In Progress: Guitar Jellyfish

final guitar

Okay so I know I don’t usually post twice in one week, but I’m really excited to share this with you.  I finished the guitar for my guitar-jellyfish morph project!  This was all done by hand.  I looked at a picture for reference but I created ever little thing about this guitar.  I made the shapes, the wood texture, the pick guard, the strings.  I chose the colors and I made frets and every little detail.  I’m so proud of this piece.  It’s the most realistic looking thing I’ve ever created in Photoshop.  I even added my name where the guitar company’s name would be.  I’m really excited to share this with you because it’s one of my more favorite pieces I’ve done.  I hope the jellyfish for this project comes out as good as the guitar.  While I was working on this piece, I was listening to Brand New, specifically  the songs: Jude Law and a Semester Abroad and Seventy Times 7.  Those two songs are on the playlist and I hope you give them a listen!  I’ll keep updating as this project goes on!

In Progress: Guitar Jellyfish Morph

guitar creation copy

So here’s my latest update on the Guitar Jellyfish morph piece for my Digital Painting class.  I created this entire image in Photoshop.  I know it’s not done but I’ve made some serious progress since the sketch a few weeks ago.  I found an image of a guitar so I could recreate the basic shape of the guitar.  Then I made rough outlines of the basic shapes: the body, the neck, the top.  I needed a wood texture so I found a tutorial and made my wood texture and overlaid it on the wooden pieces.  I still have to add the strings and the finer details of the guitar to make it look as realistic as possible.  Once I finish this guitar, I’m going to make the jellyfish.

While I’ve been working on this piece, I’ve been listening to my college radio station WSOU since I do some work there.  Right now, I’m helping out with the Punk University Show which you can listen to at 8pm on Tuesdays.  It’s a really good mix of punk and ska and I’ve been getting introduced to a lot of good music.  After the show, I’ll add a link to our Spinitron playlist and I’ll add it to this Spotify playlists.  Enjoy!

Inspired By: We the Kings

2. we the kings visual journal entry

This was the second music inspired artwork I did, but it was the first where I actually let the music inspire my brushstrokes.  This was an actual assignment to listen to music and make a piece showing what you felt while listening to it.  I chose to listen to We the Kings for this piece.  For those of you that don’t know, We the Kings are a pop-punk-ish band.  I put on two of their albums, We the Kings and Smile Kid, while working on this project to get my inspiration for the piece.

I think I started this piece with blue and green, thick vertical stripes.  Then I started adding on top of that.  In the bottom left corner, there’s an image transfer of the band.  There’s also a cd in the top right corner that my freshman roommate had given me for art purposes since she didn’t want it anymore.  I don’t remember the cd itself but I knew this was the perfect piece to use it for.  I really like how it reflects and shines depending on the light on the piece.  I started layering colors on top of the stripes as I listened to their music.  There was a lot of swirls and lot of color intensity because when I listen to We the Kings that’s what I feel.  Their music is very layered and the different colored swirls and splotches reflect the energy of the music.  To balance the cd in the top corner, I did two electric guitar image transfers on the bottom right.  I also layered paint over the image of the band so only their faces could be seen.

This piece is visually representative of the music.  It’s what I felt when I was listening as opposed to the last piece which played more on the lyrics.  I’m going to add a few of my favorite We the Kings songs to the Inspired By Playlist for this piece.  As you can see, I really liked We the Kings when I was 18 or so.  I do still listen to them now (even as I’m writing this piece)!