Week 4 Preliminary Critique

Feedback from my editorial illustration was very beneficial. My group members consisted of Jessica, Zenoc, and Damien. The general consensus for the illustration was that it needed a few more images that helped bring the point across. A few suggestions that would help illustrate the point of contaminated fish being sold:

1. I could make the fish appear a little more sickly and less “fresh”.

2. Exaggerating the “X” on the fish eye could help convey that the fish are dead.

3. A small sign that has a hazardous logo / icon or placing that on the eye as well.

4. An obvious presence of oil will also be needed to drive the point of contaminated fish home.

Overall, I liked all of the feed back and will use it to my advantage. I also was learned on the symbol tool and all of its functions by the great Mr. Shmansfield. I shall no longer have the live traced ice in my illustration!


Week 2 P1 Chum Feedback

Late Update:

Feedback from the initial sketches was given to me by Billy Conklin. He liked some of the pictures, and pointed out that a few did not read as well as I thought. I had to describe a few to him and that is not the goal. We both agreed that something with a fish would be the best representation for an illustration with both of us deciding that the fish for sale with an oil teardrop would be the best.

Project 1 Inspiration


Nina uses color and very basic shapes to illustrate the cool and quirky pieces!


Dennis Gonchar’s illustrations of animals combine wonderful use of color and geometric strokes to bring form and life to his pieces.


Christi du Toit is a new artist to me but instantly became a favorite once I looked through her portfolio. Awesome works of the strange and great lettering skills as well.


Jeremy Fish has always been an inspiration when it comes to illustration and being weird. His style is cartoony and outlandish. A lot of his pieces warrant second looks, as almost all have something else to offer the second time around.

P1 Editorial Project Research






These are the editorials I chose to read and begin designing an illustration for one of them. The third one already has a vector illustration, but to me, i do not see the relationship between the image and the overall message of the article. The first two are vastly different, one concerning real-world issues with arctic drilling and the other in its own little world of sports about a potential future football stars position in the annual NFL draft. The last two are from the LA times. The Boston Bomber read already has my attention and has generated the most creative thought about an illustration. The very last one is about traffic tickets and it negatively affecting the people receiving them.

After reading all of the articles thoroughly, the Shell Drilling article is the editorial I chose for the Illustration project.

Topic: The potential for oil spills not only in the Seattle sound, but in the arctic as well.

Subjects: Shell Oil Company, Port of Seattle, Oceanic Wildlife, Oil Leak / Spills, Noble Discoverer, Polar Pioneer

Location: Port of Seattle

The article brings to light a few important topics to think about when some of the vessels schedule to drill for oil make the Port of Seattle their home base. Pollution of the surrounding sound waters and its wildlife and Seattle becoming a stepping stone for arctic drilling are the two most driving points. The Noble Discoverers history of pollution and fines is another topic, seeing as this ship will be docked at Terminal 5 soon.

Week 1 Questionnaire

This is the first post for Digital Illustration, a course i currently am taking with Scott Mansfield. This class seems like it should be very informative and really boost my illustrator chops when it comes to using the comp-u-tator.

Currently I am in my 3rd quarter of study for a bachelors in Graphic and Web design.

I have been drawing for most of my life as a student, beginning with doodles and graffiti and only up until recently have i been experimenting with mediums like charcoal and acrylics. I love to create and taking my creations to the digital world will be able to take me to the next level as far as marketing myself as an illustrator. I have taken observational drawing and analysis of form in this school as of date. I am also certified to screen print on my own at the school.

I have used a little bit of everything, and I am not opposed to learning or looking up new programs. Illustrator has been interesting, as I create mostly with my track pad, which creates a different set of issues for myself.

As far as my favorite movie is concerned, I will list my top five.

1. Jurassic Park

2. Jaws

3. Star Wars

4. Se7en

5. The Godfather I

This list will change at some point, and I ask that I am not judged to severely for my choices.