Thursday, 23 October 2008

My First Homemade Doll

I pulled out this photo from one of my early childhood photo albums. This photo was taken when I was roughly six or seven years of age. The doll in this picture was my first attempt at doll making. I raided my mum's craft basket, resulting in this crazy, armless stocking doll with thunder thighs. I remember being pleased with my creation, but was also told never to go into the craft basket again.

Colour Madly

Feeling Sort of Blue

This is how I am feeling today.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Blue Moment

I am having one of those blue moments, where I just can't see it happening for me. Darn those rejection letters! What they really should be called is "infection letters", because those singular pieces of paper have such a paralysing affect. Words are so potently powerful and even if written politely a person can still be thrown off balance and are left feeling doubtful in their own artistic abilities.

I wonder if Andy Warhol ever felt like this. Were there moments when he considered throwing in his screen printing inks after reading an "infection letter"?

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Fashion Illustration Sunday

These are my contributions to  today's "Fashion Illustration Sunday".

For the majority of these illustrations I began with a grey lead, then added the colours, and finished off with black pen for a more striking effect.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Fashionable Apple Blossom Girl

This is my Saturday morning contribution to my blog. The more I have fun in Photoshop, the more I learn.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Inspirational Board Friday

Todays theme is non-specific. In fact it is, as the board states, a stream of consciousness. There isn't a whole lot I feel like saying about the visuals of this one, except that these interested me.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

The Tagging Game

I am rather excited! I have been tagged for the very first time! So here it is...

I have been tagged by Evie of Handmade Romance blogging fame, to tell you"six little things about myself"

The rules of the game:
• Link to the person who tagged you.
• Mention the rules.
• Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
• Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
• Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged.

Six facts about myself:
1. I have bilateral subluxing sternoclavicular joints. This means that when I lift my arms in the air my collar bones move and lift as well.

2. I once interviewed Bruce Mansfield live on his 3AW Friday night radio show.

3. Part of my childhood was spent in a mixed Australian/American community in Woomera, so at an early age my accent had a slight American twang.

4. When I was a child I had a crush on Bumblebee the Autobot (Transformers). Still do.

5. In my early childhood I showed signs of being ambidexterous, until primary school, back in the days when the use of the left hand was still discouraged. I can still do some things quite comfortably with both hands, such as playing pool.

6. When I was a child I was a fan of "Jem & the Holograms" and intended that I would be just like Jem when I grew up. Alas I am now all grown up and the fantasy continues.

And should you wish to play this game the six people I am tagging are: The Moldy Doily, The Art Studio, sfgirlbybay, Tom Bagshaw, Happy to See You, and Crowded Teeth

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Fashion Illustration Sunday

I am starting a new art project. I will dedicate my Sunday's for my hand drawn fashion illustrations.

And beginning today I bought a little sketch book from which the above illustration is my first practice piece.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Pleasant Surprise

I have had a bit of luck today in Photoshop. I already knew how to create a brush, but I did not know how to manipulate the brush into complex patterns beyond the standard stencil effect.

So today I did some fiddling around in Photoshop determined to uncover it's hidden treasures. The result of which has been this image which was one of my first samples of a scattered paint brush effect.

This is a very proud and happy moment for me.

Get Well Soon Loobylu

This is a get well response for Claire Robertson (aka Loobylu). I hope you feel well soon and that this illustration helps you to feel better.

Do take care of yourself Claire!

My Saturday Mosaic

1. Kup Kup Petit Pâtisserie, 2. Scenery 32, 3. fairies don't eat fish, 4. a family in the city, 5. one of my old handbuilt claypots, 1993?, 6. Untitled, 7. Vintage Inspired Perfume Bottles, 8. Machine embroidered flower, 9. anunciaçao winter 08, 10. a new wonderoos illustration, 11. 324_14, 12. Large Tote with Webbing, 13. Girly Floral Beach Bag with drawstring and Belt loops, 14. cut paper illustration of a cute gal, 15. Donatella, 16. itiki_ss20, 17. meet rosa in cut paper art, 18. Estampa Think Pink, 19. ME AT LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY, 20. Commission, 21. [ Faixa 01 ], 22. IIFF, 23. Punk Rock, 24. Untitled, 25. craft fairy, 26. ya gotta wear shades...., 27. V-Day Hiroshima 2008, 28. Hearts hearts hearts, 29. Punk Kitty, 30. a tea party for vickie..., 31. dollz-006 VENDIDA, 32. pink bird, 33. Wiener Gasse, 34. fairy closeup..., 35. WILDLIFE, 36. Heather

This is a mosaic of some of my favorite photos and illustrations as found on Flickr. As can be seen I have rather an ecclectic taste and am often attracted to purple, lilac and pink.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Apple Blossom Girl

This is my completed Apple Blossom Girl artwork. On and off this piece of art took me about a week to create. The original concept sketch for this piece can be seen here.

Yep! Feeling pretty happy with the outcome.

Inspirational Board Friday

This week my inspirational board theme is Prince of Persia... A few years ago my husband, M-Boo, gave me the first Prince of Persia PS game for Christmas, and he also introduced me to the original version which he had on his old Nintendo.

I was instantly attracted to both versions of the game particularly the remake and it's sequels. And it all had to do with the amazing artwork - the sets, textures, shadow detail, colour, lighting - the absolute works. The design skill that went into bringing Prince of Persia to life blew me away. While there have been games that I previously admired none had sets that charmed me the way Prince of Persia had done. With the exception of the scary monsters it is a truly wondrous experience taking The Prince through the many landscapes.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

What am I reading?

Just thought I would mention... I am currently reading a book called The Heart Garden, written by Janine Burke. It is the life story of Sunday Reed and her home Heide.
Sunday Reed is a fascinating woman, particularly for her time and breeding. I am still reading the early chapters of the book but so far my favorite quote has been the following:
"That is a very important thing... to have enough dark in your picture to give significance to your light." - Atyeo
I know that this is technical art reference, yet I cannot help believing that this can also mean so much more in life.
Reading about Sunday makes me wish that I had the chance to meet this woman in real life. The best I can do however is to simply enjoy reading about her and imagining that I might have known her well had she been born in my time. Perhaps in reading about her I feel that I am partly looking at myself in the mirror.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Apple Blossom Girl - In Progress

This is a rough concept sketch for my latest piece of art. I roughed this sketch out last week and on Sunday I began developing the layers in Photoshop.

This will piece will take me a while longer to do than many of my previous pieces. This is simply because I intend to take a less basic approach and place a lot more enhanced detail into the final image. Ultimately I want the final piece to be almost realistic but still belong to the world of comic book candy colours.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Apple Blossoms

This is a paint brush that I have just created in Photoshop. It is based on a photo that I took of an apple blossom plant in my garden.

This image kind of reminds me of when I used to hobby in pressed flowers. Only in this case I am creating the pressings digitally.

My Latest Crave Fave Rave

Let me tell you, the latest Illustrator to catch my eye is Tom Bagshaw. It was only a week ago that I encountered his art style and it was an instant hit for me.

I had been reading the August edition of Computer Arts and there was an article about him and his work. The magazine gave him a brief which resulted in the following piece of art.

To find out more about Tom Bagshaw and his fantastical art you can check it out at the following links:

Definitely worth a look in!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

The Mists of Bamboo Island

This is a new piece of Photoshop art from moi. It is titled "The Mists of Bamboo Island" or alternatively "Bamboo Island".

Friday, 3 October 2008

Inspirational Board Friday

My theme this week for the inspirational boards is flowers. More specifically flowers being used as hair adornment. I am certainly feeling the need to have more flowers in my life - whether it be in the garden, in the house and even on my person. Perhaps the next time I get all dressed up I will add a flower to my hairdo. Spring is in the air - it is showing and I am feeling it.

Mon thème cette semaine pour les conseils inspirés est des fleurs. Plus spécifiquement fleurs étant employées comme ornement de cheveux. Je sens certainement la nécessité d'avoir plus de fleurs dans ma vie - si elle soit dans le jardin, dans la maison et même sur ma personne. Peut-être la prochaine fois que j'obtiens tous habillés vers le haut j'ajouterai une fleur à ma coiffure. Le ressort est dans le ciel - il montre et je suis sentiment il.

Get Sticky with Book-o-bundles

Rather proudly I can talk about my little Book-o-bundles that I created a few weeks ago. Nine of these wonderful and colourful fold out books make a fantastic gift for a loved one, or even for yourself. The bookend designs will make your day, and the inside is just waiting to be filled and doodled in by whomever buys these.

And, these little books are available at Sticky, the zine shop in Melbourne city. 
Sticky: Degraves Subway
Shop 10 Campbell Arcade
Melbourne Victoria Australia

So if you are interested in these fabulously fun books... 
best to move quickly 
and get yourself to Sticky.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

I Have Mad Skills

Herein is my latest t shirt design at Red Bubble. When I was preparing this design I was feeling the need to write in French. I sure hope my words translated well.

To see more of my artwork at Red Bubble simply follow this link.

I Was Once A Fairy

I found online, a short theatre news highlight from the Melbourne Observer (May 2007) promoting a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by the Beaumaris Theatre Company. I played Mustardseed, one of the many silly fairies in the play written by William Shakespeare.

I had fun being in the play and despite the exhaustion it was great to be focused on something different outside of the office.

Then when it was all over it was also wonderful to re-enter the real world and have a good night's rest.