Truth in Fiction

Title: Truth in Fiction

I got an email from Art Director. Christine Navin at Barnard Magazine (which is issued by Barnard College in New York City) almost a month ago for their editorial piece.  

The story is written by Dylan Landis, and titled “Truth in Fiction.” It starts with a story from Landis’s novel of this young, talented, but damaged girl named Rainey Royal and her troubled friends. It eventually develops a discussion of how readers/audiences see its author’s actual (or non-fictional) experience in her fictional novel.  It is really delicate and definitely gives me a different interesting point of view to read “fictional” story next time. 

I really enjoyed the whole process of this assignment (hope AD. Christine did too… haha)

We started from tumbnails;

She liked the idea of #5, so I played with it more;

Then #3, but no hands, and colour comps;

Okay, #2!!

and colour this!

(Sorry, I totally forgot to take some screenshots of colouring process)

Anyway, this happened after all.

and I got this in a print as well:)

Cool, eh?

It was really wonderful to work with AD. Christine.  She was very quick, always available, on-point to what she wants to see, and guided me through this!  Thank you so much!!

Hope you enjoy it.

Cheers,

Yohey

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Addiction

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Title: Addiction

This is an illustration inspired by an erotic romance, Fifty Shades of Grey.  The story is about a deepening relationship between 21 year-old college grad girl and a successful business guy.  It is woven into very graphic and erotic contents of their sexual activities, BDSM.

Instead of focusing on the graphic contents, I focused their psychological relationship/ownership to one another when it comes to the concept of illustration.  Dominance and subordination kind of relationship is really built on a delicate fine line of trust and pleasure.  The both parties need to be addicted to each other and give-and-receive pleasure…  I’ve been through this type of relationship and activities, so I can speak to that from my personal experience (Too Much Information*) haha

So I drew hands crossing like a flower, something delicate but wanting (attracting) the butterflies.  I think red manicures enhance the erotic essence of hands.  The butterflies and the mantis obviously portrait a relationship of dominance and subordination.

Anyway, let’s move on to the process like always.

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Just a little section of the oil pastel board.  I used my hands for a reference.

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I don’t have man hands…

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Background is done by ink drawing.  That gives me much more control, so I can draw pretty fine line and more delicate line works.

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Then compose and colour.

Sorry I totally forgot to take some more screenshots this time.  At the end, the file was 2.3G, and my laptop was so slow to handle the big file. 

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I already had a solid colour comp in my head even before I started colouring.  I usually have the colour plan in advance.  Colour comp somehow naturally comes in a stage of sketch, really, I start seeing the whole colour in that stage…  Weird.

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Again, here is the whole image.

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Hope you like it!

Cheers,

Yohey

www.yoheyhorishita.com

Alfred and Tippi

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Title: Alfred and Tippi

This is a portrait illustration of Alfred Hitchcock.  Obviously, The Birds. I mean, birds… How many birds did I draw? I literally thought of a fried chicken when I was illustrating.  Southern Belle problem, haha.

Before that I had a massive gesso day,

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Oh well, it’s not massive… Sorry.

Then, this time I used ink to get the line drawing.

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It really enjoy drawing in ink and nib pen once in a while, and colouring it in Photoshop is always fun.

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So here are close-ups!

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So again, here is the one again!

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Tons of fried chicken! Hope you like it!

Cheers,

Yohey

www.yoheyhorishita.com

Queen of Clubs

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Title: Queen of Clubs

This is my contribution to SCAD Atlanta Illustration Department project.  Selected students had to illustrate each given card.  Mine was Queen of Clubs.  Anything queen, yes please! 

Since we were given to much freedom to this project, I just jumped into the whole process.

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I started from this rough sketch, a mermaid with a club fan, ah simple. 

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Then like always, I was back to oil pastels and also using ink to get some line works.

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In Photoshop, the chaos was happening (but fun)!!

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And after one whole day of colour, here are some close-ups.

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and again, here is a whole image.

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Hope you like it!

Yohey

www.yoheyhorishita.com

Avery Sunshine

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Title: Calling, Avery Sunshine

This is so my fan art to Avery Sunshine, my biggest favorite artist.  She is beautiful songwriter, singer, pianist, and choir director…  I mean you can feel the soul and spirit in her music when she opens her month.  I wanted to illustrate her in mosaic and gave it iconic impression.  Like her music, very warm, passionated, spiritual and soulful, and “sunshine’… 

So its thumbnail went through like this;

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Then, I decided to go with diva hands (not playing the piano like on this thumbnail.)

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Another oil pastel moment.  Mosaic was just my “NmmNmm honey, please” moment…  It took 2 hours and 100 times of eye-rolling with saying “Oh my Lawd, it takes forever!!!!” haha

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the hands were too small, so I had to tweak just a bit, as well as piano keys.  

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and this is my favorite part of the process; colouring!  Here are several close ups for you!

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So again, here is the whole illustration.

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Hope you like it!

Oh and please check her out!

Avery Sunshine http://www.averysunshine.com/

Cheers,

Yohey

www.yoheydaydreams.com

Tell’em

Title:  Tell’em

So this is a typographic illo that I did.  Excuse the B word, and this is a quote from Madonna, “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.  If that makes me a bitch, okay.”  I found this initially when I was looking for a quote by a historical feminist, and you don’t know my reaction when I saw this; like “Oh gurrrrl, yaaaaaaas, tell’em!!!”  

So after I got my sassy attitude on, it was just another day at my studio scratching the oil pastel plate…

and the whole drawing was like this;

Yup, there was no space to fit one last flower on the top…  Thank God for Photoshop.  I actually didn’t use this bee at the end, but still I think it’s a cute bee:)  

Some other elements were done by ink.  I can actually get fairly similar line quality by ink drawing, so technically I don’t have to use oil pastels…  Well, l guess I have a polygamy relationship with oil pastel and ink haha.

Finally colouring them in Photoshop.

At this point, I felt like I was doing a flower arrangement!

Here are some close-ups.

So again, the final illo is this;

Put your sassy on, ladies!!  Put your swag on, gentlemen!! 

Cheers,

Yohey

www.yoheydaydreams.com

Your Heartbeat

Title:  Your Hearbeat, 2014

I pitched an editorial piece for a tech article.  The article says there is a new gadget coming up for patients who have a heart problem.  It reads your heartbeat, blood pressure, and others, so you will be able to avoid any emergencies.  It can be synced to one’s smart phone and pill case, and is monitored by her/his medical supplier like doctors and nurses remotely.  The article also talks about the possible privacy issue with this gadget.  

Someone is always watching over you…  Not God or angels, but your doctor.   

In 3 days of fun creating a new piece!

In this process, I tried some stuff that I’ve never tried before…  The result wasn’t perfect as I thought, but I had to make it work!  My imaginary Tim Gunn helps me sometimes!  

And colouring in Photoshop, the fun part!

Red and blue, and some close-ups for you.

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Cheers,

Yohey

Bunny Hunter

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Title:  Bunny Hunter, 2014

This is a small bunny illustration that I pitched for this Easter.  I’ve never seen a red rabbit, but it’s okay; it’s wonderful ability being an illustrator.  We can create anything!  

So serious talk, y’all.  I felt like I was losing (or lost) a sense of “rawness.”  ;something makes me happy.  I used to do a “real” oil pastel drawing before I scanned and colour digitally, but I rely on more ink drawing instead of oil pastel drawing lately.  

Why?  

A quality of line and mark-making could be close to oil pastel drawing that I do (or I can imitate it digitally.)  After I scan my drawing, technically it doesn’t matter whether it’s an oil pastel drawing or an ink drawing; what matter is line works.  Plus, ink drawing is less time consuming and less messiness compared to oil pastels; Oh Lawd, it gets messy when you work with oil pastels.

So, I gradually work with ink more piece by piece.  I enjoyed my clean work desk, clean scanner, less materials and time… but I start noticing that something is missing to make me happy; something excites me when I see my illo.  I love roughness and rawness, and I guess I was losing it from my work.

Well, some people don’t see it, but just maybe only me thing. 

Anyway, all I wanted to say is that I love oil pastels.  I like ink, and I will definitely use ink for my illo, but it won’t be my major medium to work with.  Speed, cost, technique„, it’s all important when it comes to “work” that provide money, I know that.  Even though I understand this system, oil pastels need more prep, need more time, and make my studio messy, I love it. 

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my oil pastel drawing…

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and colouring in Photoshop…

These are some close-ups.

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Hope you liked it!

Yohey

A Glass of Lots

Title: A Glass of Lots

This is my small editorial piece for an article of the health benefits of juicing.  Martha Stewart Living magazine has been like my second Bible since I live such a cooking and dining centered lifestyle (check my Instagram page @yoheyhorishita, you will see my cook daily basis.)  I thought it would be a nice self-promotional piece.  I hope this piece is telling a glass of lots of vegetables and fruits.  

I started with a simple drawing like this as usual;

Then coloured them in Photoshop;

Shadows, highlights, and textures…  

So, yeah!  That was it.  It was super quick and simple illustration, so I don’t have anything to show in its process!

Hope you liked it,

Yohey

"Birthday Bouquet" Process

So I did a motion illustration for e-card couple weeks ago, and I totally forgot to post a process of the video…  So here it is!

This a video by the way; Birthday Bouquet

I painted elements with a black gouache,

This one above is an edited file, and the one beneath is before I changed its levels and stuff, the both were done on a watercolour paper …

Then these were taken into AfterEffect after these elements were coloured in Photoshop. 

I used this pattern as an overlay layer.

Start with a phrase; Let me celebrate your special day…

The way motion illustration tells story is different to a still illustration, of course.  The way motion tells a story is through the timeline, so it has to carry elements to support its thesis.  I like to have nice flow; cohesive colour and elements.  I also love carrying an element of surprise; “Ah!” moment… like this motion illustration. A bouquet turns into a birthday cake! 

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