Thursday, 10 May 2012


These are my three finished 'flat' pieces that I am satisfied with but I feel do not have an edge like when I work three dimensionally.. I can't deal with the fact there's no depth and shadows (what is it with me and shadows!!!). I have colour coordinated them and considered several layouts, and they all relate to the fairy tale I chose. I suppose university is all about learning and I've certainly learnt a lot during this project with regards to what I am good at..and what I am not!

Here they are..

Caffeine, Redbull and Snickers!

O gosh! Where to start!! Getting my final work done has been a challenge to say the least! I have felt like i was having a creative block for a while and also frustrated as I was not executing my project in the way I wanted to. I've decided to pick myself up and soldier on and work with the bits I've made. I am happy with my outcomes, even though I am capable of a lot more (and I do not mean that in a big-headed way) I just feel I have not fulfilled what I dreampt of and this has been due to a number of factors, not for lack of effort. I have took the pressure off myself with redbull and chocolate and feel more relaxed! I think lack of confidence has stunted me a little, but I am overcoming this.

Well here is something I'm working on right now which needs arranging tomorrow ready for hand-in. If anything I've learnt I work much better hands on with tangible elements rather than flat, and from this experience I have learnt a lot about my own process and practice..I do not like working flat!!!! 

I have made a jar of fairy dust which I am going to label and put instructions on. Everything I have made is inspired by the story 'The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle'. 

Keep on smiling!!! :)

Monday, 7 May 2012

current work

An image I've been working on today, quite pleased with it! Going to add hand rendered/hand cut type and a few other bits. After a few disastrous days with my project I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel! 

Added bit more colour, working on the type now!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Animation Research

Our tutors decided to set up animation classes for us which is great, although I do not like computers, (well only for a finishing tool)! So I have been researching stop frame animation and creating my own stop frame animation. I much prefer to have my hands on my work rather than to animate something on the computer, which I will not even pretend I understand how to do! I like the element of chance and the roughness of stopframe, it's what makes it in my eyes. It gives it an edge.

Here are some videos I found that I think are pretty cool!

Rainy Days

Page from my 'unfinished' children's book! 

Still working on this image at the moment. I'm currently creating combining drawing and collage (due to limited time and no available slots in the photography studio). It is very different from my usual paper cutting and photography, so I feel a bit rusty! I like a challenge so I will press on with it! 

Jill Calder Lecture

A couple of weeks ago Illustrator Jill Calder visited us to give us a talk about working in industry. Jill is a successful Commercial Artist, working mainly using ink and drawing. 

The first piece of advice Jill gave us was not to let people mess you around with money and getting paid, Jill experienced this at the start of her career. We will be providing a service to people, it's a business, Jill said to make sure people do not take advantage!

Jill used to self promote by setting up meetings for portfolio viewings, but she has agents now. I'm sure she said she is represented by two or three agents, Central Illustration Agent (CIA) and Friend and Johnson Photography and Illustration. Jill has an agent in America who has her portfolio to show to clients for her. Jill spoke about design and layouts of portfolio and advised to make it individual and unique so it's remembered. Jill also has her portfolio on her iPad and takes it to meetings, she said it's great because if someone likes your work you can literally click and email them your portfolio straight away.

Jill went on to talk about her method and the importance of drawing and learning the shapes of things. Jill draws when she's out, she observes location and people in her sketchbook, which she says is good for going back and looking at for reference. Sometimes Jill uses google images for reference (as we all do), it's better to draw whilst looking at the real thing but this is not always possible. 

I really enjoyed the talk, Jill was very funny and her work is inspiring!

Friday, 4 May 2012


Today I visited FabLab in Manchester to do a practice run using the Laser Cutter. The machine is awesome! I practiced laser cutting my fairy design out of wood, the tiny fairy sort of caught on fire!!! The wings are far too detailed for something so tiny. I will be going back to laser cut my designs out of acrylic to use for my final show at university.

Hopes, Fears and Opportunites

Where do I start?!! We were asked to write this post by our tutors as part of our course, and  I suppose it makes you think and have a little mini plan! You need to know where you're going if you want to get there right?!!

My hopes, I have many, my first is obviously to be successful in what I do. My dream is to be a freelance Illustrator working in my own studio space (which I now have)! I would love to be involved in a range of different aspects of design from creating images for editorial/books, and also working on events creating three dimensional works. I'd love to be creating window displays...Harrods would be a dream! I want to keep my options open and as a girl that needs to be kept on my toes, I would like to be involved in lots of different projects to keep it exciting and fresh. 

I have studied for five years as a single parent and it's been tough at times but I'm still going! It's good practice for the real world and the pressures I'm sure industry will throw my way, so I will embrace this challenge! I want to make my son proud and provide a good life for him, that's my drive.

My fears are really time management. As a creative I tend to be slightly disorganised which is a pain but something I'm concentrating on! I think it comes with the nature of artists. Also having huge responsibilities can be quite draining and I worry I will not be able to give my career everything I know I can because my son comes first. Hopefully I can find a happy medium, I'm not the first working mum after all! I just need to learn the balance, they should really write a manual for this!! I also worry that if I work freelance I will not have a steady source of income, again with having to provide for someone this is slightly worrying! 

At the moment I have two work experience placements, one is with Lord Whitney working on an event called Spellbound Forest which is taking place at Delemere Forest in a couple of weeks. I will be assisting to dress the forest for the event with the creatives, it will be a great experience as I am very interested in this sort of work for my future. So exciting! In return I will receive tickets so I can take my small person along and enjoy the weekend with him! My second work experience placement is for an event called 'The First Cut' which is taking place in Manchester and will be exhibiting artists from all over the world who specialise in creating art using paper! Right up my street. I am helping two artists but I will blog after the event about that. 

For now it's all about networking, creating, trying hard and looking forward. I am very ambitious and believe that if you want to achieve something you can. What you put in is exactly what you get out!