31 May 2008

acknowledge...

...aye so i thought it best just to add a line or two to say that the university bit of illustration is now over. we handed all our work in on 23rd May at 4pm and then i went to the pub to drink and the chinese buffet to eat and then it was back to the pub. i spent last weekend in wales with lady katie and shmalice. the photos are on my laptop and so i will have to post a photo another day. i am finding it increasingly difficult to breathe and relax. i have been doodling more cowboy birds as i like drwaing their boots and have been collecting more lettering research. i have two new sketchbooks to doodle in and am going to try keep a sketchbook but not try so hard that it may kill me like last time.

this weekend me and the mister went to see the Body Worlds exhibition at the museum of science and industry which is at Deansgate in Manchester. i wasn't allowed to take photographs because the exhibition features real dead people and some of parts of the exhibition is of a sensitive nature. find out more about it here. Dr Gunther Von Hagens is a German scientist and physician who invented Plastination which is a process he uses to preserve dead bodies for the purpose of research with regards to anatomy and understanding of the human body.

22 May 2008

fancy shiny things...

...the photo ain't the best. the idea for these was sat on the to-do list with everything else for ages and i finally decided to just get on and do it. i played with a piece of lazertran waterslide decal paper first and then used the fancy paper that required the elusive spray varnish. me and Katie found the varnish in hobbycraft about three weeks ago but i still couldn't bring myself to print on the fancy paper back then in case it went pete tong. one sheet of A4 has covered, a teapot, two egg cups, two mugs, milk jug, small plate and a large plate and two little coasters. i created the design by in potatochop at random so not to get obsessive with the planning of it all which would have taken me forever to do and kind of did the same for deciding what went on where and why. i wonder if mr weasel would use them in his teashop?
sentimental value...

...mr robotington asked me to draw him a poster so he could stick it up all over the place in order to find his favourite button. i told him he could choose a new one from the button box but he said he was not giving up on trying to find the one he lost as it means a lot to him. since beginning this story i have found it difficult but i refused to give up with the wish to tell the story that i set out to do. i think one day it may be a complete actual story but for now i have just got into the swing of telling it in some zig-zag way through single narrative illustrations. i think this has been a very good learning curve for me as i kept thinking too literal when it came to creating a story in a book. it took me a while to hand draw the above text in tiny circles and i cant wait to do another poster next week in my own free time away from the pressure of completing work for uni modules.

20 May 2008

a prediction...

...i made like Nostradamus on the 23rd of April. i know it was this day in particular as i remember drawing the text the same day i tried to draw Stephen Fry. i found this image while looking through my mass collection of photocopies and loose drawings. i put the hand drawn text and my fabric robber bird on the photocopier together one evening when i was playing around. at the moment i am trying to form some kind of sketchbook out of all my loose bits of paper and am attempting at last the ceramics paper. the reason i have left this to last minute is because i am scared of wasting the paper as i only have two sheets of one type, one sheet of a different type both of which should work. i should just get on and do it. the 'lost' poster is still not going according to plan and time is ticking away. what am i doing?

18 May 2008

on a steel horse i ride...

...another birdboy on the run. birdboys are like cowboys but birds. this is just a quick doodle i did today while i was distracting myself from the 'lost' poster. i think i have complicated my ideas and so i am going to have a mini rest from that poster and get back to it sometime tomorrow after a bit more research. i quite like the idea of creating a wild west gang of birdboys. i even know what i plan to write on the next one about long tall len. i have been drawing out his cowboy boots and i think he is going to have ones with diamonds on. i think i am going to go check out the old sears catalogue again that's in the library to see if they sell boots.

17 May 2008

in the park...

...this is from last week when me and Andy saw the robber bird running through the grass. i think he thinks that we never saw him but we know now what his game plan is. on the work front i have been in the print room the last two days printing the 'wanted' poster and i am working on a 'lost' poster. i have been brainstorming and now have a plan for other pieces of work which is great but tis a shame that it is all coming together now but things happen. i have learnt a lot about myself and my love for illustration and i am still learning. i still ain't played with my ceramics paper yet and bought two more sheets to play with this weekend so we shall see what i manage to squash into Saturday and Sunday. Monday we start painting the room and boards for the exhibition which is scary but exciting at the same time. i am happier with the frames now and have decided not to run off to habitat to buy some more. i have plenty of things to list on etsy and other things to make but time is ticking and like Madonna and Justin...i have only got four minutes to go...well more like seven days which is bit more Craig David like. i miss the snooker.

16 May 2008

say hello to granma...

...i thought i would post a photo that i took of my granma on my blog as this picture makes me smile and inspires me when i get stuck. she always makes me laugh and we had a good day even though it rained and that some of the machines didn't pay out when we won. i like it that she doesn't know what the internet is or what it does and that she likes the simpler things like fish and chips for dinner on a Thursday afternoon. i have another photo of granma with her old pet bird Clive but sadly none of her and grandad who passed away in 2001. another reason i posted this image is because i like to watch 'child of our time' on BBC and this weeks episode was very sad as one of the girls that they follow, her mum passed away this April of cancer. always make time for your friends and family. simple.

15 May 2008

so you want to be a cowboy...

...do you know that's it more than just the ride? printed last night in artlab at the very last minute. i also managed to get two full posters printed out onto somerset satin and they look beautiful. i am so pleased with how this design turned out. the lettering was easier to sort out than the robber bird image. i had drew him out but it was difficult to decide how to colour him in. in the end i went for a textured approach, using potatochop, pencil crayons and a bit of gray scaling and bit mapping. after all that i just stuck him on the old school photocopier to sharpen him up a tad.

14 May 2008

on the run...

...after my mini freak out i decided it would be best if i was to get straight back to scribbling with the mechanical pencil. so i took an idea off the to-do list and got on and did it. usually i normally let it sit on the to-do list for a while and think about things way too much. so with some help from Andy and help from the photocopier, i sorted out a design in a couple of hours. i spent a bit of time potatochop which helped speed things up but i still continue to draw slowly and phaff around. am taking this design into the print room later on today when i have drawn the robber. have you seen him lately?

13 May 2008

whistling...

...while he wanders through the ocean. he is looking for my imagination for me as i left in Blackpool last week when i went to see granma. i am still working away and trying to do new work while carrying on with old ideas and that. it is all getting a bit too much like it did before and i need to listen when people are telling me to stay calm. it is difficult. i am just doodling some hand drawn text for a new screen print design that i am doing tomorrow. that is of course if potatochop decides to be my friend later unlike before. i wish i had taken granma into the Sea-Life Centre at Blackpool to see the fish but i don't think she would have waited for me while i drew them. i have drawn them before but i would like to go again.

09 May 2008

that he did...

...beware the robber bird as he is running wild. andy and i saw him in the park on wednesday but we were too tired from sitting in the sun and drawing to run after him. this is just a quick lino print i did the other day. i was inpsired by a fine artist who has been working in the print room printing lino and words. i forget the lady's name now. maybe the robber bird stole it. i quite like the quickness of lino but i dont like the printing process of lino much.

from a doodle...

...a bird was stitched this evening out of some dotty fabric to make sure the idea of the curly tail would work. i am planning to made some adjustments to the design. the tail bit works but i know it could work better if i played around with the sewing machine and fabric more. the bird has some string legs so i can attach it to places like the teapot handle for example. i doodled loads of birds today and i am planning to make some more up when i am happy with my fabric designs.

06 May 2008


out of action...

...the little printing press in the print room is poorly and we are now not allowed to use it. the first picture is of me using said press. lately it has been juddering and shaking across the floor. therefore it is now considered dangerous to use the press in case it falls apart and/or injures someone. i managed to use the press today before access was denied to print off quite a few of the deckchair prints. instead of using the trusty prussian blue, i had a go at mixing some other blues and greens to print the sea bit of the print. with each print the sea kept getting greener and greener and i am slowly getting more confident with printing in other colours when printing etching plates. so much so that for the last print of the day i decided to print the deckchair in red! a little section of colour all by itself.

02 May 2008


fresh off the print press...

...i started working on an A5 piece of copper on Wednesday evening in artlab. over the last couple of days i have done a hard ground etch which is the line work and three different aquatints which are the tonal areas of the print. i was going to print the deckchair as red and sea a mixture of blues but in the end i went for a mixture of blues all over. the little printing press isn't working correctly so i didn't stay too long in the print room today. the bottom image is a close up of the print and its tonal areas.

01 May 2008


cotton and calico...

...another day of fast and furious printing in the print room. i was also at artlab this evening preparing a new copper plate for etching. i am excited about it as the plate is A5 in size and i quite like the image though it doesn't fit in with the story so i thought while i take a mini break from screen printing that i would have another go at doing an aquatint. i completed two edition print runs this afternoon. the new Lascaux inks are beautiful to print with and i cant wait to screen print with them again. after artlab i decided to finally get on the sewing machine and make up a robber bird in fabric. i had been meaning to do this since about two or three weeks ago. pretty much as soon as i had first drawn him as i knew that the doodle had pattern potential. so here is he all flat stanley like as i putting him on the photocopier tomorrow as i haven't fed him any fibre filling yet. he is about 13cm tall and 10cm wide. i was going to make a big one first but thought a small one would best like what i did with the robotingtons and then work my way up to a big one and then an even bigger one.