Tuesday, 28 August 2012


Just a little something to keep it going while I am battling with the sketch book work for the foundation course!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Posty Cards ~ New American Artists

I thought I should probably start posting some of my many Posty cards, as I have bombarded this blog with predominantly all my own scribbles, so far...
These three are from the first proper exhibition I visited in the summer before I started A level art. So naturally it has stuck in my memory, like a particularly sticky thing. It was held in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (one of my favourite places in bristol) and he title was Art from the new world: New American Artists.
 I could only afford to get three post cards, (they were particularly pricy posties!) So I chose my favourite piece (to the right), and the two that most intrigued me...

The Mia Araujo piece completely floored me! The tiny images woven into the main painting, are so incredibly detailed and beautiful in their own right and they completely draw you in to the story behind this woman, looking out to sea. Who is she? Who is she writing to? Is she waiting for someone?... and other pretentious questions! It affected me so much that I used her style as an inspiration in my my exam project in the first year. Although I will not inflict that atrocious page on you, dear interwebs, that would be too cruel!

The next two, as I say, intrigued me. Before this exhibition, I had never really ventured out side the confines of the conventional, syllabus set artists. Then to discover, that you could like THIS? Completely and utterly imagined, CrazyWakckyMadCap creatures and characters, with still life on their head, if you so wished! It's a beautiful, graceful painting,
with quite a large
helping of bonkers,
which I adore!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

New Watercolours!

I am a little too excited today because I have bought some new watercolours. I have always used the ones in our little art room at sixth form so having my very own (that only I can make messy), is very special. Hopefully this will prompt me to doodle with paint as well as pencils and pen. Anyway, i just did some experimenting with the colours to test them out! 

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Sketches for Animation

Just a tiny two picture post to share some initial drawings that helped me develop characters for my A-level Art final piece...

And here is the finished video: I do hope you enjoy it!
At first I attempted a traditional 2D stop frame style animation, but after a frustrating 2 days in the spare room, I admitted defeat (for the time being, I will try that style again one day, but maybe go into it with a little more knowledge!) and revised my idea to something a little bit different. I suppose its half story book illustration, half animation. Freeze frames set to a audio of a sketch Mitchell and Webb did on the radio. I re-touched every image (which took quite a long time!) I don't know what I got for it yet so all possible body parts crossed! (stop it!)

Various from sketch book one

VERY simple observation of a lamp
in the house I was baby sitting for
Hmmm... a bit of a 'higgldy piggldy' post this one, but please 'bear with' (to quote the miraculous Miranda Hart!) because soon, dear friends I will have uploaded most of my old scribbles and I can start putting some new and more coherent posts up. Hurrumble!

Looking at the amazingly imaginative
costumes in a film called 'Bright Star'
 about the relationship between
John Keats and Fanny Braune.

Not quite sure what or who this is,
just playing with shadow and
what you can do with biro

Another elegant lady from 'the movies'
Helena B. Carter in The Kings Peach.
(Fell a bit in love with her hat!)

(sorry for the dark scan) An extremely very tiny
drawing of the lovely Emily Blunt as the young Victoria.
I know I am not very good at getting the likeness yet
but I hopeI have caught a little of her elegance!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Spindly Ballerinas

Last year my final project for textiles AS level was to produce a costume for a ballet version of 'A Midsummers Nights Dream'. I carried out a huge amount of research into the history of ballet and its costumes. (I might upload the more interesting pages one day)
Ever since, I have been fascinated by the whole world of ballet, 'darling'! 

These are a few variations of 'spindly ballerina'
 figures I have been working on...

Colour on colour post-its

Some kind of space Buddhist?
I received some coloured post~it notes from a certain Mr. F Christmas last year and they were so pretty, I was a bit scared to use them at first but recently I have been experimenting with my battered old colour pencils on them and I think they look rather lovely!

One of the first warriors
 (there will be a post all about her!)

A bit sketchy but quite
 a sweet victorian lady, I think.
trying out different expressions... 

Literally NO idea!
A Shakespearian/Egyptian jester?

Strange Subconscious

hmmm...no idea! 

So, lets take the weirdness up to the next level. These post~its are a selection of the doodles that I have doodled while not really thinking. Quite a lot of the time I am listening to funnies or music that is probably influencing the strangeness... who knows? I certainly don't! Any hoo I give them to you, the interwebs, for your perusal.

please don't call the psychiatrist!

A 'bit' from Dylan Moran's stand up show,
cant remember which but his definition
of 'good modern art' was too good not to draw!

Trying out a new body shape

A line from the Penny Dreadfuls radio play.
they are a sketch group and really very good!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Archive Post~its

I think I'll start with the Post its that I used before I summoned up the courage to draw in a sketch book!  The pressure of a beautiful, bound book that I could ruin with a bad drawing was too much for a ridiculous perfectionist sometimes and I liked how if it didn't work I could just scrumple it up and throw it away. I know this isn't a very healthy attitude for an artist (especially for one going on an experimental foundation course next year!) but I found it free-er this way to start with.

Waiting for mum in the car, I spied her glasses
(this is why it is half finished!)
From a  magazine page I
have stuck to my wall.
absolutely love her!  

Our lovely old fat cat 'Bumble'
provides a good model as
she is always on my bed
and nearly always asleep!

Cuddly toys in my 
tiny cousins room. 
Quick, unfinished.

I think I will leave it there for today, but I will return with more silly half half formed, half drawn things! x

Friday, 6 July 2012

Hurrumble! Here at last

Hello the interwebs. How are you? You look well! Yes you do, oh don't be like that, I was trying to be nice!

Anyway, here I am with my very own personal blog for creative things, thinky-thoughts and of course scribblings.

I don't really know where to begin, so I will just jump in and hope for the best!

See you soon x