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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Emily Speed

we had a visiting lecturer today at college called emily speed. she makes installations, but also illustrates and writes to make some really lovely art books.

she spoke a little about her work and how she is making it as an artist and how she got where she is now.

she also held an art book making workshop in the afternoon. i'd never made a book before, no matter how little or large, but i found the afternoon really inspiring and am planning to try and include one in one of my projects at college. i've had a few ideas already so hopefully i'll be developing these into something material soon.

visit emilys website at:

she also writes a blog called 'getting paid', a blog about artists and money:

a couple of images of one of the paintings i have done as a proposal to the WWF.

i made the midtone background by painting gesso onto blue paper and then rubbing a glaze of paint mixed with liquin over it.

the painting itself is done with alkyd oil. this is only the second time i've used this kind of paint but i really like it. its so buttery and blends so softly compared to acrylics, but drys loads quicker than oils.

i've left the image pretty bare for the moment, with no background features or even shadow, but i quite like this, it makes it seem like more of a portrait i think.

this image is about 20 x 15cm but doing it has made me realise that i need to go bigger so i can add more detail, and really see the potential of alykds.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Rhinos & Geckos

Javan Rhinoceros Rhinoceros sondaicus

A pencil sketch of a Javan Rhino drawn on a mid-tone background. Textures on the background have been made by brushing on thick gesso and leaving to dry before being drawn on.

Its small prototype ( approx. 15x20cm ) of a larger drawing I am intending on doing for the WWF.

This image is an old painting I did whilst working for Archipelagos. The original was done on white paper, but I've just added a green background and I think it looks much better like this.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Work In Process Exhibition 2

Some images of the 'Work In Process' exhibition which is on in the college gallery at the moment.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Spring Fair 2010

Yesterday I went to the 2010 Spring Fair International at the NEC Birmingham.

I can't get over how huge it was. I was only looking in the 'Gifts + Stationary' section, which only makes up about a 6th of the show, but only got about halfway through it in the 4 hours I spent browsing and talking to people (hopefully prospective employers).

There was a WWF stand which I swiftly made my way over to. I met the head of trading and told him about my project which led to him giving me his card!

I also spent along time talking to card publishers and other companies that may be able to use my illustrations.

To find out more about the spring fair visit:

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Work In Process Exhibition

a poster advertising the 'Work in Process' exhibition at college.

it is an exhibition in the college gallery showcasing work in process from BA Hons Illustration, Graphic Design and ND Graphic Design students.

8th Feb - 12th March '10

The Gallery
School of Art & Design
Blackpool & the Fylde College
Bennett Avenue

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Porbeagle Shark

This illustration of a Porbeagle Shark I did last year will be published in the 2010 New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing Digest (published by JF Griffin) - due out in March.

It is going to be used in the Shark Identification section of the magazine.