Liz's Sketch Blog
The online sketchbook of Liz Pulido:
MICA MFA STUDENT & ILLUSTRATOR
Sherlock Gender-Swapped Paper Doll Dump, Round 1! I’ve got two-three more rounds for you guys. But let’s get started with this week’s!
First set: Winter high street fashion Sherlock. Defining dapper since November 1887.
Second set: Collegiate Sherlock, solving crimes on campus one Snapchat at a time.
Third set: Garden party disguise Sherlock. Her advice? Take your tea straight. The sugar isn’t what it seems.
As an exceptionally belated birthday present to my ex-roomie Amanda Ho, I speed painted one of my favorite moments from Willow (the best fantasy movie pretty much ever in the history of man)! Also Sorsha is a badass.
On another note, I am getting ready to start selling Volume One of Battle Vixens and Warlords online! Expect to see a post about that soon. <3
At MICA, we’ve been asked to compile all of our concepts, process, assignments, and personal work from the past academic year into a single volume. While a lot of work, it’s been a lot of fun because the design and title of the book are entirely up to us. After settling on Hinterland (an area lying beyond what is visible or known) as the title, I drew copious amounts of inspiration from some 1960s vintage book covers last night, then made it happen!
I took this opportunity to fill the frame with some of my favorite things: funky mushrooms, fluffy alpacas, greyhounds with robo-legs, and topless deer ladies doing the pug hop.
Just finished up my final assignment for Lifestyle Illustration with Daniel Krall - this time we had to illustrate a cocktail of our choice, create a layout to contain the drink’s recipe, and design a label for one of the ingredients. Challenge accepted! I chose the cocktail Murder in the Forest.
While looking back on the past semester, it occurred to me that I hadn’t done much work I would consider particularly “beautiful” in the stereotypical sense. So, I decided to approach this whole thing with the aim of creating something extremely atmospheric, subtle, open-ended, and delicate. It required way more of my plein air painting skills than I had expected, but I’m pretty stoked with the end result!
I did an art exchange with Vivian Loh - my Murder in the Forest for her Red Lotus. It’s so flipping brave and epic. The perspective on that punch? Too legit to quit.
Have you thought about being an illustration professor someday? I think you'd be real good at it.
Why, thank you! My desire to teach is probably 60% of the reason I had decided to go to graduate school in the first place seeing as the majority of schools out there require an MFA degree and it’s an amazing chance to garner two years of teaching experience at the same time.
That and I’ve always crushed on the work coming out of MICA, even in my undergrad at BYU. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here and have the opportunity to take advantage of the classes available! I’m so impressed by the curriculum, quality of training and critique that’s at this school. The students and faculty are amazing. My secret life goal (not-so secret now that the whole internet knows it) is to totally teach here someday and be a part of that culture. <3 It’s just flamboyantly nerdy enough for me to fit in.
But first, I need to get better myself. Nobody wants a teacher who can’t do what they’re teaching, so that’s the number one goal at present. Thanks again for the encouragement to pursue that dream!
MICA’s MFA Illustration Practice program is putting on a mini-show on the 4th Floor of the Fox Building entitled Peep Show. While that’s not exactly my area (give me Blood Sport or Witchcraft and Demonology any day), I hurriedly threw this together yesterday evening to show my support.
What can I say? Marie Antoinette and Count Axel von Fersen have one of the most interesting love stories pretty much ever: A young queen! A foreign soldier! Meeting at a masquerade ball as teenagers! Letters exchanged through the decades! Love! Revolution! Failed escapes towards safety! More letters: this time with invisible ink and ciphers! Violent, gruesome deaths at the hands of the people! The stuff history is made of.
Only thing missing is/was a Skrillex bouffant. So I had to make that happen. She would have totally rocked one if they were in fashion back then!
Following the success of the Battle Vixens and Warlords promo zine at MOCCA, I bring you: Volume ONE!
Look at that utterly sensitive Bardbarian. You know you want nothing more than to cuddle up with him and a good book on a rainy day. Just forcibly reject his attempts to get you to read his poetry. Your brain functions will thank you.
I’ll be selling copies of BVWL: Volume 1 at Spectrum Live in Kansas City in a couple weeks! I’m also interested in gauging whether or not you guys would be into an online method of purchasing a copy (or two, or three). Let me know!
Our next assignment in Lifestyle Illustration is to do a Vice and it’s corresponding Virtue. I was assigned Wrath and Patience from my TA. Final’s are due next Thursday, but figured you guys might be interested in taking a look at some process/ concept flow stuff.
This first thing I thought of was knight-errants and black knights (they’re typically each other’s opposites historically in romance literature and legend). That then led me to stained glass windows and high fashion interpretations of armor. Then I got to thinking about modern notions of knighthood/ feudalism/ systems of honor and I jumped to gangsters and assassins. And then I rediscovered my passionate love affair with Syd Mead.
Soooo here are my super rough first pass sketches of Replicant Knight Gangster Assassins - Wrath on the left, Patience on the right. She’s got a poisoned wrist crossbow because those things are freaking legit. He’s got a baseball bat, but I’m super tempted to change it to a sword because.. swords. Seriously. I’m going to attempt to play with some overlay layer color triangles to “fake” hyper-modern stained glass. We’ll see how it goes!
Here’s a background from my stop motion animation of Eclair and Truffle! It’s being used in the second part of my title sequence to the Underworld theme from Terranigma. What can I say? I love my 16-bit and that game is a-freaking-mazing.
Trying to keep this thing looking like it could’ve been a SNES game in another life. To that end, I’m attempting to juxtapose a perky roundness to things against sharp edges - kinda like throwing Tales of Phantasia or Chrono Trigger up against the first Star Fox.
Maybe that’s a giant mistake. But I’m a horrifically sleep-deprived graduate student and I DO WHAT I WANT.
Heya~ What table are you at for MOCCA? :D
My work is at the MICA Illustration Practice MFA table!!!
Here’s an image from the back cover of Battle Vixens and Warlords - I couldn’t help but make a mini-Battle Vixen of myself for the “about” section. I especially couldn’t resist putting a Team Four Star Dragon Ball, a Puppycat charm, and a Sailor Moon Star Seed on my quiver!!!
Speaking of Puppycat, my talking Puppycat plush I pre-ordered totally shipped earlier this week. Expect some Bee and Puppycat fan art once it arrives! I love the living crap out of that show.
A pattern of the Pastry Knight Eclair’s crystal sword and Prince Truffle’s crown for the Title Sequence of my Stop Motion!!
I’ll totally be sending this off to Print All Over Me to get a tote made of this pattern so I can take it everywhere. If I get enough interest, I might end up selling this and some other patterns inspired by my Battle Vixens and Warlords as totes, journals, and backpacks in the future!
Alright guys, my zine Battle Vixens and Warlords is coming to MOCCA this weekend! I’ll be posting some teasers of the next three days to get you guys STOKED. Here’s the front cover!
I got this email from Tumblr informing me that “sexy[…]boobs” is now following my sketch blog and I immediately had to make this in commemoration. Not that those are what I’m looking for out of Tumblr, but it made me giggle nonetheless. Seriously, I wonder if Tumblr is aware they’ve been giving studio-bound artists the most action they’ll likely ever see since 2007. It should honestly be part of their marketing materials.
Speaking of the Stop Motion I’m doing, I decided to build a jointed paper doll to make things a bit easier for myself. Eclair’s got a number of rotations throughout the animation, so it means I had to design her in each one. I’ll be painting this up within the next few days as well as some backgrounds. You’ll be seeing them all soon!