28 June 2008


D & A D 'new blood' and Wimbledon...

...a couple of photographs from last week when a group of us illustrators from UCLAN went to London to show our work. mr robotington came along as well as he had never been away on holiday before. i told him it wasn't technically a holiday and that if he came he would have to do some work. he agreed and sat at out stand most of the time. he said he had a good time but is now very tired and would like another holiday in the sun sometime soon.



London lions...

...these lions seem to be turning more into a visual diary of what i see while out and about. the odd pirate lion appears every now and then but its sad to say that i have not seen an actual pirate yet. the middle lion in the middle doodle is me eating at an indian restaurant on earls court road. there were about ten different things on my plate and it was so nice. a visit to Wimbledon on the first day was great. i loved it and it provided me with many people to draw and things to look at but the sun was too shiny and so i had a big rest taking in the view while sat on henman hill. the last doodle is from the train back and i finally got out the pack of felt-tips that i had been carrying around with me for a month and never dared to use! my studio is very messy and i am hoping to list things on etsy this evening if i can get some good photos of my work.
where have i been...

...well last Sunday, i travelled down to London town on the train with my fellow illustrators. pictured above are my train journey doodles of lions. i still am not too keen on them wearing spectacles but i can draw them wearing sunglasses. there is loads to show and tell about London but i will do it in stages as i am very busy at the moment with starting my illustration career now i have left university. i added various illustration and craft ideas to the to-do list whilst down south. plus i am going to have a proper go at etsy selling now i am more free to do so. it is all about focus and commitment and happiness.

20 June 2008


screen-printing madness...

...oh yes. i was in the print room today and Lady Katie helped me with my printing by being my paper girl. two hundred postcards, hand screen-printed on both sides took me about four hours to do. my contact details are on the reverse and i did them green as how often do you see a green lion? i am well impressed with my big batch of promotional postcards. the bottom picture is from when they were all lined up on a neighbouring screen printing bed! i was going to do about four different designs but to keep it easy i settled on one design. i am taking these cards to London with me as they a new step in the right direction for my work. i off to eat some yummy food and then get back to some doodling.

19 June 2008

a day and a half...

...the next page of lion doodles. i love these lions at the moment. i can see how they are growing to become little characters. i definitely think that going out and about and drawing people i see as lions is and has helped. the guitar one is a tribute to Brett and Jermaine. aye flight of the conchords again. i will stop singing a kiss is not a contract sometime soon. also i will be resuming my guitar practice over the summer. i was doing well before. the other one is for Andy, Dave, Mark and Jen who like playing on their nintendo DS' at the moment. i am drawing some lions from the coffee shop out properly as promotional postcards. maybe with some cheeky writing but i ain't sure yet. i started drawing the vegetable patch lion onto the copper last night while in artlab but it is a slow process as i am bit obsessive when drawing out etching plates.

18 June 2008

midday in the mall...

...in costa coffee. today is artlab day. am going to go along ad clean my silkscreen ready for some postcard designs or whatever i draw tonight. these lions are some that i saw while i was having a rest from wandering round like a lost sheep in the mall. i looked in some shops but am on strict saving mission at the moment for a super duper sewing machine. i quite like the lion on his mobile. a guy was watching me doodle-he is the one in top right corner of the square page. the one on the receipt is me. i look a bit odd as a lion and i drew another one with a bag of books which is more like me. it is wearing a pair of boots. i quite liked doing this little doodle mission.
in the night-time...

...draw while i was half asleep and not feeling very well. i quite like the pirate lion so i think i am going to draw him on a 'wanted' pirate poster. ain't too sure yet as i am yearning for my reference books and sketchbooks! i cant cope without my doodles. the people at uni will be finished with them by Thursday so as soon as i can i will be rescuing them. i quite like drawing these lions. the one with the goatee was inspired by Brett and Murray from 'flight of the conchords' of which i love at the moment. my cacti army is growing slowly, i now have five of them. i will post a pic of them shortly. may be a photo or a doodle. i am off to the library today to enlarge these lion pages as i draw very small. i haven't decided whether this will be the copper etch day or a doodle day to find new inspiration for my lions- like ones with hats on or ones that wear or do different things.



a pride of lions...

...a couple of pages from the little sketchbook. some doodles i drew while on the train the other day. a bit of observational drawing of glasses and conversation. as usual the images are getting repetitive but this is not a bad thing as the character is developing. i can see that my illustrations are similar to ones that i have been looking at. inspiration is a good thing and a bad thing as these influences are helping me to find my own way of drawing things. i am hoping to make my lion out of fabric over the next couple of weeks alongside a new batch of things. i think the lion will be a new step in the right direction but we shall see where he fits in with the rest of the characters. i may have to photocopy him and colour him in soon and add more doodles to the pages. i am hoping tomorrow that i will get round to finally drawing him and his allotment on the piece of copper i prepared the other day.

17 June 2008

doodle...

...me and my little square sketchbook are friends at the moment. i have had trouble keeping a sketchbook over the last year or so but somehow me and old square are back on track. it is better than trying to keep hold and track of several loose pieces of paper. as young child, i loved big cats especially lions and drew them all the time. so the other day i thought why not draw a lion-i am also a leo. so there i sat and doodled and somehow he is now the proud owner of a vegetable patch. i would if his patch is next to mister robotington's patch? they may meet one day. so in the print room, i have prepared two pieces of copper of which i am going to draw these designs onto later. illustration outside of uni is scary but i am finding my own feet and am gaining a lot of confidence in my way of doing things.

12 June 2008

sketchbook commission...

...a request was made to make the 'tired imagination' image into a print and so off i trotted to the print room to make a photo etch plate. i decided to make a test plate which is a plate that has been exposed to the dot screen and image design in a timed grid layout. due to the nature of my plate this grid system is difficult to make out. from this test plate, i have decided to expose the dot screen for about 75 counting units and expose the image for the same amount. the units is what the UV box counts down its time in. i am sorry but i am too tired to explain the photo etch process this evening and will return tomorrow with a proper explanation. i am having to learn super quickly how to organise my time in order to make the most of the day with what i have/want to do in it. a very tired ladysnail is off to bed.

08 June 2008

degree show...

...opening night was on Friday. i haven't known quite what to do with myself the last two weeks since uni finished. have been doing odds and ends of doodles and a bit of playing in the print room. i have some plans to actually illustrate a couple of the poems that i had originally planned to do for the honours project. as i can see a way forward with that and children's books are something i still very much would like to do but within my own strengths and way of working. this is a picture of me next to some of my work. next up is London and the 'new blood' show. to my complete and utter surprise, i was awarded 'best in show' alongside my fellow illustrator Jennifer. as per normal the tears fell but i was shocked and still am. i would like to thank everyone for their support over the last few years. studying illustration was difficult but i love illustration and here's to the future.