Posts Tagged 'Collage'

Jolly Green Munny

This is the second of three toys that I did for the recent Designers in Toyland show that took place at the December 2nd Art Walk. It is titled Jolly Green Munny. It is a 4 inch Munny that I covered in materials used to make trees and underbrush for model train sets. I cut off the top part of the head and (since munnys are hollow) filled it with rocks. I also put a tree on top. It took awhile to glue all the stuff on him but it was worth it.

-nick v.

Jolly Green Munny
4 inch Munny


Look Ma, an Elephant!

In our Children’s Book Illustration class, as Jim mentioned in the previous post, we were required to pick an animal and a create it in the style of Charlie Harper. This was our “warm up” project, in a sense, before we started on our children’s book. The animal I chose to do was an elephant. I used a Coke box, watercolor, and ink  to create it. Below is a picture.

-nick v.


Illustration and Children’s Books

The current quarter at my school I am enrolled in a class strictly devoted to children’s book illustration. As part of the class, there is an online reference collection blog being put together by all of the students as a weekly research assignment for inspiration and further understanding of the stylistic applications. Of coarse, the major focus of this class to illustrate a 32 page children’s book. Instead of merely taking the text from one of the classics in the public domain, our professor had a creative writing class write the story so that we would have to deal with the writer illustrator relationship on top of the illustrations themselves.

While waiting on the text, we first delved into the history of children’s book illustration and taking note of the major contributors to the medium. For our first exercise, we were challenged with emulating the collage techniques and style of Charley Harper. We were to choose an animal and interoperate. My choice was the seagull as you can see below.


Getting back into the story being illustrated, my writer, Barry Adaska wrote a fish story where the protagonist, Joe Fish, thinking he is getting to big for little pond, ventures out through a hidden underwater cave leading to the ocean where he must learn his place and try not to be in such a hurry to grow up. Below are my digital rough workups for the protagonist, Joe Fish.


Note: the final illustrations are being done in watercolor so he, and all of his surroundings, will be drastically different from these rough workups.

Look for more on this class from both Nick and I as we continue forward in this project for the quarter.


Jan Van Eyck was here…




Black Micron on Bristol w/color pencil and gold foil
5.5in. x 8.5in. 

So this is an illustration I did for my Art History class. We were talking about the European Renaissance. So in this illustration I incorporated some of the things that we talked about that really stuck out to me. So here you go, please enjoy. 

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-nick v.

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