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Traditional Work

From paintings to doodles.

ROLE
Illustration, Painting, Sketching

TIME
Ongoing

CLIENT
Personal work

Drawing and painting have always been passions of mine and I value the time I get to spend improving these skills. I enjoy taking some time away from the coveted cmd + z to work with some new and slightly more permanent materials.

TINY PAINTINGS

Summer 2018 - present
Acrylic on Canvas

During the summer, I wanted to practice painting without the commitment of a full size canvas. I found small canvases (around 2-3 square inches) that were perfect practice size. The small workspace allows me to not be concerned about the final result so I'm able to paint freely.

octopus
squid

I've created works as gifts for friends and family as well as to decorate my own home. I've loved the challenge of trying new styles, like the more graphical style of the octopus versus the realistic style of the whale. The project is ongoing and future paintings will include more marine life, like cuttlefish and crabs.

humpback
skull

In high school, I tended to paint a lot of skulls and skeleton imagery, so it was only natural that I painted another skull to get back into the groove of painting.

COMMANDER MEOUCH

Summer 2018
Alcohol-based markers on sketchbook paper

Recently, a favorite band of mine released a new album and went on tour to promote it. As they were posting photos and new music videos, I was inspired to create something. I decided to use unfamiliar markers to draw one of the band members, Commander Meouch, the bassist.

It was interesting and fun to learn how the markers worked and find out how they blend together. I also made important discoveries like the fact that my sketchbook paper is an off-white, so the stark white gel pen I used to highlight and cover some mistakes doesn't blend as seamlessly as I hoped.

meouch

THE ZOMBIE WITH THE PEARL EARRING

Spring 2016
Soft pastels, 18"x24"​​​​​​​

THE ZOMBIE WITH THE PEARL EARRING

Spring 2016
Soft pastels, 18"x24"​​​​​​​

THE ZOMBIE WITH THE PEARL EARRING

Spring 2016
Soft pastels, 18"x24"​​​​​​​

My goal for this project was to recreate a well known piece of art with a modern and unexpected twist. A famous piece that has intrigued me since my elementary school days is The Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, so I decided to remix the peaceful work. My lovely suitemate at the time was skilled with special effects makeup and posed for my reference image.

reference
zombie

The final result ended up being one of my favorite works of traditional art. Its large scale was a new challenge and the blend of fantasy and realism elements was difficult to develop. I enjoyed deciding where reality ended and fantasy began, like in the colors. I felt a zombie should have sicklier looking skin than my lovely suitemate, so I blended blues and greens to create a truly nasty skin tone.

Thanks for reading!

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Hey, I'm Lauren Schneider. I'm currently looking for full-time product/UI design opportunities. Shoot me an email if you're interested in working together!

I'd also love to hear about your favorite bad font 👋🤠👍

Hey, I'm Lauren Schneider. I'm currently looking for full-time product/UI design opportunities. Shoot me an email if you're interested in working together!

I'd also love to hear about your favorite bad font 👋🤠👍

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