Archives for category: Art

For my digital illustration class, we created a series of illustrations/patterns around a specific theme for use in licensing. Since I have been waiting for the rain to clear away so we can feel the sun again in Portland, I decided my theme should be spring. I decided to go abstract with it and I avoided typical spring motifs like flowers. Here are the illustrations that I created:

The whole set has tons of triangles and geometric shapes which I drew by hand and then took into illustrator to color.

I liked this project because I got to integrate type using pen and ink. I mostly had T-shirts, bags and stickers in mind for the type but it could be used on any product.

The little shades were my favorite part.

I mocked the illustration set up on a few things in Photoshop to get the idea of what they look like on products:

My favorite is this pencil case:


I was really excited to go to Albany today for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards with the rest of my co-workers at PSU Vanguard. Our newspaper won in a lot of different categories and it was interesting to see all of the different student publications in Oregon. I think the Vanguard is really unique for having good photography, writing, editing and design on a smaller budget than some of the other schools in Oregon.

I think it’s cool that they chose an illustration that I did about domestic violence awareness, something that is really important to me. When I sat down to do this illustration I really tried to put my own emotional response to this issue into it, something I’m not really able to do with every illustration.

I love doing these editorial illustrations and being a part of getting information that students care about to them, and I feel inspired now to make them even more relevant to the articles.

This is my illustration for this week’s opinion piece about awareness of eating disorders, something that is close to my heart because eating disorders have effected my life and many of my friend’s lives. So many women have terrible body image these days, and it’s important to raise awareness about it and understand that it is different from healthy dieting because it comes from unhealthy self-image. Eating disorders unfortunately often start when women and girls want a way to be in control of some aspect of their lives and use either starving themselves or binge eating as an escape. To read the article, visit PSU Vanguard

-EHT 03/14/2012

As a part of the design business class that I am taking this term with Jill Bliss, we are visiting various design studios, galleries and stores to pick professional brains about how they have became successful running their own businesses. Today we went to the Grass Hut Gallery in Chinatown, owned and curated by Bwana Spoons, the infamous creator of hundreds of strange toys, crazy paintings and wondrous drawings.

Bwana Spoons teaching us kids how to succeed and achieve our dreams

He talked about his life leading up to being able to work for himself, and I learned that he went to City College in San Francisco for one semester before getting on his skateboard instead one morning, riding into the sunrise and never looking back. He says it took him 20 years of working various day jobs (most of them related to toy manufacturing or distribution) before he was able to finally quit and begin working for himself. I learned a lot about how licensing is different from freelance or contract work, because the artist can collect royalties over time and can often negotiate being paid in product (in Bwana’s case, this means shoes, skateboards and toys!)

The Grass Hut is a magical wonderland filled with toys, comics, paintings, and awesome zines

His toys are limited edition, collectors items that are only produced small quantities- sometimes only 100 at a time- and many are hand painted by him, making them completely one-of-a-kind. Grass Hut was full of tons of independent comics and zines that I had never seen before. Everywhere I looked I found more inspiration!

(images from here)

I thought it was interesting that he said that his marketing strategy for years was “constant yet gentle harassing”– he just kept doing art, giving people zines and promos, finding the people at companies that were the decision-makers and calling/mailing stuff specifically to that person. He said that while the person might not remember you the first few times, if you keep meeting them and keep giving them promos and zines they will eventually remember who you are and that can lead to work someday. It was very inspiring to talk to Bwana Spoons about design business and marketing stuff and see how Grass Hut supports so many independent artists and freelancers. He also really inspired me by saying that one of his friends, Scrappers, worked at the Vanguard newspaper too!

-EHT 02/08/2012

Here is my illustration for this week’s opinion piece about highschool dropout rates in Oregon:

“Only 67 percent of high school students in Oregon graduate within four years. Portland faces a more daunting problem: only 59 percent of Portland high schoolers will graduate in four years. Even fewer of these are likely to pursue higher education; roughly half of high school drop outs will not attend universities or pursue other degrees. In other words, Portland has a real problem on its hands…”

When I was a teenager, highschool became a stressful, scary place for me. I was smart but my grades were terrible. Family problems, homelessness, moving, missed days, terrible grades and other issues combined and I almost fell through the cracks. I left home and came to Eugene to live with my sister and ended up in a really awesome program in Eugene that accelerated my highschool coursework and allowed me to go to school in the afternoons and evenings. They soon realized that I learn quickly in areas that I’m interested in (writing, literature and art of course) and they helped me to graduate early and start in community college, where I did really well. I’m really grateful for the teachers that took the time to help me succeed and not be another bad statistic.

To read the rest of the article, go here.

-EHT 02/04/12

I stayed up last night making patterns and textures for my project in 321, a branding system for the Ethiopian restaurant Enat Kitchen in Portland. I love it when I get to do stuff like this for projects! my favorite one is this one that looks woven.

-EHT 01/28/12

I have a collection of random ads from magazines and books so I grabbed some and started creating line drawings, like this one:

In design studio class I am taking with Jill Bliss we are doing a project where we take found objects and create a brand around them. I added old playing cards that I have to this illustration, as a decoration and background:

This has really been fun for me because I really haven’t gotten to do any illustration or experimentation in school this year because the focus has been on learning Graphic Design techniques and programs. I feel really inspired so I think I will do many more of these kind of illustrations for this project.. Can’t wait!
-EHT 5/2/11

I’m doing a project in one of my classes branding a collection of objects that I found in my house. I decided to try using them as elements in illustrations, like this illustration which I found at a thrift store of a lady with a button as her face!

It turned out to be really fun…

I can’t wait to do more of these….

-EHT 4/28/2011

I’m doing a collaborative comic with writers and it is set in a diner… So it’s time for me to start drawing diner stuff like this jukebox!
-EHT 2/24/2011

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This is one of my first projects designing many different graphic elements that go together. I ended up using an exact-o knife to cut all the little holes in the cover and did the type by hand too so enjoy seeing the result of hours of work!

-EHT 01/28/2011