Friday, 24 June 2011

New Hair, Elizabeth Blue & Wolves For You!

Ok, been hectic recently,
2 jobs now you know. 
So getting a whole day without work is challenging. 
So what do I do with my time off?

I try to work some more.

Anyone else got workaholic syndrome?

I'm trying to complete the 2 sketchbooks I've been working on this year so as I can start afresh and get some new styles going on.
Bit more exploration and some proper painting... none of this barely anything on a page rubbish.

Anyway, new hair, I feel refreshed.
I went to an organic salon, and bought some of their haircare products too, and they work fantastically.
The curl serum is amazing... put it in my hair while damp, leave to dry, and nicely defined curls appear.
I was skeptic to begin with, but man, that stuff is good!
Here's the new do.

Using the curling stuff... (my hair is straightish normally, and you don't use curlers or anything with the serum, just air dry.)

And straightened fresh from the hairdressers... they used the same range of products by MOP, the c range.
For straightening they used the straightening serum then blow dried with a diffuser.

A LOT of length came off... just under a foot really.
But it will grow back, and it should be healthier.

Ok, so who is Elizabeth Blue? Well she's a colleague from my new workplace, currently doing the MA in Authorial Illustration.
And what a talented lady!
She's just completing the first installation of a 3 part comic book, and it's looking pretty damn good from where I'm standing.

here's her tumblr
and her website

Smashing stuff!

Ah yes, wolves for you...
Last night seemed to find me unable to draw much else other than wolves.
I say that, but I also drew a toucan.
And a man, a lamp and a doorway.
Ok, I lied.
I drew more than wolves, but there ARE two of them.

Oh, and on a completely unrelated note...
I bloody love Miss. Holloway from Mad Men.

Super amazing looking lady.

s'all for now!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Choose your bat, Pizza night & Fantastic Man

Right my pretties!
I need your help in deciding which fruit bat to do a natural history painting of.

Here are the contestants

Straw Coloured Fruit Bat 
(Eidolon helvum)

Greater short-nosed fruit bat 
(Cynopterus sphinx)

Large flying fox 
(Pteropus vampyrus)


Indian Flying fox
(Pteropus giganteus)

I would need to find better facial photos of this guy to really make it feesable... the rest are fine.

 Spectacled Flying Fox 
(Pteropus conspicillatus)

Vote now! 

Post it to my facebook wall if you don't have blogger
cheers guys!

Pizza tonight!
And Fantastic Man will be reinstated soon... was put off for a bit due to illness.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Busy Bee, Sea Shanties & Hearing

So I've been quite busy the past few days..
New job, working at both places in one day... going to see the degree show at tremough, walking back and a house party at mine, have all meant that I'm super tired.
And to boot I have a cold and my hearing has packed up even more.

Anyway. Soon be able to rest for a bit and get some personal work starting that bat.

Its the Sea Shanty Festival's last day down here in Fal, sad to say I haven't seen any of it. Been too busy with work, or hair cuts or just getting some good ol shut eye.

I had an idea the other day for a project that I want people to get involved in.
I thought about finding drawings/paintings from when you were little and recreating them how you would paint now. I think keeping the composition the same possibly, or taking the general idea of it.
I'm going to recreate my drawing of dinosaurs with trees on their backs and pet collars on them.
I think I had created the first self-sufficient herbivore.

So, get involved! Grab an old painting/drawing and redo it with all the skills you've learned since!
If you do, could you scan and send them over to me on
and I'll post them up here...
may be a prize in it if we get enough entries!
And if I can get permission from people, I'd possibly like to make a small zine from them.
If you can include any stories about the images or anecdotes that would be even better.
Doesn't have to start now, I might do mine first, post it and then you guys can get an idea of what I'm thinking about.


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

A Most Fantastic Man, New Book & Mr.Tits the Cat

Today has been a productive day... only because of the last few hours of it.

I did my errands in the morning, posted student finance letter etc, and bought 2 new sketchbooks for the summer from the uni shop as it closes soon.
24th June.

So new books full of sketches to look forward to.

After getting rained on in my 5minute foray outside, 
I settled down to try and start a new natural history painting. Of course I had to collect lots of reference material first, and then because I'm an indecisive bugger I had to research 4 bats because I couldn't make up my mind which was the cutest, thus which one I wanted to paint. 
Still haven't decided, but all the research is done! Good eh?

Then the afternoon saw me watching a documentary by Terry Pratchett on assisted dying and the varying ways people have dealt with it. Very enlightening... very tear jerky.

An afternoon visit from Mr.Tits the cat made me smile again though,
I managed to get some evidence of his name too.

This is him killing a fly in my room...while standing on my painting.

Strutting his stuff in the garden.

Stealing food from Harry.

Name tag proof!

The strangest look he's given yet.

Ah yes, I have finally settled on a goal sum of money to earn and save by September 2012.
This should cover my New York trip (if I decide to go there) and portfolio making expenses, plus enough money to go and do a volunteer project or proper course in scientific illustration and marine photography in the Aegean Sea. Course is a week long, volunteering 3 months minimum.

There's a goal within this goal, and thats £1000 by March.
The rest can come later.

For the start of a new book, I thought I would attempt to paint a crested newt. 
It didn't come out all that well.

There. Are. A. Lot. Of. Full. Stops. In. This. Post.

Ok, so Fantastic Man of the day is...
none other than the fabulous Sir Terry Pratchett!

Almost forgot to tell you guys about him (though once again you should already know!)
He's the acclaimed writer of the Discworld novels.
A few years ago he discovered that he has Alzheimer's disease (my grandad had it too)
and has done lots of fundraising for the Alzheimer's charity.
He recently made a documentary on his experience of talking to several people who were going to end their lives in Switzerland, and also some other people that weren't and had decided to live to the end.
Check it out on BBCiplayer, its under Factual.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll get started on working out a composition for the fruit bat painting
Remember I have some awesome paper to work with this time... I hope!


Tuesday, 14 June 2011

More Fantastic Men, Nearly Fathers Day & National Geographic

 Another fantastic man to the list!
This was done for a friend as a present to her father for father's day. 
(without the fantastic man spiel)
I mean, need I say more than super moustache, bow tie & pipe? Its almost too much for a girl to handle if I'm honest.
Nothing gets more fantastic than that, or does it?
Well Mr. Denis Lill is an actor, so apparently it does!

He's been in fantastic things such as 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' and 'Only Fools and Horses' to name just two.

So all the best Denis Lill, and happy fathers day for sunday :)

p.s. I'm reading through the mound of national geographics that have been building up.
S'all for tonight 

The 3rd Year Show, The Majestic & Ear Ear

Sometimes it can be hard to write a blog post with 3 mini subjects so that I never have to write a blog title that doesn't contain an ampersand '&'.


The third year show, amazing work, here's some of my favorites
Work is copyright 2011 to the respective illustrators, names given above their images.

Joanna Boyle

Stephanie Ginger

Euan Cook

 Josh Bone
(click on number 15 on his portfolio for a beetle-y treat!)

Neil Price

Anne-Marie Jones

Strange how I never liked monkeys before. This year seems to have changed that.

she gets my vote with the orangutan... orange and oh, do I detect a hint of BLUE?

Marcel O'Leary


Philippa Randles

If only no one was in the room... this tortoise would have been devoured.

However folks, that isn't all.
I forgot to get some snaps of Miss Cathy Hookey's boards, and Miss Emma Bennett's too. 
So I've stolen some of their pictures from their websites to promote their fine selves.

Ok, here's Cathy's work

Cathy's Blog
Cathy's Website

And here's Emma's
(I like her use of orange and blue...)

Emma's Blog
 Emma's Website
Thats all for now guys, have a look at all our wonderful third years! 
Come along to Woodlane Campus, Falmouth for the exhibition!
I have no idea when its open to the public... fail.

The Majestic is a good Jim Carey movie,
and my ear seems to have stopped leaking.