24 February 2009

Pancake Day!

I love pancake day, I eat pancakes quite often anyway but this is the day when I eat the most pancakes.
Today I’m going to have them with lemon and honey… yum yum.
I quite like chili in pancakes as a savoury option too.

On the illustration front I’m working on some self-promotion booklets. I’m just at the stage where I’m playing with the format and content but I want to send out something other than just postcards. Something with about four images inside that I can adjust to fit the client. I’m quietly excited about them, just need to get them right. I’ll still send out postcards too as they’re such an immediate form of promotion… but first, and today more importantly – PANCAKES!

18 February 2009

It's only rough but I like it

I have lots of stuff that I need to update on my website - lots of lovely new work to share with you all, but right now I'm most excited about some hand rendered typography I've been playing with:

It is by no means finished, and is a project I'm fitting around other things. I want to add some mono-print details to it (which are still in my head at the moment) but it looks good so far... it could lead to me redesigning my website a bit.... ooo the possibilities are endless.

15 February 2009

Belated Valentine

This was the card I made for my Valentine.
I have spent a lovely weekend by the sea.
I am exausted after the long drive back, but I'm happy to be home all refreshed and full of ideas...

05 February 2009

Thursday hmmm


It has been a quite day today but as I write this there is a man in the flat upstairs singing show tunes, badly. The thaw has begun, there are drips falling everywhere outside and the ground is mainly covered in grey slush. I'm starting to miss how perfectly clean, bright and beautiful the snow made everything. Yet at the same time I can't wait for spring, and flowers, and butterflies, and blue skies....
I went to my MA graduation yesterday. It was great fun, really nice to see everyone again and plus I actually felt like I achieved something.
There was a man who got an Honorary Doctors from the Uni for his contribution to Theatre design and he said something very enlightening in his speech. I may not remember the exact words but it was something like:

'You are uniquely you, no one else can be you, think your thoughts and create what you will create. As artists we will never be satisfied by our work, and will doubt it's greatness, and often feel frustrated that it is not as good as we hoped it would be. However as artists it should not be for us to measure our creations or worry how great they are, but just pursue our need to create. It is this endless drive to make and do that makes us artists, but if we examine and worry too much it stifles the inspiration we may have. We should keep our minds open, be lead where our creativity takes us and leave it to others to decide how great our work is, because as artists we will never be content.'

It struck me that there was truth in that.
Now for more inspiration meet Lenaah she is an incredibly talented young photographer, whose work I find captivating.

03 February 2009

The world keeps turning

Yes, life is getting back on track after a day of being snowed in. Trains are running, people are getting to work and I have not had to dig a car out of the snow at all today.

I have another inspirational treat to share with you:

Helen Dardick, you can find her blog here

01 February 2009

Snow!

The weather man said it was blown over from Russia, so I think that makes it pretty cool snow.

Crossroads

Well it's the first of Feb which means I'm approaching my birthday (I won't tell you which one). I find myself at a bit of a crossroads, which is exciting and terrifying all in one go.

I thought at a time like this it's good to focus on what's inspiring me so here are a few things:

The latest Computer Arts magazine. I'm thinking of subscribing. It is really nice to see artists' work but even better to see how they created it.
Art & Ghosts painfully beautiful artwork, really inspiring, and not without her own trials and tribulations.
And Kittygenius the wonderful AshleyG. Fellow etsy seller and a really innovative artist.
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