The Top 20 Student & Alumni Creations of 2014
January 6th, 2015 | Natasha Englehardt
The Top 20 Platt College Student & Alumni Creations of 2014
Star Wars, Marvel and Michael Jackson are just a few of the themes you will find among our popular student creations from last year. To kick off 2015 we decided to do a wrap up of the top 20 creations from our students and alumni from 2014. If you follow us on Instagram you know that we like to share art, video production projects, 3D animations, and designs from our talented digital media design students and alumni almost daily! It’s a great way to show off all the hard work our students put into not only their class projects, but any side projects they are working on as well.
If you’re a current student or alumni, be sure to follow us and share your projects using the hashtag #plattcollegesandiego for your chance to be featured and maybe make an appearance in our Top 10 next month! You can check out our profile at www.instagram.com/plattcollegesandiego for daily art and design inspiration.
Happy New Year and congratulations to all of the students who made it into the Top 20 Student and Alumni Creations of 2014!
#1 – Platt College student Michael Fugoso not only helped organize the Star Wars art event held last summer but also participated as an artist himself. This awesome Star Wars piece was created by him using Adobe Illustrator. He told us this artwork was inspired by some cool techniques he learned from the Musketon workshop we hosted back in May. Congrats on having the #1 design for 2014 with over 100 likes Michael! If you like this design, be sure to check out more work from him on his Behance Portfolio.
Design of the Day: Platt College student Michael Fugoso not only helped organize the Star Wars art event earlier this month but also participated as an artist himself. This awesome Star Wars piece was created by him using Adobe Illustrator. He told us this artwork was inspired by some cool techniques he learned from the @Musketon workshop we hosted a couple months ago. Nice work @mfugoso! #plattcollegesandiego
#2 – Platt College student Jazmin Castillo created an amazing collection of Pokemon themed tattoo designs last year! Her early inspirations for drawing involved the world of Pokemon and her most recent inspirations are traditional tattoos, so she decided to combine the two. You can stay updated on all her awesome Pokemon creations through her Facebook page the Pokemon Tattoo Design Project.
#3 – Platt College alumni Juan Fernando Garcia is an extremely talented illustrator who was also a participating artist at several of our events last year. He has worked for companies like Hasbro, Square Enix and Wonka. Which is not surprising considering his unique and fun style of art. You can view more of his awesome work on his website http://www.blackbat.us/.
#4 – Platt College 3D Animation alumni and current 3D teacher, Mike Smith, has modeled this amazing 3D character called Algol. The concept is that he’s a genie (Djinn). Djinn are fire spirits from Arabic mythology so he made his hands burned black and his feet and horns are made of molten brass. As he was painting the glowing tattoos he realized they looked sort of astrological or celestial so he looked up arabic star names and found one called “Algol” which means “The Ghoul.” Mike imagined Algol meditating as he waits for thousands of years for someone to rub his lamp so he put candles on his head to give the look that he sits still for long periods of time. Excellent work Mike!
#5 – Platt College alumni Amber Bouley has an incredible talent when it comes to drawing. The majority of her drawings are inspired by different Disney characters and movies. This particular sketch is a mash-up of Stitch & Jack Skellington from a Nightmare Before Christmas. Be sure to follow her work on Instagram for more inspiring drawings. Awesome job Amber!
#6 – Platt College student Kyrsa Dunnihoo created this amazing digital painting to use for one of her class projects. You can view more on this project and other designs on her Behance Portfolio. Great work Kyrsa!
#7 – Platt College alumni Jorge Tirado currently works as the Lead Web Designer for JINX.com. In his spare time he also creates amazing art! This particular project is called ‘Dog Daze’ and was originally conceptualized through his sketch book before adding the finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop and Manga Studio. You can check out more work from Jorge on his Behance Portfolio. Nice work!
#8 – Who remembers when you could watch Captain EO in 3D at Disneyland? Did you know it was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and executive produced by George Lucas? The 3D film was shown at Disney theme parks from 1986 through 1996 and returned to the Disney Parks in 2010, as a tribute after Michael Jackson’s death. Platt College alumni Juan Fernando Garcia made this excellent Captain EO illustration as tribute to the Michael Jackson 3D film. This is the second piece from Juan that made it into our top 20! Nice work Juan!
#9 – Platt College Graphic Design student Kyrsa Dunnihoo redesigned the cover for Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. For this Term 3 Digital Imaging project students are asked to pick a movie of their choice and design a new cover for it using a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator. This is also Kyrsa’s second piece to show up in our top 20!
#10 – Talented student Jazmin Castillo was one of our participating artists at our Halloween Art Walk last year! For the event she completed an awesome series of Neon Horror themed art pieces that included this fun version of Freddy Krueger. This is also her second appearance in our top 20 for the year! Nice work Jazmin!
#11 – Platt College student Tanisha Rose has a lovely collection of digital paintings showcased on her Behance Portfolio. We particularly liked this stunning portrait of the lovely Dita Von Teese. Nice work Tanisha!
#12 – Platt College Graphic Design student Sean Lenahan created this fun illustration as an exclusive print during our Halloween Art Walk. We posted this black and white version before he finally shared the full color print that looks just as amazing! To view more work from Sean you can check out his Behance Portfolio. Nice work Sean!
#13 – Platt College student Bernadette DeLeon created this clever illustration of tree cat using Adobe Illustrator. You can view more work from Bernadette on her Behance Portfolio. Nice work Bernadette!
#14 – Platt College student Eddie Osuna paid tribute to Robin Williams by creating this lovely digital painting of him. Many people were saddened last year by the passing of Robin Williams, he spent his life bringing light and laughter to so many people. Eddie did a great job creating this in his memory. You can view more work from him on his Behance Portfolio.
#15 – Check out this awesome linocut print created by Platt College student Rocky Beck-Owens for her GE Class Fundamentals of Illustration. Her concept for this piece was to combine Star Wars Ewoks with a Dia De Los Muertos sugar skull theme. You can view more great designs from Rocky on her portfolio website http://roqholiday.com/. Nice work Rocky!
#16 – We love this awesome Iron Man drawing from Platt College Graphic Design student Sam Zabala. She created this using prisma color markers for her Term 1 Design Basics class. You can view more work from Sam on her DeviantART account. Nice work Sam!
#17 – Platt College Alumni, Mark Richmond, had some amazing superhero artwork on display at the Michael J Wolf Fine Arts Gallery in downtown San Diego during Comic Con last summer. This was one of the many awesome pieces he had on display. You can check out more work from Mark on his portfolio website http://www.richmondartstudio.com/. Nice work Mark!
#18 – Platt College alumni Stacey Uy celebrated her birthday last month and instead of asking for gifts she asked people to help a good cause instead. In an effort to help military veterans Stacey chose to have all of her fundraising proceeds go towards Team Rubicon. In order to attract more donations for this wonderful cause she also offered a special Game of Thrones art print designed by her as a raffle prize for one lucky donor! You can read more about this story on our blog and view more work from Stacey on her portfolio website http://www.staceyuy.com/. Nice work Stacey!
#19 – So many excellent art pieces created by our talented students were on display at the Star Wars art show last year! Here is one of our favorites created by Platt College student Jennifer Brincho of Queen Amidala. You can view more work from Jennifer on her Behance Portfolio. Beautiful work Jennifer!
#20 – Platt College alumni Natasha Englehardt, our Dean Marketa Hancova and several other Platt students were featured on The East County Californian website and newspaper last month. They did a news article about our recent Lyceum Art Exhibit and featured Natasha’s art piece that was part of the exhibit! You can view more work from Natasha on her Behance Portfolio.
If you enjoyed this blog post you may want to check out our Top 10 Student Designs from 2013! And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!