Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

The Low Anthem...
Just got tickets to see these guys again in August, I am really not sure how I am going to contain myself till then. They seem to have taken my idea of perfection and brought it to life. 49 days to go. 

Monday, 27 June 2011

This weekend...
Was perfect. My other half bought tickets to fly over to Belfast, stay in a beautiful hotel, and go and see the Fleet Foxes at the Coors Open House Festival for my birthday slash graduation. I think my highlight was possibly the discovery of the Low Anthem, an American indie folk band from Providence, Rhode Island, to say they were utterly amazing is an understatement, seriously check them out. The Fleet Foxes lived up to my expectations and went far beyond and blew me away. I love them. It was great to have a weekend away after all the stress of university and was a great opportunity to chill out. 
Today however, can basically go to hell. I discovered I had been missed out of the degree show catalogue by mistake. It has been printed on a mass scale and after Friday's opening evening distributed amongst guests including professionals and potential clients as a means of contact. Three years hard work to be forgotten. Cheers. They teach the importance of proof-reading projects before printing? I am absolutely gutted.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Hair peace...
Well said John.
Just an idea...
Bring back long hair and beards and peace and love will follow. I think it might work, in fact I am going to start some sort of campaign, this is the official beginning. Inspired primarily by my love of John Lennon and his beard, my longing to have been around in the summer of love, and my general dissatisfaction with todays society, this campaign could change the world. Maybe not. But it has given me a few quirky ideas for badges and postcards based around my little philosophy. If I start growing a beard when I'm an old lady I am totally going to embrace it. 
Business cards...
Yey, my new business cards arrived, I ordered them off moo.com and went for a range of different mini cards. I'm really pleased with the results, but I guess I'll only find out how successful they are once they're dispatched into the world, I could really do with some business right now. I've updated some work on my website gallery, nothing you haven't seen before but it's a start. I'm going to design some postcards and some badges over the next week to put on my etsy account or maybe on my website to sell along with some other magical merchandise, it's worth a try. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Today...
I realised that as I no longer have loads and loads of university work to keep me occupied I could quite easily fall in to the abyss that is daytime television. So I have written a long list of things that will keep me busy and out of mischief. First of all I tidied my desk, not a big deal, but it did take an awful long time because it was littered with scraps of paper and caked in spilled paint! I have also decided that I would like to continue my studies and do the MA course in Illustration and Design, I feel like I will seriously benefit from the course and it will also allow me an opportunity to make some contacts in the illustration industry over the coming year, whilst giving me the opportunity to develop further and produce a hopefully impressive portfolio. So I've written a personal statement, filled in all the forms and photocopied my certificates and what not. 
I am also making a promise to myself that I will play at least one hour of my banjo every day till I am mint, busking quality equals money. Talking of money I am definately gonna sort some bits and pieces out for an etsy shop, I have a few ideas up my sleeve and will start once I get a couple of commisions out of the way, a couple of pet portraits. An ongoing project which is on my list is the completion of my Roker book, to get it up to a commercial state before forwarding it on to the local historical society and publishers. All of this business aside I need to get a job, a real I am job. One that will pay the rent, keep me fed and watered and will help support me through my masters, if my application is successful.
I have some new business cards arriving this week so I guess that is a small step in the right direction. I am in the middle of sorting out a website too, so once that is complete I will post a link, it's nothing fancy as I have no skills in that department, I used a gallereo.com template, and would really recommend them as they are so helpful and have practically done everything for me! My next task of the day is to make a cup of peppermint tea and start binding an extra book for my forthcoming exhibition!
On a totally separate topic, when I woke up this morning something huge ran across my pillow and jumped at my face, it was a spider with a body the size of a penny and thick long legs! It actually tried to get on my face! I was home alone so had to deal with it in a cowardly and brutal manner, and then once I cleaned up the remains I started to cry. It's probably been crawling all over me in my sleep for days, I feel violated. I hate to kill things but it was a moment of panic. I'm sorry if you had babies Mrs Spider. (I presume you were female because you were huge, no offence).

Monday, 6 June 2011

Roker (20 yards to the beach)
An open publication edition of my final major project book, i got finished just in time! Hmm...time to face the big wide world. Im not a student anymore...cack.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

The Bungalow Cafe...
Another illustration for my fmp book, collage, pencil and paint.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The Smugglers...
An almost continuous line drawing of The Smugglers pub, filled in with a bit watercolour. Situated along the far end of Marine Walk this is in my opinion the best live music venue in Sunderland, in a fantastic location.