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Spring

…is at least on the way, if not quite here yet. And we had sun this afternoon, so that was nice. I walked into town – I really do love walking and did a lot of it last term, but I can’t quite bring myself to do it when it’s winter – and took this photograph of some lovely blossom while I was on the way.

I also took a number of photographs of roadsigns for the unit I’ve just started at uni. The link will take you to my project blog for said unit, where you can find more information and watch my creative process as it happens, if that’s your sort of thing.

 

Second Year Blues

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated this thing. Just to fill you guys in, I’m now back in Bournemouth again, term has started, and I am living with three of my friends, which is cool. It’s the first time I’ve lived in a proper house that is not my parents’ house, which is also cool – and a little scary if I let myself dwell on it too much, to be quite honest.

We’re only a couple of weeks into the first term, and we’ve already had some pretty difficult assignments. (Well, it’s less the assignments and more the stupidly short deadlines.) I’m not exactly surprised by this – I knew second year was going to be tougher – but it’s kind of exhausting and scary and all sorts of other not-so-cool-things. It doesn’t help that we spent the first two weeks pretty much doing research – this is not terribly inspiring after a whole summer of reading course texts. (Or avoiding reading course texts.)

I feel like I’m starting to get into the swing of things now, which is good – for the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling incredibly insecure about my work and my reasons for being here, and while these feelings haven’t entirely gone away, I have a slightly more positive attitude. The work I’ve produced over the last week has plenty of flaws, but there’s also stuff in there I’m proud of, and things that I would like to develop further, so there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

One of the things I want to do more of is updating this blog – I’m the first to admit I’m not great at remembering to do so, but an internet presence is important for an illustrator. I’m actually considering switching over to Blogger – I have no personal feelings about it one way or another (actually, I like WordPress just fine) but a lot of my friends and coursemates have blogs there, so it may be better from a networking point of view. We shall see.

Anyway, I’ve got a couple ideas for blog posts lined up, which you shall hopefully be seeing soon, and I’ll probably upload some more art some time next week.

I am a deviant.

So my project is finally over – much relief, followed by sudden illness but never mind that. I still have, like, another month up here in Bournemouth before I head back to Cornwall, but to the best of my knowledge I only have to be in uni one more day. Except, of course, for the fact that I live on campus and am thus technically in uni every day whether I need to be or not, but you all know what I mean.

One of the side-effects of having no more classes is that I suddenly find myself with a lot more free time. Which is good, obviously, but it does mean that I feel kind of… without drive, I suppose is the way to put it. I’m certainly not producing as much artwork without a deadline immenant.

That’s not to say I haven’t done anything – but a lot of it is rough and unfinished and I don’t really want to post it. In an effort to keep my hand in, I’ve been taking part in a weekly speedpainting contest my friend runs on deviantArt – you can find details here if you’re interested in taking part. (I encourage you to do so; it’s tons of fun.) I was considering posting my efforts here, but it’s a lot easier to just link to my dA page – so here you go. I hope you’ll all check it out and maybe consider following me or commenting on my work if you have an account yourself. 🙂

This has been a thinly-veiled self-advertisement. We now return you to your regularly scheduled internet, already in progress.

The sewing machine has taken over my desk.

Well, I got back to Bournemouth about a week and a half ago and have been seriously bogged down with work since then, hence the lack of posts. My deadline is tomorrow, and I just did thirteen textile pieces in about a week. *phew* That gives me about twenty total. Would you like to see them?

Yes, yes you would.

These are all based on my location drawings, some of which I posted in a previous artdump, by the way.

The Magpie of Ressurection

So this blog has been pretty quiet for a while. Quite a bit has happened – basically, I’ve started at university and am now over half way through my first year. It was all very big and scary, and then it was big and exciting, and now it’s pretty much just big. But I’m really enjoying it – I’m learning a lot and I’ve met some of the most lovely people I could have hoped to meet.

I thought it was time I ressurected this blog for various reasons. One reason is that I need to get my art out there for people to see. So, every wednesday, I’m going to post some of the art I’ve been working on the week before. It might be something I’ve done for my course, or it might be some personal work, who knows.

This week’s offering is one of my first experiments with Adobe Illustrator. I’m still getting the hang of the program, but so far I’m really liking the way it works

Magpie on a branch.

EDIT: It doesn’t look as pixellated in illustrator, I swear. I’ve just spent half an hour trying to get it to export in a way that doesn’t kill the resolution, and the only way I can figure out is making it a PDF. (Or converting it to a jpeg or tiff in Photoshop, but jpegs compress and I can’t upload tiffs here.) So, if you want to see the original high-res version, click the link below.

Magpie

Exhaustion boxes.

(A word of warning: the following post is fairly rambling, with run on sentances and everything, and probably quite self-indulgent and boring in its stream of consciousness-ness. That’s what you get when I am freaking out a little bit.)

I’m moving next week.

I start my course at Arts University College Bournemouth on the 27th, but since the lease for my room (I’m in the halls of residence) starts on the 20th I’ll be moving up sometime that week to give me a few days to get adjusted. I don’t know when exactly. Although I should figure it out soon since I’m supposed to tell the university when I’ll be arriving.

It’s pretty fucking scary at the moment. It didn’t feel real at all and until September started, and since then it’s been getting steadily more… well, real. Can’t think of any other words for it at the moment.

I mean, it’s exciting too. I’m looking forward to it big time. It’s just… whew.

It’s also exhausting. I started packing for real today – I’ve been sorting out what I need to take for a while; putting stuff in boxes that can go in the loft, etcetera, etcetera, but today I actually started packing things I’m actually going to take. And it is exhausting. Seriously; I spent today sorting out art materials I want to take from all the crappy art materials I’m leaving, and then I realised I had to buy something to pack them in, so I did, and THEN I put them in one of my new plastic storage boxes and that is tiring, for some reason, and all I have to show for it is one fucking box. (And another empty one, and two cardboard boxes full of books that have to go in the loft, and two plastic bags of clothes that are going to charity and one of stuff to throw away, and very little remaining floorspace.)

Going to continue taking this break, maybe have some tea, calm down, and then start on the DVDs and CDs. Of which I have far too many and will probably need to buy more boxes tomorrow to store them in.