Monday, January 30, 2012

Words of Wisdom

As you peer in on this scene I leave you with a quote summing up this "Earthbound Worm":

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Last Crusade?

The impending doom that surrounds these creatures is something to be feared, right? Well then why's he all smiley and whatnot? Well,  he knows that when you exude a positive attitude, you tend to get positive results.  This calamari crusader lives by the notion that the positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. So long story short, he's delusional. But hey! better to be crazy and happy than sane and miserable. Long live the "Calamari Crusader"!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Just be happy this isn't you.

One of the troubles I think many artists can relate to when working on projects that aren't completely planned is knowing when to stop, when to say it's finished. Here I have an example of my most recent piece where I was experiencing just that.

The first picture came out really nice, in my opinion. The colors came out the way I wanted, probably even better than what I was thinking. The drawing translated nicely and the overall Illustration came together brilliantly, if I may say so myself. I was quite satisfied with it, but I wanted to see what else I could do, so I kept going.

This brought me to my second rendition. I love the vibrancy of the sky in the first, but I really enjoy the lighting the sun brings along with the color of the grass in the second. It may just be me, but the color scheme of the first two reminds me of Lion King, they have a very cheery, Disney feel to me. Then I noticed that, maybe since the grass added a nice touch to the foreground, I could add a little something to the sky as well. Which brings me to piece three, the final edit.

 I decided to have some fun with clouds! I think they turned out well and add a nice flare to the previously placid sky.  Overall, I'm pleased with each of these and hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Today must be a good day, because I'm on a pretty artistic roll here. This is a caricature of Bruce Willis  I concocted last semester in my Traditional Illustration class. I had to look through a lot of photos and go through a lot of sketches before I got him down, and let me tell you, it had its frustrating points. However, after setting my sketchbook aside for a much needed breather, the next time I picked it back up, I had it! So here I've taken my final class version of him, and reworked it via... wait for it... Photoshop. Gasp!  :-O yes, I know, what a shocker. Anyway, I name thee: "Armaged-it-on!"


There She Goes Again

Phew! One a day for three days in a row, I'm on a good wave right now people and hope it lasts for a while, I like what's happening so far. Another piece to accompany the "Be Positive" series (name still in the works) I'm hoping to accumulate as time passes, this is "Oh the Hurdles this Turtle Has Seen".


Friday, January 27, 2012

One more for the Books

Here I've taken another drawing and remodeled it in Photoshop in order to submit it for the Society of Illustrators Scholarship opportunity in NY. This was done for an assignment last semester in my traditional Illustration class. The goal was to take a product and a character, in this case it's the aviators and the bird, and create an advertisement Illustration. I've reworked it far from it's original version, and I'm quite proud of where it has ended up.

The pencil version on the left what my first attempt at this assignment, and although it's a graphite rendering, I do find the bird in particular still falls in my favorites category. There's just something about the textures and attention to detail in that version that I really enjoy. On the right, we have my second attempt where I got more adventurous with my colors. I was very pleased with how this turned out despite minor details I could do without.

Here is my reworked version from Photoshop. It took me about 8 hours, but I feel I've gotten it to a happy place. I'm still working on rendering backgrounds, but for now, I think this is a step in a good direction.  I call it: "These Aviators ain't for Avian Amateurs"

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Revisiting Opportunities

Hey there! Candace here with a treat for you all. While attending the first day of my History of Illustration class, my charming teacher Christian Hill informed us all of a Scholarship opportunity being given by the Society of Illustrators in NY. In order to have work to participate with, I took a drawing I did about a month ago and played around with it in Photoshop. I've decided to call it --> "Keep that Head Up"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Assignment 0

Here's the first attempt at playing around in Photoshop to re-familiarize myself with the program. Experimented with the brush tool and took an old photo of mine and blacked it out. Overall, I was going for an edgy, semi-commercial collage look, and I think I accomplished just that.

Here's where it starts

Alright, so here is my first attempt in photoshop, I did this 2 years ago after seeing Avatar. It was first drawn in pen, and then scanned and worked on in Photoshop. I expect my pieces following this one to be much better as my understanding and abilities to navigate the program are enhanced.

About the Artist: Getting to know me.

Hello, My name is Candace Ostler. I'm an Illustration major at Cal State Fullerton. Here is an accumulation of works I have created since deciding to follow this major. My first step in this decision occurred at Fullerton JC in 2009. Since then, I have learned a lot I never thought I would and transferred to CSUF in May of 2011.

 I enjoy many things in life and thus attempt to experience as much as I can. I started as a theatre major at the JC and can, on occasion, be spontaneously expressive. However, when I'm not in such a state, I'm rather down to earth.

I'm a self employed DJ and work events on occasion. I thoroughly enjoy singing, and karaoke as often as I can.  There are numerous careers I'd like to take up, my main focus of the moment being Illustration. Followed closely behind this interest are: photographer, physical therapist, model, poet, anthropologist, flash artist, actress, stunt woman, chef, mechanic, acrobat, and if you ask me tomorrow, I'll be sure to have more to share. You can just consider me a Jane of all trades.

I enjoy making short films with my charming boyfriend of 2 years, and when we aren't drawing or relaxing, we are intimately discussing the possibilities of a new short, or how to further any projects currently in the works.

Feel free to look around, this blog is for you as much as it is for me. I hope to make as much as I can out of my life and to positively effect as many people as I can in the process.