Thursday, 6 October 2011

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Fun of Putting Drawings on Stuff

I've been learning a little more about photoshop with this first project at Uni. Here are some images I have been working on, putting my art into context.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Morning story

Anyway, seeing that I haven't posted anything in ages, I might as well share the little story I came up with this morning. It's not perfect but I think it is cute soI hope you enjoy.

Lizzy, the tooth fairy, quit her job. She didn't like to be told what to do. She stayed at home and watched TV. She didn't pay her rent so soon she got kicked out. Lizzy didn't like living there anyway, the neighbours were rude. She packed her things and set out for a new home but none of them were right. All the houses on sale were way too big and much to expensive. Finally, out of the way near a bit of wilderness, inside a shed, Lizzy found a broken down little house that was just her size. Lizzy cleaned it up and decorated it. She fixed some furniture and even made some of her own. One day while she was out looking for a nice set of bowls, a little girl spotted her and wouldn't stop chasing her. Lizzy flew all the way back home but the little girl found out where she lived.
"Hello, my name is Maggie, what is yours?" Maggie explained that the little house was inside the shed at the bottom of the garden outside her house. She lived with her mother and father and their two cats, Jack and Tilly. (Lizzy knew the cats because they chased her sometimes.) Maggie and Lizzy were neighbours. Maggie helped Lizzy with her small house, she lifted and moved all the things that Lizzy could not. Maggie helped find pieces of wood and leaves for Lizzy to make things out of.
Maggie told her dad about Lizzy and her little home inside the shed. Maggie's dad liked to make things too.
In the morning, Lizzy went out to find some food but when she came back, her little house was gone. Lizzy searched and searched for her home and finally found it inside the big house. Lizzy tried to carry it away but it was much too heavy.
"There you are, I've been looking for you all day," said Maggie. Her dad had taken the house and repaired it. The roof was back in place and a broken window was replaced. The house had been moved into Maggies bedroom. Maggie gave Lizzy the grand tour. Lizzy thought this was great. It was warm inside and there was a lot of food in the kitchen. Lizzy took lots of food to her house but Maggie's parents didn't like all the food in the bedroom so Lizzy was only aloud to take a little tiny bit at a time.
Maggie helped Lizzy finish with the house, finding a soft blanket and making a broom and all the things houses need. Maggie's dad even brought some dolls but Lizzy didn't like them. She said they were rude to stare like that.
Once the house was finished, Lizzy though it was time to start working again but she didn't want her old tooth fairy job. Lizzy became self-employed, which meant she worked for herself. Lizzy went out each night and collected teeth. She stored them under her bed but soon there were too many to fit there so she hid them under Maggie's bed. Lizzy collected so many teeth that they didn't fit under the bed any more and Lizzy put them all over the room. Maggie's parents didn't like the mess so Lizzy had to clean it up. She hid them under Maggie's carpet but they didn't all fit there, so she stored them under the big house.
Lizzy liked to making things, especially using teeth to make them. Where did you think bone china came from? The teeth would be crushed to dust and then made into clay. Lizzy made decorations and candle holders, hair clips and vases. She even made a water fountain.
After some time, Lizzy ran out of money to pay the children for their teeth. "Why don't you sell the things you make," said Maggie. "You could make a website." Lizzy built a really cool website but nothing sold. "Why don't you put the website on a computer for everyone to see it?" Lizzy put her website on a computer but when Maggie's mum cleaned the house, she also cleaned up Lizzy website.
Lizzy also made small jewellery for herself. "Why don't you sell them to dolls," asked Maggie. Lizzy didn't like the dolls so she called a doll house store instead. The owner asked for samples which Maggie and Lizzy sent through the post. The jewellery sold quickly at the store and the owner asked for many more. Other doll house shops heard of what Lizzy could make and they wanted some too. Lizzy made jewellery and tiny china plates and tiny vases and all the things doll houses need. She used up all the teeth from under her bed and all the teeth from under Maggie's bed and all the teeth from under the carpet and finally all the teeth from under the house. Maggie's parents were pleased the house wasn't sloping any more. All the things sold and the doll house shop owners sent Lizzy lots of money. Lizzy was out of teeth but now she had money to leave under children's pillows. She went to bed really really early, even before Maggie's bed time, and woke up really, realy early, while it was still dark, and collected teeth. Then during the day, Lizzy made doll house things. Maggie helped her when she could. She even helped fill out Lizzy's tax forms.
The doll house shops wanted more than Lizzy and Maggie could make. Lizzy needed more help so she hired fairies from all over. They collected teeth with her and made things. Maggie's room became a very busy and noisy workshop. Maggie couldn't sleep there any more and her parents complained. Lizzy had to move her business into the shed but she still lived in her small house in Maggie's room. The fairies also collected sticks and things to make doll house furniture out of. Maggie's dad liked to help sometimes.
Children throughout the world got their teeth back as doll house things and if a fairy ever needed a place to stay, they knew doll houses made perfect homes.

The End

Sunday, 31 July 2011


I think I will paint it with watercolours, I've been meaning to do more of that anyway. Colouring on photoshop failed, it just looks so forced. So back to basics.

Alphabet Soup Again

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Sketches from a Sunday evening and one from the beach

short story thing

Images for Short stories, just roughs. Will be going ahead with the old men which is for a story called Alphabet Soup by Mark Budman. 

Saturday, 16 July 2011


I made a pattern from some quick watercolour sketches of plankton. Here is the final outcome. :)

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Making a dress 2

I've been working on my dress today. It needed buttons at the back, and yes, i have sewed buttons on things before but I don't think I have ever made buttonholes or anything quite as complex as this. In this picture below, I cut the back open which makes it much, much easier to put on. I didn't think from the start to leave extra fabric for the buttons so I had to improvise, though I think it turned out better this way anyway. 

Here is a long piece of fabrc I ironed a few minutes earlier which helped a lot. I have attached it so that they overlap, creating a perfect home for the buttons.
I am so proud of myself for being able to do this. I've never attempted it before. Also, these are the buttons for the dres.
I decided to also decorate the front with buttons. here I have also pinned in place a long tape of fabric which I cut and ironed for the neck line.the frayed edge is protected and out of sight indide it.
I remembered that my sewing machine can make button holes. I never tried them before so I did a couple of trial ones on some left over fabric. They are not perfect but it will do. And i found it better to only have three buttons in the back instead of four.
For the arm holes, I folded the fabric inwards and then again so that the frayed edge would be covered and protected. Because of the curves, I had to cut at the inner folded fabric in places for it to lay flat. 
And here it is finished, well, almost. I still need to clean it up on the inside but the rest is all done.

And me

Making a dress 1

 I have always wanted to try my hand at making clothes. I have had a few attempts at modifying but I never had the courage to make something myself. By a turn of luck, I have recently come to own a lovely amount of fabric (unwanted curtains and sheets) and have resolved to make something this summer. I found a few books in the library on historic clothing but that one I am currently finding most useful is The Costumer's Handbook from which I am learning how to make patterns and clothes that fit. I haven't finished reading it but I will do soon.
Yesterday, mother and I were doing some sewing, modifying a pair of huge curtains and making two pairs out of them so that they could fit our windows and trimming the bottom so that now it touches the floor instead of gathering in a huge heap. Anyway, I had my sewing machine out and I found it a lot of fun. I had forgotten how satisfying it is. At some point, mum found a brown sheet she wanted to use to make a carpet thing out of (don't ask me what cos I just don't know) and as I saw it, I also saw a dress in it, so I stole it, with her permission, and rushed into trying to make my very first dress.
These are my sketches with the relevant measurements and everything. I also used one of my nice dresses as a guide which helped at the top, and more specifically, at the arm holes. because the fabric had been a sheet, it didn't need pre-washing, which is what I did to the rest of my fabric. We don't want it to shrink or go funny in the wash now.
 I didn't really sit and think much, I just cut it out. I had enough fabric that if I made/make a mistake, I can go back and get some more. I allowed for 2cm seam allowance and sewed loosely what it would be like. I found that it fit over my head a little difficult but enough for me to make any modifications at this stage. I had left a little more fabric in the front so that I could gather it, which turned out to be a little problematic because it moved the straps further out and they were slipping off my shoulders. They were fine before I did the gathering.
Below you can see that I managed to gather the top and the skirt and sewed them together. The white thread that you see is what I used to create the gathers on top of which I sewed the seam into place. I also lowered the neckline and readjusted the straps, which took several attempts and a lot of trying on the garment, making adjustments, then trying it on again and so on.  I also used a dress for getting the right curve in the arm holes. After that, I went over my loose seams and did them properly, adjusting them slightly and trying even more to get them straight.
I was originally going to place a matching belt around the dress but then remembered this little one for which I hadn't yet found a purpose. I quite like it on the dress.
This is a far as I got, I will try to do more today, I sewed the belt on but it went a little funny at where the fabric is gathered, most prominently at the top on the front where the gathering is a little lopsided. Later today, I need to finish the straps and the neck line. Because I rushed into the making of the dress, I didn't think in advance about a zip or buttons, the first of which I don't even have. I did find some buttons that seem to go well with the dress that I bought at the car boot sale when I was last there.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Beauty and the Beast 3

Beauty and the Beast 2

Thought I'd share what I have been doing lately. These are my sketches from Beauty and the Beast, the ones I liked anyway. :)

 The lovely couple together in their Sunday best.
 The father in his glory.
 This is the scene I chose to Illustrate for the Waterstones competition.
 Yay, masking fluid. So much smelly fun.
 Started the background, tough the paper is wet and looks all blotchy. I do strangely like it though but when it will dry, they will be gone. This is why I am posting now, must wait for it to dry dry dry.
 Yay for colour. Hairy legs.
I really like these ones. They are loose and were fun.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Beauty and the Beast 1

What if the Beast was more like an isolated young prince, hidden from society and lacking the self confidence and social skills that he would have acquired had he not been transformed. I wanted to make the disfigurement more real, for him to not be a fluffy, hugable creature or a frightening wild animal, but a human being with an unfortunate life.

Sketches of last week

These are a some sketches I did last week. More of a fluffy Jack.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011


While I was trying to come up with something for my website design, I managed to put this together. 

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sketches of Jack

Trying to keep busy now. I managed to sneak a few sketches of Jack but he never sat still long enough to get them any further. I really like the last one. :)