Friday, April 30, 2010

google translate: ra ra, lutdut daha, ga ga, oohla laha

I revoke my statement in the last post. This is my new Best Piece Ever. I really nailed the boobs on this one. And on that note, I'm going to use this opportunity to practice my professional artist's statement writing, while utilizing some sweet html I just learned to make my longer blogs more reader-friendly.

Lady Gaga, Royal Flush mock cover
Kristin Leigh Koefoed, 2010

For this personal piece I decided to make the illustration of a mock cover for the magazine Royal Flush. Keeping the general voice of the magazine in mind, I recognized that were this a real-world assignment, avid RF readers might at first be horrified to see a pop icon on their favorite alternative magazine. Due to this, it was especially important to make the headlines as clear as possible verbally, and as present as possible graphically. It is indicated that the feature article tries to analyze the nonsensical phenomena of modern pop music from an outside perspective, rather than glorifying it.

For the secondary text, I referenced previous issues of Royal Flush and compiled a list of people featured in the magazine, their occupations, and markets. I used the whole to develop a better sense of what RF's readers care about and from there, I only had to make a list of people and things I would write about if this were my magazine.

For the Royal Flush logo and the Number Foundation insignia, magazine editor Josh Bernstein was nice enough to send me high resolution copies. For this I am so thankful, because trying to use the pen tool to trace over a crappy scan would have undoubtedly bore horrifying results.

However, as I was unable to acquire Neutraface 2, the House Industries font family used by the actual magazine, I laid in a substitute font** that I felt had the same overall feel. Overall, I would like to see the piece done in Neutraface, but I think for the lack of $300 this version satisfies the needs of the assignment and my personal standards.

**–The font used is Telegrafico, one of my Top Five Favorites Free Fonts for the month of April 2010. The huge problem with Telegrafico is that there is no lower-case set. Luckily that was not an issue for this assignment.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ely shmely.

Well I figure since our opening reception was the 18th and then we took the show down on the 20th, now is as good as ever to make a post about my senior thesis.
I think they're the best pieces I've done so far.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater.

It's meant to speak on the tradition of almost all women-geared magazines effectiely doing their part to keep women acting like a bunch of dimwitted twits.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My box is awesome.

No, that's not new Katy Perry lyrics... I actually made a box.

I like three dimensional work because I get to play Vanna White and my mom likes when I put pictures of myself.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Open House poster. Fffinally.

First the monsters were "too scary" so I made them friendly. Now they're "too children's book."
I had to laugh. The thing I like most about my career choice is that it's like a sitcom. I'm never bored and I save the money it would cost to get cable. Win win.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Revisions, revisions. Whatever boss say, employee must listen.

I think the drawing on the second version is better, but overall I still like the composition of the first one best. I miss the shadow and the perspective of the first, and I failed to capture the same level of sneakiness in his stance with the second one. But I'll be damned if I do this (fur, king) bear another time.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Puss Patrol, versions one and two.

"But I don't wanna do revisions!" Wah wah, enough. I still like cartoons, but I know what illustration requires. I'm glad I redid this. And... Friday!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The notebook, sans gosling.

This is the notebook I made. And yes, there is a picture of a bunny rabbit hanging in my cubical.

These are the tiny victories that got me through today:
1) An email from my mom said that my dad's job people love the notebook I made (above).
2) The print lab guy told me he really liked my Ely's and thought they were funny.
3) I figured out how to remove the purple borders from active links. (I told that to a web designer and he laughed.)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Frontis is a funny word

I made this last night. I started out with the image that I used for my website banner, but the resolution was too low and the lines were too choppy. Sooo I had to re-do it using ink. I've been using these Le Pen markers recently, I really like them.
As for whether I really like this? I do. I may not use it though.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Brand identity is difficult when the brand is supposed to be you.

I made this last night, and I have to say there's something about pen and flatter colors that I miss like mega woah. I will say that the tree may need a little more texture, but I think there's got to be some way to balance the two highly similar styles I've been using.

I was intending this illustration to be a promotional mailer or a front page... but looking at it in comparison with my other work, there's no way I can honestly call this a good representation of what I do. It's just nice, and another portfolio piece.

As far as how it could be applied outside of my own needs, I intend to come up with a little layout to display the image as an editorial illustration for an article about D-I-Y-ers learning to accept that there's chores you do need to "call a guy" for.