28 February 2008
...staying true to my pen name of ladysnail. i am fair working slow. i think i need to work on a treadmill or something to start to learn more about how to work faster. these are some doodles from last Friday that i did with Biro, various difficult coloured pencil crayons and dip pen. everything is a bit backwards and forwards at the moment. i am finding it hard to switch off from one project to switch onto another. the yellowish looking hens and plant pot houses are in fact some kind of light green colour but the scanner was being a bit stubborn with doing its job.
22 February 2008
up on the noticeboard...
...lives a pirate octopus. just finished sewing and stuffing him. i think he works but may work better with the bit out of his middle legs sewn/cut out but that could prove to be bit too phaffy. i made him up without thinking too much as i did to just do it. a bit more care will be required with the others with the stuffing process and the sewing gutter needs adapting slightly but i aint going to worry about that for now as there are eco-robotingtons and chucks requiring my attention.
spell checker on blogger aint working and denise the big fat dictionary doesnt want to do any overtime this week. she is bit tired bless her. i think she is off on a date with tom or tony or terry of theodore the thesaurus this weekend. she had promised to teach my some new long words this weekend.
21 February 2008
16 February 2008
...i thought the design would work out well with making the squilly design into a calico plush creation but no. the long tentacles are not easy to fold or turn out hence the reason why he looks funny in the picture above. i printed out quite afew of these squillies onto calico fabric so i will have to think of something else to do with them. fear not though as i refuse to give up and have decided that i am going to paint out the long tentacles on the screen thus making the squilly into an octopus pirate! he will become an honourary squilly in order to raise money for the degree show and thus the screen made up in the printroom will not be wasted. plus they will be easier and quicker to sew up into plushs. i plan to ask a local shop to stock them and may reopen the etsy shop.
15 February 2008
14 February 2008
13 February 2008
...penny and toby of natural atrill for awarding me with a 'you make my day' award. I now have to choose my five nominees.
Ali Graney who likes to draw odd shaped creatures and characters. http://drawarama.blogspot.com/
Lady Katie. Besides being the queen of tea, she creates amazing doodles that need closer inspection. http://inspector-marmalade.blogspot.com/
Jennipeg combines traditional collage working methods with working on the computer to make beautiful illustrations. http://jennipeg.blogspot.com/
Pea. Currently attempting to live with no telly for a month. She works in the greeting card industry. http://life-of-pea.blogspot.com/
Mermaid Misk who is an illustrator with her own little business empire. She also makes many many fantastic things like the crumps. http://magicalmiskellaneous.blogspot.com/
To pass it on, here are the details:
1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and/or make my day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Display the “You Make my Day Award” logo
4. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.
12 February 2008
.... i was so excited when i first read this poem. i really like drawing rain. small rain. big fat rain. slanty rain. big wet blobs of rain. rain from all angles rain. blue rain. grey miserable rain. rain that is so pretty that one day i am going to dare myself to go and sit outside in it. aye so on friday i went to play in the printroom with the metal letter type things and the letter press. i have used the letters before and it was fun to get to grips with it more and play. the print room is another favourite place of mine. it still amazes me how you can start with one simple idea in there and then before you know it you have several different experiments on the go or summat and loads of work that you have made in a day without thinking about it and complicating it. i first started by printing out this little poem, one of the forty odd that i have chosen to work with. i will have to remember to go and take some pictures of the printroom for a show and tell. a show and tell post of my favourite places. aye so i printed out each sentence on its own as it is bit easier to do that what with my limited knowledge of this letterpress technology. i then pieced it together on the computer.
08 February 2008
i am a proper squid...
...though he may look like an octopus he is in fact a squid. he wears a pirate outfit as the other squids pick on him as he has a funny shaped head. he has alot of different bandanas but at the moment he likes to wear polka dotted ones. i am planning to print this little guy out on good old calico and might even re-open the etsy shop. the last few days have been difficult. i seem to have sorted out a plan for the nest couple of days to get back on track with the poem project. me and the photocopiers in the library will be on first name terms soon as i spend alot of time in there photocopying stuff. plus the library has a very calming atmosphere and i like to hide in between the big tall book shelves. i have photocopied about forty poems and cut them all out to stick in the sketchbook so here's to random doodling and whatever over the next couple of days. they are mainly about animals or by spike milligan or about things that i like to draw like rain.
05 February 2008
03 February 2008
scribble with the squid...
...it is a long story as to why i have drawn a squid. the bottom line is that we, we being us third year illustration students, have decided to call our degree show 'squid inc 08'. for promotional material and that. we each have to draw a squid and so here is mine. i am going to play around with some colour on acetate tomorrow to see what he looks like. i started by getting some photocopies of squids from a book at the library for reference as my squids looked a bit odd the other day when i tried drawing them. i did a few quick sketches in the A4 lined book and then i did a proper pencil drawing using the fab tracing box that is my desklamp and a glass shelf from a fridge! it is the best light box in the world. i had several options in the end, one with an eye patch, one with an eyepatch and a moustache, one with a monobrow or one with a chef's hat. in the end i went for the eye patch. i then painted the outline in black acrylic paint and aye i could have just done it in felt tip but i felt like i had to do it properly from the word go as i plan to make some in calico like i did with the teeth. so all in all i have it done all proper and correct for all things.