I’ve been busy. Again. Super busy. But came across this old image I created for a science publication while I was trying to make space on my WD passport. It was a fun drawing to create and wasn’t sure if I’d posted it before. So it’s up on my website for now. www.susangyoung.com for more illustrations and stuff!
I created my favicon using my chop that I got from my grandfather’s home village in Southern China. I was in China 15 years ago for the opening ceremony of a library that my aunt donated to a local school in honor of my grandfather. It was quite the to-do. Some of the swag that I kept included a large commemorative metal pin in the shape of the library itself, and my chop. My chop was made from a seed that is native to the area and someone painstakingly painted words on it in possibly the tiniest writing I’ve ever seen. Here it is:
Yes, yes, the writing is upside down. That does not take away from it’s coolness.
The whole thing measures 1.25″ -so tiny writing. Super super tiny writing. Plus the chop signature itself is a highly stylized ancient form. Long story short, it’s one of the cooler things I own, and is on the list of stuff I’d like to save from a fire.
So I incorporated it into my logo, which is on my website and letterhead, etc. And for AGES I’ve wanted to get it onto the top of my website in the navigation bar- the little image by the page title up top- called a favicon.
Favicons are supposed to be easy to insert into a website, but for some reason the standard line of code: <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”favicon.ico”> wasn’t working for me. Instead, I had to use this:
href=” http : // example.com / favicon.ico” >
And finally it worked!! Yay! I am certain now I can conquer the world. In the end it only took me 5 minutes to do. So go to my site, and check out the little icon on the top! GO!
I’ve been shifting some things around on my site, and am now featuring my character design work. I’ll be updating it in the weeks to come, but here’s a start. Check it out! http://susangyoung.com/characterdesign.php
Here’s a sample…
and another sample…
A returning client asked me to create an image for her tattoo. She is great- she knew just what she was looking for and was able to communicate it and had examples of similar images. She wanted a tribal-esque land turtle, and wanted to see a variety of color combinations to help her decide.
I started with a basic pencil sketch:
Last Fall I had the great opportunity to work on an animation for 2 Revolutions. I worked with animator/art director Daniel Perez, and under the direction of Ryan Senser, we created a great little informational animation. Each frame of each character’s movement was created in Illustrator and then synched up using (Daniel using) AfterEffects. Special thanks to those of you I roped into letting me tape your motions so I had a video reference to base these little guys on. It was good fun. Enjoy!
I was hired recently by the nice guys who own Soctt’s Bikes in Tennessee, to create an image for a racing event they hold. I was asked to create an image of a leprechaun riding on the back of a black bear. Far, far away in the city lights of NYC, this made no sense to me at first. However, the company mascot is a leprechaun and they are racing through the woods, which in Tennessee is full of black bears. The racing event is called ‘Black Bear Rampage’, so it all makes complete sense now.
The fist difficulty I ran into was how to make this black bear look aggressive. I did my research and found images and videos of black bears before starting on the drawing. And what I found was that black bears are super cute. Their cuteness levels are up there with baby seals and the little abandoned dog at the end of that subaru commercial (watch it here!) But I imagine that if asked, I could probably draw an ‘attack’ baby seal too. So, I did some preliminary pencil sketches, piecing together the leprechaun and bear and swirls in photoshop and then dropped it all into illustrator and started the finishing process. So here is a slide show with some of the stages:
At any rate, at this point it is in it’s final stages (I’m pretty sure) and am only debating about the color of the background swirls. Personally I prefer the brown one, but perhaps the red is more race-y and agressive?
I’ve finally gotten a client who didn’t have a non-disclosure agreement. However, I think his story is great and very sellable, so I won’t talk about it publicly. I will however talk about my process.
So first, I was mistaken about the target age group and presented him with this rough sketch:
The Client let me know that it was WAY too young. I had missed the mark. He was great about giving me a better description of what he envisioned, and so I produced this rough which he was pleased with:
As you can see the characters are for a much older audience. I also cleaned up the text using Illustrator. I didn’t want a freehand look to the words, but more of a blockish poster look. From here I took it to color. I generally work dark to light, dropping in the overall shadow color and texture first.
I put in the base colors first, and then layer, layer, layer. And then I add more layers. Once I get it to a point that I like and feel ok committing to, I’ll consolidate my layers so that my file isn’t ginormous, but all the initial layering of thin opacities help create a more painterly feel.
At this point it’s starting to take shape, but it’s in it’s midway stage. And here, is the final, which hopefully the client will be pleased with: