This personal project was made to celebrate the fun festivities of summer. I drew female figures representing each of the zodiacs from around the year, but instead of limiting their illustration to the season they were born in, I placed them all in summer and showed their personalities through color theory.
The Scarborough Fair Ladies were inspired by the herbs sung of in the traditional English ballad “Scarborough Fair”: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. I use the shape of their respective leaves in the clothing design of these RPG fantasy characters and the plant’s symbolism for their occupations. Parsley wields a scythe since the plant symbolizes death. Sage is a mage because of the plant’s magical associations. Rosemary is a warrior since the plant stands for faithfulness. Finally, Thyme is a paladin because the plant represents courage and strength. Pictured from left to right: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
For a theater design class, I had the assignment of creating costume designs for three characters of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. I set the play in Romania and had the character’s dress in traditional Romanian clothing that reflected their personality: Katherine has her hair loose and wears bold colors to reflect her independent personality. Bianca is the more rule driven and demure sister, so her outfit is more conservative. Petruchio, Katherine’s match in character, also wears more vivid and rich colors.
The namesake for my hometown of Athens, Georgia is the Greek goddess Athena. I focused on her association with war and handicraft and depicted her ready for battle in her chariot and battle armor.
Inspired by Greek gods and goddesses, I created a myth of my own describing the personified nature of thunder, rain, and lighting. Twin brothers Thunder and Lightning constantly argue over who is the most fierce - Thunder booms powerfully while Lighting strikes intensely. Their younger sister Rain always weeps at their never-ending competition.
To personify the seasons, I illustrated fall, winter, and spring and depicted them in a color scheme suitable for their respective season.