Saturday, 1 August 2015
Friday, 31 July 2015
Thursday, 30 July 2015
I am away from home and have been for a couple of weeks which means my internet has been intermittent. I have been trying to keep up with daily blog posts but have been unable to spend time pursuing as much research as I normally do.
So here(above) is a tiny detail from 'Show and tell' for the theme of Nature. I will share the completed one on Friday.
Below was my initial sketch for this theme which was less optimistic, an old mother nature with a very diminished wildlife.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
A selection of works for a 100 day challenge that Mary Kate McDevitt has been working on '100 days of people and pets'. Mary is a Graphic designer, typographer and incredibly successful teacher on skillshare.
This is of course a very appealing project for me as it is a theme I have touched on many times and I greatly admire Mary's retro style, limited palette and humor.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Monday, 27 July 2015
Sunday, 26 July 2015
I live in a country where it rains often. This summer it seems to be raining everyday, so much so that I am forced to acknowledge it, not ignore it, turn my back and stay inside dry.
Rain is always portrayed as a bad thing a cloud accompanying bad luck or a grim mood.
However yesterday as it poured down it was magical. It played with the light coating everything in perfect spherical diamonds, it created incredible patterns in the loch and in an especially wonderful moment I saw a shoal of fish like a puddle of light beneath the surface, swimming excitedly, seeming to enjoy the disruption in the surface tension of the water.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Friday, 24 July 2015
Today I started thinking about Devil's coach horse beetles. I have only ever seen one and I was amazed by it, it's size and just the fact I hadn't seen one before. This thought led to me thinking about who would have a Devil's coach horse beetle as a pet and how of course it would have to be an undertaker.
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Homes for fears is another project by Ri Tori and Zilasaule whose Holey plates book I featured yesterday. I love the idea behind this where you create a new home for your fears so that they can leave you and strike out alone making your mind and body a happier place. The mix of very sophisticated imagery with scribbles doodles and photo collage is very engaging.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Holey Plates is a collaborative book project by Ri Tori and Zilasaule an illustrated book of food, imagination and drawing. Where food and ingredients become lands, clothing, flora and fauna.
"It is not at all about cooking or methods of drawings. It is about senses. What is a taste? What is a line and color? What does it really mean? Coud we draw a taste? Is it possible to draw a taste of salted potatoes or a taste of the white color?"This is a wild book with illustrations and text spilling across the page to grab your attention and lead you on a journey of discovery and wonder. Each time you revisit the wonderful spreads, you encounter details you didn't see before hidden in the photo collages and tiny doodles.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Here in Aviemore the leaves are generally very small silver birch leaves, however I found some Aspen leaves strewn on the ground after a storm. To me these leaves from an Aspen tree suggested a profile and so I am having fun making gossiping 1920's style lady leaves.
The lift of the nose gives a lot of character as does the shape of the lips.