'The place where inspiration hits the page running... A sketchbook to fail and reflect on my work and my process'

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Sooo I stayed late again this evening! I just want all the time in the world to get on and do more but I'm stealing moments around the paid work. I've started thinking about the elements I need to put together for the show to work. One is the book so I'm continuing to think about that and when I get the time working on new images for it... my friend suggested I pace one spread over a few pages so here it is.. this will carry over 2 spreads..x so these are some of the pages with contrasting pages to be added. They don't look particularly amazing here but hoping they'll look better in print!


I've finally found something I feel that can be a book!...it's taken a while and lots of images but I'm there I think!.. or at least closer than I have felt in a while... here's what I've done so far.. it's a sequence and too big to post in it's entirety so I'll attach ones for detail... adding some of the scruff and life I needed last week. So I will go forth and make them into double page spreads and make a book! I'm going to work into them so they are all original and the book will be a one off. After being really scared about it all and the fact that there are less than 6 weeks to hand in...I'm now very excited!.. bring it on!...x

Friday, 24 June 2011


I've been feeling really rather lethargic and unmotivated of late. Finding it really hard to do the things that make me work more effectively and more enjoyably too! Soo I've been staying later after work and doing my college work. It's been hanging over my head that I can't move forward and seem to be going over old stuff! so I stayed the other night and just scratched out some of my bears and retaliated a little and just flung some paint around. I really enjoyed it and felt like something lifted a little. This seems to have made an impact on my life too as I've started running with more energy again and drive. Almost as though my work feeds my mood and energy levels and the blockage that was there has gone. I've always known that my work has an impact on my happiness and general well being but never as much as now! soo anyway some of these are not aesthetically inspiring or even good in anyway, they are just sketchbook throw away pieces that are just part of the moving forward, but some are more and maybe the start of a new path that can intertwine with what I've been doing with the bears? Even if I can use one small element of the rougher more free stuff to inject some life into the more considered bears and chairs etc. I've started cropping and mucking around with one image and here are a few crops...

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

and some more bits

i'm taking this morning to write some notes on how I want my show to look. At the same time I had a book delivered this morning and have done some work with the images in that too! ...so exciting!.. here's what I came up with! just for beginners!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

some new bits

I wanted to try some new animals.. they're beginning to get all a bit too tight again! so I tried painting really fast without much thought...they kind of work but i think i just need to really quicken up.. . and do a lot more. All of these take a few minutes but I think I need them to take seconds so will do an exercise in doing them really quickly and see how that goes. For now here's an Elly that I really like and a couple of tigers I don't! so I just need to paint again. I'm currently doing some work with Benjamin Winter again. A lovely singer songwriter from California. I've just done a little illustration for Julia Stone for some writing she did recently.