Monday, 28 December 2009

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Winter break

I’ve been enjoying my winter break from classes, I had grand plans to fill my time with lots of creative things, however the most I’ve managed is icing our Christmas cake and larking about in the snow. I’m feeling a bit lost as to ideas for paintings, sketchbook work, anything really. So if anyone has some inspirational websites that they would like to send me a link to that would be grand.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Portrait Class

Delivering a portrait class to a sixth form group, I quite enjoyed the experience as everyone in the group made progression from their initial images. I don’t claim to be any kind of expert on the subject of portraits, I just happen to love them. I think sometimes a bit of enthusiasm for the subject is all that’s needed.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Painting - some forgotten pieces

Sweet shop lady, 2007

Callum, 2006

Lance Armstrong, 2005

Nikita, 2008

Dad, 2007

Whilst on a visit home, I discovered a few paintings I had completely forgotten about. They have been living in a cupboard in an attempt to keep them free from dust for a few years and have just recently been brought back out again.

Sunday, 22 November 2009


This week I decided to use an image I put together on photoshop as part of an etching workshop. This was the first print made. I think the process suits the image as it gives a nostalgic aesthetic, which is appropriate to the collage of 1950’s bathers.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Collage- What are little boys made out of

Collage based on the poem:

What are little boys made of?
Slugs and snails and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and Spice and all things nice
That's what little girls are made of.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Life Drawing 2009, painting

A combination of my painting on wood project and life drawing, useing the draft I made last week I decided to render the image in paint dureing life drawing. Duration: 2 hours

Monday, 9 November 2009

Photoshop USA fitness camp

A bit of a mess about on photoshop putting together images from a 1950's magazine advertising a USA fitness camp.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Animation- Tea Time

see this link for my tea animation

Computer imaging

Result of a week of frustration on the art schools very unreliable mac's. Image produced on Flash.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Painting on wood- Part 2

I’ve been doing some more work on the wood project, so I’ve made a start on the third Sarah painting (despite having not fully finished the second Sarah). Their quite difficult to take photo’s of as the sun has gone down and the electric light reflects all too easily off the paint.

Photography- A breif visit to Glasgow

A few photos from a recent visit to Glasgow with Steph and Sarah.

Photography- dropped ice cream

A few photo’s I took in summer when on a walk near my family home, a little girl dropped her ice cream cone on the pavement just as the van started to drive off. She then ran home (presumably for some more money) then chased the ice cream van to the other side of the estate. I saw her later with a new ice-cream so I guess she caught it.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

A poem I wrote about tea

I do like a good cuppa, hot bevy a brew
I usually have one sugar, but sometimes a sneaky two.
I nice biscuit is good to dunk in there as well
Held for three seconds gives it a suitable swell.
There is lots of confectionary you can pick for the job
It’s been highly argued you can’t beat a hobnob.
But a lovely soggy digestive is awfully tasty
It has a tan where you dunk it and the rest stays funny and pasty.
A chocolate bourbon is often a good bet
With its name written on top incase you forget.
Though I have to say a Curly Wurly is dipper of choice
I think it would sound like Barry white if it had its own voice.
I like to try and save Curly Wurly as a special treat
One to enjoy after a days hard work when I’m resting my feet.
I like to dip it in the tea then watch it droop
It looks like a funny old man with a caramel stoop.
They seam to last for ages and I’m sure there still 15p
Its just the perfect partner for the humble little tea.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Painting on wood

Okay, well here’s what I’m doing at the minute. The current project for illustration is ‘wood’ it involves painting on wood, really innovative I know. For mine I decided to set myself the task of painting 7 portraits of my flatmate Sarah doing different expressions. The idea was to get across some element of personality and character in the pieces. So far I’ve managed one and a bit. My room has as usual descended into total chaos: far too many cups of tea, and tubes of paint.

Paw Prints

On my second attempt at screen printing I decided to make my cat the subject.

My first attempt at screen printing

A few fold up birds

A few fold up birds, I got bought a set for Christmas last year and decided to make a couple to make my bedroom look a little bit more interesting. Yet to make the others, I will do when I get a minute…or 30. I'm sure you'll agree their lovely.
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