Posts Tagged ‘colour’

This Week’s Books

October 7, 2010

Hello! I apologise for it being over a week since my last post, I have been working hard on some secret little projects as well as some things of my own that I’m not quite ready to show yet.

So with an absence of original material, I’d like to talk about my shopping. Since the daylight is increasingly growing shorter up here I’ve been going on little book buying sprees, mostly art and comic books mind you but still worth talking about none the less.

Ok first on the list is ‘Lost Constellations’ which is the 2nd art book by Tara McPherson, one of my favourite artists.

In this volume you can clearly see how Tara’s work has progressed and matured since the last book whilst keeping her signature style and pallete perfectly intact. I’d definitely recommend this book to people who are interested in artists of today although one thing I would say is that if you own the first volume a lot of the same art appears.

Next on the list is the’ Juxtapoz Poster Art’ book,  as a big fan on the Juxtapoz art magazines when I heard they were releasing a poster art book I couldn’t help but scoop it up.

The book features art and interviews from hundreds of artists and illustrators and even from flicking through the first few pages I was left with a strong feeling that poster art is an amazing art form with great possibilities and shouldn’t be overlooked as just another form of advertising.

Ok, almost there, 3rd on the list is a comic by spanish illustrator Gabriella Giandelli entitled ‘Interiorae’. This is one of my ‘random’ finds, basically I don’t know where to start with comics so my usual approach is to flick through some things in the shop and see which pictures I like best, this one won.

It tells the story of a little old lady on a journey to her final resting place, and if not a bit sad I found it really beautiful, mostly because of the astounding artwork which has such a natural feel to it, top marks!

Right I’m almost done, Last on my list is Shaun Tans ‘The Arrival’ I’ve always been a huge fan of this guy ever since I read ‘The Red Tree’ which inspired me immensely.

What’s interesting about this is that it’s a story about immigration and about all the people in history who have journeyed to the unknown in search of a better life, it also has no words or text whatsoever, as if to help you relate with the books characters. But as usual what appeals to me most is the simply oustanding and painstakingly detailed artwork.

Well I hope you enjoyed that nosey into my shopping, I’ll be back soon with some new pictures!

Take care!

nx

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Sailing the Clockwork Sea

September 28, 2010

Hello! Hope you’re all doing well, I’ve been fairly busy this week, mostly with trying to balance my new job, my social life(if you’d call it that) and some commissions, one of which took me basically all week!
And that’s what I’d like to show off today.

It was for my good friend Campbell(Shambles)Miller’s new e.p entitled ‘Shambles Sails the Clockwork Sea’ and basically the brief was “I want to be sailing over a sea clocks” so I thought to myself  ‘ok, I’m no stranger to bizarre requests so I’ll give it a bash.’ and a week later this popped out.

I’m actually pretty chuffed with it, as with most pieces there were points I just felt like scrapping it but I stuck it through and Campbell was very happy with it so I’m glad I saw it to the end.

The e.p itself won’t be out till October but in the meantime you can check out his stuff here.

until next time spacefans!

nx

Finding Inspiration:5 tips from me to you

August 23, 2010

Hello there!

Today I’d like to talk about inspiration and where it can come from.

As a creative, I continuously run into walls and blocks where my mind just gets stuck and won’t work, but as someone who depends on their creativity to generate an income I have no choice but to do my best to overcome them.

So I’ve made a short list, with details, of some of my methods of sparking imagination, I hope this’ll be useful not just for artists but for other creatives too.

1.Getting outside the box


We all have our comfort zones, we all know what we’re good at and what we’re not good at but it’s when we take a little jump out of these zones that we can sometimes find other things we’re good at.

I don’t necessarily mean try totally different things, I think it’s more important to experiment with different approaches to what you’re already doing, for example In an artistic context it’s good to try or mix mediums you wouldn’t usually use, subjects you’ve never studied before and colours you wouldn’t normally think of using.

A little trick I sometimes try is drawing something with my left hand, which gives a little wake up call to right side of my brain which often goes into auto pilot after a while.

2. Research the competition


It’s a well known rule of life that there’s always going to be someone better than you, doing what you want to do just that little bit better. Of course this isn’t a bad thing, it’s good to know the competition and it also can be inspiring whilst giving you a good sense of direction.

This is something I quite often do, be it buying magazines and books, keeping tabs on my favourite artists, checking blogs or even just googling ‘robot painting’ to see Eric Joyner pop up and place a firm boot to my back side.

3. Carry a sketchbook/note taking

Some of our best ideas are forgotten about, this was what my last exhibition was solely based on.

Keeping a sketchbook, pad or note taking device is essential for creatives because lets face it, do you remember every idea you had today?

Even if you are 100% sure that you’ll remember a certain idea by the time you get home or wake up the next day make sure you take note anyways. sometimes when I’m having a block I’ll look into old sketchbooks and find great ideas that I’d totally forgotten about, after a while they turn into little idea banks!

On another note I always get ideas just as I’m falling asleep so keep a pad and pencil next to my bed just incase, although most of the time I wake up to find random babbling.

4. Go for a walk
Sounds simple enough? personally most of my blocks occur in the house, getting out and getting a bit of air and space to think is sometimes all you need, that said it also pays to not whap in the headphones and listen to your head for a while instead of drowning it out.

5.  Write and reflect

If like me, your work is inspired by life and its events this can be a really helpful practice. Basically it involves writing loosely about anything, your day, you’re weekend, you’re relationship with someone, (it doesn’t have to be incredibly important) and in most cases you’ll come across something you’ve forgotten about that’s worth making something of.

It can sometimes even be as simple as having a little reminisce of past events until something pops.

Well Thats all I have to offer, I hope you enjoyed my little tips and hope that one or two comes in handy one day.

If you have any of your own please let me know!

nx

Running on Empty

August 22, 2010

Robots,my favourite vehicles of expression.

As you can maybe guess I’ve been feeling a bit run down recently, mainly because I’ve been out and about so much and it’s starting to take a toll on my sleeping pattern and work ethic, im getting back to normal though I just need a good nights sleep and that’ll be me!

In other news, I’ve updated my shop, I’ll be sticking up a lot more stuff once my new prints arrive, which im quite excited about.

take care!

nx

5 Artists You Should Know About

August 5, 2010

Hello! hope you’re all well, this week I’ve been mainly blasting through some big paintings and commissions as well as other bits and bobs, unfortunately some of the commissions are confidential and I’ve yet to finish any of my personal paintings so I don’t have anything to show. But that doesn’t stop me from showing you some of my current favourite artists!

1.Amy Sol

Just now, I’m totally in love with how delicate her painting style is, and also how beautiful her muted pallet is, more about her here.

2. Tara Mcpherson

As some of you may know, I’ve been a huge fan of Taras work for a long time now, what I like most is her characters and the amount of detail that goes into her work, always inspiring. more about Tara here.

3. Ekundayo

Although primarily a street artist, I cant help but be amazed at Ekundayos acrylic work, seeing his work made me take the medium a lot more seriously, more about him here.

4.Noferin

When I first came across Noferin I was immediately drawn to the cute characters and the little stories behind them, noferins work is often refered to as ‘the greatest children’s story never told’ I am fortunate to own a print and limited edition toy of theirs :) more about noferin here.

5. Jeff Soto

I’ve always loved Jeff style and how he constantly pushes his medium to its limits, his robots and surreal style have very much inspired me, more about Jeff here.

Well that’s It for now, thanks for reading! and if you know of any cool artists I might like please let me know!

take care

nx

Blurry Photos of Things Still to Come

June 11, 2010

Hellooo!

Hope you’re having a nice day, I am! well to be honest I’ve been mega busy trying to finish college and keep on top of band stuff etc, anyways between stressing and working through to-do lists the size of my arm I had a little doodle to myself.

To be honest I’m not too sure where it came from, maybe it’s my subconscious longing for some freedom or maybe even a bit of neil time over the summer.

Anyways here’s hoping!

p.s I’m thinking of getting prints made of it, what do you think?

Take care!

nx

Sketchbook entry 20/3/10

March 21, 2010


90% of modern art is complete tosh, but that’s only my opinion and by no means an official figure.

nx

Sketchbook Entry 22/1/10

February 5, 2010

nx

My Favourite Jumper.

January 30, 2010

Hello! I’ve had quite an interesting week this week, of which, one of highlights was a lovely jumper i bought. I saw it last week and just couldn’t help myself, even though I’m mega skinto.
Anyways I think its a great jumper, its cosy and it looks quite old fashioned and so far everyone I’ve bumped into whilst wearing it has complemented what a lovely jumper it is, so i thought id draw a picture about it :)

next week, ill be doing an article on my favourite socks, have a cool day space fans!

p.s my last 2 prints are available from my etsy shop!

nx

A monster and some news!

November 29, 2009

Hello!

Hope everyones doing well, I’ve been getting stuck into my Christmas commissions this week, I actually don’t know how I’m going to finish them all!

Anyways,my first task was to paint some monsters for a close friend, and one of them really stood out to me, his name’s Jeff, He’s a toxic blob monster from Jupiter :)

If you’d like to make your own blob monsters i made a little tutorial a while ago.
In other news if you live around Glasgow i have a little stall in Mono in King’s court next sunday from 1 till 6pm.

Also from Friday till the following Thursday I’ll have a lot of new prints, postcards and paintings in the lovely Maisonette which is an absolutely beautiful new shop in the west end, for more info please go here

Wrap up!

nx


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