On Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th of May I attended the British Council’s Going Global event in Westminster, London. Myself and a few other students were selected to produce illustrations for selected conferences. For some we stood using tables and flipcharts/easels and others we sat on the floor. Each conference was roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and we worked on A1 flipchart/ newsprint paper. The work produced served the function of helping delegates get more out of the conferences, many viewed the work afterwards and took photos.
My approach was to utilise the words said, and produce free-associated imagery. A large proportion of my pieces were majorly words. It was strange listening and experiencing talks centrally about education and cities, because I realised that I was observing what I was hearing. I was listening, but not in the usual sense. Instead of processing and absorbing the information, I was bouncing it onto paper. Doing this for over an hour at a time became exhausting, but the quick nature of how I work really lent itself to this process. Since there was a lot of information being thrown in my direction at once, I started to take notes during the talks, often on the same page I was working on, and referred to them at a later point.
I feel fortunate to have got this opportunity to represent the University of Brighton at this massive global event, and I have learnt and gained experience from it. I also ate a lot of free food, mainly potatoes which took the form of roasted and mashed. Cooked to perfection.
For my father’s birthday I did a painting of the dogger, Ambino.
I took photos during the painting, and collated them together into this gif:
When compared to my other work, there is a dramatic difference. I don’t always paint or create with the goal of realism, I keep things rather abstract and experimental. However, I know I poses the technical skill and knowledge to create realistically, I just choose not to. This is for a number of reasons but mostly because I don’t find it half as fun. Yes, I do get satisfaction from realism, a nice feeling of acceptance and validation as a stereotypical illustrator/artist in the eyes of most people. Buuuuuuuuutttttttttttttttttttt painting and creating complete fiction is similarly satisfying but not everyone thinks its good because it isn’t anything, its just a squiggle and clearly that takes no artistic skill, a child could have done that what even is modern art hah its just created by big people with big hands and stuff who do a thing and another person gives them money but it isn’t even something which I understand because I am a boring person who goes to galleries because they are trendy. Wah. I do incorporate elements of real life into my work, and I do enjoy that. I find producing realism all the time gets very stressful and difficult as there is a definitive right and wrong. It either looks like a thing or it doesn’t. And thats a lot of unnecessary pressure, especially if there’s a deadline attached. And thats where it gets interesting.
Anyway, happy birthday Dad :))
I added a new tshirt to my store, its from a drawing I did quite a while ago, and has been on my wall for a good month and I’d look at it occasionally thinking that would look good on a tshirt…
Over the Christmas period, I bought a rabbit night light, but I ended up not giving it to anyone, so I had it left over. It is quite small, and when turned on, scales through a sequence of different colours. The actual Rabbit is white, but the coloured LED inside shines through. I had an idea to illustrate it because I thought it would look interesting when the different colours shine through. This is the end result:
While gathering and uploading these photos I had an idea to make them into a GIF:
Made on photoshop
So I was messing around with making a super simple Gif.. not that I have the time to mess around, but here we go
So, whilst I was trying to fall asleep the other day, as usual, I had a million thoughts and ideas keeping me awake, and one of them was to do Instagram portraits.
I posted on my Instagram account:
It asked people to inbox me if they would like me to produce a blind portrait of them. I got quite a few responses and here are some of the portraits that I did:
Im not entirely sure why I did this, but I did enjoy creating them! I’m sure somewhere down the line I could use this sort of thing for a project, but for right now, it is a fun. I chose to produce blind portraits because I love drawing blind, especially faces, especially if their teeth are on show. I just love the unique and almost accidental outcomes which are achieved. The process and conflict of what you think you are drawing, and what you are actually drawing.
I made the above gif a while ago in my free time as an experiment, and I am rather proud of it and I would like to explore moving image in my future work, through gifs, animation, film etc.