Sunday, 26 February 2012

A Breakthrough! Quotes & Sayings

Well well, it's been quite a while since the last update (barring the bake sale poster).
It feels like forever since I actually sat down to paint a final image. 
So I'm happy to announce that I've had a breakthrough with work. I've been ill the past couple of weeks with a cold/virus thing that completely knocked me out. That and one trip to the hospital later, I seem to be doing alright, and getting back on track with work.

So what is my quote?
"The grass is always greener on the other side"
I know, its not the most imaginative of quotes but it works well with what I have planned for it.
So, this won't be a full page illustration, but it will span both pages. 
So I used the gutter as a device, and the monkey is trying to reach the bright juicy fruit on the other side of the page. 

This is actually fun to paint! 

So here is the rough under-painting










More to come soon!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Borneo Bake Sale

Because it's late in the evening/morning, I'm running a fever,
and have been cooped up inside for most of the day...
I present to you...
This.
Monstrosity/Masterpiece.



There really will be a bake sale, but probably not on that day.
We will also be doing another bake sale at the stannary at a later date!
Keep an eye out though, the posters will go up, and there will be delicious cakes such as these on sale

and I can tell you now... they are possibly the best cakes I've tasted.
We will also be raffling off a big carrot and orange cake, you lucky things.




Be there or be healthy-er.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Borneo, Dissertation & Sketchbooks

Amazing news!
If I can raise the money required to fund my place on The Heart of Borneo's 2012 summer field trip, then I'm there! They seemed to be pretty excited about my work and they have a load of projects that I can be working on with them. The Heart of Borneo is a great organisation, to find out more, please go to
They're doing great things to further scientific research in Borneo's rainforests, and they're helping communities too. In the future they aim to do more with education and making research seem more fun! There are so many possibilities for their team and the ways in which they can grow further to really make a big difference. They've received awards, and are highly commended on their outstanding efforts. Well worth a look, a very inspiring bunch.

So, quite a lot of money to raise, I'm selling a whole load of my books, so if anyone in Falmouth would like to buy any from me (all arty ones, a few graphic-y ones) then drop me a line at stephanie_ayres@hotmail.co.uk, or if you're on my course you can come and see me in the 3rd year studio where I have all the books for sale on a window shelf. Its for a good cause and all the books are in new-ish condition!

I'm also running a 10k race, and although I may have said that I would be fundraising for the quotes and sayings book from that, I'm not sure whether I may have to sacrifice any sponsorship money to the gods of the Borneo project. We'll see, I might still raise money for the book, as that was the original plan. Maybe I'll run 2 separate 10k races... who knows.

Any money from print sales from this point onward will be going into funding the trip.
The last remaining few prints are up on the shop, so if you want to get one I would do it now rather than later! 

Thanks in advance for anyone that supports this project and furthers my education through practical experience, it is a big big help!
So, dissertation is coming to an end, I'm nearly done with a week to spare. 
Here are some sketchbook drawings from the past couple of days. Oh, and a cute hot chocolate at Espressini :)








Onwards to dissertation victory! Onwards to natural history! Onwards I say!