The last couple of weeks have been a buzz of activity at college, as we prepare for our Summer Exhibition 'Metamorphosis'. It's a culmination of the last 4 years of work studying Fine Art & Illustration. Yesterday, we hung most of our pieces and the catalogue went off to the printers. I had no idea just how labour intensive the organising of an exhibition is, nor how time consuming. Just sticking velcro on to the back of all my images took half the day. In the Illustration Department we have to print everything and then mount it onto foam board, since most of our work will be seen commercially in a printed format. As I've previously mentioned in an earlier post http://www.illustratorsimaginarium.co.uk/exhibition-postcards/ part of my exhibition will include a wall of postcard sized images which are mostly a collection of sketch book pieces, so I thought I'd show you some more of those. This is the only wall I have yet to hang now and will probably take the most consideration as I have to decide how to arrange them. Just over 2 weeks to go now until our opening night and our assessment is next Thursday and yet, I'm feeling strangely relaxed about the whole thing.
In preparation for our exhibition, I've found myself confronted with a personally formidable challenge... Photoshop!! It's something I've been meaning to explore for years, but somehow, my good old pencil and trusty brushes always seem infinitely more appealing. I always knew Photoshop was an amazingly powerful tool, I just developed a strong aversion to it and found it quite baffling. At last however, I've been slowly discovering its wonders for myself by breathing fresh life into old (and new) work. These first 3 images are studies from my sketch book that I made towards my 'Anthropomorphic Tudor Court' series towards the end of last year, you can see the post here: http://www.illustratorsimaginarium.co.uk/things-to-come/
There's more to come since I shall be using them as postcard sized images in my exhibition. This week, I've also created a new 'Sketchbook' page http://www.illustratorsimaginarium.co.uk/sketchbook/ feel free to check it out if you want.
Time is passing very quickly, as our college exhibition draws ever closer. One of the projects I've been working on lately is an editorial piece about Self Identity. This post, shows my working process, she's the embodiment of my nostalgic muse, surrounded by some of the things I love. This was an assignment for a live review with Lilla Rogers and Janine Vangool from Uppercase Magazine on the MATS B course that I've begun to study. It's up in an online gallery alongside some fantastic pieces by other Illustrators: http://makeartthatsells.com/galleries/mats-b-self-paced/mats-b-live-review-april-2016/page/2
While I'm waiting for some new paint to arrive, before I can finish my 'Woodland Animal' series, I thought I'd begin work on my next project. It's all beginning in my sketch book, with a collection of twelve Georgian Shoes. Come back soon to see how things develop.
Having finished my essay… at last, I can start to concentrate on getting creative again. Only a few weeks to go now, until our 2nd Year degree exhibition, slight panic! I started developing my anthropomorphic ‘Woodland Animal’ series, by just tentatively trying out colour palettes. There are six all together and I’ve just got some finishing touches and the characters to paint now. Hopefully they will come together once I’ve finished, but I guess it’s been an amazing learning curve whatever the end result. I’ll be posting the finished paintings here, hopefully very soon.
Hello Everybody and Happy March, I'm so glad spring is finally here. I've been busy preparing for an end of year exhibition sometime in June, although we haven't decided on the exact date of it yet. It’s the final module in my FdA in Illustration and there's plenty to keep me busy. I've also started an online class with Art Agent Lilla Rogers called MATS Bootcamp. There's one preparation mini which leads into the main assignment each month. This is my work towards our first assignment which is to design a colouring book cover using 1920’s iconography and portraiture. I've decided to use it towards my FdA exhibition, the top sketch is a rough draft of my colouring book cover, I must admit it's been a lot of fun. I'll post the finished design in the coming weeks, but meanwhile you check out some information about the course here: http://makeartthatsells.com