Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Edit! Menagerie: Color Palettes- Tea cups

As a continuation from my last post, this one showcases more of the teacups and the ones I have chosen to use for the three characters Casper, Ambrose and Sterling.

First one is Casper's teacup. I was really stuck on choosing a final design for Casper. It was a tie between the more spherical teacup or the teacup seen below. Casper is a happy, fun-loving, and colorful character who loves different patterns, unique trinkets or just odd little items. His whole home is just filled with eccentric items and furniture that just fits him.

I chose the more pattern driven cup for him, the cup does represent Casper's personality and has many different ways to be colored, mix matching colors and the like. The colors are vibrant which alludes to his optimistic outlook on life. The odd shape and patterning go in sync with his love of eccentricity and things that don't necessarily go together. 

The inspiration came from on of MisterKay's little drawings right here:

I chose this picture as my inspiration because the sheer vibrancy of the image just screamed Casper to me. The colors seem to almost clash and fight with each other, something Cas will surely love. The character himself is shown to be in an awkward and flamboyant pose wearing clothes looking almost as if he randomly chose them. The green against the gradiated pants and the pants against the flower patterned shirt/ jacket just seem like the type of outfit Casper would wear.  

Edit! The cup has changed to another design and the palettes were changed. The original plan for his cup wasn't really sitting well with me and didn't really scream Ambrose to me. These palettes do. They have enough warmth and coolness as well as a near "Victorian" feel to them with a modern twist. The shape of the cup is more on the petite side that almost looks like a bell turned right-side up. 

The palette inspiration came from a photo of a beautiful piece of jewelry done by harlequinromantique called "Venetian Fountain":

Besides being a very beautiful, well crafted necklace, and something I wouldn't mind wearing, I just love all the colors displayed in the jewels. There were so many different shades of blues, but then there were pops of warmer colors found in the tear dropped shape jewels and the other smaller jewels which gave me a variety of colors to choose from and a variety of palettes to make. The metal, when looking through the color picker, was more of a grayed out cream color as well as the typical grays and silvers found within. Anyways, I can really see this type of necklace and other jewelry of this kind being owned by Ambrose and worn on an almost daily basis.

Edit! The cup and the palette were changed into something that would more suited to Sterling, plus instead of just two different palettes, I dabbled with four for him, all of them hopefully carrying the factor of decayed or sickening looking with pops of bright colors. In all, the new chosen cup looks like it has been through some rough times; chips, the paint peeling off and the quick "put-me-back-together" appearance really screams Sterling more than the original skull cup.

The inspiration for the palettes came from an artist by the name of einlee from deviantart and her piece named "The Hatter":

The picture is that of whimsy and playful intertwined with a more morbid undertone with the chosen colors and textures. The colors look more on the dingy side besides the extreme pops of reds and yellows and the texture over the whole picture gives it this "decayed" look, especially in the skin of the character, which is already on the pale, pink-gray side. 

Edit! Menagerie: Color Palettes- Dressers

Another update as well as a large edit on the Menagerie project, this time I had to pick a color palette that would fit well with the characters for the dressers and the teacup designs. These color palettes could be the beginning of a more in depth color palette that will come along once I choose one menagerie and narrow down the color palette to one and make a final triptych illustration.

As you can see below, I had a large amount of fun just testing out different color combinations for all of the characters and with that fun came variety of combination that I narrowed down to just four.

So, the first is Kayden:

Kayden is very bright, very colorful and loves color in general. He is the type of guy who's colors reflect his personality and how he acts- which is flamboyant and lively, as you may notice with the colors. Being flamboyant in nature, he tends to lean towards more of the brighter, saturated, eye-burning, BOLD colors some may not go for, especially some of his children. He's not really afraid to flounce around in a bright magenta shirt, deep purple pants and mint shoes. He just doesn't care, he chooses what he likes and will flaunt it. That's just the way he is. So, dresser one or possibly three would be something he would go for. The dresser in general should really tell more about him and his eccentric personality and tastes.

 The colors were inspired by leppu's watercolor (click on the picture) seen below:

This picture I absolutely adore. Generally just how cocky the male character looks compared to how the girl looks so disinterested in everything that is happening and is probably going along with it to keep him happy. I also love how well the details are in the dress and the way the dress and the girl's hair moves to show movement- something I am still working on in my drawings. But, the main attraction is the vibrant and bold colors, the same bright and bold colors Kayden is attracted to, especially that green on the girls dress. the blue of the man's coat, the man's hair, and the reds reappearing through the piece.

On to Kioren, the eldest son, is more of a serious type and tends to love the same value of color or just a strict few colors in general. 

Kioren, as stated before, he's more of the serious, level-headed, quiet type. He's basically the kid sitting in the library everyday reading a book in the corner or he's the typical "geek". Anyhow, Kioren does share one common factor with his father and that is the love for the color purple. Purple is the color that best describes him and his mood on any given day and, since his colors really interact and intertwine with his personality, he tends to stay with monotone variants of a color with only small pops of another color. However, in the dressers there is the color yellow. That pop of yellow serves as a break as well as a symbol. The color yellow reminds him of his dearest beloved, the only person he truly can ever love and would do anything if his love ever needed him. So, having that one color really hits home for him.

 The colors came from another of leppu's watercolors:

This picture exemplifies the monotone color of purple with the pops of magenta, the light gray purple and the color yellow in the girls eyes. The picture in and of itself is creepy in the fact that she, the only living or partially alive being is surrounding by all of these locked jawed masks and puppets, giving them a certain "liveliness" without truly being alive. Their expressions are forever frozen in place and will never move. Kioren is basically that girl, he feels that he is constantly surrounded by death, despair and sadness. His only way out of the desolate world is the love of his life, his only hope of feeling happiness, and more importantly feeling alive.

And last, Aza... Azarael is... well, a very lustful and sensual character with a heart of gold. Passionate, fierce, and all around sassy, his colors are more on the warmer side of the spectrum. The warmer colors represent his undying passion for life and love. He also has a very loving attraction to the Victorian Era for their various use of lace and patterning, which could be said that Aza is more in tune with his inner femininity. Hearts, lace and pattern. Three words to really describe Aza's closet and overall personality. 

And the colors came from, once again, leppu's watercolor below:

I was mainly attracted to this picture because of the large use of warm colors: mainly the various amounts of red, red-orange and red-violet. Not only that, but the woman in the picture reminds me of something he would wear around his home on any given day. There is also the little hint of sexuality in the way the girl is posed, the outfit she is wearing and the expression on her face while the dragon's expression holds that of complete and utter pleasure, probably to have someone in his company.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Menagerie- idea two

My second menagerie idea was tea cups designed to show a characters personality or at least snippets of their personality. Of course, narrowing down a characters main traits into three words was a bit of a challenge. I, once again, chose characters who all had different personality traits and different tastes for dishware. The first character, Casper, is more of an eclectic, colorful, and fun character. I tried to design a tea cup that would genuinely fit him.

For these I tried to show more of his fun and eclectic side. I also spoke with a friend of mine who told me that circles were considered to be known as "reliable and friendly". I tried to really show that specific shape throughout the cup designs. Below are the tea cups that really inspired these designs:

The second character, Ambroise, is more of a sophisticated, loyal, and regal type. I was inspired by more of the Victorian inspired tea cups as well as a rose tea cup.

The tea cups are here:

The last character Sterling is a bit harder to narrow down. He's more of the creepy, deranged and somehow adorable character who stole the heart of Ambroise. However, that is another story complete. Designing his tea cups were a little harder since more "creepy" tea sets were ones with faces on them looking like they were peering into your soul.

For the complete picture, the tea cups will be shown with their respective owner, however, the picture will be more focused on the tea cups than the person. The overall picture will consist of three box, ones looking like the one below, placed side by side to show a snippet of the person holding them and the tea cup itself.

I got the expression inspiration by an artist who goes by MisterKay. I really love the different expressions he draws and the way it really shows the personalities of the characters. He's really great for different nose shapes, eyes and facial structure.

First Assignment- Menagerie Idea one

For the first project of the semester, my class and I have two choices: figure as a landscape or menagerie. I chose menagerie and with that choice I have two ideas I wish to tackle. 

A menagerie is a place where (exotic) animals are kept or a diverse collection of miscellaneous objects.

Anyways, for my first idea I wanted to go with three characters and their unique clothing taste, however their clothing choices will not be fully known out in the open. Instead, their dresser or closet will describe the type of person they are and what might influence their choice of clothing. The three characters I have developed over the past year and are, in fact, those of the supernatural. Kayden, the man in the upper left hand corner is a demon who lives beneath the sea with his husband while his two sons, on the right, Kioren and Azarael, live with their spouses. From father to children, they all have distinct styles that set them apart.

For the character styles, I went for an artist that goes by the name of Leppu, some of her art can be seen here:


I truly love her unique style, combining harsh lines with soft curved lines bring her characters to a whole new light and I wished to take that from her as well as the exaggeration of different parts of the face, such as the nose or mouth, or the body like the legs or torso. 

I also looked at numerous dressers and closets, but here are the ones that really inspired my designs:

The top mainly was the design for Kayden's dresser, the middle helped with Kioren's first design and the closet below helped with Azarael's full closet design. In later development, each character will be seen next to their dresser or in their closet with clothes that match their personality. This will really help me in developing their environments. The surroundings and furniture will enhance the character as well as push more personality into the room.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hello Design 4 Media!

Hello everyone! It's a new semester for me at CCAD and that means a new class. From here on out you, my lovely followers, will see some projects of mine from this class and some others as well as my little doodles~

Anyways, I never told you much about me. My name is Makaylee Wetzel and I am an illustrator-in-training. I love working with characters- their looks, personalities and fashion and wish to use them in any type of media I can.

My favorite color is purple (I hope that is obvious), I love cats and even have a fluffy orange tabby named Baxter (our hair colors match~!) and love anything that is shiny and sparkly. I go by a variety of nicknames, the major one being Shmiley.

Well, I hope the lovely lot of you have a wonderful day, feel free to browse my blog and even leave a comment if you wish!