30 April 2007



first swimming lesson...

...this is one of the better prints i did today in the print room. the robot fish are missing their red antenna's as it was more of a test print run to check the colours and that. i wish to create a layer of scales for the regular fish as they dont quite look the same without them. normally i am able to be quite productive with printing but with the warm weather the drying time of the paints is very quick. i only managed to get five prints and normally i have loads more than that! there is no time to work quite as careful or accurate as i was always thinking about the stupid paint! rahhh! i am planning to go in early tomorrow morning and hopefully it will be cooler and so the paint will be easier to work with.

27 April 2007


the icing on the cake...
...this is just to show the outline for the last ever layer that i will screenprint on top of the other layers in the previous post-of which this is included but it is bit small to see the details. for a closer spy just click on the image. it took me ages to arrange how i wanted the fish to swim. hours. about twelve in total from start to finish. finish being when i printed all the layers out and tippex'ed out some bits that i didnt know how to delete on the computer! i am not a computer wizard.


screenprinting silhouettes...

...i love screenprinting. i think i like it even more now i have learnt how to create my layers using illustrator. once i had my main image down on paper, it didnt take long to work out and sort out the layers. it was super quick though a bit confusing at times. i would have spent hours colouring in and sorting out the layers via a photocopier or by hand and all that. since the digital elective i do have a bit more respect for using a computer to help you with your work. i suppose there are advantages and disadvantages. i will be screen printing on monday so will have something to show then. they will be the traditional ladysnail fish colour. that turquoise mixed with some white. the regular fish have no scales though as per the dictionary paintings and sketchbook doodles as i ran out of time and would have made the layers abit fiddley to create on the computer. plus i didnt have loads of time to make the scales look good and as precise as i would have liked or wanted. i thought about a scaley pattern layer but that can be planned for later if i dont like how this screen printing run turns out.

24 April 2007


invisible pencil...

...here is a selection of doodles i did in the big square sketchbook for the digital elective project. thought i would post them as penny quite liked the other one i put up. i think the simple pencil line doodles have something about them on their own without adding colour or owt. i am warming to the digital side of things though. my stubborn-ness towards working on the computer is defrosting. is stubborn-ness a word? another word for my dictionary i think. like mangarine. its a orange and a mandarin mixed together.

23 April 2007

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same is different...

...ain't too sure about this one. i think i lost the fight with this one. will return armed with a bigger cup of tea to fight the stress of trying to understand something new. the guide book was a bit in depth and complicated at times to follow. i am defo thinking some actual lessons will help over summer or maybe i should replace the night time reading with the big fat guide book. please dont click on it to view it as i have had to put this one on photobucket to show the right colours as it went all funny. if you do it takes you to photobucket. thats what it did for me.

22 April 2007


digital masterpiece...

...aye its like the best thing like currant teacakes. this is a illustration to go with an article about 'how to be local'. created on the computer, using scanned in stuff like painted wallpaper, patterned scrap-booking paper, painted regular paper, maps and that. three days of staring at the computer screen and i feel i have learnt a lot more about creating collages using the computer and the digital side of things. i tried to get him to read the news from the pub bar but that didn't work. then i tried the weather approach but the map was two shades of green and the sea was blue and there were too many colours. so i changes the whole thing and started from scratch. i hate to say it but i think i do like working like this. when it went wrong i was more determined to make it work. the old laptop took its time and was a bit slow at dealing with the images but it did a great job. i think it fits with what the article is going on about, 'local accents are much in demand these days, especially on national TV programmes' and 'being a local in your local pub'. i was going to add some hand drawn text on but after a little trial run it looked too much and did'nt really fit. he was going to say "take yer coat... gonna tip it down". think it has rained over night actually-he is a brilliant truthful weatherman.

18 April 2007


a little doodle...
...just a little doodle i wanted to share. i had scanned in a page of my sketchbook to cut and crop. this is one that i found really interesting. i like the way the fish has a grumpy face and how the old man is looking at him. now ideas are forming about a story. interesting how these form in your head once you see them in a different light.

old man...
...aye doesnt look alot like an old man. no wrinkles. must use fabric softener instead of soap and he lives near the fresh air, near to the sea. initially created as a rough for the digital elective, i am adapting him to fit in to the context of the final image somehow as i appreciate his zig zag jumper though i think his wallpaper is abit strong. he requires a pint and some drinking mates. i have already doodled millions of these and all running an x factor style compeitition to pick a couple of winners. aye. like.

17 April 2007



the usual suspects...

...these little wanderers were found on the scanner. they had lost their way to where ever they were going and i am in the process of giving them a home in my sketchbook. originally i had created this guys for the mail me art project but i have decided to stick them in with the doodles to see what they have to say for themselves. i have printed them out on to the fantastic linen computer paper to create some badges and some plush type things. i am hungry now and need to go in search of food.

rahhhh...

...angry words today as my camera batteries have died. i wanted to post up some pics that i should have posted up last week. i received a lovely thank you gift from Toby Atrill who's woonderful jewelery and other bits and bobs can be found over here http://naturalattrill.blogspot.com/ and a pic of a giraffe that i found on the afflecks place market stalls in manchester at the weekend. i also made a bigger robot that i wanted to take a pic of next to the smaller one. nevermind. the batteries are sleeping in their case charging up at the moment.

10 April 2007



robot-ington...
...aye thats what they are called robot-ing-ton. dont ask why its like the remote control is called re-mot-i-con! i have a strange way of extending words or adding bits on to them or spelling them funny. first pic is from the sketchbook. after doodling fish which changed into robot fish, i then thought about the robots i drew last year for a project at uni. they were fashion robots. so i thought about creating them like i did the teeth plushs but wanted to be abit more traditional with what a robot looks like. so i used the way i drew the robot fish and mixed it up with old robot toys i looked at in a book. he is abit flat stanley like as i have only stuffed his head and body abit. his ams and legs are bit fiddley to make and too thin to stuff. he is about 28cm tall and i hand dyed the fabric myself which was quite fun. i worked out a pattern from the doodles and had intended to make him abit more box-like instead of 2D like but i think he works quite well. when it came to the buttons for his buttons, i spent about an hour looking through the boxes! today i went to buy some more of the small black buttons that i use for eyes and the lady had to count out 172 of the tiny things! they are tiny but look like the dots for eyes that i draw. am off to create a bigger robot with the left over material.


big pidgeon...

...here is an addition to the family. the other week while on a search for bits and bats for the ever increasing sewing box or boxes, i found some lovely fabric in a newly discovered shop. i also bought some lace that was ten pence a metre-proper bargain and tis very nice indeedy and also lots more buttons and bits of other things for supplies. its like going into a sweet shop-i can never buy just the one thing! this pidgeon is about 18cm wide and 28cm long. i have made a couple of these and they are bit more easier to make with the pattern being bigger. i think people prefer the big pidgeons. hoping to make families of them in matching fabric once i have discovered a way to add an extra day or two to my week. if anyone is interested in a pidgeon please email me. miss_dj020@msn.com i have quite afew looking for new homes now. as the mister keeps saying and i keep knowing, i need to sort out my websites in order to set up some proper shop and portfolio and all that.

04 April 2007


in the big city of manchester...

...here i was doing research for my digital project and for my own personal stash of reference material about one of the things i like to doodle the most-pidgeons! my pidgeons i have realised, look nothing like the real ones but heck nevermind. i thought it would be good to take some photos-it was a couple of weeks ago now in manchester and try and doodle them. the mister wasnt having any of the doodling so i had to settle for abit of time to take photos instead. today i finally got round to having a couple of them printed out. hopefully have some doodles and that to show in a couple of days or so.

interesting...

...while in manchester taking photographs of the pidgeons i saw this police box. now at the time i just took a picture and if i had of realised it was the tardis i would have got in to it or stood next to it or done something really tourist and geekish. i was too bothered about the pidgeons i was.

03 April 2007


stitching away...

...all day long for many days now. this is the packaging desgin screen printed onto aida cross stitch fabric. i choose some blue and green threads and randomly stitched lines where ever i wanted and towards the end, made sure the colours were spread out all over the space etc and tidied it up abit. this has been going on now for quite afew weeks and pick it up to stitch when i want a break from the other work. i am just wondering now whether to add abit of pink and an black backstitch outline to the teeth and speech bubbles and maybe to the words. suppose it doesnt have to be black though. stitching round the words may be abit complicated and fiddley and i think i best leave it alone-well at least for afew days to let the idea of how it is at the moment settle. i am going to give them some eyes though-seed beads or french knots or something. time for tea i think-classic beans on toast or cheese sarnies...mmmm...

01 April 2007

in the snail post...

...the enid blyton sketchbook is on its way to holly-rose next. http://bear-trainer.blogspot.com/
only a little post today. no fishes. maybe later.