In Progress: Jellyfish Guitar

jellyfish in progress

So here’s my in progress jellyfish for the Jellyfish Guitar Morph project. I’m really happy with how this came out.  The tentacles are the only thing that’s giving me a hard time right now. I’m really happy with how the top part of the jellyfish came out. I created a path for the shape of the jellyfish. Then I used a spray brush to get the semi-transparent look to the jellyfish.  Then I took a hard crayon/charcoal brush and created the orange stripes. I took a thin brush and made the yellow stripes on the bottom. Then I took another spray brush and took  darker color than the base coat and added some darks to make the jellyfish look more realistic. I also took another spray brush and made the reddish spot in the jellyfish.

While I was working on this jellyfish, I was listening to some more Brand New.  They released a new song last week when I started working on this jellyfish so that’s been added to the playlist too. The new song is called Mene and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s not one of their best songs, it doesn’t even scream “Brand New” when you hear it. But that being said, it’s not a bad song, it’s just nothing amazing. It does get better as you listen to it more and more though. I also added a few songs from their Deja Entendu  album and one song from The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. You can check out the playlist for this project here and I’d recommend putting it on shuffle so you get more of a variety.

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!

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)!