30 July 2007

big smile...

...my box is there! i was alerted by Marmalade Katie that my box had finally been posted up on the mailmeart site. http://www.mailmeart.com/category/ladysnail/ there it is! i was so excited to see my work on another site on the web other then this blog. the fish and robot fish will finally be seen by people who haven't seen them yet and are not bored to death of seeing them. now to start working on the submission for august. goodbye flexible healthy body...hello neck aches and back pain.

23 July 2007

nothing to show...

...i have no excuse for no new work as i have been reading. aye speed reading. normally i don't get caught up in the harry potter excitement and decide i will read the latest book when i want to but this weekend i found myself in waterstones on Saturday afternoon. i have been a fan-i would say a quiet fan since 2001 when i first discovered them in tesco's for £3.93 each. i have only ever read each book the once as i have two missing due to lending them out and they haven't been returned! naughty. anyhoo me and book number seven stuck together like glue until i finished reading it sometime around ten pm this evening. i think i would have finished reading it sooner but i fell asleep a couple of times. once on the Saturday and twice on the Sunday. i love naps. the mister told me that i fell asleep clutching the book. bless. me and books. i love reading.

i am hoping to get some work done this week.

20 July 2007

fuel for the clouds...

...will they ever stop pestering me? these are the drops that i have managed to make so far. they just need filling in them now. i have been stitching these on and off this week as i have had quite a bit to do-i went on a little visit back home to Huddersfield this week amongst other things. i quite like making things in bulk as it gets you in to a rhythm almost of doing work. where as i find i can phaff for hours on end if i have one particular thing i have to create or doodle. I still have quite a few more rain drops to sew up. i think i am just going to do all of them that i have left plus i found three more grey clouds that i had to sew up while i was on the sewing machine. hiding there were. the cheek. playing games on the desk of doom is not funny and it is not safe. i think i have finally devised a plan of how to make a snail. the cogs of thought have been turning this week and we shall see what the weekend brings.

17 July 2007


above my umbrella...
...are nine stormy grey clouds. they drifted in through the office window and demanded that i make them some new raindrops as they are all rained out and are running on empty. not what is a girl to do? send 'em out with no drops as i would like to see the sun for a few days or give her little friends some fuel? well i think the little devils will be getting some raindrops tomorrow after i have sewn at least fifty four of the raindrops together. the minimum amount so at least there is the option to give at least six drops to each cloud. i think i may give one at least nine drops i fnot twelve and see what it looks like. i am going to try and create something new this week as well. get the old doodle brain storm spider diagram going.
the pledge of work is going well although i ain't doing 2D work as such, i am still working at the desk of doom sewing away. i have been quite productive this week so far and it is only Tuesday. i have done some promotional work if you could call it that. more like a step in the right direction-trying to get the ladysnail name out there and get more involved in the art scene that is in and around Manchester.

16 July 2007

the box of backache...

...after sitting on the desk of doom for five days, I picked the box up and finished off the last few bits that needed to be done like the speech bubbles of nonsense and the all important where is it going to address. i made a couple of boo boo's but nothing that the fantastic tube of white paint couldn't solve. I really liked painting onto this cardboard surface though it did buckle a bit and it goes a bit bumpy if you put too much paint on to it. i have a bigger box still lying around the flat and may paint another one up or just find some flat cardboard. i think i like it because it is not the scary virgin white colour that you find in a sketchbook that looks like it demands some fantastic art work painting upon it. I hope it makes the post office people smile if and when they stop to look at it while it is on it's journey. Please note that Surrey is spelt as this...Surrey and not Surry. I saw someone write that on a box once.
I think i am going to do some lino cutting and printing for the rest of the day. I have said this for the past three days now so we shall see. Depends if I can be bothered to tidy up the desk of doom.

14 July 2007


on my little wall...

...there is a new addition. within this world of blogging i have made many friends and spend an hour or two looking at their work. above is a painting that the lovely mister bought for me from an illustrator called Marisa Straccia or madamebogg. i love the attention to detail with all the little lines and swirls and dots. please take a peek at her blog and etsy shop. i would defo recommend a spy at her work as it is amazing and inspires me every time.
http://madamebogg.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5143515

multiplying by the second...

...maybe not so fast but the robotington family are growing slowly. here are all six of them together on a chair covered in cotton that had now been dyed some funny looking grey colour tonight! i will be making even more robotingtons this weekend/week and cracking on with the work now that i have made a very good start with it all. i haven't been feeling so good past couple of days as i have tried to do too much all in one go. the big robots 53 cm long from the tips of their feet to their antenna's. i love making the big ones and think i should eventually make an even bigger one some day-just need to locate super big huge massive buttons! i know you have seen these before but don't they look cute all together?

13 July 2007

nearly ready...

...this box is nearly done now. i decided to outline the fish using a black biro as i think it is the best thing to use that wont smudge or blob should it get rained on etc while in the postal service. i am taking it to the post office tomorrow to get the labels put on it and that and then will bring it home to photograph before the actually posting. i wonder what the post office people will think when they see it.

i am feeling abit more mobile and flexible after yesturday though i now feel like i have caught a cold. i got some cough mixture, strepsils and nytol stuff so i am full of medication at the mo. whether it works or not is another story. i need to find a doctor in manchester!

11 July 2007

aches and pains...

...with all the painting and playing squash for over an hour and a half yesterday, i ain't too sure what i am going to do work wise today. i have a plan that i may put in to action later on but i woke up with terrible back pain and a really stiff neck. that's what i get for attempting exercise for the first time in a year and hours on continuous painting hunched over and refusing to give up. we shall see. this morning i went back to bed for two hours with a book and i have been out for a wander to get the shopping and some materials this aft. the wander had helped me muscles in a bit. am going to lay on the sofa for an hour with the book. it is a compelling read!

10 July 2007

seven hours later...

...aye yes seven hours of painting these little fish, give or take a few hours. i had about three hours break in between to go play squash today. i thought i would have it finished earlier but the pointy ends of the fish required a lot of phaffy painting with a tiny brush. well i could have rushed it but i couldn't bear to paint quickly with a big thick clumsy brush. it will be going in the mail asap. just need to outline it and i ain't sure what with yet-the normal trusty pencil but will it smudge or black fine liner which may blob and run if the box should get rained on in transit or outline it all in black paint which make take forever and a day to do. i think i will do a quick tester tomorrow before deciding. am fair pleased with this pledge, i know it is only day two but i feel i have been so productive!


from yesterday...

...a box painted with white fish and white robot fish. this is what i managed to get done yesterday and what i meant to post by midnight. i had the scan all ready to post up but the problem was my Internet connection. aye the Internet supplier as per normal got some earache from the mister and apparently there was a problem across the whole of Manchester. i never got round to finishing it yesterday as my neck and painting arm gave out about eleven pm. originally i made a template of swimming fish for a bigger box but i then decided the box was way too big to tackle in day. this one is having the blue-turquoise colour painted on to it at the moment and i will scan it in again. i decided to tackle my to-do list as well as the uni summer projects to help me with the pledge of work a day thing. i think this box is going to have to do as two days work as tonight i am off to play squash and take a break. i think if i haven't have decided to paint an under layer of white to lift the blue colour off the cardboard i would have had the box done in a day. this box i will be sending off to the mail me art project.

08 July 2007

a new deal...

...on Saturday three musketeer's proclaimed, "all for one and one for all". no hang on a moment-three illustrator friends said, "aye i will handshake on this deal like to do a page a day in me sketchbook and post it up on that there blog so we can all check and make sure and see that the work is getting done". that is what happened and so now as of tomorrow i have to make sure i am getting some kind of actual work done. i have been doing odds and ends of things-mainly stitching and printing but nothing that says, hey what type of illustration do i want to get into or what do i want to do in third year? yesturday i bought a fancy moleskine in the hope of starting off some kind of superfastquick travelling sketchbook and i have two other sketchbooks of me own to tackle and four projects. i have been brainstorming and mind mapping for a couple of weeks now and have been collecting all sorts on my travels so i think i can come up with something tomorrow to show for a days work before midnight as the carriage will turn into a pumpkin if i don't. it will. i know it will. so if you would like please have a spy at these fab blog's. two fellow friends from uni. our Jennipeg and Katie lady.

http://jennipeg.blogspot.com/
http://inspector-marmalade.blogspot.com/


the geese have come back. i saw 'em on the canal when we came back from the pub this evening. they haven't been around for the past ten days or so but today there was a heron/crane and some wood pigeons. the wildlife outside my window is amazing. eagle eye Marmalade Katie saw a rat last night as well.