My name is Laura Slater (Buller); illustrator and concept artist. This is a place to put up projects, daily sketches, warm-ups and miscellaneous art things that come out of my mind. My portfolio website can be found at LauraSlaterIllustrations.com.
So, I went and tore my life apart the past week or so, and am slowly sewing it back together. I went through some pretty major changes that totally redirected my future, and derailed a lot of present things, hurting at least one person deeply. Anyways... Here are some emo sketches I did.
Well... that was fun.
And here is my final spread for the Sophie's Fish dummy book for my Children's Book illustration class final. I intend to do two more spreads this break.
So, school is murdering me and finals are coming and work is full of things and I'm helping to develop a training program for tutors at the school and I am dealing with some overwhelming personal stuff right now.
I have made some art things but they are all half-finished, done-on-the-bus things and I will post them as I finish them.
Here are a couple of coupons I made last night for work at Duds (minus some relevant info so there can be no cheating).
Sorry those of you who are caught in the wreckage of my social life. You're not alone- there are a lot of you. It's only going to get worse until this term is over- I am up to my eyeballs in work. But It's gettting done, dangit!!
Here are the time-consuming but super-helpful color swatches I've been painting to catalog my paints and how they mix together on the paper I'm using.
And then for homework we are taking the thumbnails of illustrations for our Children's Book and coming up with some finished sketches. I'm playing around with composition on these to see if I can think of anything more interesting.
Text: This girl at school named Sophie asked me to babysit her fish
when she goes to stay at her gram's house this weekend.
"Jake," Sophie said, "Will you take care of Yo-Yo?"
I've never met Yo-Yo, but I said okay.
Then he worries about whether he can take care of the fish and what kind of things fish need.
Text: What if Yo-Yo wants to play a game after eating a snack?
What kind of games do fish like to play?
Then he worries about if Yo-Yo needs to take a nap, and will he want his special blanket.
Text: Do fish care if their special blankets are all wet?
And then here are a few others for fun. One is he's exhausted already and Sophie hasn't even dropped Yo-Yo off yet, and the other one is when she comes to his house to drop Yo-Yo off.
So I have to figure out which of the first three I like best, then bring them to a finished sketch stage.
I didn't have time to eat until 6pm on Monday, and I get pretty crazy without food (in fact, I start getting headaches and cranky after about 4-5 hours without food). I scared a bunch of people in Whole Foods, muttering and giggling at my soup.
Yesterday I had a bad case of The Doldrums. To shake myself of it I watched some Star Trek on Youtube. I am a Star Trek Fan. I love it! TNG and Voyager are brilliant shows about the human condition, and are overall pretty well written.
And Picard/Patrick Stewart is a sexy, sexy bald man.
I watched Voyager (and TNG) with my Mom regularly. Captain janeway had a huge influence on me as a person, and I really just thought she was the best. At some point the producers realized men weren't watcing the show (Catherine's no-bullshit attitude and pratical Captain's wardrobe scared them off) so they introduced 7 of 9, a Borg Victorias Secret model in a skin-tight body suit and stilettos.
Anyways, Seven turned out to be ok after a while, when they got so many complaints that they toned down the sexy appeal a bit and made her a little more like a human being and not a walking sex robot.
Still, any time I talk about Voyager to a male Trekkie, all they talk about is how hot Seven is. Seriously. Bah.
I have been bogged down with work, homework and housework the past few days, and there have been times when it feels like I simply do not have time to set up all o my inks and watercolors and make art for fun, or find some stillife scene to sketch.
So to keep my art-muscles limber, I make some of my chors into art exercises. Like my shopping list! And planning an approach to cleaning my bedroom (You'll see that one tomorrow).
And now, my computer has eaten my homework so I'm going to breath into a paper bag and re-type a story into an InDesign format....
Here is your Sunday Cyclops. Really he was being used to figure out if I could make this hideous salmon color work, and the answer is no, and I glazed over him with a bluish color to make him purpler and everything just went downhill from there. But I like the idea for this little image and might refine it later.
And here is a true story comic about my day at work dressed up for Halloween.
That poor lady was pretty confused by the whole thing. She joked about it a little later, but kept eyeballing my clothes like she'd buy them of me for top dollar!
I've been very busy lately and will continue to be so for a few weeks. I will do my best to update daily. I have been drawing the past few days, I just haven't had to time to scan things in and adjust them for the internet (which takes about 5-10 min per image blah).
Here are two comics and some hamsters.
True story. Marcia really is a very good driver normally. This was a fluke incident.
I'm sure other people can relate.
I am very aware there is no "p" in "hamsters". Thanks you. This was yet another instance where I was so focused on the lettering I completely forgot there was a real word in there somewhere.
And here I am playing with different shapes for hamsters. Note there is no kitty butt in this post.