16 November 2007


on page three...

...more of the random doodling that seems to work well and the second sentence of the one hundred words story. i am sticking to my guns with the desire to screen print my final book pages though and that is my goal for this weekend to create something simple and fun with the double trouble silk screens. the desk will require a tidy up in the morning so there is space to get everything out as they are just over A3 each in size. i have decided for the moment to limit mu colour and work with either cyan, magenta and yellow or cyan, magenta and my own light 'robot fish' grey colour. i have various b+q colour sample cards to refer to as well. i am trying to not use any black but if a outline is required then maybe i will use the dark 'robot fish' grey.

15 November 2007


when i wasn't thinking...
...my brain actually works in a funny unconnected way with my drawing hand. this illustration was created one day at uni when i wasn't thinking about anything and it turned out quite good. i doodled with some drawing ink and a brush and some coloured pencil crayons. i am still working on the dummy books at the moment as i am changing the size of it all. please click on the image to see it in a zoomed in close fashion.
edited to answer a question from Catherine. photo etching is like a cross between etching and screen printing. that is the best way for me to explain it without me rambling on. it is where an image is etched into the polymer photo film layer that is stuck onto a metal plate.

first sentence...
...here is the first sentence from the one hundred word story that i have wrote about a robotington. this was printed out using the metal type letter things that are in the print room. i rolled out some lino printing paint and did each letter individually. some of the letters i reprinted, 'my' and the letter 'm' as they came out bit messy. they used to live in the graphics room but over summer have been put in the print room at uni. there is a big letterpress machine so you can print out blocks of text all in one go but i don't know how to operate it.

13 November 2007

stop and shop...

...this is a photo of the first ever stall i have ever done. i think i made too many robotingtons and not enough teeth. the stall was part of a craft fair that the lovely people at Manchester craft mafia have and had organised. the morning was very quiet and it all picked up towards the end of the afternoon. quite a few people came to see me and visit me which was grand! Andy brought me a brew. bless. the next time i will be having a stall will be in December in the Urbis in Manchester. i am hoping it will be busier with it being closer to Christmas and will help fund my final exhibition stuff.


tonight's entry is a repeat...
...just like the good old shows on the telly, this picture is nothing new though it is slightly new in a way as it is a photo etch print of the stitched robotington piece that i did a while back and have previously posted up. this is the second time i have done a photo etch. it kind of worked but i didn't really think about the background and it looks empty. it was an experiment to see how the textures of the stitching would come out. i have wrote the robotington story and limited it to one hundred words. all i have to do now is put the two together! i have to face the fear and bake the image and words together in a pie and hopefully something will click and look okay. fingers and toes crossed like.

01 November 2007

having fun...

...though i am still feeling so full of stress! i wish it would go away. here we have the first print from my very own silk screen! i used screen filler to paint the outline of the robot directly onto the screen. this blocks the silk and then in turn prevents the ink from going through onto the paper. it is a very fast way in which to do more freehand and experimental work. i usually work out all the layers and what i am going to print prior to going anywhere near a screen and use the photo-emulsion process to create my screens. i printed the robot outline using a colour i already had mixed up from the raindrops and printed a couple off. i didn't bother with a border but i think i will make a border round it later on. i also drew a quick alphabet onto the screen and painted it out using the screen filler. it kinda worked but i think i defo need to work on my lettering more. i also tried to draw some buttons as one idea i have for the robotington story is that he lost a button and the sewing mouse or lady is helping him find the perfect one. one with majical powers. i am allowed to spell majic with a 'j'. the word birds said i could.
new blog stars...

...introducing some new illustration blogs. Andy, Dave and Mark are on the same illustration course as me, Jen and Katie. please have a look at their work and if you fancy leave them a welcome comment or two.

Andy - http://www.moombaduo.blogspot.com/
Dave -http://djparkinson.blogspot.com/
Mark - http://m-d-penman.blogspot.com/


playing with lino...

...i started to move the printing cogs last week as i have been meaning to get back into printing for a few weeks now but the doubts started to set in and so i crumbled and hid away. me and Katie Lady got out the lino last week in artlab and i finally finished cutting it out last night. it takes forever. i made a big boo-boo and accidentally cut out some of his arm so i had to start again. i didn't have to but i did. above is just a simple one colour print out and i am going to make a register board and start reducing the print and layer up the colours. idea is to play with cyan, yellow, magenta and black. i have never done this before as i often just do simple prints so i am being a bit adventurous.

I have got my own silk screens now, two of them and i am finally going to do something with them this evening as they cant just sit there and collect dust.

Update on the robotington story. i think he has lost one of his buttons and goes on a mission to replace it hoping it will give him new super powers with help from the mouse who lives in the sewing box. inspiration are the buttons from the Knightrider car-KIT. classic.