workshop- rubber stamping

Today Stephen Fowler came in from the Illustration department of the University of Worcester, to teach us how to make our own rubber stamps from standard school erasers. These can then be used with standard ink pads to stamp on pretty much any porous surface. I began by drawing around my eraser a few times,…

new unit- borders and boundaries

It’s another open brief- yay? This unit’s theme is “Borders and Boundaries,” which is slightly easier to wrap my head around than “Passions and Obsessions” (strange I know), but still overwhelmingly wide as a topic. My feedback from last module was that I really needed to work hard on my initial research and planning, so…

career research

I’ve spent some time recently looking into various career paths that could follow on from my current study. Illustration has always been my focus, and where my main skills lie. As such, I’ve been looking into groups like AOI Folios, House of Illustration, The Folio Society, Illustration Web and Society of Illustrators. These all offer…

passions and obsessions- unit evaluation

When I initially began this project, I had a set idea of what I was going to do. I had decided that I would use this unit as an opportunity to draw the things I liked. I would draw and paint marine life, and that would be that. However, over the course of the unit…

health and safety in the studio

Since I’ve been working so much recently with scalpels, rollers, needles, and other fun items during the progress of my piece, I really should make some comments about staying safe when creating art. It’s important to consider the materials and tools you’re using fully before launching yourself into a piece. I’ve never been the best…

workshop- illustrator typography

In this workshop we learned how to do some simple graphic design, combining typography and quick photo editing to create quotation posters in Illustrator. I based my quotes around love (since that seems to be my theme for this module, at this point) and developed some minimalist A4 designs on that theme. I actually found…

lino printing- romeo

I’m developing a pair of lino prints inspired by Romeo and Juliet in the Art Nouveau style, inspired by Otto Eckmann and Théophile Steinlen. Today I completed the main work on the Romeo one of the pair. I will be adding some black paint (because there was no black printing ink available) and some gold highlights, before…

a general overview- patterns and repetition

In this session we used photoshop and our original drawings to create blocks of patterns. We created basic, rotational, and half-drop patterns. Obviously Photoshop is not my forte, but it was interesting to explore the steps behind pattern creation, using a digital method.

book creation- a solid start

One side project that I have running currently is the creation of an artist book- a piece of art that will take the form of a book, scroll, pamphlet, etc. I chose to use a traditional squared format for my piece, although some others in the group have been more creative in their approaches. I’ve…