Daily Artist Habit: Final Post

For my daily habit project I chose to illustrate a few recent personal poems from this year, hoping to achieve a style that is more conceptual than literal and to grow in my own style. I think both were achieved well.

Drawing inspiration from a childhood hero, Shel Silverstein I illustrated my poems pretty much day to day in a pen and ink style portraying my more so angsty poems. My newest one follows my deepest inner anxieties about how the people closest to me may feel about me. That I may not be enough to them and my own struggle with myself. The illustration is not bearing to watch but I have to in order to move along with my life. I worry too much really.

My process was simpler when I had prewritten poems done to illustrate but when I ran out of recent ones I had to start writing them which made the process longer and more thought provoking instead of just letting loose to draw. However, writing and then taking the time to reflect made it easier for the creativity of the illustration to flow. I would write the poem out in a lined notebook and then re write it in the poem sketch book. On the neighboring page I would sketch a layout of the illustration in graphite pencil. Then pen the layout, after which erasing the graphite. I chose not to photoshop out the crease even though it was a request. I figured since we were only concerned with the creative habit and not so much an end product it wasn’t necessary. Also I created these in a notebook, shouldn’t  that be as much a part of it as my own handwriting? But that’s just how I figure it.

I enjoyed this project and will most likely continue it through out the summer and so on.


More Poems

This posts poems touch on a different area in my life. While most of my poems have been about recent upsets in my family, I do write poems occasionally about friends and my love life. The first one reflects the relationship I had with my ex boyfriend who I was still with at the time of writing this. In the poem I call him my thorn and my rose. In the illustration the thorns are multiple and big, while the flower itself is small and fragile reflecting how I felt about my relationship near the end.

The next poem is about the transition I went through upon leaving the man I had been with for three years and how surprisingly it wasn’t all that bad for me. In fact, it was somewhat freeing hence the harpy like figure taking off.

Psychologically viewing this process of transition through my poems I’d say it was a healthy choice for my life at this time.

Inspiration and Progess

Poems and Illustrations by Shel Silverstein

My inspiration growing up was Shel Silverstein. He wrote his own quirky little poems and even illustrated them making a few thick books that sold so well. A lot of them are funny and good natured. Others are soft and really spoke to my soul even as a young child. He was kind of the reason I put myself into peotry.


These are my poems that have been illustrated. My recent poems are about how my family had become so broken and how happy things seemed in my childhood. I’m still trying to expand my horizons when it comes to illustrating and deciphering said illustrations.

Final Project


My plan remains that I will illustrate my most recent poems in the most relatable way I know how to portray them. The overall theme of them taking place all in one notebook. These may get vulnerable and deep but that is what my art is all about. Mostly psychology and depth. These poems portray and describe my innermost thoughts, desires, and drives. The medium will be pen and ink with the poem on the left page and the illustration on the right. I will also be writing them out so the audience can read them better. Some are gloomy but this should be no cause for alarm. It’s just how I cope with the things that happen in my life. Honestly, it’s kind of nice to be sharing them.


Look around

You feel the whole world shrinking

All the sudden you’re too big for it

And you have to take every step gently

Or risk destroying it beneath reckless feet

your eyes open and realize

The roles are truly reversed

That the world is bigger than you are

So much more

And the trick is care

That you don’t end up underneath



By the world you know



The world you love

Behind closed eyes


Fist of the Fallen Phoenix: Henchman Life


An overall recap of the process of our Pipeline Project: At first I was supposed to do storyboarding but with a small amount of time we slightly skipped that step and followed a script getting into the movie. My role in this pipeline project was acting and doing choreography as the character we named Shi (meaning death in Japanese). What I loved about the character was that Dean basically let me design her. This was the process. Drawing it out and planning the parts and materials I needed. I decided Goodwill was the best place to go

  • Sheets
  • Pillow Case
  • Scissors

That’s all I used.

I already had the shirt and pants so after that I started with the arm band Shi wears right below her right shoulder. I measured out three strands of the blue pillow case, and braided them together, tying them at both ends.

I then moved on to the arm wraps  and stomach wrap, which was cut out of one big sheet. The piece for the left forearm/ hand is only one strip, while the legs are two and the stomach is three. I added a belt to the costume as well. To me it really tied it all together. The mask was provided for me by Dean for shooting which was a lot of fun for me. I’d do it again.


The hardest parts were lining up schedules with the director and other actors, and  at times it was the choreography which had to be altered quit a bit due to height differences and awkward positioning. IMG_7841

After all the fighting was filmed we recorded our voices. Which my voice is clearly not menacing so I had to speak quit a bit deeper/ harsher than I usually do. Again I enjoyed being this character, and doing fight scenes. I would gladly work with Dean again.

Poster Making

Another job Christabell and I were asked to do was make posters. I had small thumbnails done and then drew the out line on Photoshop.Markley_Pipeline

After I received the color pallet from Katherine the lines were sent to the back so that all that could be seen was color change. As the supporting characters on each side Matt and Shi are smaller and humorously represented as a shoulder angel/devil also symbolizing good vs. evil. Also, Shi is placed behind Chris because she is but a henchman and loyally does as she is told without question. On the other hand there is Matt who has a voice in his relationship with Judah. Chris and Judah obviously in the middle and the largest figures symbolizing their importance in the film as the protagonist and the antagonist.

Final Product


I take on a very graphic anime style for the movie poster which I was told was what we were going for. Dean had originally asked for everyone who was formally in the movie to be placed in the poster which is something that was done by Christabell. Mine was more so for the final cast.


Pipeline Poster


Line work for the design of one of the movie posters. We want to go for an anime type style with bit of a funny twist, so I thought shoulder angel/devil for the main antagonist and protagonist would be humorous and also displays the opposing sides in a well balanced manor. Color will be added today.