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!
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)
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!
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!
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...)
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!
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...)