Monday, 20 January 2014

We’re All Pretty Bizarre.

// Steals Like An Artist
// The Breakfast Club
I decided to treat myself to a couple of new art books and DVD's that I've been after for ages. I signed up to Amazon Prime before Christmas so that I could get my brothers present in time for Christmas Day. Before my free trail run out and I canceled it, I ordered some stuff I've been eyeing up. 'Steal Like An Artist' is a book I saw Ella from Instagram a couple of time. So I obviously googled it to see what the book was all about. It's had popped up on my suggestion on Amazon before but I'd never really read what it was about so here's just a small part of the description, 'Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.'. I've had a quite flick through it and from what I can tell I'm going to really enjoy it. Can't wait to sit down and read it probably. 
What can I say about 'The Breakfast Club'. I've gone to buy the DVD in a series of shops but they only do it in them three films in one DVD kind of things but I've only ever wanted just 'The Breakfast Club' on it's own. I think I got it for £4 something along those lines. I absolutely love this film, even though I only officially watched it for the first time last year after loving the song that was used in 'Pitch Perfect'. It's defiantly up in my top ten films list.  
// Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives
// The Perks of Being a Wallflowers
I'm nosy when it comes to looking at others peoples sketchbooks because one I suck at doing my own sketchbook so I look at other peoples for inspiration, as you do. Out of the many books I have on my 'Want List' on Amazon, I had to buy the one where I get to look at other artists sketchbook. Perfection!! I love looking at how other artist go through their creative process and how they get what's up in their creative minds on to paper. So here's just a small part of the description, 'Sketchbooks provides a revealing glimpse into the inner workings and private inspiration of creatives from the worlds of advertising, design, graphic design, fashion design, art, street art and illustration. The along with the sketchbooks, this book gives readers a direct and unmediated insight into the process of research and creation.'
'The Perks of Being a Wallflowers'. I'm currently reading the book, which I've had sitting on my shelf for a while now. Even though I've watched the film about a thousand time already I really need to read the book. It might change my opinion on the film but if a film has a book to it I normally read the book before I watch the film. Which obviously I didn't do :| Here's just one tiny little problem I have about the film, I don't know how to feel about Emma Watson's american accent, it's here and there for me. You might like it but I just don't know.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” 
― Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Project 1 | Dewey Decimal

I spent the full day scanning, cropping and editing. I'm not a pro at digitising my work because frankly I lack what you would call skills when it coming to Photoshop or Illustrator. Just give me a pen and paper any day. I came up with about six different final outcome ideas in Illustrator but I tuck a liking to two of them. One of them is in the image above and the other one is kinda like the image in the middle. 
After going through about ten thousand different solutions. I had to work out what lettering would work best with the final solution I choose. I tried doing handwritten lettering in my sketchbook and then scanned them in to see which one worked the best. I finally went with a more solid, strong lettering to go along side a image of a sculpture. I still need to get it printed which I'm doing on Thursday, so I'll be sure to post it with the final piece from my other three projects.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

In 2014 | Welcome.

It's already a good week into 2014, which is ridiculous. I haven't written anything in the last month or so. I've been planning to write a new blog post but every time I'd came to write one I'd think I have nothing interesting to write about. They'd probably end up really boring and I didn't what to put something out that I wouldn't read personal or what you wouldn't enjoy too. So this blog post will have about everything crammed into it. So it may be a long one. To start off I want to say I hoped everyone had a lovely start to the new year. Last year, I'd say was an alright year. Had my up and downs like I'm sure everyone did. But 2014 is going to be better in every way. For me it's time to take risks and it's time to make the most of it. I'd thought I would share some of my goals for 2014 both personal and blog related.

2014 | Goals
- Blog more. I want to continue blog more than ever. Not only has my audience grown more then I thought it would do last year. I would of thought I'd be blogging to about 6 people at the most but I've got 45 lovely Google Friends and 114 wonderful Bloglovin' friends (HEY!). I want to put more content into my post. Share more of my work and what inspires me and if your if your interested more about what goes on with me.
- Travel. I want to travel more within the UK, see more then what's around me and maybe travel aboard this year too. The dream is to final visit American or Italy or someplace else. 
- Grow. In all aspect of the word.
- Meet new people. This year I really want to meet some of you lovely bloggers, maybe go to a bloggers meetup in my area or somewhere near me. And I just want to meet new people in general and stop being shy.
- Draw. I know I do a lot of that with my course (obviously) but I want to draw more of myself if you get me. I love just sitting down when I'm free and going through my magazine and pinterest and finding something at inspires me to draw. I need to do more of that.
- To be more confident within my writing. I'm nervous when I comes to writing blog post because I've got this thought in the back of my mind that's telling me your writing rubbish no-ones going to read it and I think my dyslexia has a part in it too.
- Stay positive. No more negative Nancy. It does what it says on the tin.
- Become more organised. Balance my time. With my contextual studies coming up in this semester, I need to really organise my time and give myself set points in the day to do certain things. And with getting commissions and my studio work I need to balance my time.
- Read more. At least a book a month. I love reading. I use to hate it when I was younger and my dyslexia didn't help. I think I really got into it about  5/6 years ago but with my uni work I've had no time to open a good book but that's about to change. So here's what I got up to on Monday & Tuesday.

// Project 1. Dewey Decimal.
I wanted to do some sort of follow me through the projects kind of thing. Yes, that will be all four projects. In my mind it gives me a sort of extra push to get them finish. I want to show you how I work and what the finish outcomes are going to be. It will also give me a push into taking a break from my project work and sitting down and writing a blog post for all you lovely people. Which I've really missed doing. At this moment in time I'm working on the project's from last semester, four in total. The first one I'm working on is the 'Dewey Decimal' project. I spent Monday in the printmaking studio prepping my aluminium etching plate so I could go straight in on Tuesday and get them inked and printed. Even through I still can't get the ink off my nails, I love printing. I just love the process of etching and some times the final outcome can be something strange but wonderful. And plus I love raiding the scrap paper drawers to find bits of screen prints that have gone wrong or off cuts.


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