Saturday, May 16, 2009

Zodiac Kids!

These are 6 illustrations I did for D. Krall's (hey, he just spiffed up his site!) Illustration 2 class. We had to do five 3x3 spots and one 5x7 illustration of Zodiac signs for a magazine type that we were individually assigned: I was assigned a children's magazine. The technique I used for these came about because I thought it would be amazing if I could do each one in fabric as a hand-sewn quilt panel, but I knew there was no way I would be able to finish five in two weeks. So instead, I scanned in a lot of my scrap fabric and inserted it into vectorized versions of my hand-drawn sketches in Photoshop.

Aries! The first sign in the zodiac. Ruled by mars, symbolized by the ram. Aries are fire-y, outgoing, people who are fiercely independent and incredibly courageous. They have a tendency towards daredevil activities. They also have a tendency towards impatience and anger.

Gemini (my sign)! The third sign in the Zodiac, symbolized by the twins. Geminis are the most communicative and social of the signs. They are childlike, with a thirst for knowledge and are natural storytellers. They can also be flighty and rather damaging and fearsome when their tempers are roused, though they are not quick to anger.

Cancer! The fourth sign in the zodiac, symbolized by the crab. The more familial, sensitized, and protective of the signs, and ruled by the Moon. Cancers be shy homebodies but they also have a more assertive side that draws them to the limelight. Family and relationships are of extreme importance to them and they will do whatever they can to protect the people they love. They can also be rather cranky and dramatic.

Virgo! The 6th sign of the Zodiac, symbolized by the virgin. Virgos are sharp, responsible, logical people who are always willing to lend a helping hand. They are dependable and intellectually sophisticated. Learning is fun for them and they love to share their learning with others. However, they can also be rather fussy and love to be right.

Libra! The 7th sign of the Zodiac, ruled by Venus and symbolized by the scales. The most socially-minded of the signs, Libras like balance and fair play and try their best to make everyone around them comfortable. They are open-minded, artistic, and willing and wanting to listen. They can also be quite indecisive and may bend the truth to avoid being disagreeable.

Aquarius! The Penultimate sign of the Zodiac, ruled by Uranus and symbolized by the water bearer. Aquarians are innovative, opinionated people with an intense thirst for knowledge. They will very fiercely argue for their convictions but are willing to listen to the ideas of others and are always willing to admit when they are wrong. However, their independence and enigmatic personality can make them difficult to get close to.

I had a lot of fun researching the Zodiac while doing this project. I visited a lot of different sites but the most useful was elore. Check it out if you're interested!

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