Saturday, January 21, 2006

Illlustration Friday - Cats

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Here's a page from my sketchbook. I need to practice some more CATS!!

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and here are a couple of repeat pattern designs for fabric printing based on cats that were part of my design work for Doris.


Monday, January 16, 2006

Illustration Friday - E is For.............

E numbers, of course........... and excitement, which is what happens to Maisie and Joe when they eat them!

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Graphite pencil on ordinary photocopying paper.

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Illustration Friday - E is For....

Entymologist. Well, this is my version:

I made this during my City & Guilds embroidery course. For Part II we looked at Surrealism - we attended a Lee Miller (photographer) exhibition and looked at other artists, including Joseph Cornell who put things into boxes and was an obsessive collector. Our 'homework' was to make a 'memory box'. I didn't really feel that this was in the spirit of the surrealists, the essence of which I thought was to do something odd with an everyday object, convey some kind of message and, in the case of Jospeh Cornell, make an 'assemblage'. (Somehow a modern day 'memory box' didn't really cut it). This was all completely at odds with the way I view the things that I make - purely for enjoyment, but as ever I was prepared to have a go. So, here is my 'Collector' an insect - and in his box, little people of slightly differing colour.

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My inspiration, apart from the surrealists, came from the seaside. At the old town hall in Aldburgh on the Suffolk coast is a room full of wide shallow drawers. Each drawer is full of moths and butterflies. I went there just after we had looked at Cornell, when the idea of collections was fresh in my mind. When I showed this in class, one or two people were offended. I hope I haven't offended anyone here. It was a lighthearted joke at the expense of the surrealists and our very serious tutor.

The collector's body is made from odds and ends of beads (I made the long paper ones) and bits of wire; his wings from a fragment of sheer sari silk. His little people are just wrapped wool tassels. He sits on the edge of his box (I made that too - from picture framers board covered in faux suede), adding his latest acquisition to his collection. This is his prize, the blue colour and the gold crown show that he has at long last managed to find a specimen of royal blood.

There is tenuous connection to last week's topic SEA, with the insect collection at Aldburgh, and there is a sea and an insect connection to both posts here too, with this box:

The pebbles, shells and seeds came from the beach. And yes, I know the creature only has four legs!

And another sea link with these fish made from felt:

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Illustration Friday - Sea 2

I felt I cheated a bit with my earlier submission, so here are some REAL sea pictures.

This is a photo of the beach at Eastbourne on a lovely October day.

Below are some manipulations:

Here's the photo with a Brush Stroke filter

And here it is with a Twirl!

and here's a view of the lighthouse from the top of Beachy Head.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Illustration Friday - Sea

I'm not sure if this is in the right spirit, but here goes...................

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Susie was ALL AT SEA without her dummy (comforter). She was so cross we had to give it back!

Coloured pencil on plain photocopying paper, enhanced in PaintShop Pro with a coloured edge filter.

Here's the sketch before enhancement.....I think I prefer this version.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Illustration Friday - Flavour

Poppy seeds add an interesting flavour and texture to a plain white bloomer loaf. These poppies grow in my garden. The flowers can be up to a handspan across and make lovely big seedheads. They are prolific and seed all over the garden, so I never know where they are going to come up next. The colours range from lilac through pink to peach.

The photo enhanced in Paintshop Pro with a coloured pencil filter.

The same photo with a coloured pencil filter, then further enhanced with coloured edges with mid-range luminescence.

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