29 December 2007
24 December 2007
I wonder what Santa's got me...
15 December 2007
08 December 2007
The problem is paper cuts take a long time, a lot of patience and if you make a mistake you either have to alter your design or start again. I really enjoy slipping into my own little creative daydream but it doesn't leave much time for other things.
I've been plotting too, I definitely have a POA - Plan of Action, that takes me through Christmas and up to Feb. I think, I may be wrong, that after all the time spent panicking about not getting anywhere, I'm actually organised! But like I said, I could be wrong.
I'm off again now, going to North Devon for goat & pony spotting, muddy walks, food, drink & family. Perfect!
26 November 2007
20 November 2007
16 November 2007
I'm off to Devon this weekend to see the sea, ponies and goats.
04 November 2007
02 November 2007
30 October 2007
28 October 2007
More papercut monsters, the tricky bit seems to be lightings them correctly so that you can see the shadow from the paper cut:
21 October 2007
20 October 2007
It's here somewhere amongst the hours of work I've put into my studies, maybe it's been buried amongst all my paper? Nope, it must be in my sketchbook then...
The search continues...
I know it's something to do with shadows, and monsters, and childhood, and not being scared of the dark but finding it fun... admiring the fact that shadows have no substance, you cannot hold one, and yet they can be dramatic, or scary, or help us to define what we see. They are ethereal, transient, otherworldly, occult, deceitful, nostalgic, evocative, everyday, distorted or mysterious.
19 October 2007
17 October 2007
05 October 2007
I shall miss these guys though, I see them every day and I doubt that the resort I'm going to will have three cement sheep... you never know though.
Back in a week. x
04 October 2007
03 October 2007
27 September 2007
I long for a desk too, I couldn't bring my old one - it wouldn't fit... sob.
I'm writing an essay for my Ma at the mo and off to a wedding at the weekend, but maybe, just maybe, I'll get straight next week.
25 September 2007
The plan is to reorganise my life so that working for pennies is less of an issue., and illustration and design become my main area of concentration...like I said that's the plan. I'll take a couple of days to get settled and we'll see what happens.
I'll be whizzing back up the M40 regularly for Uni and to make sure I don't miss this little lady:
03 September 2007
19 August 2007
05 August 2007
30 July 2007
20 July 2007
There is a certain comfort to actually living life in the real world, instead of electronically, although it seems to be raining more outside.
I've been painting piggies again, photos of them to come shortly. Hopefully more stuff for the shop...Who will buy my beautiful piggies?
28 June 2007
20 June 2007
12 June 2007
I've been cutting out the little guys and lighting them differently/changing the angle of the view and coming up with some pleasing results. I had an idea of a little book that comes with a torch and each page looks fairly plain untill the light hits it and shadows are cast across it.
I quite like the idea of having an army of little paper monsters coming out of the page, all looking at you with their shadowy hollow eyes.
10 June 2007
Well, due to the impending move, I've been going through stuff trying to get rid of things that
A - I don't need + B - won't have room for anymore.
I came across this fab photo booth project from the first year of my Ba. I love it, I'd completely forgotten I'd done, but it makes me smile every time I see it.
It was done in the old style photo booth machines - the ones that take four different photos in a strip, not the modern ones that take one digital pic and print it 4 times in a square. The idea was to look like different personalities in each pic, meaning i had to change hats and wigs in between flashes. I'm extra pleased with it because I remember I did it first time and I look so young, Ah....
On the research front I have discovered an animated short by Peter Peake released by Aardman (those crazy types who did Wallace & Gromit) in 1998. Its about two bored shadow guys, who live in a shadow world, and decide to make shadow puppets to pass the time but its quirky, funny and sarcastic - all my favourite things.
I personally would have preferred it if some monsters were involved too, but hey you can't have everything. Here is a little shadow ghost done in the spirit of Peter Callesen.
01 June 2007
Anyway, I've rediscovered a favourite artist of mine - Peter Callesen. The things this chap does with a single piece of A4 paper blows me away. He must have the patience of a saint, I'm sure I'd go off the rails trying to do anything so intricate.
It is relevant to my research into shadows. His work is made from white paper so it is the way the light hits it, and shadows of each form he creates, that give the work depth.
26 May 2007
I also plan to look at Caravaggio - the techniques of Tenebrism & Chiaroscuro (?), Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt... and the scene in Peter Pan where he looses his shadow and Wendy sews it back on.