Tara Saldajeno

I'm a senior Illustration major at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Enjoy browsing my work!

Another finished piece from my senior thesis!

She was beautiful and terrifying, savage and pure.  Her eyes wheeled like suns and her great heart thundered against me.  I buried my face in her mane and breathed the scent of wild earth and a burning sky.  There was no other world but her.

And suddenly, without warning, that great head turned like an opening door and the black Mare bit into the flesh of my shoulder with blazing teeth, tearing muscle from bone.

~ Catherynne M. Valente, The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden

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The first finished piece for my senior thesis!

Leander struggled with tears he would not let fall on his sister’s slender shoulder.  “But you will not go for a while, will you?” he said, choking.  “I could not bear it.  This is such a lonely place.  Given time I could learn to hold power like a coal, and not be burned.  But you must stay awhile yet, for me.  We must be a family, for a while.  Just a little while.”

Aerie turned to him and smiled dazzlingly, like a dozen noontime suns.  “Of course I will stay with you, my only brother, my own.”

In the morning, she had disappeared as though she had never been, and the King stood alone in his great ivory hall.

~ Catherynne M. Valente, The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden

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Gabi’s Yearbook Photos - Part 2

For my animation pre-production class, we had to design a character and draw them in yearbook photos from age 5 through 18.  :)

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Gabi’s Yearbook Photos - Part 1

For my animation pre-production class, we had to design a character and draw them in yearbook photos from age 5 through18.  :)

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an assigned spot illustration for an article about a mathematical formula for happiness.  :>

a quick sketch for inktober!

First assignment for my Animation Pre-production class.  We had to make some designs based on an obituary, so here’s the late inventor of Sweet’N Low listening to “Sweet’N Low” the song.  :)

The new semester just started! Here’s some work from my Collage & Assemblage class so far. :)

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albafolgar asked:
wow, how did you do the snow effect?

I overlayed a grainy screenprint texture.  :)

today’s warm-up sketch  :>

(photo-reference x)

I’m trying to learn some new photoshop techniques, so here’s a quick sketch. inspired by The Path game.  :)

some sketches from the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, Italy that I totally forgot to post. :>  man I wish I had this sketchbook with me this summer so I could get some better scans.

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claredezdraws:

IT’S HERE! Our CLAMP zine has arrived! 

We have 31 illustrators represented in this book! Check out their work—> 

Andrea MastroeniBridget Gibson, Christina DacanayChristina OClare DeZuttiErica OstrowskiEve EmmaEvyn FongGabby HowitzJennifer BaeJen Phan,Jessica ChenJill KaczakJoshua HeinszJuliana Chen,Kate MacDonald, Katie McDermottKelsey SundayLeonard PengLila MitchellLizzi O’RearLydia SoMeagan Ciongoli,Meaghan StephensonNicole SurmanPauline PhouybanhdytShirley ChanSonia LiaoBoya Sun, SunmiTara Saldajeno 

Copies are still available online at  www.clampzine.storenvy.com

You can also purchase a copy at Otakon at tables  G12 (Sonia and Boya) and V-02 (Gabby and Christina O

For everyone who pre-ordered, copies will be mailed this week!

an otp of your choice in 12 (i say that because i have no idea what any of your otp's are)

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let’s get some yumikuri up in here