Liz's Sketch Blog
The online sketchbook of Liz Pulido:
MICA MFA STUDENT & ILLUSTRATOR
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!
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.
I DESIGN TEXTILES FOR KIDS. That is, indeed, a thing that I do. My sisters-in-law and I have been working together to start up a children’s clothing line entitled Izzy and Ferd and you can check out the website here! Our first line, set to launch this Fall, is inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Expect all of the sea creatures and submarines!
We’ve gotten a number of bites on our line so far, so stay tuned! I’ll let you guys know when and where you can purchase items from the line. In the meantime, I’ve been given the okay to show you guys two of the patterns revealed so far. Hope you like them as much as we do!
The MFA Illustration Practice students at MICA put together a mini-zine for MOCCA! Here’s my limited color palette submission. I was already in the process of designing a mermaid to be turned into a decal and fired onto a sushi set, so this was a pretty easy solution to kill two birds with one stone!
As for the sushi set - it’s actually a sushi and ramen dish set I’ll be whipping out as a personal project full of mermaids, mermen, underwater warriors, sunken ships, and divers. I’ll be sure to show you guys more of that stuff soon!
BBC’s Sherlock Gender Swapped Paper Dolls!!!
Please meet: Ira Addler, Sherlock Holmes, and Jo Watson. These are simply the bases - outfits are to come (four are already complete)! I tried to make sure the characters’ personalities carried through each of the outfits, hairstyles, and body types. So please stay tuned over the next few weeks!
Let me know if you guys want to see other characters. Plans are under way for: Mycroft, Moriarty, and er… Mr. Hudson. If this picks up enough traction, I might make this a weekly thing I’ll keep up with it’s own blog!
Hey guys! This past week I had a lifestyle assignment asking me to design 5 spot illustrations for 5 zodiac signs, and a half page image of my own zodiac symbol (go go Aries!!!).
Naturally, I turned them all into sci-fi motorcycle racers and made each of the spots look like champion select icons.
From the top left to bottom right: Pisces (the emotionally in-tune BFF), Sagittarius (the roguish love interest with robotic legs), Scorpio (the tsundere bad-guy-turned-good-guy), Libra (the glamorous social mover and shaker), and Gemini (the janus-like genius twins). As stated earlier, the large one is Aries (the hot-headed, competitive protagonist).
I ended up liking these guys so much I’m considering putting them together in a comic or animation pitch!! What say you guys?
your work makes me cry buckets of tears