I came across this yesterday and thought, why not?!
So here’s day 1. Yourself.

 

I think I prefer the sketch, which means more practicing with getting some colour into my sketches!

Edit:

I think this is now my favourite, below…

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Hi

I did this illustration this morning by hand and then coloured it in Photoshop. I quite like it but I’m not 100% sure about it. I find it difficult to finish pieces and have ideas as I’m going along. I really feel like this is one thing that my work is lacking since leaving uni, the ideas and input of other people (not even tutors necessarily). So if you would like to comment please do and maybe my next one will be a little better. I am determined to improve, so today I’m drawing all day, so will probably post something else later.

Ps. I chose Amy Winehouse because I’ve been a fan since I was in school and was completely gutted about her death. She had such an iconic look and I’ve wanted to draw her for years.

 

Update:

I’ve made all the changes that people have suggested to me. So this is now the final version. Tomorrow I’m moving on to do a 30-day drawing challenge.

I was determined to do something creative today, and here it is. It could make a nice wrapping paper for Mothers’ Day.

I drew it in pen and ink in my Moleskine which I am mostly not brave enough to use, it being rather nice and all!

Click for my Tumblr. I like this a separate blogging tool because it’s so quick, and I can browse through lots of crazy images from the people I follow everyday. This is what I posted in February.

www.beckydesigns.co.uk is up and running! Go a have a little look…

This is kind of* what it looks like in my ridiculous leopard print browser window.

 

*exactly

I have just finished a 3 month internship. Having finished uni well over a year ago unconvinced that design was really for me, I really wasn’t sure whether I’d see it through. However, it was fantastic, and I’m being kept on! For the next issue at least.

Working in a creative environment has really brought me back to where I need to be, in my head, to be creative. Not only have my design skills and creativity come back tenfold but also my confidence. Being trusted and completing something as all-consuming as a magazine redesign has been a huge learning curve. Stressful at times but always enjoyable, I’ve learned a lot about a lot of things! I believe that this is owed to the fact that I did this in a very small publishers and worked with some great people. I would now recommend it to anyone doing any design related course, it really gives you a feel for what it would actually be like to this for a living, both the good points and the bad. There is a huge amount of debate as to whether internships are ethical etc, my advice would be only, look for one that fits you.

My favourite bit of the design is the navigation, which works like a colourful phone book with a side bar for each of the areas featured.You can see it below.

It was a scary few days waiting to see the mag once it had gone to print but it was well worth the wait when it arrived! Backpax also has a new website for its new look.

Inspired Times has also gone to print so I’ll post some photos of that too when I get it!

TYC is a new project to showcase creative people under 25. It is run as a WordPress blog which is nice and accessible. This is a feature about me which can be seen here (notice the ‘recent’ photo!).

It’s really great to see work from people my age. These are Anna and Emma‘s blogs, friends from uni who are also on TYC.

If you fit the criteria and would like to be featured go here!

Let me know what you think please, it’s unfinished, any suggestions welcome. I will finish when I get time! Click the pic for full size.

I love magazines. Glossy ones especially, occasionally I do enjoy a quick peek at a celebrity trash mag but generally the glossier the better.

I stumbled across Hi-Fructose Magazine this week, it’s a contemporary art magazine much in the same vein as Juxtapoz, although it is a quarterly – so possibly more glossy. They have an evolution of James Jean special which looks fantastic (and also completely sold out). The inside of the magazine is beautifully designed too. Again an American magazine, it used to be sold in Borders. If anyone can suggest where I might find one in Bristol I’d be very grateful as it features a lot of my favourite artists and many who were at the ‘Art from the New World’ exhibition.

Candy Magazine is a free online magazine by an independent collective. It has a wide variety of styles which is really nice and all the back copies are also available on their website, also for free.

For glossy fashion mags, POP and iD reign supreme in my opinion, although LOVE is also, erm, lovely (aside from an irritating website). The perfection of airbrushed photoshoots and bright colours win me over every time, the content is lower down on the priority list.

Now if only someone could combine these styles of flawless beautiful colour, brand new artists with inspiring editorial we would have a magazine to rule them all!

I’m no film reviewer but I’ve seen a few recently which have surprised me so I though I’d write about them.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, a Banksy Film. My only preconception of this was that it was going to be about Banksy. This was one of the main reasons that I didn’t get around to watching it sooner. Not because I don’t like Banksy, I just think there are more interesting street artists. This film proves that in a good way. It’s not just about Banksy, it is a cleverly put together and a film which I will definitely watch again.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. This film is dark in many ways, but it’s one that is so creepy that it has stuck with me. The ending was bizarre however, there is no other way to describe it. I’m not sure it worked either, even in a bizarre way. The final scene is more in-keeping with the tone and recovers it.

One film which has done really well at the Golden Globes (if you care about anything other than Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue) is ‘The Social Network’ I was not hooked at all from the start, maybe it wasn’t sensational enough for me! Or maybe the story has been in the papers enough that a film seems a bit much and didn’t really add any new perspective to the narrative. If you don’t know the story it’s a great way to see it.

[I will almost certainly never write about films again. Lucky you]