31 January 2008




spike milligan is great...

...since discovering his poems last week in the nation's favourite children's poems book, i feel like my nonsense has been properly switched back on. his poems are not particularly long but are as daft as some of the things that i used to write and doodle about in my sketchbooks before. so armed with a paintbrush and the new watercolours i thought i would dabble a little in the big square sketchbook. i have drawn these just recently the other week or so in the A4 lined book with the trusty mechanical pencil so i decided to paint them out this evening. i think next time i will try using a big paint brush and maybe some inks as the handwriting was a bit time consuming. i could feel the perfectionist side of me coming through when really i would like to be taking a few more risks with it all just to free it all up. i started drawing televisions at the end of the second year and being inspired by spike i thought id have a go at poetry. i think it is a classic in the making.

note-the other two things aren't poems and are just things i like to draw.

new new new...

...it has been longer than i planned but i am back armed with a little set of watercolours. i had to take a photograph before i unwrapped them! i have been a bit shy with the new sketchbook and instead been doodling and scrawling all over an A4 lined book. i have grown attached to it over the last few weeks as we have been doing a lot of research together for the dissertation which i prefer to call the essay as it sounds less scarier and easier to do. i think i like the lines as they seem to make me want to not write or draw on the lines. i don't feel restricted or bordered in somehow and just get carried away. i bet the person sat next to me on the train on Friday thought what the hell is she drawing slices of bread for? why is she giving them eyes? today i have been drawing with paint but really i should be splashing it around.

23 January 2008


stanley...

...a one week project set by the tutors at university. we had the choice of two short stories and had to produce an illustration for one of them. i had plans to do a screen print-don't i always-but i was scared to draw plus combined with drawing in a fresh new sketchbook made me feel even worse. i did a lot of library research about the wildflowers that are mentioned at the end of the story and made a decision to go with the repetitive 'my father' and 'Stanley' words that appear throughout the story. i decided to go with a stitched collage illustration but the picture above is only a part of what i made as the whole thing is a three by three grid of the old man's face resulting in nine pictures of him. i tried to scan it all in but i had difficulty trying to line it up on the computer. i enjoyed making it and created a huge mess. huge thanks go to Andy who helped me stay focused on the ideas i had as i would have phaffed around forever. my image doesn't really represent what the short story is about and i should have really checked my understanding of it with the tutor on Friday. i now know to do this in the future and a lesson was learned. reading in between the lines of literature is something i am not good at.

20 January 2008

fresh new sketchbook...

...i have a big square sketchbook full of white pages that require my attention. i will try to post some new images up next week once i have got back into the swing of being back at uni. i am working on some experimental images for an editorial project. i am hoping to create some random screen prints using scribbles, silhouettes and simple shapes.