Friday, June 25, 2010

Old Character Design Sketches

I came across some really old character design sketches today. I never really did much with them, but I decided to post them on here because I am thinking of revisiting them. I have forgotten most of their stories (that's how old they are) but I think I'd like to build off of these originals and get some good character design practice at the same time. (Some of you may remember that I used one of these characters for an assignment recently, which can be seen here, but I wasn't really satisfied with it.) I don't really know when I'll get around to it, but stayed tuned and hopefully there will be some new drawings of these guys soon!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wedding Card

My mom's cousin is getting married soon so I made a wedding card to go with the gift from me and my sisters. It's made from three types of paper and I used a stamp for the image on the inside left panel. The total size is 6" x 6". Now all I have to do is make the envelope and it will be good to go!

Monday, June 21, 2010


I had so much fun making the portrait of Tracy that I decided to do another one. Same process: pencil sketch scanned in and colored in Photoshop. I'm not totally satisfied with the color, but I can't quite figure out what I need to change. I may come back to it later.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


I came across some work by a Polish artist named Jakub Kujawa today and was very much inspired by some of his portraits (I found him here if anyone is interested). I decided to take a stab at his style, and as usual didn't quite manage to break away from my own aesthetic. I still like the result though, so I figured I'd post it anyway. It is a portrait of a friend of mine from school. I started with a pencil sketch, scanned it into the computer, and colored it digitally in Photoshop.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Chasing The Wind

I finished Chasing the Wind, my second handmade book, this morning. It's a hardcover with a Japanese Stab Binding. The endpapers are Thai Banana Iris paper, which is a little thin, but really beautiful and full of texture. All of the content is written by me. 8.75" x 5.5". 48 pages total. I like the result of the Japanese Stab Binding more than I thought I would, and it was really simple, so I think I will definitely use it more in the future.

The Vine That Ate The South

I have recently become interested in book making and book binding, and this is the first handmade book I have ever made completely from scratch. It was a graduation present for a friend of mine. Most of the content is written by me, although some of it was taken from old conversations I had had with her. It's titled The Vine That Ate The South, which is somewhat of an inside joke between me, her, and another friend. It's three signatures with a coptic stitch binding, and is approximately 5.5" x 5". All of the illustrations were hand drawn by me after printing the text. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out, and I learned a lot, so hopefully the next one I bind with a coptic stitch will be even better!


So, introductions: My name is Kelsey Adams and I just graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Computer Art and a minor in Information Studies. I have a love for all things art and work in both traditional and digital media. I want to use this blog to showcase my work and possibly get some feedback on it. I haven't decided if I am going to put any older work up on here, so for now some of the work I completed in the past several years can be viewed at I think that's it for now. Stay tuned.