Monday, 10 December 2012

Florence and the Machine!

A little task I set myself recently; illustrating Florence and the Machine's Lungs album cover. Here you can see the stages I went through...

(That bloomin' stringy vest thing she wears was rather difficult to cut from paper!)








Sunday, 22 July 2012

Potter Pictures!

I like to give myself little projects like illustrating famous characters etc. Recently I have been wanting to illustrate the Harry Potter crew; Harry, Ron and Hermione, and this weekend I finished them off, hoorah!






The white backgrounds still need a bit of tweaking...I find it very difficult to make them bright and clean without also bleaching out the skin tone of the characters. I'm a rubbish Photoshop-er *sob*

I'd quite like to make these into badges...I could call them 'Potter Pins', oh ho ho!

Seriously though, I might do it...

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Monday, 4 June 2012

Sunday, 27 May 2012

If you do not hear from me ever again I willl be dead. But probably not.

Something from my brain in 1995...so I would have been 8 years old.
I think it was to do with The Iron Man...we must have been reading it at school...


"He has horrible fangs eyes horns"

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Monday, 7 May 2012

(Not so) Fine Art...

Here's my next instalment in making a famous work of art in paper collage form. Can anyone guess what this painting is called, and who it is by?


No prizes for guessing, but you can give yourself a pat on the back :-)

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Paper Fine Art!

Can you guess what Fine Art painting this is meant to be? (I hope that you can!)




Monday, 23 April 2012

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Even when they are small, I do not like them at all...

(A poem by a very young moi, about butterflies...and spiders)



Sunday, 25 March 2012

I love stamps.


That is all.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

The contrast of white on white

I absolutely adore the album 'August and Everything After' by Counting Crows. Their lyrics are so gorgeous, and whenever I listen to the song 'Round Here' the first line always stands out to me as being so achingly beautiful that it makes me want to make a picture!

Step out the front door like a ghost into a fog where no-one notices the contrast of white on white.

Isn't that just perfection?! Such a good description of loneliness and the feeling like you're disappearing. Gah, I just love it.

I urge you to listen! *urges*


Anyway, so I was listening to it yesterday and decided I would go ahead and make the picture I have been plotting since I first heard it! I cut the words out of white paper and stuck them down on white paper. It's a very simple picture (despite taking hoooours to cut out) but I think it's all you need to enchance the words. I like the way its hard to make them out. Just hints of shade suggest their edges and give subtle definition.


There's me trusty desk and me trusty tools!





And here it is in a frame (not really the right sized frame but the only one I had laying around) I must go out and buy one for it that fits properly.

The quality of these photos is poor, I must get my sister Sarah to take some good ones for me. She's really good at photography, and has a snazz camera! http://www.sarahallberrey.com/

I hope this post has succeeded in converting you into a Counting Crows fan! (if you weren't one already)

If not...WHY NOT?!!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

I must not let fame go to my head...


(Haha, as if  I'd ever be famous) 

O_O

I did however get a teensy tiny picture featured in the wonderful Gemma Correll's book, What I Wore Today. 

For those of you that don't know, Gemma created a flickr group (called WIWT) where instead of photographing what they have worn, people draw their outfits! Its fun! I entered the competition where selected images would be printed in the book, and I was one of the chosen ones, hoorah!

And also, because I am in it (and therefore famous and very important), I got a free copy from the lovely people at Octopus publishing which arrived on Tuesday.

Here is me, grinning away...


(funnily enough, the day it arrived I was wearing the bear jumper that I am wearing in my illustration. Clearly I don't change my clothes very much...)


There I am! I am going to get mobbed in the street now because of this...might have to start wearing disguises when I leave the house...

NOTE: My surname has been spelt wrong!


So anyway, I have been flicking through and enjoying gemma's fab illustrations. I was glad to see lots of Mr Pickles featured too...


LOVE his face.

That is all for now, but I do have some new picture-y things to be thrusting in your face (ooh-err) very soon!  

'Till then, Cheerioooo!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Spells

Some read, some play computer games, some play an instrument. In my spare time I seem to enjoy cutting Harry Potter spells out of paper.

This one, Wingardium Leviosa means to levitate. Hence, levitation!
(yeeeeeah, I'm pretty lame.)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sometimes I think naughty things about you...

I have two types of clothing styles that I wear. They are quite different.
  • One is 'granny style' (dresses, tights, oversized cardigans etc.)
  • The other is 'bright, fun and childish'. And Lazy Oaf's range of clothing fulfills this with bells on. I think I love Lazy Oaf especially because they are illustrators first and foremost, and their fun pop graphics transfer into clothing so well.


They had a competition recently to design a Valentine's Day card. The winner gets a £50 Lazy Oaf voucher! And the 2 runner-ups each get a £25 voucher! Also the designs get put up on their blog on Valentine's Day!

So I thought I would have a go at it. Their cards are not typically romantic or even nice, which is what makes them so funny! 

Some examples:




So yes, unconventional declarations of love! Better than cheese, in my opinion...

After doodling some ideas in my sketchybooky, I came up with 4 designs that I thought were alright, and set about cutting out paper, hand-rendering some of the text, and scanning it all in and composing/editing in Photoshop:





I am so glad that I looked up the spelling of "Platonic" I totally thought people said "Plutonic". 
Narrowly missed looked stoooopid there.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed looking at them! Doubt I'll win anything, but as they say, it's the taking part that counts!

(though I could really do with some more Oaf clothes...)

Saturday, 11 February 2012

When are the 2012 Olympics?

Yes, she actually said that...but I love her anyway!

I will be updating tomorrow with some new pictures that I did for the Lazy Oaf Valentine's day card competition. Keep your knickers on until then...

Nighty nighty, sleepy tighty.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Birds look after themselves!

I have a new website! Halle-flippin'-lujah!

I think its quite snazzy, much better than the pile o' crap one I made on Mr Site. I've moved to Moonfruit now, and it's so much nicer to use. Although I'm still a bit annoyed there's not more image gallery options...

But hey-ho I'm fairly pleased with it! And there's lots more recent work that I've done on there, yippee!

Have a lookie  >HERE<

You may also have noticed that this here blog is a bit jazzier too. I've gone a tad yellow and pink mad. Even my Twitter is yellow and pink...I have a feeling I am going to get sick of it very quickly.

In other news; I have noticed that I, and people around me (but mostly me) often say quite stupid things. I've decided to illustrate these moments of stupidity as often as I can. This being one of them:





So yeah...quite stupid. More to come!

Any comments about the website, feel free to let me know! I like to hear what people think...even if its negative! I need to know if I've made it look lame, it's for my own good!

(I should probably cut down on the amount I type/blabber on most of the pages. And my excessive use of exclamation marks...makes me look a bit crazy...)