Monday, 2 December 2013

Life after University: Finding Your Customer

For those of you who were/are art students, you are familiar with this repeating question: "Who is your targeted audience/customer?"

Sometimes, this is very clear cut and easy to find but sometimes it can be rather complicated. For example, you'd think picture books are solely for children but there you would be mistaken. Firstly, not all picture books are suited for children and secondly, it is generally the parents and grandparents who buy the books anyway. So if you want to create a beautiful picture book, you find yourself having not only to please your intended audience (children, if it is indeed a children's book) but also everyone else along the way including the publishers (if you are going through them). And that's not even mentioning crazy people like me with no kids who buy picture books simply because they love them. (That is not to imply that all lovers of picture books are crazy)

Due to this question being so complicated sometimes, I found it exceedingly irritating as a student. Who was my audience? I didn't have a clue. I was too closed off from the world to be able to find out.
It wasn't until I graduated from University and I actually began talking to people (and they started purchasing my art) that I truly discovered who my customers were.

So if you find yourself being asked this same question and you are having a hard time answering it, start talking to people and asking around, you might find something.

PS: Food for thought, sometimes as you change, your customer also changes.

Friday, 29 November 2013

November Collective Challenge

The fight between Durga and the Buffalo Demon.
Done with inks and bleach on watercolour paper. The most difficult part of this image was trying to make the arms look anatomically correct… it didn’t quite work how I would have liked. Nevertheless, this challenge was really enjoyable and I would probably try it again some time in the future.
Please view the blog of After The Fairytale Collective for work by Merle Hunt, Rachel Rawlings, and past challenges.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Such Beautiful Cards!

I was so excited to receive these cards in the post, ordered from Merle Hunt's Website. They are of such beautiful quality and the images are gorgeous. Therefore, I think that these here three cards will be going to some very wonderful people.

Have a look through Merle Hunt's Website for more of her card designs and to view her stunning artwork.

Children's Christmas Party

If you live in Plymouth in the area of Ford Hill and you have children up to 7 years of age, why not come along and for some art and craft and fun. 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Life After University: Free to draw

It has been over a year since I graduated from Plymouth University. While reflecting on the time that has passed, I realised that some unexpected things have changed. What better way to delve into my psyche than to share with the world a few wisdoms and sorrows found along the way. They won't be true for everyone, so be warned.

To start off, a positive thought is necessary so here it is.

While enjoying life as a student in University, collage, or art school, art can be a little stressful from time to time. There are looming deadlines and everything produced has to show great development and to be nothing short of a masterpiece. Some are familiar with the pain that comes with giving birth to a good idea and with the blood and sweat that goes into artwork. Then there's always the banging of heads on desks, hoping that some dislodged brain cells might spark something new and unexpected.

After graduating, suddenly there is freedom. Apart from having to go out there and find a 'real' job, drawing can become more relaxed. You are free to draw what you want, how you want, and when you want. Best of all, you choose who you work for/with. So even though there are still deadlines and you continue to push yourself to learn and to keep to a high standard, you no longer have someone looming over your shoulder. Finally you can stop straining to please 'them' and begin to please yourself. Finally, art can be fun again.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

2x12 Hour Comic Part 2

I have completed my 24 hour comic!!! It feels good, after a long day, to see so many drawings. I am exhausted and desperate for another cup of tea, but there's nothing like one of these to make you feel like you've accomplished a great deal. I didn't have time to colour these pages so some time in the future the coloured versions will be available to all you impatient people.
I hope you enjoy my whimsical little comic and that when it is your birthday, you have a friend as good as that. See you next time my lovelies.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

2x12 Hour Comic Part 1

As I bet you all wonder what I do with myself everyday, here is a peak to today: There is a 2x12 Comic even happening at the Museum (run by the Illustration Course from Plymouth University) and I was not lucky enough to be selected as one of the artists and had already taken the days off, I thought I might as well do my own comic at home. I started 4 hours late due to doing the washing up (see, a very good excuse) and so I didn't finish colouring them not did I have time for references but here are the first 12 pages. More to follow tomorrow. I hope you enjoy.

Friday, 1 November 2013

22 Panels Comic Art Show

David Hooper and I had a lovely time at 22 Panels in Falmouth. We had the chance to talk with quite a few of the artists present and enjoyed doodling all day. If anyone is looking for David's comic, please get in contact with him via his blog. Below are my two sketches from the day. :)

October Collective Challenge

The October Challenges are up on After The Fairytale Collective!!!! This month's theme was Masks, a fitting subject for today's Halloween. Go visit the blog and see the drawings by 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

September Collective Challenge

The September Collective Challenge was based on Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris. Please visit After The Fairytale Collective for more details and to view the wonderful work by fellow members: Merle Hunt and Rachel Rawlings. Joanne Harris saw our drawings and actually liked them!!! This must mean that we are doing something right after all. Can't wait to see what is produced for September. Exciting times. :D

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Dev Con 1 Video

Look, they made a video of the convention and I'm in it too. I forget how British I sound these days. Please ignore all the funny looks I was giving the camera. :D

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Quill Pen

Made myself a quill pen today out of a feather I was given yesterday. The video below served as my guide. I also tried one out of a seagull feather which failed miserably. So I don't know what bird my gifted feather is from, but it works very well.
Happy Quill Pen Making!!!!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Dev Con 1

 Dave Hooper and I went to Dev Con 1 (Plymouth, Guild Hall) on Saturday 21st September. We had a fantastic time holding our first ever stall: talking to a wide range of people (many bribed with candy), and selling some art and comics. Dave's comic, 'A Shadow of Steel', completely sold out and a few of my prints found loving new homes. Have a look also at some of the sneaky portraits I did of people, though Mr Slendarman is still my favourite.

Friday, 30 August 2013

August Collective Challenge

Diana’s August Collective Challenge, a scene from Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre is full of so many memorable moments that choosing just one moment from the book is always a difficult one. Here is my depiction of the loved novel, the dramatic first encounter between Jane and Mr Rochester. Done in colouring pencils for a change (I had forgotten how time consuming they are) and going out of my way to draw not only a man but a horse as well. ;)

Please visit After The Fairytale Collective to view the August entries by Merle Hunt and Rachel Rawlings.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July's Collective Challenge

July's Collective Challenge!!!!! (and the process behind it)
Please view the collective blog to see what Merle Hunt and Rachel Rawlings have done thins month.
This is the recipe for my all time favourite home made chocolate (something my mum used to often make for us as kids). It ends up somewhere between real chocolate and fudge. I love it best when it is still warm so I often leave a generous amount on the spoon for myself.
Also to note, chocolate is really difficult to draw… it is yummyer than it looks. Done with dip pens, chocolate coloured ink, and watercolours on Bristol board.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Henry VIII's Exciting Fur Coat

I've been having a great deal of fun today drawing Henry VIII. Forgive me for the funny looking eyes, the rest I am pleased with. The fur was super fun to draw, I only wished there had been more of it. :p