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…. you can pick all of the pieces that you want, but you never know how it’s going to turn out! The other week Laura from Cardboard Cities asked twitter for collage ‘volunteers’. Sometimes creatives just need something fun to work on, and being a big fan of Laura’s work, I sent my photo over faster than you can say collage! As expected, I love what she did with my face: Blue hair… what do...

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A few weeks ago Cass Art offered to send me a mystery new product – how could I say no? I’ll admit, I’m a bit behind on posting these but if you’ve been reading recent posts I’m sure you know that I’ve been a bit busy! (If not, where have you been!?) So, what arrived on my doorstep? At the beginning of November Winsor & Newton released an amazing new product: Pigment Markers. It’s like painting,...

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I’ve had the new Magma pocket edition sketchbooks* sat on my desk at work for just over a week now, so now that I’ve had a bit of use out of them I thought it was about time I shared them with you guys! You might be familiar with the name Magma (if not where have you been); a shop selling the best books, magazines and other printed design matter. There are currently 3 Magma...

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So after attending the Information Is Beautiful 2013 Awards the other week, it got me thinking about design awards and competitions. I’ve been moved back home for just over a month now and when I first came back I found a letter which my mum had put in my room: I’m sure you can read it, but I’ll just explain anyway. 15 years ago in April 1998, I was an 8 year old who loved...

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After a busy Bank Holiday weekend, I’m back with my sketchbook! I was thinking the other day that if I’d been logical about it, I could have gone up/down Steep Hill, but of course, I haven’t been logical because where’s the fun in that!? (it won’t matter anyway unless you know Lincoln) So in a big leap from the very top, to the very bottom: I kinda feel like because these little houses are right at the...

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Last Wednesday I began a sketch up the top of Lincoln’s lovely Steep Hill (Britain’s great street winner 2012!) but I didn’t get very far due to it deciding to rain… But it doesn’t rain all the time in Lincoln (the weather has actually been really nice at points!) so I headed back to the same bench to continue my sketch… (Photo kindly taken by Glen) But did I finish it? No. From one extreme...

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So now that I’m getting into the habit of taking my sketchbook with me, I have a couple of sketches from my travels. I didn’t get time to sketch in Nottingham but I made a flying visit to London at the weekend to see my friend’s band (Young Aviators – Irish rascals) play a gig. The morning after, I found myself in Kings Cross for 4 hours: It’s actually quite hard to find somewhere to sit...

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I’m not scared of heights. I’m not scared of the dark. I’m scared of my sketchbooks. Well not actually scared of the physical item but more of what comes with owning one… the sketching! I think I’ve spoken about this before but I can’t put pencil to paper. When I was younger I used to be really good at drawing (for an 8 year old – I won competitions and everything) and I don’t know...

I just read back through my last post and realised…. I haven’t really explained the artistic direction of my Zine. (Before you start reading… I’m in a chatty mood so this is going to be a lot of writing! So get a coffee & get comfy!) From my drawings you can get that I am going with what I like to call ‘Type-llustration’ – typographical illustration. It’s completely not me – I’m not an amazing...

With it being Valentine’s day yesterday and all, I thought it was about time to post about Marian’s work seeing as I’ve had this drafted since before christmas(which is quite weird considering the subject)! Whether you are loved up or anti-valentines, theres no denying that these laser cut, used Christmas cards from 2010 are beautiful! Marian asked her friends to send her used christmas cards and 500 cards later…. … she had a lot of hearts!...

Yesterday we got all sketchy in class with some old format technology! Old Macs, Typewriters, Cameras, Floppy Disks, Stereos… the list goes on! Armed with lots of pens, pencils and paints we flexed our creative muscles: As an 80’s child (for 6 days) I decided to take the Neon approach for my stereo… Then in groups of 3 we produced a big drawing, starting from the same point but in each of our own different...

So, it’s been such a busy week and I’ve been really under the weather too which hasn’t helped 🙁 Some might know about my love for Harry Potter, so no surprise that I saw it Sunday 🙂 Come Tuesday, I thought I was actually at Hogwarts! Let me explain… Tuesday has become sketching project/Cafe Nero afternoon day. Last week we had to draw people we wouldn’t usually observe and I expressed my new found love...

Today a group of us got comfy in Nero to do some people watching/ observational drawing. It was my first proper coffee shop coffee – I am completely clueless about all the different coffee types but Helen was kind enough to fill me in 🙂 I had a Caramelatte and a Spiced Apple and Pecan Muffin –  both very yummy! To be honest, I don’t really like drawing because I know I’m not good at it/cannot...

Pencil, pencil crayons, fine liners, felt tips, paint, collage and 4 hours to produce 100 different variations of teapots or skulls. It felt a bit like the Mad Hatter’s tea party…. the majority of people chose teapots, including me! 100 drawings sounds ALOT but it was ok up until about 60; that’s when I started to get stuck for ideas. There were sooooo many good ideas/pages – from pumpkin teapots to typographic teapots, and even...

Here’s a question for you: What can you make with….. …A Morrison’s Value mixing bowl A metre of green ribbon An A1 sheet of green card An A4 sheet of red paper A black polystyrene pizza packaging tray A metre of white cotton material and A Poundland Solar Panel Garden Post Light? (which I got I.D.ed for because apparently it could be used as a weapon so you need to be 21 to buy it – so...

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