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Sketching fuel, vanilla latte and red velvet cake 🍰☕

Sketching fuel, vanilla latte and red velvet cake 🍰☕

Can’t sleep, here’s to starting lists of things I’ll never finish… 🇺🇸 🚲 🚋

Can’t sleep, here’s to starting lists of things I’ll never finish… 🇺🇸 🚲 🚋

Spent the day doodling my Boyfriends cat Molly, but finished a colour test for my MSND exhibition. 

Speaking of Cats, the amazing Laura Hughes has organised an exhibition/collection of Cat illustrations from 11th September thru 14th in Hackney, London E8. I can’t wait to go and I’m super excited to see all the illustrators and artists work for real, rather than on tumblr!

Spent the day doodling my Boyfriends cat Molly, but finished a colour test for my MSND exhibition. 

Speaking of Cats, the amazing Laura Hughes has organised an exhibition/collection of Cat illustrations from 11th September thru 14th in Hackney, London E8. I can’t wait to go and I’m super excited to see all the illustrators and artists work for real, rather than on tumblr!

#Illustration faves August.

#Illustration faves August.

Digital roughs for my Midsummer Nights Dream Exhibition. 

FMP inspiration while running this evening.

FMP inspiration while running this evening.

Favourite song lyrics from this week

Favourite song lyrics from this week

Hand Lettering

Hand Lettering

Got my reading sorted for Easter break!

Got my reading sorted for Easter break!

FMP - 2nd April 2014 - Day 10

I started my visual storyboard this week. And I suddenly realised just HOW much work I am going to have to do, oh well. This storyboard will need cutting down.

I’ve been using the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook by Alan Lee to inspire me whilst producing character sheets, especially for my personification of death and the corpse that features heavily in the end. I also saw some wonderful illustrations of withered and gnarled trees that I have incorporated into my final draft.

I then started my final trial of the diorama and illustrative styles. I felt the washed Ink wasn’t as effective as I had hoped. It is something I’ll be looking at before I go on to the final illustrations. I will also be putting the originals through photoshop and will make use of ‘levels’ in order the counteract the washy feel. Before they are printed for the cutting and gluing.

My messy desk ….

I preferred the effect of the pure Indian Ink with white gouache on top as detail. I used this technique for the hands of the marionette.

Classic ER while i ink my new sketches

FMP -28th March 2014 - Day 5

It’s been such a crazy first week. I feel like I’ve started as I mean to go on, but I need to also maintain some sort of a social life, outside of college and part time work.

It’s my BF’s birthday tomorrow and I’ve also got Mothering Sunday spending time with my family, so today I worked on some general plot development, making sure I had key scenes and plot points ‘bulleted’ so I can start my Visual storyboard next Monday with no obstacles.

I’m very happy with the story I have produced so far, I suppose it depends now on the execution of the illustrations to see if it really is effective enough to narrate itself.

On to a long weekend and sunshine!

FMP - 27th March 2014 - Day 4 

I managed to complete annotating and compiling everything I’ve produced so far in my first sketchbook. I started researching quite early on, so I’ve had a lot of previous research to organise and merge in with my current stuff.



The first draft of the narrative storyboard is complete. I’m really happy with the basic plot so far. I need to work on some iterative, reoccurring elements so I can play with the visual repetition as well as literary.

I also researched horror elements such as the ‘Uncanny’ or ‘Unheimlich’ one of my favourite theories when I did my Literature Degree a few years ago.

Tomorrow I’m going to focus of visual storyboards and just jot down whatever imagery comes to mind. Sometimes I find it really difficult to keep just one idea in my head, I get so influenced and inspired by so much - I really wanted to watch the new Hobbit film tonight, but I’m going to hold off until I get my first visual ideas down in case I change my mind again!