Liz's Sketch Blog
The online sketchbook of Liz Pulido:
MICA MFA STUDENT & ILLUSTRATOR
So you know how I told you guys I design textiles for kids? Well the online store is finally up!!! Please take a look around. I’m super excited to be able to share this with you guys and to be a part of this amazing project.
GO, GO: http://izzyandferd.com/
Massive paper doll dump! Here’s where things got weird - well, for every one except for Ira there. He’s definitely flamboyant enough to rock those floral pants with those shoes.
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!
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!
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!
I got to paint a super chubby unicorn (a.. chub-icorn?) running along a rainbow road for Daniel Krall’s Technotwonic show at MICA!! You guys should totally check it out if you’re the area. The show’s amazing and viewing it with 3D glasses is unreal.
Original plan was to have this sucker be animated, but the gallery didn’t get back to us in time for me to make that a possibility. Needless to say, I still have my rough animation sketch AND a painted up version ready to show you guys! Isn’t his butt just so friggin’ cute?
And never fear - I will TOTALLY be finishing up this animation… as the credits to a stop motion about these characters! So without further ado - please enjoy the Pastry Knight Eclair, the Cursed Prince Truffle, and Sir Percival Beignet the Unicorn.