ways to create lights and darks as to then apply them to my project. On completion of that step, the next process after that was to scan it in digitally and edit it through digital means represented by image three to four, which I used photoshop for. From that step on we then had to purely color the art digitally. This is represented by image five. Because I had already decided on a color scheme of the project, I decided to boost the saturation of my previous water colors and make them a more true and less gray toned colors. There’s a separation of the “S” from the rest of the piece as it becomes the center focal point due to its dark blue surrounded by a contrasting bevel of yellow. The final step was to then use the nature images we took for inspiration and incorporate them directly into the piece where we had put or interpretations within our image shown by the last image. From the makings of this project I’ve learned that the need to fully create a piece comes from many observations, meaning from outside sources i.e. Book of Kells or seeing the color scheme from water colors to digital painting.

This project demands that me, as a DMA (digital media animator) student, develop my skills of interpreting every day objects of the past, present, natural, or crafted to create variations of works.

Illustrated Journals

Golden Mean, Golden Ratio, and Fibonacci number

golden-meanThe philosophy around the Golden Mean is that the right amount of expression of character is present within a person. For example, if a person is seen as having courage, the display it so that it doesn’t come off too strong; making it so that they seem reckless, or too weak and looking like a coward. This applies to art as well. When creating a piece there is a balance that is required to properly display. If there are imbalances within a piece it will expresses itself differently. Depending on the way the artist intends for their piece to be viewed a necessary scale has to be created, either it’s straight in the center or shifted going towards the opposite ends.

golden-ratioThe Golden Ratio in my understanding is that the ratio of the entire length of two different segments is the same as the ratio of the two segments alone. The discovery of the Golden Ratio explains why when we look outside at nature, why it becomes a sight that brings pleasant emotions to us. For creations of art, the artist must know how his/her shapes and figures are in relation to one another in order for viewers to react positively from observing the piece.fibonacci-sequence

Lastly, the Fibonacci number; in art terms, is the use of a repetitive pattern using short and long elements: shapes, color, motion, size. The unity that is created from the combination of short and long elements creates a rhythm that helps pull the viewers gaze from one side of the piece to another. This practice can also help draw the observers eye to a selected portion in a work that the artist purposely sections out so it becomes the center of attention

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Linear Day


The lines primarily used were lines of thin strokes. However, through the addition of adding line thickness to certain images while making other areas completely black, makes those certain images or areas pop out in bold contrast throughout my piece. The main technique I use to represent darker areas, or areas of variant contrast was cross-hatching and it is represented through every image in my piece. Not only does this technique provide my images with their own sense of depth, it also creates unity within my piece as it links every image with a consistence that the variation of image shapes cannot do on their own. The image represents the flow of my day from when I woke up listening to my nature sounds alarm to when I fell asleep to music. As for most of my images they are all linked with a line or image from the previous panel that gives it the continuos flow from one activity to there other.

The images, although respectively real in what they represent. I feel they are very creative and expressive as they do not show my person physically doing each panel yet still poetry the quality and activity of my day in an artistic way.

Sadly however there was a small smudge from the process of gluing after all was drawn out and done; I didn’t want to have to restart the entire piece, so it remains.

Book of Kells observation exercise



Observation on Book of Kells “letters”

~~~First image

— contrast of the true blues and reds

— ribbon like border “water lake”

— pattern of circles in circles and symbols

— has a combination and variation of line thickness

— intricate weaving of lines giving depth

— no real merging of colors

— pops out segments using thick lines

— story telling (monk with a spirit?)

— fragmentation

— curvature behind “monk” giving another illusion, bulging effect

— clash of colors/ battle really brings out strength of its diversity

— almost gives senses of luminosity

~~Book of kells

  • religious book

~~Second image

— connection of spiral animal shapes throughout border

—Popping of certain areas using variation of line thickness

~~Third image

— Solid bold color use

— gospel

— Wave shapes

— Plant life depicted and used as background border to center image

— Densely pact with combination of long big images and small short images (details)

—story telling (use of calligraphic lettering)

~~Fourth image

— boldness of color choice to depict different planes of scenery

— uses a lot of symbolic items {crest}

— vineyard

— depiction of higher beings

— presence of non-earthly being

— submission_wishing???

— foliage

~~Persian miniatures

— Singles out a specific object (noun)

— patterns of squares and writings

~~Second image

— different planes of being

— building combined to common area/ floor

— community/ togetherness

— Main use of primary colors and occasional complementary/supplementary ones as well

~~Third image

— Story telling

— curvature of lines and spacing create a texture to the rocky background and wavy circular texture on grass

— Bold lines used in creation of man and horse

— Facial expression on both man and horse very strong

~~Fourth image

—asymmetry of borders

— use of nature’s shape for use as decor for border and background

— focus of center of page

— Story telling

— bold colors of articles of clothing

— story images blend in wishing the background to form detail surrounding the main focus of the paper

— double border straight up around central image making it bold

Self Portrait

self-portrait-editedThe image taken is my deep thought expression when coming across objects or situations that bring about questions. I try not to see things as all black and white and so I’m always thinking.