Saturday, June 29, 2013

airplane doodles

officially on vacation! wee!
im so excited to get a break from real life (although it makes it harder to go back home!) 
on the plane ride over, i got in a doodle-ing mood and this is what happened:

i couldnt keep my mind off of how fun all of my friends are.
although i am excited to be on vacation, its nice to know i have awesome friends back home!
if you were curious, i am SUPER jet-lagged. and want to sleep for the entirety of my life.

p.s... i hit over 1,000 views for my blog the other day. i know it may not seem like much, but to me it is a big deal! so i just wanted to take a moment and thank ALL of you for your support! its comforting to know i have such amazing family and friends that will always be by my side, cheering me on!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

you weren't getting bored now, were you?

i am going on vacation soon, and realized that i havent posted in a bit! i wanted to update at least one more time before i headed off to the beach! when i get back i will have a few drawings to show you, im sure of it! doodling on the plane is the best.
so without further ado, here are a few more of my sketchbook entries from my imagination and visual literacy class! i apologize in advance for the funky lighting... i really need to gather some patience and SCAN my stuff! any-who, let me know what you think!

the last 2 pieces were "fill in the shape" doodles. im not sure if everyone knows what those are, but basically, you draw a crazy shape or a bunch of them... and then fill it in with details to make it look like something! its a fun and easy way to get creative ideas flowing!

i hope you enjoyed this simple little post! im hoping to show off some progress on super awesome projects soon! also, when school starts up, i will have a lot more to show you guys!

thank you all again for the constant love and support. you are the best!

ashley may

Sunday, June 16, 2013

wedding invitation

trying my hardest to keep this thing updated... but boy, its a fight sometimes.


my friend jamie asked me to make her wedding invitations a few months ago.. and this was the result! 
i was extremely honored she asked me and enjoyed every minute of it! 

ashley may


Sunday, June 9, 2013

is this your lucky day? you betcha.

before you get all excited and think these long posts are going to be a regular thing, let me stop you. the only reason this is happening is cuz i just cant seem to get to sleep tonight! 
any-who, ive got quite the variety of things i wanna post about right now, so just bear with me!

 so first off, i wanted to post a couple of the wall murals ive done over the years. both of these wall paintings were done while i was still in high school, so they are a bit old. i still am pretty proud of them, though! the one above is a "headboard" wall mural i did for a sweet girl i met through a mutual friend. her bed goes in front of the mural and matched the sheets. i love all the dinky birds!

click here if you want to see the adorable bedspread she got from urban outfitters!

so the next wall mural i did is this one. if you were curious who in the world would let someone paint on their wall like this... that would be my mom :) she is super supportive with my art and lets me do awesome things like this to the walls in her house! i believe i did this in 10th grade.
this is what the mural looks like at the top near the ceiling. i recently finished a mural in the bright green bathroom at my mom's house. i will have to post pictures soon.
 photography is something i like to do for fun, but i dont really consider myself a "photographer," per se. however, when my friends and family ask me to take photos for them, how could i say no? these next few photographs are a couple of my favorite shots from the engagement photo shoot i had with my cute friends, Amber and Josh. congrats to the both of them on their marriage!

isnt she so pretty? gotta love her dress, too!

they are such a cute couple! i was so honored that they thought of me for their engagements.

here is a little leaf i took a photo of during the first snowfall this past winter. i really love color contrast, if you didnt know that already.

 "why did she draw a pencil sharpener?" is what you may be thinking to yourself at this moment. yeah, i realize its really weird. this was my final for my drawing class last semester and the criteria was a little different. we had to pick an object that was not made of glass (which was basically everything i wanted to draw) and then create an interesting picture of it with either pencil or charcoal (<--i chose charcoal).

 then, for the second picture in the series, we had to take the object and start to morph it into something surreal. you could disassemble the object or do anything you wanted to make it more interesting. i just added some strange edges and a few weird highlights.

 and then finally! for our last piece, we had to make it almost unrecognizable as that object (at least thats what i understood). so i decided to take a surreal approach and almost animate the pencil sharpener to create a melty, interesting feel to the picture. i was actually surprised by how well this piece turned out! (i was listening to radiohead when i made this, if you were curious).

 as some of you know, every spring and/or summer i paint shoes at Sole Envy for free with a purchase of a pair of shoes! i love doing it and seeing peoples faces when they realize they can get their shoes personalized!  i would love to post all of the photos of the shoes i have painted in the past, but unfortunately, we cannot figure out a way to transfer the photos onto my computer. its a bummer, but hopefully i will figure out a way to do that soon! this pair of shoes above and below are a pair i made for my little sister.

 this is the back/heel of the shoe. i painted on some imitation "Toms." i love using glitter paint... its probably an unhealthy obsession.

and finally! (phew!) my first assignment from my anatomy class last semester. this was the first time that i had ever tried to draw the human skull... im pretty happy with it, i just wish i had gone with a little less of a graphic look. but i guess im also an illustrator... so what can you do? 

as ALWAYS... thank you ALL for your LOVE and SUPPORT. you have no idea how much it keeps me plugging along. 

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

a peek into my sketchbook..

this is the second full sketchbook ive ever achieved. i used to hate keeping them, but they really are useful! here are just a few excerpts from it. with this sketchbook, we were required to have 25 sketches for each of the 8 sections.. making a grand total of 200 drawings. i chose a few different ones from "emotions" and "unexpected characters," which are basically just what they sound like. the only criteria was to not use any reference photos and create something totally unique and original. 
(dont mind the fingerprints and mess. sketchbooks are hard for me to keep neat. also, pardon that you can see through some of the pages i photographed... i have come up with a solution since, but i figured i would share the drawings with you guys anyways!)

top: devious girl who gave her cat a haircut. 
bottom: punk rock mallard duck... i want him as a pet.

 for the section, "emotions"... really bummed out girl. pretty sure i was just illustrating how i was feeling that day in my astronomy class. i draw in class way to often.

top: tourist tyrannosaurus rex
bottom: rodent with a grenade... better watch out for that little bugger.
top: awkward, dweeby guy...everyone knows braces make things worse.
bottom: lonely, fluffy-haired girl. did this mostly to play with lighting and composition.
 top: somewhat of a hipster girl. she skins her own foxes to make capes... dont you?
bottom: rugged bluejay/cardinal smoking a cigarette. "mom" tattoo and all. 

as always, thank you for your support! 
i love you all and i will be posting more from my sketchbook soon.