Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Final Maze Test

I've FINALLY made my final maze (still need to make the box :/) I'm going to take proper videos of this as I didn't realise I left a film running when I did this, and Bovril get's annoyed when she's in the maze too much... i've made her run too many haha.

So yeah, these two videos show Bovril running my final maze.

and the next one...

Success! More videos and photos to come. I'm still not finished properly!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Deadline Tomorrow

For this brief we were told to choose from a list of 9 quotes, the quote I chose was ''Smash the control machine'' - William S Burroughs.

I decided to focus on the Student Protests that have happened recently as it was the first thing that came into my mind when i read 'smash the control machine' meaning the government.
This is my potential final piece for this project as i feel it's the strongest out of the 6 pieces i've done. I've focused a lot on experimentation with ink, cellulose thinners, baking paper, newspaper and acrylic paint.

Friday, 3 December 2010

High Society

Yesterday I went to the High Society Exhibition where art and science are put together. I saw this piece by John Isaacs which is absolutely huge and really revolting, but bloody brilliant. The legs made me cringe a bit but obviously, that's the point.

I then saw this piece which I found so fascinating, I've recently become incredibly interested in the anatomy and organs, etc. This is stained glass.

Thought this was pretty amusing.

Annie Cattrell - This sequence of sculptures illustrates the activity patterns of the human brain as it responds to five senses; sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Scans of the brain using each sense were produced with functional MRI. These scans were then converted into three-dimensional physical structures of amber resin using a rapid-prototyping process.

Osi Audu, The Seeing Mind. Steel, rope, animatronic eye and Perspex.
The artist wrote; The nature of consciousness is a subject I find infinitely fascinating. I am intrigued by the way in which neural impulses in the brain, which originate from the eyes, are interpreted by the min, and therefrom produce vision. 'The Seeing Mind' is inspired by this phenomenon of perception, and how we appear to see, not with the eyes, but through the eyes. The part that actually does the 'seeing' in this sculpture installation is proximity sensor.

I really liked the intriguing factor of this piece, so much that I was waiting with my camera for the eye to open in the middle, but when the eye opens it makes a loud noise, which then made me jump, drop my camera and miss the time the eye is open for, so I gave up haha.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Final Model

This is the final model of my maze, I've been ill over the past two weeks and wasn't able to get it made out of perspex which is my intention for next week, after the deadline.

The measurements of the maze in full size is 14X18 inches.

Glue guns are difficult for neat fiddley things.

Oh, and obviously it is not to scale.

Here is Bovril trying it out!

Okay, so all I have left to do for monday is the box for it and the graphics on the box.

Easy peasy. (I hope)

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Poster Design

This is for my drawing module, i'm really getting into it even though I didn't think I would.
I have a lot of things to put up from drawing so they will come shortly.

I'm doing a few more versions of this but I want to keep the whole Tim Burton feel to it.

slightly different version.

This is a sketch I did and made darker on photoshop of the scissorhand.

More to come.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Final Maze in Progress

So, finally I have taken some photos of this 'so far' work. This is actually the hardest thing to do in the world. Trying to get lines straight and cutting straight when you only have a plastic ruler! argh.

Anyway, i've decided to make my final maze out of mount board as it's a lot lighter than wood. I'm trying to get most of it done for my mid term crit tomorrow.

(obviously they'll be more walls soon)

So yeah, I will be adding more photos when the final product is made.

Broad Vision - Experimentation

Today we were practicing our exercise we are going to do with the other students from different disciplines. The aim for this is for 1 person to describe what they can see under the microscope and then the other 7 of us drew what was described. I took all of these photos on my phone so that's why the quality is crappo.

Harry and Jinesh, working away.
after various slides being described to us.
Work in progress
the beginning.

I am fully aware that the photos are in the wrong order and am too much of a technophobe to sort it out, but i'm sure it makes sense :D

Sunday, 31 October 2010

'mazin Hamsters

I've put all the three mazes together that i've made over the last couple of weeks. I am planning to make my final piece today out of mount board as wood would have been too heavy for a product. I am going to make it decorative as well so that it is appealing to the age group I want to aim the product at. (ages 8-12)

ON TO THE FINAL MAZE. i'm scared.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Some Good News

I applied for a researching project called Broad Vision within my uni and actually got chosen to do it! I am so pleased that I have this opportunity to show how serious about illustration I am.

Proboscis of common fly

I will be having a meeting on thursday about planning for the project which will also involve some activities and researching.

The Website is:

Friday, 22 October 2010

Work for the week

For my reinventing Illustration project, i've been going Maze crazy, I've decided to call my product 'mazing Hamsters. I've taken a lot of films and made 3 different mazes.

This is a simpler maze I made from the last one as I found it was too difficult for Bovril to do. The height is my main issue because she climbs over the walls instead of going around the maze. I've done a few experiments with drawing a line to the exit and have found it the most interesting result.

This is an example of a hamster maze fail. There's a lot of these videos, but I don't believe she is stupid, I believe she is more intelligent than most people give hamsters credit for.

Following a line and climbing over the walls.

Now, onto making the final piece.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Reinventing Illustration - Hamster Maze

For this project I thought i'd do something a little different to drawing, so I am currently making mazes for my Hamster, Bovril. The purpose of this is to illustrate the theories of phsycologists testing mice and rats, and see if Bovril is more intellectual than other rodents.

The reason I wanted to do something different is because, believe it or not, as an illustration student, i'm so sick of drawing.

In the above video it shows Bovril finding the food that I put in the centre of the maze and then she went back to the start and climbed out.

This video shows Bovril in the larger maze that I made. I tried a different experiment with her and drew a red line to the exit of the maze. She followed the line all the way but unfortunately missed the last turn towards the exit. I don't know whether it was a fluke or not but I thought following a colour for a hamster was pretty impressive.

More videos to come!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Thursday, 2 September 2010

New Tablet

Got myself a new graphics tablet, it is so much easier and bigger than my last one, just a little sketch for practise! I NEED TO DO MORE WORK!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Till 3

Did various doodles at work, because i was left on till 3, the WORST till in the world, did about 10 drawings in the space of half an hour... some saying 'I hate my job'

Saturday, 7 August 2010


Okay, so I was thinking the other day, what is so freaking special about drawing bears.
Two people I know of in my class have done it recently and they've both been really good... so I thought, what the hell, it's 4am, let's draw a bloody bear!

Blog of the day for me... check it.

Cup of Tea Please

I've done a lot of tea cup illustrations, i've been drinking more tea than life itself. Life is good.

T shirt Designs, So far...

Sunrise at summer solstice

rough ideas for now, I want a t shirt of mine made though!!!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Art Exhibition in Bournemouth Gardens!

Day 1

First day went pretty slowly, the above photo shows on the right hand side, my paintings, and the left hand side is my mums paintings, which a lot of people have been interested in! (also you can see my mum being awkward for a photo.

This is the view of the gallery, as you can see it's all outside. I feel this is giving me a good opportunity to get some experience.

These are all my paintings for the exhibition, no sales yet, will be updating later tonight!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010


Drawing from Dubnium Festival at 6am.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Shape & Colour Play.

A little play on photoshop