Friday 28 January 2011

Crazy for Courgettes

Sort of a reference to my mum who somehow manages to produce enough courgettes for four houses in the summer. Also however imagery for my bookcovers project, Allotment Gardening.

Thursday 27 January 2011

Mary and Max

This is a beautiful film that a friend at uni recommended to me, I have watched it and it is a good story and I am so glad that Petra showed it to me. I fully recommend it to everyone.

Friday 21 January 2011


So yesterday our tutor Simon came over to a group of us and asked us to follow him... it sounded exciting and off we went. He led us to the Uni's reception where there was two gigantic piles of paper. It was our job to move it chunk by chunk to the studio... slave labour anyone? But anyway we did so and I decided well if we have this paper and I moved a lot of it that I was going to reap the rewards and use plenty of it. And so into existance came my whales...

These first three were done with a big fat beautiful but fairly cheap brush.
(From the top: Right Whale, Sperm Whale and Narwhal)

And the final two where done with a roller. The green one is a Humpback Whale and is done without me masking the edges to make them straight. The last one is a Whale Shark, not actually a whale but it is in the name, and I did use masking tape on this one. One final note on the Whale Shark... real whale sharks have spots but I unfortunately didn't have the foresight to lay down masking fluid first, but I may at a later date try that.

I had so much fun doing these, I was originally only going to do one (the right whale) but it was so much fun I got carried away and did another four. I am now glad we have the enormous (but slowly depleting) pile of paper.

Thursday 20 January 2011

Sketchbook Fun!

So it's 2011 and we've all arrived back in Carlisle Land and new projects have been begun. Book covers! Just wanted to stick up some tasty sketchbook work.

Scarecrow Joe and Garden complete with vegetables - Book Cover sketches for 'Allotment Gardening'

Narwhals and Jellyfishes and other lovely marine animals - Book Cover sketches for 'Marine Biology'

I am already having enormous fun with this project and am most likely to post more in good time. Whales next me thinks.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

Happy Moon

I think I'm starting a theme... happy. Well anyway I think the moon is a definite chuckler opposed to the sun's obvious innocent joy. I like the moon and reckon he has good laugh often.

Tuesday 11 January 2011

Happy Sun

Oh he's a happy sun, he's a happy sun. I'm not wishing for the summer or anything but some slightly brighter weather would be nice.