Monday, 29 December 2014

ITS GOOD TO BE HOME

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! I've been having a break from everything recently because it's been a rather long term I'm telling you, but it's good to be home.





After a week of basically sleeping and eating I thought I'd better do something worthwhile, so me and Dad went for a walk in the Lake District. It was freezing, snowy and rather beautiful, so I thought I'd share my photographs with you.

It's not until you move away that you can truly appreciate the little things about where you live, and living in Cumbria all my life has sort of made me forget how lucky I am to live in such a picturesque place in the country. It's nice to get away to do what you love and meet new people, but I'll always come back here.

Anyway, this is a bit of a random post to let you know I'm still alive, hope you enjoyed it anyway. I'll let the photographs talk for themselves.

Emily x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

AGE UK LIVE BRIEF

Hello! Sorry I've been absent for a while (I say this like anyone cares) I would give the habitual 'I've had too much uni work to do' excuse but you won't believe me because I'm doing an art degree.

Anyway, there is a point to this post. A while back I did a workshop with an illustrator called Florence Shaw, the workshop was called 'Text as Image' and we experimented with making an illustration using text.

We then used this during our live, one-day brief where we made Christmas cards for Age UK Westminster. I'm pleased to say that my card was chosen to be produced into packs of cards by them! This is my first foot in the door in the industry so I'm really pleased! This is my design:


Thanks for reading,

Emily x

Monday, 24 November 2014

VISUAL DIARY | MY WEEK IN DRAWINGS

I hope you all had a lovely week! Here how mine went...

This is just a doodle I did the other day while I was inspired by all the stuff I was looking at on Pinterest. I've been using Pinterest a lot recently to help me get some ideas down for projects I'm doing, it helps creating a board dedicated to the project and just pinning away! Follow me on Pinterest here.
Christmas card designs! This was for a live brief we did with Age UK to design a Christmas card for them.
Many nights I have spent in the kitchen with my flatmates building a 'nest' of my things around me and trying to get some work done.
This is my flatmate Steve cleaning his dishes! He has a blog too, check it out here.
This is really feint because I was on a train at the time. This man opposite me was staring so hard at his laptop I had to draw him. I tried to be sneaky but eventually he caught me looking and must have thought I was a stalker or something because he moved seats!
Finally this is a sketch of some cogs for a project I'm doing called 'The Vision Machine' it's basically all about artificial intelligence and whatnot, and I thought these looked quite sweet.

Anyway, it's been a busy week. The Glug Illustration conference at Birmingham was really good on Thursday (I wrote a post about it here), and I had fun with my flatmates at the weekend. What've you been up to?

Emily x

Friday, 21 November 2014

GLUG | BIRMINGHAM

Yesterday, with a few people on my illustration course, I went to the Glug talk event in Birmingham which covered all things illustration, including talks from established illustrators and graphic designers.

 Glug is an organisation that holds events around the world to help people from the design community to showcase their work. The events are basically 'informal networking' where illustrators get to share their work with others in the design community and spread the word about their products. It's open to everyone who enjoys art and design, getting creative or just networking in general. I would really recommend going to one, certainly as a student it was really interesting.

The event in Birmingham was held in a sweet little venue called Boxxed which is quite central. The speakers last night were two representatives from the Outcrowd Collective (website here) a group of illustrators, Florence Blanchard (website here) a street artist, Dr Sophie Dauvois from OKIDO childrens graphic magazine (website here) and finally, three illustrators from the Brothers of the Stripe (website here), an all male illustration collective.

OKIDO Magazine was really interesting to find out about, I loved the idea of having a well illustrated graphic magazine for children because they deserve good artwork in their magazines too! I loved that there weren't any gender stereotypes in the magazine and it was quite refreshing to see a magazine like that. I enjoyed the talk from Brotherhood of the Stripe about 'The Power of We' (many puns were delivered), I found it really encouraging at the start of my career to see a group of people that made art for fun, able to make a living out of it and making a load of friends in the process.

Glug events are popping up all over the world in London, New York City, Birmingham, Beijing, Brighton, Edinburgh, Auckland and Nottingham. You can visit the Glug website here.

Thanks for reading,

Emily x

Friday, 7 November 2014

VISUAL DIARY | MY WEEK IN DRAWINGS

This week has been fairly busy, I love this time of year! The weather's getting colder but the party season has definitely started.


Halloween was great, I dressed up as a skeleton and that's my friend Daisy with me who was dressed as cat woman. We went to Propaganda, the indie night in town and had a blast.

 
I don't really need to say anything about this one apart from I really hate washing my clothes, as you can tell.

 
Jerome and Julius in our boring as shit lecture on a Tuesday, it's the only class I don't enjoy.

 
I went to life drawing again and I really enjoyed it. I tried a more abstract approach this week though and I quite like the results.

 
This was a Halloween decoration in the students' union that I found quite funny, we went to see the live music there on Wednesday.

 
A really angry looking guy giving us a lecture about getting a job after uni, it was boring so I got my sketchbook out (I promise I do listen in class it just doesn't look like it in this post!).


And finally, London yesterday which was awesome! Read my post about it here.

I hope you had a lovely week.

Emily x

LONDON GALLERY VISIT

I had such an awesome day in London yesterday! So I'm going to tell you all about it.
The purpose of the visit was because next week in my drawing skills class we're going to be doing some life drawing, so looking at some other artists' work was supposed to inspire us and help us with our drawing next week.

The Nakeds exhibition at The Drawing Room in London was really interesting, it was really cool seeing Tracey Emin's work up close, she's one of my favourite artists because she's just so different and radical and she basically doesn't give a shit about anything. If you want to check out The Drawing Room's website just click here. The Nakeds was an exploration of different methods of drawing the human body, it had a variety of different artists' work including Tracey Emin and Egon Schiele who's drawing methods showed the naked form in such different ways, I loved that they were all in the same room together, contrasting but still complimenting each other.
The next exhibition was Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude at the Courtauld Gallery. I was fan-girling so hard in this gallery, Egon Schiele was an Austrian Figurative artist and such a cool guy! I studied him in A Level and seeing his work up-close was amazing for me. We weren't allowed to take photographs unfortunately, but all I can say is check this one out if you're in London any time until January, their website is here. Egon Schiele's way of drawing the nude is amazing, they're not realistic but I felt like he was trying to describe what the world and the human figure look like through his eyes. Schiele mainly used watercolour and gouache in a way that made his subjects look somewhat pale and sickly, they were also skinny to the extreme, many say that his work portrays themes of death in the human body because of it. He is amazing and I could go on about it all day, so go and check him out.

To end the day we visited the Grant Museum of Zoology which is basically a room full of animal specimens either skeletons or preserved in jars. I've got to say, it was a very creepy place, but amazing to make some drawings from, I couldn't decide if I was repulsed or amazed but I did get some nice drawings.
I'm very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit these places and to see some of my favourite artists' work up-close, I really loved my time in London yesterday and I hope I get the chance to visit soon. Thanks for reading.

Emily x

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

OCTOBER FAVOURITES

I haven't done a favourites post in so long! October has been a very busy month for me with going out with my uni friends, visiting my boyfriend at his uni and working (obviously), Halloween was pretty good too.

I'll start with skincare, I've been loving Dark Angels from Lush this month. My Herbalism which I've mentioned a few times (also from Lush) ran out, so I decided to try this one. Dark Angels is more exfoliating, and like many of Lush's products now, it's self preserving which means no harmful chemicals. The make-up I've been loving this month is the The Body Shop's tea tree BB cream, which has done wonders for my face during these colder autumn days. Basically, I apply this stuff in a morning just as I would with a normal foundation, except this one keeps my face moisturised all day long and the tea tree helps prevent breakouts, what more could you ask for? This stuff is perfect for autumn and winter.

As far as clothes go I've been loving long coats and chunky boots that help keep me warm. I got these boots are from River Island last year and they've served me well. They're big enough so that I can wear thick socks with them if I want to on colder days. My big tartan coat is from a little boutique in Carlisle, it's not that thick so I layer it with hoodies and jumpers but I'm obsessed with tartan so I love it. The jumper I've mentioned before is from a vintage shop in Northampton called Nutshell Vintage, it's just the right amount of ugly, I love it! I normally wear this with a shirt with a collar underneath.

Finally, I want to talk about Mockingjay, it was such a brilliant book. I was really sad when I finished it because I loved reading the full trilogy, they're brilliantly written books and Suzanne Collins is a genious! I just hope the film does it justice when it comes out on the 19th.

Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely October and I'll be posting again pretty soon as I'm going to London tomorrow, so expect a little post about that. Thanks for reading.

Emily x

Friday, 31 October 2014

VISUAL DIARY | MY WEEK IN DRAWINGS

Okay, I admit it, I forgot to post my drawings from last week, my bad! So I'm only going to post the best from the past two weeks and talk a little about what I've been up to.

 This one is from the day we made the psycho-geographic map, read my post about it here. This is a view of the tops of the buildings in the market square in Northampton.
 This is a view from the edge of the racecourse, a big park just opposite where I live. It's looking very pretty autumnal at the moment with all the colourful leaves, so obviously I had to do a sketch.
 Last weekend I went to visit Adam at Loughborough uni, I had a great time and it was nice to meet all of his friends and go out with them and stuff. Their campus is huge and has some really interesting buildings, so this is one of them.
 On Tuesday night me and my friend Daisy (her blog is here, check it out she's an amazing photographer) went to a life drawing session at uni, it's been a while since I've done life drawing and I really enjoyed it!
 This is a simple drawing, I used a think pen so I wouldn't be conscious of including too much detail. I think it looks much more expressive and there's some interesting marks there too.
 This drawing was from yesterday just sitting in the studio with everyone in the afternoon. As you can see there's plenty going on - we can never seem to keep that room tidy.
And finally, this one was from when I was waiting in the doctors last week. There was an old couple sat opposite and the woman looked harassed to death because her husband wouldn't stop saying 'I need a wee I need a wee' and eventually she told him to shut up. It made me laugh anyway, poor woman!

So that was my last two weeks in drawings, I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my sketchbook and even consider starting a visual drawing yourself, they're really fun to do. Anyway, it's Halloween! I hope you all have a good night, I'm dressing up as a skeleton!

Thanks for reading,

Emily x

Thursday, 30 October 2014

UNI ROOM TOUR

I thought it was about time to give you a tour of my room, I've been here for a month now and I'm nicely settled in. Like any room at uni, mine's tiny, but I've tried my best to make it feel as homely as possible by decorating it with things that make me happy.

I want to say a little about my flatmates before I get into talking about my actual room. I'm so lucky to have such a brilliant and diverse group of people to live with, we're all supportive of each other and are very driven people which is probably why we get along so well. These people have made my first six weeks here absolutely brilliant!!

I have an obsession with dream-catchers, I think they're just so magical, especially the feathers and charms that some of them have. The fairy lights aren't a Christmas decoration, I've just always had them in my room, even at home, they brighten up even the darkest corners of a room.

I love my collection of photographs on my wall, most of them are from my film camera of festivals and of me and my friends on the shore, this is my favourite place in the world and it serves as a reminder for me to never forget where I came from. I don't know if you can see it on the photograph, but hanging on the back of my chair is the jumper I picked up at one of the vintage shops in town called Nutshell Vintage (check them out here) I love this jumper and had my eye on it for ages!

Lastly, I want to talk about Jimmy, my cute little cactus on the windowsill who has been my companion while being at uni. He's my proof that if I can keep him alive I'll be perfectly fine living on my own.




More soon,

Emily x

Thursday, 23 October 2014

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIC MAP

So I've spent the past two weeks basically walking around Northampton and just people watching and drawing anything interesting I saw. Today I used all of my drawings to create a psycho-geographic map with my Illustration class and it was so fun!

Basically, a psycho-geographic map is geography that encourages the influence of playfulness, creativeness and imagination. So to make ours we used a huge sheet of paper (seriously it was 10 meters long) to combine all the things that we found around Northampton together to make a gigantic map.

It was fun to combine all our drawing styles together in one piece and fill in all the gaps. I think it was also really nice for us all to work together to make a really nice piece of work.




Emily x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

VISUAL DIARY | MY WEEK IN DRAWINGS

As part of my Illustration course my Drawing Skills teacher, Tom (who is fucking mental - in a good way) got us all to keep a memory diary where we have to draw something every single day. He told us to just draw things that interested us, so something that I enjoyed or something that caught my eye that day. I'm going to share my memory diary with you guys because I think it's a nice way of showing what I've been up to during the week.

DAY 1 (9th October)
I think the reason for this one being so psychedelic is because we were practicing drawing surrealistic pieces in our drawing skills class that day. Kinda looks like I was on drugs, I definitely wasn't.

DAY 2 (10th October)
This was last Friday when I went to the train station to pick up Adam who was coming to visit last weekend. I had such a nice few days with him, I can't tell you how happy I was to see him.

DAY 3 (11th October)
This is our kitchen in the flat, we had a party on Saturday and lets just say I drew this before it kicked off. The reason I've written 'dance floor' on the floor is because people were literally twerking in our kitchen, it was interesting.

DAY 4 (12th October)
I've always had a thing about dream catchers, they're all over my room. I don't know what it is about them but to see them hanging there just makes me feel safe.

DAY 5 (13th October)
All I'm going to say about this one is that again, I'm definitely not on drugs.

DAY 6 (14th October)
This drawing was done in my lecture on Tuesday. Basically our lecturer for our design theory module is an incredibly clever man, but he's boring as fuck.

DAY 7 (15th October)
This is yesterday's drawing, it's actually a building in Northampton and I thought it was really pretty so I took the time to draw it, which is basically what I did all day today, I enjoy location drawing, but I'll show you more of my location drawing in another post.

So there you have it, my week in drawings! I can't wait to do today's, and I'll keep doing them all week so that next week hopefully I'll have another seven drawings to show you, hopefully this will be a weekly post. Thanks for reading.

Emily x