Whilst doing my MA in illustration I fell in love with linocut printmaking and it's something I'm keen to pursue. So this year I'm going to try to create a new carving each week to build up my skill and portfolio, starting by going through the alphabet as my inspiration.
A is for: Acrobatic alligators achieve astonishing agility
Pieces from a collaborative project, taking a photograph and exploring the memories it holds. These pieces are intended to be part of an interactive exhibition where the audience can pick then up, examine them and explore their hidden memories.
It was back in 2011 that I first came across the Sketchbook Project run by the Brooklyn based Art House and I've been contributing ever since with 6 books now available to view in their library. I wanted to do something a little different this year so used the theme mountain and a concertina design to create a fun panorama of a mountain range. All my past sketchbooks and lots of others from across the world can be viewed here in the digital library.
In between other projects I've finished another brief for the Children's Book Diploma I've been doing. This time it was all about working with watercolours, something I don't use too often so it was a fun challenge. Firstly we had to draw 3 or 4 animals doing funny things, paint them in a bright colour then use a contrasting colour to add detail or patten, I did find this a bit hard, knowing who much to let the first colour dry before adding the second but I think they work ok and I love the fox.
The second piece was an illustration for a story called 'Fiery Fred'
about a young dragon who can't control his fiery breath and has set fire
to a village. Again there are bits I'm happy with like Fred and bits
that on reflection I could improve, like smoke from the fire but I was
happy to get an overall mark of 76% for both pieces.