UPDATE: So, I won the contest.
Got myself a medal. It's kinda funny because I'm a graphic design major, but I won the studio art category. But I was super happy about it, since digital illustration doesn't get much appreciation in the studio art department.
This is 1 of 2 entries for this year's annual Commencement Art & Design Contest at my college. It's my last year, so I wanted to do something really big. The full size version is 36" tall.
Its purpose is a bit multi-faceted. It's a self-portrait, because I like drawing myself.
Since graduation is an important milestone in my life, I wanted to capture myself, as my own physical appearance is likely to change throughout the coming years. It's also a style study, as the style I was going for is derivative of my caricature portrait
. I carry a bag and am walking because I'm travelling from one chapter of life into another. However, my gaze is slightly averted as I survey where I've been and where I'm going, not certain of what lies ahead.
Based on several reference photos taken over the course of a few days, rather than one single reference photo. It was a bit tough, as I never actually produced the lighting conditions depicted in this piece for a photo reference. Instead, I ended up having to light different parts of my body by turning my body or moving around the room in order to get reference photos.
As for the contest itself, there are 3 "phases," if you will. The first phase is evaluation by a jury to select what pieces are featured in the annual exhibit. The second phase is the selection of finalists in each category (I believe the categories are graphic design, 2D studio, 3D studio, photography). Then for the final phase, they select the actual winners for each category.
I'm pleased to say that this piece, along with a second entry, was juried into the exhibit. So now let's see if I can get myself a finalist ribbon.
Oh, and believe it or not, but the hair wasn't exaggerated by much.