12 February 2008


baking...
...we baked cakes and buns on monday as today we had a cake sale at university. we raised about eighty odd pounds which will go towards our degree show costs and that. i did get very excited at the thought of baking cakes and baked too many but now there are some tasty treats to eat with the all the brews we have. the ones in the picture above are lemon butterfly buns. they were very yummy. thank you to all who helped out with baking and selling and everything. we did a good job.
illustration wise i am going to look at the illustrated special collection at the university library tomorrow and then carry on with the doodling of the forty odd poems. my tutor has lent me a couple of books to do with 'font type' that graphic design people use for example as i have been writing words and in the same way for a while now. have a look at nina chakrabarti's work. she is an illustrator living and working in london. her lettering is beautiful. http://www.ninachakrabarti.com/

zoomed in...
...a bit so you can see the texture of how the ink has printed out the letters. if you would like to see it all in more detail just click on the image. ta. i had to make this extra post as the previous one refused to let me upload two pictures. poo. after i printed out the rain poem by spike milligan on friday, i then printed out alphabets or what i could make up as an alphabet from the various font drawers. some of the fonts are in different sizes as well. there are many drawers of metal letters to print from. some are a wee bit small to print from and sort out. i played all day and it was very tiring but i did enjoy doing the work and it wasnt really like doing work. it was like exploring and now i have a pile of prints to play with and draw from. i would like to print out whole poems but it is very time consuming way of working and the man who writes the calendar refuses to put an extra day into the week for me.
more milligan humour...

.... 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.