I am endeavoring to write a blog every week and be part of the WordPress ‘BlogaWeek’ challenge so my posts will quite possibly be shorter but definitely more regular.

I have just started a two-day-a-week internship at Inspired Times Magazine and so far I’m really enjoying being able to do some design work again. This week I’ve been working on some bits for the 10th Anniversary issue of Backpax magazine, having InDesign open was a bit of a shock to the system but everything seems to be coming back to me fairly quickly! I’m really looking forward to doing some illustration and maybe even editorial for the publications as well so hopefully I’ll have more ‘inspiration’ to do my own work too.

New Year, new paths, new me, etc, etc, etc…

Myself and Disco went to the opening night of the Jamaica Street Artists’ exhibition, Inside-Out. It was buzzing, there were so many people at the RWA on Friday night that it was difficult to actually see the artwork, but a great atmosphere to soak up. When we did manage to maneuver our way around the hoards of people drinking wine from plastic cups the work was fantastic. There was a great range in the fine art room, from photo-realism to skulls made of string and cardboard sculpture. There was also a separate room for animation and illustration which contained some lovely bigger pieces. It felt like a very classy exhibition, the standard was really high and the space at the Royal West of England is really something. I have previously visited it to see an exhibition called Crimes of Passion, which was also exceptionally good.

Anyway, it felt really good to start the New Year with something positive, fun and creative. Now I shall return to all the spring cleaning.

The Jamaica Street Artists’ Photostream on Flickr seems to be the best place on the web to see the work, but I would recommend seeing it in the flesh. The exhibition is on until the 8th of February.

Our new kitty! Taken with a borrowed Canon DSLR, unedited. Megatron is a Blue Mitted Tortie Point Ragdoll, and 4 months old. She mostly likes to play with receipts.

Snow, ice, Christmas songs and mulled wine… it’s December! And what a year it was. Probably my least creative ever year but I am aiming to change that. New Years Resolution?! I did this owl today, just to practice my digital colouring. It’s such a strange process, but I think it’s something that I get good results with.

I have really gotten into the Christmas spirit this year (much earlier than usual) maybe a little festive colouring should be next, but for now this is an owl. There’s no particular reason for this image, I think I might be subconsciously desperate to see the new Harry Potter film!

She took me approximately two hours in Photoshop CS3.

 

 

I have rediscovered reading. Having watched every series of anything I’m even vaguely interested in and got bored, I have started reading again. Firstly ‘The Time Travelers’ Wife’, which was leant to me by a colleague. It is fantastic and has completely absorbed me, I  And secondly ‘The Tattoo Chronicles’, Kat Von D’s new book, which landed on my doormat on release day in true Amazon style. Flicking through the pictures, at first I thought this was going to be her recounting the stories of her clients, but actually there is a lot more to it. It seems, from my perspective at least, that she has more freedom to say how she feels away from the script of the tv series. Plus the book looks lovely.

Tomorrow I am am going to try very hard to do something creative after all this literary inspiration.

 

 

Nice and simple, the same as my blog but with all my work on it! Check it out here. It has lots of original sketches on there too, most of which have been butchered somewhat by my scanner.

I have also started using a new iphone app called ‘Instamatic’ its kind of like a cross between Twitter and Tumblr. I have a link to the photos I take on there at the bottom of this page. Although I really like the cute filters, the difference in quality between a digitally applied filter to a digital photo is no match for Diana and her old school film mates.

I’d say this post is fairly self-explanatory. I’ve started experimenting more successfully with crossing over the frames, in the photo above the lovely Llio (in the black dress) appears three times.

All taken using my Diana+ mini 🙂

I did this illustration a while ago but it got lost somewhere before it got finished. The plan was to have a broken disco ball in the background too, but i think this, as well as painted feathers swamped me a bit. I wasn’t happy with it while I was doing it, it was for a very close friend of mine (the disco magpie herself). I came across it today, and hey, maybe it’s not that bad after all.

It was hand drawn and coloured in Photoshop.

I bought a Diana+ mini the other week. It’s cute, colourful and tiny. It took me at least an hour to load the first film (with the aid of a excellent youtube video) before finding out thats it’s ‘Definitely not a beginners camera’. Oh well, if it was easy it wouldn’t be so much fun, right?!

These are some of the photos. Next time I promise I will pay more attention to a) The focus length, and b) the shutter setting. I’m so used to digital point and press I was quite lazy! Rum does not act as an aid to the photography process either.

All these photos are half frame.

I may or may not have taken an unused film to the printing studio to be processed. Oh dear.

The Corey Helford Gallery comes to the UK and the Bristol Museum outdoes itself again! I meant to write about it much sooner (the exhibition finished yesterday) but better late than never I suppose. This was at the same gallery which held the infamous Banksy exhibition last year. The Corey Helford Gallery in California is one of the many galleries in America I’d really love to visit, so I was very excited when I heard it had come to the UK, especially right to my front door.

Unfortunately I didn’t know about the opening night which was apparently spectacular, with all the artists present (including some of my absolute faves like Natalia Fabia) and a Dita Von Teese show. I’m still kicking myself for missing it! When I did manage to get to it the gallery was pretty quiet in contrast to the last time I visited to see ‘The Bristol Museum V Banksy’, making it much easier to really get a close look at the work. The majority of the pieces were painted, often quite classically but with some unusual subjects. I was really pleased to see that there were some digitally painted pieces, as I haven’t seen this before, they were printed large and beautifully finished.

These are a few of my personal favourites.

Mercedes Helnwein

Aj Fosik

Overall, it was a really great experience for me to see some of the work in the flesh which I have read about and seen reproductions of on the internet and in magazines. Fingers crossed the next exhibition here will be as good!

Thanks to Laura who told me about the exhibition.

Oh! I almost forgot!  – The octopus/pearl chandelier I blogged about a few months ago was here, it was possibly the most exciting thing for me at the whole exhibition!