Pen drawing was a first love in my art explorations. It's what I found to be comfortable and it's an art form that is quick and clean. I have challenged myself with creating pen drawings without any prior pencil sketching, but I've been pushing myself more recently to create well thought out designs that have been mapped in pencil prior to laying down any pen.
I draw inspiration from mountains, trees, the ocean, and the immense power of mother nature. These beautiful inspirations then intertwine with the emotional and spiritual experiences of my life and get output in the form of paint on canvas.
When an image or feeling exposes itself in my mind, I take to sketching it out in pencil, and refine it with pen. Some sketches I really love, so I'll move on to painting them on a larger scale! This is when the paintings get created.
As part of the Book Design Technology course within Graphic Communication at Cal Poly, I chose to create a limited edition book for Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury. The process began by reformatting the text onto pages using Adobe InDesign including all the small details like page numbers, running headers, dedication page, and publishers mark. For the chapter openings I created three unique water color illustrations and a small fire ball to add some flare. Dull red end sheets made of natural paper with neat fibrous texture mark the beginning and end to the interior. I also added some burnt pages into the back of the book for a bit of fun. All pages were hand sewn together by yours truly.
The book covering is made from a used fire fighters uniform which was kindly gifted to me from the San Luis Obispo Fire Department. One of the pockets on the pants was cut out and used a pouch to hold the book. The covering is absolutely my favorite aspect of the project, and I am so happy about how it all came together!
Water coloring is always interesting for me because I typically start with abstract color patterns or splotches, and then work with pen after that. I seem to gravitate towards faces and landscapes.
Created for Magazine Design Technology course at Cal Poly. Focused on travel and surf, Sol Magazine encompasses the basic elements of a typical magazine such as the cover, masthead, table of contents, department pages, full page spreads, and a back page advertisement. All photo and digital art content in the magazine is my own.
Adobe Photoshop is an amazing tool to create graphic art. The possibilities are endless. Once you get a better understanding for how the software works and which tools do what, then you can really start to get creative with intention.
Here is a slew of different digital design pieces I have completed. Some of them are for clients, but most are just for the sake of my own artistic expression using Adobe Illustrator.
I have used these designs and posted them on a site called RedBubble. I upload the designs, and then www.redbubble.com takes care of the printing and shipping for me! Check out my profile here for stickers, shirts, prints, coffee mugs, and much more!
A website & mobile app for a fictitious Design Conference. This project was made for a Web Design class at Cal Poly. I worked in a team of four students to create visual branding such as logo and theme, marketing materials, complete HTML & CSS code for website and mobile app, and conference related items such as the note book and name tag. We went though a thorough affinity mapping process before hand to evaluate several different types of likely conference attendees and thought about any challenges they may face while traveling and attending the conference.
A neat little holiday greeting card I designed digitally using Adobe Illustrator. I choose to add in the palm tree and ocean scene as most of our family is located in sunny Southern California near the waters edge. Merry Christmas from the Ross family in 2017!
Ficticious logo design work for fun, for practice, to push myself