Thursday, December 29, 2005
I've not posted anything recently as I'm visiting my parents and their computer struggles to run Photoshop. I'm also a little confused by their scanner's determination to use 'lpi' as a measurement of resolution rather than 'dpi'!?
The image above is for the 100Shirts Competition and was hurriedly drawn and laboriously scanned by me today. To make matters worse I also have the plague and am permanently doped up on a mixture of hot toddies and Lemsip. Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
And I found a Beatles album that I think belongs to my Dad. I don't really listen to half of my CD's because I have Radio 2 on during the day, I prefer shouting at the callers on the Jeremy Vine show! Anyway, I did a quick sketch of the famous four and dropped in some colour in Photoshop.
Friday, December 09, 2005
I was sitting at my desk pondering this week's Illustration Friday topic of 'Surprise' and trying to find an approach that wouldn't involve a present or someone wearing a party hat. I started thinking about nice surprises and not-so-nice surprises until I came to this image. I guess pregnancy could potentially be the biggest surprise somebody might ever face...
Monday, December 05, 2005
My submission for this week's Illustration Friday topic (www.illustrationfriday.com). The Blue Whale is the largest creature known to have ever existed in the history of the earth. An adult Blue Whale can be bigger than the largest dinosaur! Apparently a small child could crawl down the aorta of a Blue Whale's heart- not that anybody would want to...
This image actually created a bit of a headache for me because I wanted the zebra to be slightly more cartoon-like. I was one of those little girls who drew horses everywhere, my notebooks from school have unicorns and beasties all over the back covers and my homework diary looks more like a sketchbook. Looking back it has always been obvious what I would become! Anyway, due to my horse obsession I have a strong sense of the proportion of all horse-like animals and find it difficult to draw them inaccurately.
By the way, I happen to know the answer to this question. New scientific research has confirmed that zebras are in fact white with black stripes. So there you go.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
We got up at 5am this morning to take our friends to Glasgow Prestwick and hit every traffic jam going! I'm exhausted but I thought I'd do a bit of drawing whilst I'm sat at my desk clutching my heater. It's nasty weather today and my poor car got covered in mud on the motorway. I wish I lived in Australia today...
Monday, November 28, 2005
I've just realised that this piece is perfect for this week's Illustration Friday topic- Small. When you're small everything else is big and your imagination is even bigger! I liked the idea of a little boy watching an escalator and not being able to see the top so it would seem like the people just disappear...
I'm exhibiting my work in the Image Nation Exhibition at the Collins Gallery in January. It's an exhibition specifically for Illustrators working in Scotland (check out http://www.collinsgallery.strath.ac.uk/ for more details).
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
It's strange the things that we find entertaining when we're young. My brother and I were very close as there is only two and a half years between us. Nowadays he is the size of a doorframe and I've become the small one. I don't see him as much as I'd like to but I'm looking forward to bugging him over the Christmas period.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Last year my parents took Adam and I to the South of France and we saw the cave paintings at Pech Merle. I have never felt so moved by a piece of artwork. There were drawings of animals in vivid reds, browns and black with the most incredible energy. The most incredible piece was where someone had painted around their own hand leaving an imprint on the wall. I held up my hand to the print and felt a bizarre connection to someone who lived 25,000 years ago. The most amazing thing was that the artists crawled through a tiny passage and drew these images in the dark with only a small flame to guide their way.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Partly because of the school but mostly because of commuters ditching their cars on our street (its free parking) and taking the bus into the city. I wish they wouldn't do this because a lot of families live round here and I feel sorry for all the parents struggling with buggies and small kids who have to park miles away from their house. I have a car but I rarely use it because I worry about getting a space when I return. I also don't need to because Edinburgh is a fairly small city and most distances are walkable. We use it once a week to do the shopping (and take friends too) and this Christmas we are driving it home. Think of me on December 10th because I will be on a 7.5 hour drive with two chinchillas and a guy who hates Christmas tunes (I love them and its my car....).
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
And I bought loads of paper samples to draw all over as the college shop has run out of my favourite paper! Seriously- it's a tragedy. It takes me years to find paper I like and they just stop stocking it and nobody (including me) knows what it was. I used my last sheet of it to do the drawing of the horse.
Monday, November 14, 2005
When I was little, and to some extent still today, I was fascinated by horses. The relationship between man and horse is a long-standing one and most of the benefits seem to be on our part. The sheer size and weight of some the larger breeds is incredible, I can remember coming face to knee with a shire at a show when I was little. Its legs just seemed to go on and on and all I could see of its face was a drooping bottom lip.
I drew this image to submit to http://www.illustrationfriday.com.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Only the male narwhal has the horn, made from one of the teeth from its upper jaw. The narwhal is believed to have some connection with the mythical unicorn and very little is known about them.
I've always thought that they are pretty strange looking animals, with no dorsal fin and that bizarre 'horn'.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Well, everyone kept talking about it and I figured it was about time I added another string to my bow. It was actually quite user friendly and the finished image looks alot neater than my Photoshopped work. Question is, does it lose something on the way?
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
I found this fact online but the initial quote was 2,000 people. That seemed a little high so I did some of my own research (hooray for google) and found that the actual figure is 10. Quite a difference! It's raining today and the cold has finally arrived so I've been sat at my desk with a little heater going full blast on my frozen hands.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Having shown one it would now be unkind not to display the other. This is Charlie, A.K.A. Mousie, peeping out of her sandbox. I never intended to keep chinchillas and I have somehow ended up with two. They are fantastic pets but take a lot of care and need knowledgable owners. Never buy a pet without knowing what you are in for- these two create havoc in our home and have a lifespan of upto fifteen years!
Most of my work is motivated by things that I hear that inspire me, often odd bits of conversation or bizarre "that can't be true" facts. In the light of current events I find the thought of there being more chickens than people fairly worrying. I'm also attracted to timescales, the average human lifespan is said to be 720,000 hours. When put into perspective it makes you wonder just how important is what you are doing right now? But then life is about the boring bits in between the periods of excitement is it not?
I thought I would put a few of my more recent pieces up for people to see. I've just recieved notice that some of my images will be used for a bookcover- my first piece in print! I'm a relatively new illustrator in some senses but I've been drawing since I was first able to hold a crayon....