Saturday, 24 October 2009


Well - that's that project over with.

I'm tired now. Yes, it's been three days, but I still feel like I'm trying to catch up on sleep. However, clocks go back tonight so hey, I get an extra hour!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Beat it, flaps.

I fear I may have OD'd on Black Books and Hairspray this weekend.
Ah. Just under two hours sleep and all I have to show for being kept awake is my harlot.. InDesign layout, and a few more prospective grey hairs.
One down, two to go.

Not much to report, just spent the last week slaving away by my desk.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Derren Brown

I'll admit - I've always been fascinated by Derren Brown. But after following up a link he tweeted this morning, I feel I must now adore the man..
If you haven't already, do me the greatest of favours and click the image below..

Gawjus, non? I've always wanted to grasp the art of caricaturing people, but never feel confident with the exaggerations I make.

Oh well. Anyway, coursework..
As much as the above image ties in well with my three point concept, it currently has no direct connection to the article itself. The basis is there to work on, and I have my ideal design for all three illustrations sat dallying about in my mind, I just now need to find a biro and get on with them..

I am so miffed about being encouraged (through "workshops") to pursue nonliteral approaches in reference to the brief. I fully appreciate that these workshops are set to allow us to broaden our approach to design, but I just feel that with regard to the content of the brief, they were set at the wrong time.

To look at it logically, you, the illustrator, aren't going to be behind every reader's shoulder explaining the connection between your concept and the article just so they can comprehend it; that would be absurd. Therefore any illustrative narrative should come as a direct response to the body of the article, it should tie in comfortably and speak for itself.

I just feel the approach we've been pushed towards is wrong. I feel the initial "listen to it once" was a waste of a week. You can't formulate ideas without having studied what you've been asked to respond to.

With all this in mind, I'm actually quite looking forward to the crit on Monday for hand-in.

Anyway, I now have a nose to blow and a biro to find..

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Stamp me Helvetica

I'm contemplating getting a tattoo. A small tattoo. A perfectly formed tattoo. A beautiful tattoo. A Helvetica tattoo.

My issue is (with tattoos as a whole) as much as I have an utter adoration for the art, I don't trust people.. Or myself.. I'm nit-picky; if I design something I expect it to be as perfect as I can possibly make it, but if I hand it to someone else to transfer onto a part of my body I'd expect it to be a million times better than perfect. Thus, making the whole permanent thing with the medium rather annoying.. And not only am I a nit-picking perfectionist but I'm also female, which begs another problem; it is my obligation to change my mind every five minutes, therefore I can never settle on a desired design for more than the stated time.

This is where our good ole' friend Helvetica comes in. It's classic, sexy, timeless, inspirational, versatile and just generally really rather epic. I've been toying with the idea for a while, but have shelved it each and every time because I fear it be considered just too.. Ermm. Pretentious?
This said, after a good half hour browsing for other folk with Helvetica tattoos, I came across..

Which I actually think has sold me to the idea.

So, here I am looking for opinions. Care to share?

(By the way, what's up with blogger double spacing between some paragraphs but behaving with others?.. This has taken me half hour to format properly!)

Monday, 12 October 2009


In more ways than one. My nose refuses to play ball as does my brain.
Failed driving test number two, by the way. Next one is booked for November 10th. Sigh.
Not much else to report. Just spent the day having a blast with inks, for the sake of Miss Woolf.


Friday, 2 October 2009

Poor Beggar

Over the past few days I've come to realise that my student loan isn't going to last me out to Christmas.. Which should make both the festive season and my 21st a rather interesting affair.

I've also realised NatWest are evil, money grabbing pillocks.. Charged for being overdrawn by 1p! What gets up my nose is that they waited a whole month before actually informing me of this, so the charge thundered up from an already unreasonable £26, to £81.05!
Sigh. Oh well.

First crit of the year today (..yesterday?) I feel reasonably confident so far, it's concise yet explored research, but most important of all, done. Concepts currently fail me, but hey, I've a week to mull things over so hopefully something will slap me in the face.
I don't like Virginia Woolf. She bores me. I feel uninspired by her words (I guess that's why I've substituted in Fry and Unwin..) And most of all, she reminds me of Thatcher (purely from a vocal perspective.)
I just want to illustrate..

Driving test tomorrow, attempt number two, another £123.
Fingers crossed, for my pocket's sake.