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Featured Artwork By : Kimberly Cullins


Header Information

This figure was made with the letter “C”. I started to fill in the background the same as I did for the clam using big strokes40/18 using two shades of brown. I started to use a dark blueblack hue to fill in the complete shape of the figure. I choose the other hues of blue: an ice blue, a gray-blue, and a deviant of sky blue. I used a large letter C for each layer within the figure. After completing the outer layer of the figure, i then began to fill the space between the gray-blue and the deviant of sky blue with even smaller C’s to portray craters. The reason I used brown and blue is because of the smooth texture of the brown contrasting with the vivid hue of blue. This made the figure stand out more. I used large strokes to fill in the background and to prevent spaces in the figure. I used the smaller “C’s” in an attempt to make craters. Did you figure out this one? If not, this figure was a crescent shaped moon. The brighter Hues contributed to the amount of light my “moon” was getting, and the “C” shape portrayed the direction that the solar light was entering the space of the moon. Here is the finished product.

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Crescent Moon Adobe Illustrator Paint Brush Tool


“This figure is made with the letter “C”.”

The Crescent Moon This figure was made with the letter “C”. I started to fill in the background the same as I did for the clam using big strokes- 40/18 using two shades of brown. I started to use a dark blue-black hue to fill in the complete shape of the figure. I choose the other hues of blue: an ice blue, a gray-blue, and a deviant of sky blue. I used a large letter C for each layer within the figure. After completing the outer layer of the figure, i then began to fill the space between the gray-blue and the deviant of sky blue with even smaller C’s to portray craters. The reason I used brown and blue is because of the smooth texture of the brown contrasting with the vivid hue of blue. This made the figure stand out more. I used large strokes to fill in the background and to prevent spaces in the figure. I used the smaller “C’s” in an attempt to make craters. Did you figure out this one? If not, this figure was a crescent shaped moon. The brighter Hues contributed to the amount of light my “moon” was getting, and the “C” shape portrayed the direction that the solar light was entering the space of the moon. Here is the finished product.


Fuzzy Glove Adobe Illustrator Paint Brush Tool


“...most likely a letter I don’t use often in my artwork.”

Fuzzy Glove For this figure, I used the letter A. I used mostly 80-40 point strokes in order to capture the basic shape and once again fill in the background. I used many tints of green since green is my favorite color. I started with a bold hue of green for the background of this figure, then used various tints to make the basic design that the figure has. After, I then used a grey-green to add details to the shape and to highlight certain spaces to show depth in the shape. I overlapped the “A’s” in an attempt to keep the form similar throughout the figure. The reason that I choose to use the letter A... well frankly there isn’t a reason. This letter was randomly chosen; most likely, a letter I don’t use often in my artwork. I chose green as this figure’s color to make the shape of the figure more bold and vivid, rather than letting the main focus of the figure blend into the background. Another reason why I chose to over lap the “A’s” is to give this figure texture: the “A’s” gave this shape a fuzzy appearance. I tried using a grey-green to imitate the design on the figure. Did you guess this figure? If you haven’t, I’ll give you ten seconds. Now that time’s up, this figure is a winter glove. the design on the glove was monochromatic and imitated the pattern of a zebra.


Lonely Glass Shade Adobe Illustrator Paint Brush Tool


“ it’s important to use all the resources availiable to you.”

Lonely Glass Shade I chose black as a solid background. I used red as this figure’s shape and white for the highlights. I didn’t use letters here; however I did use different tints to fill in the figure’s shape. I stayed within the 18-8 point brush strokes since the strokes were smaller and would prevent the hues from blending/bleeding into each other too often. I used black as the background for this figure because black is standard and works well with other color values in appearance. White was used as the highlight because the light value on the figure was at it’s brightest and the light was also white. This figure is supposed to portray a glass light shade. This object was closest to me when I didn’t have anything to used as a model. It goes without saying that it’s important to use all the resources available to you.


Self- Portrait: Draft Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool


“The small aspect of negative space allows the artwork a paper texture; making the apperance of a jigsaw puzzle.�

Self- Portrait: Draft In the first draft, I began with simple elements of the original photo. I stayed consistent in the lighting provided by the picture. My original intent included keeping simple contrast and saturation of each item true to the photo. Unfortunately, some of the details in the photo were not carefully edited. I revised the hue of the eyebrows so the shade beneath the hairs was brightened. The saturation for the nose had been too light, so the nose was darkened. The shadows around the nose and mouth were re-shaped with curves to prevent too many jagged edges. The eyes became more full, and the shadows beneath the photo made the cheekbone appear higher, indicating a smile. I feel that this draft has a puzzle feel. The small aspect of negative space allows the artwork a paper texture; making the appearance of a jigsaw puzzle.


Self- Portrait: Revision Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool, Special Effects.


“The nose darkens in this revision, almost as if the head turned down cast.�

Self-Portrait: Revision This photo is the first revision of my self-portrait. In this photo, I managed to add pigment around the eyes and shadows to the shoulder area. I changed the hue of my complexion to a darker brown. I added blush to the cheeks and omitted some of the shadows around the nose and lips. The nose darkens in this revision, almost as if the head turned down cast. I exaggerated the heavy sleep lines under the eyes and corrected the lining of my nose to eyebrow ratio. I also added edges to my hair, and details to the design on the shirt. I made the texture heavier than the draft. This made the photo appear a bit more sculpted; almost clay like.


Self- Portrait: Completion Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool, Special Effects


“Overall, the final revision looks animated”

Self- Portrait: Completion This is the final revision of my self-portrait. I immediately omitted any extra shading to the eyes and cheek area. This revision mostly consisted of special effects to the face. The forehead was given an inner glow, and the blush to the cheeks was feathered to fade their appearance. I used a Gaussian blur to reduce the jagged edges that were present in the previous revision. An outer glow was placed on the right eyebrow to indicate a fall pattern of light. This also helped contrast the inner glow present on the forehead making the face appear under direct light. I used the black pointer tool to reshape some of the lines around my eyes and shoulders. A small detail on the right of the nose made my cheek wrinkle. This made the blush blend into the hue of the skin, and added to the smile. That same detail also makes the nose appear faint; the shadow on the cheek and under the nose stealthily “pushes” the nose forward. I made sure to place the reflected light into the eyes to bring them to life. Overall, the final revision looks animated.


Clam Shell Adobe Illustrator Pain Brush Tool


“I narrowed the Q in order to give the figure a broad body but smaller amounts of value to the highlights, keeping control over the entire image and balancing the hue.”

Clam Shell I started with filling the background with green Q’s. Then I made a basic out line with the darkest purple hue and began to fill the shape in. Once the darkest hue was filled, I gradually shaded in each new hue until the hue was at it’s brightest. Slowly, I layered the Q’s in the high light areas into the darker areas to show the direction of light. Then I reformatted the picture so that it would fit into the frame. The reason I choose green and purple is because the two colors show a bold saturation that contrasts well with each other. My intent wasn’t to use so many shades of purple/ indigo, yet in doing so the viewers of my art can understand where the light is coming from, and understand the way the light played a role in showing this figure’s shape. I used 60-18 point strokes in order to quickly fill in the background and the basic shape of this figure. Using 10-6 point strokes helped in adding smaller details of light around the figure and into the darker regions of hue. Also, when using “Q” into the design, I narrowed the Q in order to give the figure a broad body, but smaller amounts of value to the highlights- keeping control over the entire image and balancing the hue.


Remembering the Basics.


Line Drawings

Most of these drawings look complex and difficult. The time spent on each of these portraits wouldn’t matter if the basics weren’t utilized. In the next section, all of the drawings are about the basics. Using horizontal lines and vertical lines, some of the drawings will consist of one line style, while others will have a combination of line styles.


“I wanted to use as many lines as possible.�

Wheel: First Draft This is a wheel. While making this wheel, I used horizontal lines and vertical lines. I wanted to construct a wheel with as many lines as possible. I made the wheel using a grid in the center. This grid will later help me add on smaller detail while maintaining space inside the hubcap. This picture represents the hubcap on a car.


Wheel: First Draft Adobe Illustrator Paint Brush Tool


“This picture contains exactly 500 markings.�

Wheel: First Revision I started to eliminate extraneous lines in the picture. Instead of a grind, I built the wheel around the center bolt. I made the attachments to the rubber part of the wheel with vertical lines only. This picture contains exactly 500 markings.


Wheel: First Revision Adobe Illustrator Paint Brush Tool


“This picture uses both hortzontal lines and verticle lines.�

Wheel: Final Revision This is where my final revision took place. I made the wheel on a car. I attempted to make the car appear as if it were moving; this was to convey that the wheel is in motion. This picture uses both hortzontal lines and verticle lines.


Wheel: Final Revision Adobe Illustrator Paint Brush Tool


Variations


Application with Variations

Some artwork will include variations of different objects. These variations can make the art more interesting or appealing to the audience. In this section, all of my previous artworks will have one variation of two styles: one variation with lines and one variation with color.


Lonely Glass Shot: Variation Adobe Illustrator


“I wanted to give the impression that the picture is in negatives.�

Lonely Glass Shade Variations This variation is of the lonely glass shade. I changed only the color in this picture. I wanted to give the impression that the picture is in negatives. In the following pages, you will see several variations of the same photo.


Lonely Glass Shade: Variation Chart Adobe Illustrator Special Effects


“... began to change until there was a completely different form from the original.�

Screenshots: Lonely Glass Shade For the lonely glass shade, I started variations with just the lines. The color stayed in black and white and slowly shifted to color variations. As the progression continued, the lines and color began to change until there was a completely different form from the original. This is seen from left to right in the screenshots.


Self-Portrait Variations Adobe Illustrator Special Effects


“The background is given a watercolor, adding a soothing effect to the rigid lines in the face.�

Self-Portrait Variations There is one of each variation for the self-portrait. One will be color oriented, and two will have only line variations. One portrait will have bold, crazy lines while the other has soft, subtly lines. The next page will start with an overview of two variations with the original picture. This photo on the right consists of soft brown line variations. The background is given a watercolor, adding a soothing effect to the rigid lines in the face. This makes the picture appear as if it is melting away into the lower left corner.


Self-Portrait Variation Chart Adobe Illustrator Special Effects


“...the image appears as if it is wounded.�

Variation Chart From the upper left to the lower right includes the line variation, original picture, and color variation. The upper left picture has bold, broad line differences than the first variation. This scheme stayed constant with the picture, but varied in size with the entire image. The background still has a watercolor, but this time the image appears as if it is wounded. The line strokes move towards the upper right, giving a sweep effect to the image. The lower left picture has a rainbow pop effect to it. The purple brings out an ebony undertone to the skin, while the small shades of yellow and green emphasizes highlights. The shadows under the eyes are lightened, making the appearance of tribal markings on the face. The dark hues present in the eyes aren’t the same as the original, but still function as shadows around the eyebrows.


Heartless Sign Variation Adobe Illustrator Special Effects


“ I use this often in my fan work, but the key is not to take the original and tweak it.”

Variations: Fan Art Most people who see this symbol will know that it is the heartless symbol. For everyone that doesn’t know what this symbol is, it is the heartless symbol on the enemy characters in Kingdom Hearts. Here I made the background a lime green. I used chains as a pun to the title of the ps2 game Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Outside of the shape are red arrows pointing around the figure. A soft watercolor is added to the middle, making a transparent feel to the artwork. I use this often in my fan work, but the key is not to take the original and tweak it. Trying to recreate something can be difficult with law regulations, but if you remember to stay within the parameters, then your artwork will be valid. On the following pages will be the original photos compared to the artwork that I have done. If there aren’t any original photos for that artwork, the artwork will be displayed in chronological order of creation.


Comparisons: Self-Portrait

Above: This is the original photo of me: Kimberly Cullins.

Comparison Page Self- Portrait The right contains all of the variations and final revision of the original photo.


Comparisons: Heartless Symbol

The original photo from the ps2 game Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.

Comparison Page Heartless Symbol This is the comparison of the original heartless photo to my variation. The original is on the right, the variation is on the left.



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