Monday, 5 December 2011

children's paintings

Oh my god, this is so......

....actually it fills me with hope that even a simple line drawing can be turned into something so awesome just by knowing how to paint/use anatomy etc :D

this is SUCH a good idea! I think more kids should doodle in their artist-parents sketchbooks more often.
designing a V&A exhibition

I know we're only doing a poster and banners, but this was interesting to read. How to design an entire museum exhibition! The teams start with lots of preparatory sketches and design each part of the exhibition, including floor-space, how the public view the pieces, lighting and even how to solve the problems of a video not annoying visitors looking at other works (using a screen and a shelf to re-direct the sound)

One sketch for a floor plan.

"A final point about working with designers is that - as you might expect - they think mainly in visual terms. While my co-curators and I tend to think using titles and verbal description, our designers always have a pen in hand and a sketchbook open in front of them. As we work through ideas, they rapidly draw possible solutions - their craft skill of immediate and evocative draftsmanship is intrinsic to our working relationship."


Lol Sargent, on the right demonstrating how a projected video on the floor would look, by lying his laptop on it's back. He has the best name in the world.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Edward Sorel - line and wash illustrator. Thing is, his lines don't really explain the subject he's I found out just now. Well, some of them do, but look at the shading. Is it just me?
Joel Peter Johnson - fine art illustration
Mark Summers Scratchboard explains a bit about the process of creating an image for scratchboard

Monday, 21 November 2011

How to land a jumbo jet

 countries by cocktails

 how to prepare and eat local fruit

 hand gestures in different cultures

 haggling in Morocco

neil gaiman and the four illustrators

 the first illustrator, uses lots of paint flicking

 the second uses nice watercolour and loves people's faces

 the third uses conventional comic book techniques

 and this is what the fourth imagines the end of the universe to look like. I remember something like this from reading 'a complete history of graphic design'


 1. Totoro
2. Rupert Bear?! 

adventures in Penrith

Cropped photo of town square
same again

 awesome looking bottle of olive oil

 Silhouetted people at the bonfire in Carlisle (I didn't want to make a post of that night, because it was foggy and my photos were crap)
cute sweet shop sign

pretty colours

 cool mirror/bird cage

coffee machines? i dunno

 the local grocers. boss.

 comic shop window?

 nice street scene

 nice patterns at the fabric shop

 castle ruins

Friday, 18 November 2011

Cathy Brett at Aoi Portfolios

I swear I've seen her work before, but I can't think where. She does a lot of book illustration so it was probably a teenage fiction one. Teen fiction is actually pretty good, doesn't take long to read and usually has cool book jackets...not that I judge a book by it's cover or anything....

Tomislav Tomic
Another Aoi Portfolio artist. I'd love to get that level of detail in my work, but I have a really poor attention span. The top image makes me think of the black and white brief and how the illustrators use line to show tone and also the direction the contour is going.
One day, before I die, I will make an image as lovely as this. It's not just the colour I like, it's the really funky dudes making towns on hills. Isn't that cool?

Friday, 21 October 2011

Brian Despain - robots in oil paint, and just having fun and thinking about things. And liking star wars, but only the good ones.  Yanick Dusseault

video games

streets of rage - Jennifer's idea. I like the retro graphics so much! The idea is the same, that the action generally goes from left to right and is kind of 2-D.

DDR - dance off!

sonic - the idea for going really fast at times and kind of...spinning into enemies? Collecting items... those graphics! I love this stuff, it's so nostalgic. It's like a reminder of a better time :)

Thursday, 13 October 2011

tasty laser cutter had this in the paper section. totally sweet idea.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Dear Santa...

When I was a wee girl doing GCSE art, we had to buy a set of these amazing colour pencil crayons. They only cost £12 a box of about twenty(ish), and they were so good, they lasted me even to this day.
Then Berol discontinued them, and I was very unhappy.
Derwent just doesn't seem to do as well as Karisma. Haven't found any pencils as good, anyone have a brand they swear by?

Also, read this a little while ago. It's an interview with a comic book artist, Mike Maihack. It's a bit geeky, but geeky is good.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

more 'sketchbook', Fuel etc


My favourite bits of out 'sketchbooks: the hidden art of designers, illustrators and creatives'
I was looking at this book while doing brief 1a, so I ended up concentrating on the black and white parts.
The last skull is Renato Alarcao, who is awesome.
(I photographed these pages, because I do not know how to use the scanners in the studio)