Poetry Book

My submission for the poetry book got accepted, and here is my finished illustration with the poem it was illustrating

I wanted to do something a little different for this poem, I didn’t just want to illustrate a “haunted house” so I took the inspiration from the last line and illustrated a room in a house with three small translucent ghost mice hiding around the room, with a happy sleeping cat on the windowsill.

The style of this illustration is a bit different from normal for me, but I thought I’d try something a bit more formal, and experiment with more colour.

Collections Exhibition: Private Viewing

The exhibition private viewing went rather smoothly, with no mishaps. Putting the exhibit up was pretty stress free too, everyone chipped in and helped get their work up ready, and make the place look presentable.

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The exhibition room as we were setting up (photo borrowed from Tina Pearce)

I have three collograph prints on display, two A5 ones in one frame, and one A4 one in a frame by itself. I managed to make some handmade business cards to match my work the night before, creating some stamps for the social media logos and the design on the back. I also have my collection of brooches and decorative keys on display, to illustrate where the original ideas originated from in my work.

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My work in the exhibition

I am quite happy with the final work I managed to create for this exhibit, my favorite print being the large one to the left. With this one I think I managed to get the ink consistency just right, the others have a bit too much, but in a way it makes them look kind of atmospheric. I will eventually improve my technique with practice, I am making a mental note to get myself in to the print room and create more work, even just to experiment.

Collections Exhibition!

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I have some work in this exhibit, it’ll be on from a week starting next Tuesday at  De Koffie Pot in Hereford. All the work is inspired by each of our own collections, and mines is based off some brooches and keys I have. The poster was created by all of us as a big drawing, Nicholas did a great job of stitching it all together to create this beautiful poster. Hopefully you can come by and see all of our work 🙂

Collections: Winged Keys and Final Plans

My collection of brooches has sort of morphed in to keys. I was given a box of decorative keys and buttons and nick-nacks from a friend, and because I was starting to get a little bored of drawing my badges, I had a go at drawing the keys.

After a couple of sketches and doodles, and a chat with tutor and classmates about my work, the idea of combining some elements of my drawings together started to take form. Using my wings from my dragonfly brooch, and my sketches of keys, and some inspiration from Harry Potter, we came up with the idea of illustrating the winged keys from harry potter.

I had a go at drawing some of these keys using one of my favorite drawing mediums, dip pen and ink.

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I think these sketches were quite successful, and am thinking about going on to do some prints of magic winged keys for my final exhibition piece. I think etching or collograph printing may work best for this work, so I can get in the fine detail on the wings and keys. I may also try out doing some using lino cuts too, just to see how they would look.

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I have also made a small pinterest mood board for these keys which you can find here.

Collections: Artist Research

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Mike Glanville

“Alongside an earlier career in engineering, Mike has had a life long interest and involvement with graphic design, painting, printmaking and illustration, including work for South Hams District Council and the environmental organisation Common Ground. From 1997 to 2013 he ran Press Gang Printmakers the print workshop based at Salcombe Art Club. Based in South Devon Mike is mainly interested in developing a personal vision, with shoreline, Dartmoor and still life as principal motifs. His time is spent mostly with wood engraving. Collaborative work with the Poets and Painters group is becoming increasingly important to his work. In 2012 he designed and published a book: Poets, Painters and Printmakers showing the groups written and visual work to date.” Source.

What interested me in this artist is their beautiful printmaking work. What particularly drew me to Mike Glanville’s print work is his collographs. What I like about them is their range of textures, and that you can get a large amount of detail into them. I also like the atmosphere and feel you can only really get from this technique of printing, its sort of murky, yet still contains beautiful details.

Website here. 

Beyond Measure - Louise Lockhart | Illustration | Design | The Printed Peanut:

Louise Lockheart

“Louise has been drawing ever since she first held a pencil and she is so happy to be doing it for a living now she is a grown up. Based in a small town in England, she takes inspiration from the every day things around her, such as hand painted signs, food packaging and old toys. Her work is colourful, jolly and playful as well as being unusual. She creates her designs by drawing, printing, cutting and finding collage material and textures, then compiles them using a computer. Never one to follow current design trends, her work has a folk art aesthetic and a timeless feel.”

Clients include:
Heal’s, Mini Boden, Flow Magazine, Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, The Independent, Anorak Magazine, Positive News, Donna Wilson, Graniph, The Skinny, Design For Today, Cicada Books, Compendium Inc., Little Otsu and Hallmark Cards. Source.

I really love the colours and textures used in this artists work. I like the simple two colour (three if you count white) pallet used and the hand drawn feel to the work. The texture looks like the illustration was possibly printed, maybe using screen print or linocut. Another thing that drew me to Louise Lockhearts work is the simplicity of line and shape used and how effective it is in creating a fun illustration.

Website here.

 

Hay Festival: Mock Banner

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This is my mock put together banner to see what it looks like. I kinda abandoned my first trees cause I wanted to focus more on the birds, and i couldn’t figure out a good composition with my other trees and the birds so I tried out something different and created some tree trunks and branches. To be honest, I’m not sure about the colour choices made, maybe should of went with some more natural browns and greens to go with the natural colour choices of the birds.

Below is the banner without the birds.

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Collections: Research

The first thing I do with any new project is to create a pinterest board, or basically a mood board, of things that might visually relate to the project. I find pinterest a very useful tool for this, but the biggest downside to using an image gathering site like this is that images are sometimes not sourced properly. So sometimes I will find some art I really like, but will have no idea who made it. (On the upside tho, a reverse image search on google usually does the trick.)

You can find my pinterest board for this module here.