Or, any excuse to get the glue gun & spraypaints out :). Was interested in taking something flat, constructing with it, and reverting it back to flat again. Very much process based. (I am sensing a theme here). Continue reading Sculpture: 2D to 3D and back again→
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Bizarrely this one captured her better than drawing direct from lifel.
The tutor made a good point; looking at the original drawing – and looking to improve it – you had to ask yourself to remember if the models shoulders / weight / hips / arms really were at that angle / length / position etc… ie all the questions you should also be asking your eyes whilst you are drawing in the first place…
Also it was funny everyone started to contort themselves a little bit whilst doing this drawing from memory; without the original model, we used ourselves as reference…
I know mum – who’s an illustrator – does this when drawing expressions of people for her work, so I ought not to be surprised really – it was just funny in a room full of people doing the same thing!
Have gone back to lifedrawing class; first time in probably 15 years (eek!). I was fully expecting to freeze up and only be able to scratch out a 2″ high little stick (wo)man, but after 6 poses in the 2 and a half hour session, I was quite pleased with what I’d done…
It’s a strange experience really, the resulting pics themselves aren’t anything that I like aesthetically or anything, but I really enjoyed the process; don’t think – just draw…
I guess it’s a bit like being a child again when what you’re seeing doesn’t always translate that well onto paper! :) Anyhow, the class is for another 10 weeks so am keeping a record of how the pics progress…
“lovingly and effectively designed – stylish yet readable – exactly as it should be”
(Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet Int.)
Some of you know by now that the magazine I’ve been Art Directing has now gone bust in it’s current print format. Richard writes a lovely goodbye piece on the FP blog, mentioning not only the lovely design – ahem! – but of course all the fab content and contributors.
It has been a brilliant, challenging and rewarding experience working with V (Editor) and although it was a sad day to send the last issue to the printers, plans are afoot for new and exciting incarnations of the ‘Sheep and the website is having a much needed tidy up right now (to go live in Feb) so right now we’re feeling pretty positive.
Does anyone know a UK manufacturer of eco-friendly artist’s paints? I can find plenty of sources of environmentally friendly house paint, and even natural pigment children’s paints – these Fabio Living Colour ones look amazing, although they don’t seem to be in stock anywhere – but none in the UK specifically aimed at people wanting to replace their acrylic, block printing or watercolours with a more environmentally friendly alternative.(Golden Artist Colors comes the closest in the US)
I know a lot of paints use natural pigments or minerals as their foundation, but just being natural doesn’t necessarily mean eco- or person- friendly; just think of the lead used in Chrome Yellow! Hmm, maybe I’ll go along to Cornelissen & Son and pick their brains… If I find out anything, I’ll post on here.
If the words Vomit, Flu, Deadline, and Lethargy had been some of those omitted from the Junior OUP Dictionary, I'd have done quite well these past four days of Every Day in May… I don't seem to remember them on the list though, so I get back in the saddle with Lobster instead.
I used to have a rubber lobster bath toy that I think I ate the antenna, or at least some of the legs of.
I couldn't say lobster then ( I was v small) so he became a snobber instead. So here are some dancing Snobbers. (Lino-print / acrylic / some scribble & Photoshop)
3rd May and still playing with newts… This time using a newt on a leaf to make a repeat pattern… I'd like this on fabric to use to make a skirt.. Maybe in the blue or purple too! Time to visit Spoonflower?
Eugh – been a little while since doing some painting, and feels a bit stiff; these catkins (although I'm happy with the colours) look a bit like gherkins to me! Still, it was fun using the masking fluid and having to think backwards a bit (masking is quite like skil-screen printing in that respect), even if I was too impatient in waiting for it to properly dry – ooops!
You know how it is; one day you’re asked to take part in an exhibition; next day you’re painting some rubber gloves… No? Well that’s how it happened to me… and I’m very much looking forward to see the contributions by the other people in this show… There are some really talented people (eek!!)
Eloise launched her ethical / organic clothing range last week with a private view at the Hepsibah Gallery. Save for the fact I got stupidly lost getting there, it was worth it to see all the coats for real, even one of the weavers from Mull came down to see how the cloth had been used. I got to try on a de Beauvoir Short which I’d been coveting too :)
This was a really fun project to work on, playing with all the typography and full stops! It was also a very interesting one – you can read more about setting up an ethical and organic business, clothing and fashion on Eloise’s blog.
I’ve never designed a whole magazine before, so it was quite daunting… There was the usual printer nightmare, but overall am really pleased with it. Everyone was great to work with (thanks S for invaluable print advice) all the writers wrote to count, and it was great to read whilst putting it together :)
Well done Lady Vengeance!
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It has been a busy few weeks this summer, but have just uploaded the final PDF of Electric Sheep Magazine (the print version) to go to the printers today. It’s out on September the 1st and there’s the first film club / mag launch at the Roxy bar and screen on the 5th… Reading through it I already want to see the BFI’s collection of squelchy sea films by Jean Painlevé and to check out the 70 (count ’em!) dance routines included in the film Opera Jawa out in September. That’s an almost Actionette level of dancing, heh..
I sent the Fruitful Research website live today. It has been great fun working with L; reading her gardening blog, getting the lowdown on allotment keeping, Sarah Raven – I’m off to volunteer at the Cutting Garden nursery for a few days at the end of April – and eating rhubarb and drinking tea made from lemon verbena – both the fruits of her labour…
As part of the freelance work I did for Atom, I had to design a brochure with some case studies of magazines they had published…Pretty pleased with how it came out, and it’s funny seeing my pencils and ruler in print!
The latest sections in AW are getting more and more relevant for me… not least the chapter about having lists and lists of things to do, but not adding in any fun stuff or playing… it gets pushed to the bottom of the pile, after work, admin, household stuff…. ah yeah, *then* I can do the good things… (in about 6 months time!)
Last time I visited the Art shop I picked up some plasticine, remembering the smell and wanting to buy some…’computer says no’, so I put it back and forgot about it until earlier today. J had some hand cream – smitten from lush – and it has the smell of a mixture of plasticine and bakewell tarts… (actually it is a lot nicer than it sounds – I am a bit ‘smitten’ with it!). I remembered about the little treats bit in the book, and bought some.
A not terribly inspiring terracotta colour, but as soon as I opened the pack, I was away – a coil pot, squidgy blobs… this little bird came out and I remembered the stop frame animation I did at college (loved doing it, except the studio was effectively a cupboard which got very hot from the lights, very quickly and melted things!)
So plasticine = a good hour of fun! (Oh and check out all the cool creatures that are made from it!)
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