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Small Collection

A small publication I made awhile back that I stumbled onto. I love collage and I especially like painting onto collage to make a busy image. Some may say less is more but in this case I disagree. I find that as long as the images chosen match in colour pallet and composition the image will normally be effective. The use of white ink instead of black helps to keep a fluidity to the image.
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Penguin Book Cover Design

As a part of my Uni work I have been designing a book cover for the Student Design Awards at Penguin books. I was most interested in the Adult Fiction book, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee so I decided to go with my gut instinct. I had read the book 4 years ago and absolutely loved it. The contrast between the light-hearted child’s voice and the harsh reality of the times makes for an interesting and emotional read. My intention was to produce a cover that hinted at the negative and dark aspects of the book, in previous editions it had been depicted as a subtle, feminine, childlike way that hid the significance of the book. I wanted to make a change.

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Interview with the Frame Centre

For my Uni course, me and 3 other students were tasked with interviewing someone in any of the varying aspects of the art community based off what area we hoped to get into in our professional career. As we were all interested in different things we decided the best way to get a range of information was to interview a gallery. This way we learn how a gallery functions and how artists make careers from their art.

We managed to find a gallery in Farnham that interested us and arranged an interview with the part owner Caroline. The Frame Centre is not only a gallery but they professionally frame art, memorabilia and anything required.

When we first entered the gallery you can see straight away a wide collection of different types of frames, different colours and materials. They also have some posters and leaflets to describe and explain the benefits to different methods and materials. Its clear they want for all their clients to be educated about what they’ll receive and be buying.

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One of the first things we were interested to know was how the gallery stocked their art. Caroline explained that they use publishers to buy their art, this is because all the licensing and prices are decided already between the artist and publisher and it means they don’t have to worry about anything. I hadn’t thought of going to a publishers before but through the information Caroline gave it makes sense to ensure that you have someone to sell your art and sort all the paperwork so that we, the artist, are being treated fairly.

Caroline also explained that they prefer using smaller publishers than the more ‘upmarket’ publishers as they find more artists that are ‘unknown’. This way they get people that will soon become popular and desirable. They like to keep ahead of the trends.

While we were there I saw a lot of art that I found interesting and its always good to know what type of work is being sold and stocked in galleries.

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Jane Morgan, ‘Evening Moonlight Shade’
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Richard Johnston, ‘Twilight Muse’
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Sketchbook work

I find that my sketchbook work tends to be very centered around portraits and quotes. I suppose that’s because I find faces to interesting and that I enjoy creating narratives in peoples faces.

Most of the time in my sketchbooks I draw in Biro or any black pen I have to hand. First I’ll find inspiration, either in image, person, object or quote and I’ll do a rough idea of what I want to page to look like and to make sure the features are accurate.

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Then I go in with pen and once that’s done I decide if I want to add another aspect to make the drawing mixed media. Most of the time if I feel an image needs it I would add watercolour, either to add more tone or to brighten it up with some colour.

 

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First Post

It’s almost Christmas!

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As my first post I thought it would be appropriate to centre around the theme of this snowy white occasion. It’s my favourite holiday, I love decorations and showing people my love and I always include my love of art into my gifts. Last year I got into a new hobby thanks to X-Mas and I thought I would share this with you.  Candles!  Continue reading “First Post”