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I am a recently graduated Illustration student receiving a First Class honours Degree in my field, from the University of Lincoln, I love acrylic paint, flowers and the 1970s.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

East Midlands Healthcare Competition

After much stressing Ive managed to complete another competition piece for an East Midlands Healthcare Competition.

I didnt realise the deadling was so soon, and so I've been stressing a little, but managed to get it done just in time, I'm going to send tomorrow morning.



The Compeition required you to select a topic relevant to healthcare and the Sciences, and then produce an artistic response to your desired topic.

After Suffering from frequent migraines from an early age, as well as witnessing my mother suffer from the condition,  I wanted to highlight the condition and produce a piece that demonstrated the sensitivity to light and sound when experiencing a Migraine.

I wanted to do this in a charming and playful way, and put across my thoughts without appearing to dark and miserable. For this I chose to use visual signifiers that represent the ideas hopefully, in a visually attractive and playful way.

I chose to use a monkey and symbols to represent the sensitivity to sound, an angle poise lamp to represent sensitivity to light and a woodpecker to put across the thumping and repetivitive pain felt in the head.

I choose a colour scheme, that I hoped would be quite limited in colour, but the piece ended up, being alot more colourful than I originally imagined.

Merz box Competition

Ive been trying to upload this for ages! But the internet where I live has been having problems, so Ive decided to take a trip to the library to upload this post!

I have worked on a piece for a competition involving  short stories by Kurt shcwitters. The story that was given to me is called 'The Flat and the Round Painter'. I decided to focus on a few lines of the story rather than trying to sum up the whole story. Im not sure if this was a good idea or not, but I wanted to limit myself to one area, so that I could create something highly crafted and further develop my painting skills.
For this I chose to do a portrait of one of the characters mentioned in my story. I chose to Illustrate the 'Queen' character.

I focused on the lines :


So he painted a queen. She had an enormous velvet skirt on her legs, and a crown on her head, and a shock of hair under the crown, which looked like a cake, so beautifully was it done

My response is heavily influenced by lowbrow/ pop surrealism, especially the work of Mark Ryden and Ana Bagayan.






This image is a scan, and the final image has gold leaf along the crown of the queen, however it wouldnt show up on the scan, so I did this after scanning. As the piece is a crafted artifact, rather than being produced for print, I thought it would be a nice idea to add the gold leaf, and make the piece more decorative.

The Image will be housed in a wooden frame, which has a door on it. Ive already sourced a lovely ornate brass handle for the door, Im just waiting for the frame to put together and assembled by my carpenter other half.

I'm then going to paint relevant royal signifers and imagery appropriate to the piece on the door. Just in time for the hand in, which I think is around april, so Ive got a bit of time to play around with imagery to paint onto the door!... I'll keep you posted.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Competition work -'The bloody chamber and other stories ' by Angela Carter

Competition Work

Over the Christmas period, Ive been doing some work for the Folio Society's book competition. I had to pick at least 25 lines from three prescribed stories, and then illustrate the text i'd chosen. I also had to produce a book binding draft.  All the work is for Angela Carter's book, 'The Bloody Chamber and other Stories'. 

Th Bloody Chamber

'What is that  key?' I demanded for his chaffing had made me bold'.


Puss in Boots

'Dear god!' the lady says, and jumps. I see, too, ah, sentimental thing! clutches a well- thumbed letter.'Puss in Boots!'


The Company of Wolves

'See! sweet and sound she sleeps in granny's bed, between the paws of the tender wolf.'