Friday, 29 May 2015

Daily Drawing: One to six

Daily drawing I'll try and keep up with for a while. Jake is doing this too!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Salts Mill, Saltaire

Jake and I recently took a trip to Saltaire which is a Victorian model village situated in West Yorshire just a fifteen minute train journey from Leeds. (A model village being a sepcifically built place to house workers which in this case is Salts Mill.) Salts Mill is now a really cool vibrant arts space combined with little shopping areas and cafes, but the place as a whole is sooo dreamy and beautiful especially on a really sunny day which thankfully it was!
David Hockney - The Arrival of Spring 
They have a great selection of arty supplies
So much Hockney that I am now officially a Hockney fan
They have a permanent David Hockney exhibition in the 1853 gallery along with a pretty good selection of artists books and art materials and 'The Arrival of Spring' (another Hockney exhibition) on the third floor. I did buy some new paper ready for some printing experiments but lets not share how much that was, as expected everything was a bit pricey including the food so we just went and had fish and chips instead. I really couldn't get enough of this place, it's like something from The Sims it just doesn't seem real. If you're interested in getting more info this is their website; I know my friends would love this place so I will have to return with them one day!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Going Going Gone: LCA Art Foundation Exhibition

Since it's just about the end of the year there are many exhibitions to see which is always good fun, especially when there is such a variety of work like with the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course. Leeds College of Art recently exhibited their Foundation course and there is A LOT to be mesmerized by from fashion to fine art, graphics to illustration and jewellery making to product design. Here are my favourites; I tried to make sure I had all of the artists/designers names but a couple are missing so if you happen to know who they are feel free to fill me in!
Hannah Ackroyd
Nirvana Jalalvand

Isabel Cooper
Siobhan Spencer
Kate Powell
Margaret Andrews, Ella D'Aguilar
You can find more info at  LEEDS COLLEGE OF ART  if you happen to be in the area but I think I will also be taking a few pictures at the degree show which is exhibiting in June. I really can't wait to see what the standard of work is like and to get a better look at what the third years on my course have been getting up to.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Life lately: New stuff

New glasses- and cats of course!
Hello! (I don't know why I put the cats in there, they're cute but not relevant.) As you may or may not be aware I have officially finished my first year of university and now my summer finally begins. In blog terms this means I now have huge amounts of free time on my hand and many ideas for posts I'm excited to write. I'm very interested in turning this space into a more useful blog rather than a "hey look at me, look at my design!" kind of thing (although these posts will still be around, there is nothing wrong with a bit of self promotion) and even though I love to see my progress with summer here I won't have large amounts of work to share all of the time anyway. 

Talking about recent changes I also had my hair cut very short and choose a new pair of Barbour glasses! I was really into the circular lenses since my friends kept getting them and I am very happy with these. I don't really need to wear them all of the time, although everything in the distance is still a little blurry, however I just love them so much I can't stop wearing them. A haircut was definitely needed, It was a gross mess before and really needed livening up. It had gotten to the point where I was just trying to grow it and there wasn't much of a style... it was not good! Now it's thick and healthy and I can stop moaning about how terrible it was. 
This might not be very interesting but I started to use Pinterest again: PINTEREST.COM/AMYHODKIN
I didn't used to get it but after having to research for Level 5 it really came in handy... So much art, fashion and print inspiration! I've never been so overwhelmed with research and beautiful imagery. I feel so dumb for not using it sooner.
Working with paint pens and the arty walls in Trinity 
For summer I have various things already planned like exhibitions, holidays and festivals which I'm very excited for. I also want to start making things with the dream of opening an online shop next year, selling prints and maybe some more of these guys but this is depending on how everything goes and how stressful university will be. Soon I'll be back home in Chesterfield and away from Leeds which I'm quite sad about as I'm really starting to like it here, but I can't wait to continue with the blog and record my happenings over summer! 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

My favourite drawing materials

Recently I came across Annie's blog and it's certainly been inspiring me. In March Annie posted about her favourite illustration materials in the form of a video so I thought why not share my own favourites! I don't know if it will help but I had fun writing it, it might steer you towards some new arty supplies you never would have thought about using or get you in the mood to be a little creative! :) 

These two are linked together because I looove the contrast between them. Usually when I draw with ink (sometimes with a paintbrush, sometimes with a stick, depending on the marks) I have to work back into it with graphite. The ink is so messy and free, I love the little splashes and mistakes that derive from ink.
Graphite can be used either softly or harshly and creates a number of textures. I'm not fussy with what brands I buy for either of these- Ink can be quite expensive however I find that the cheaper brands work just as good as the expensive ones so buy whichever you can afford and the same goes for graphite really.

Pencils are too soft and light for me so I tend to stay away from them. I favour materials which are more permanent because then the marks are a lot more expressive instead of them being kept comfortable and rigid- don't be scared to make mistakes! It's all part of the process. Fineliners are a good start because they're available in lots of different sizes; you can go for a large broader pen or a teeny tiny one which is great for very detailed drawings. I don't have any preference when it comes to which fine liners I buy.
Posca paint pens are lovely water-based markers which are amazing for adding bold colours; because they are 'paint pens' they are very highly pigmented so you can use them over any surface. They also come in a range of sizes and I personally find the white is great for adding detail back in to my drawings!
Posca pens can be used over any surface and leave a bright, solid colour- need to be left to dry for a few minutes after using
Promarkers are a more watery pen which are great for including hints of colour; for instance I used to use these a lot in my simple fashion illustrations. They are double sided with a thick and thin nib and come in a range of shades from pastels to brights. These aren't my go to materials although I still like to have some lying around in case I need to quickly liven up any sketches.
Promarkers are a little more washed out and great for blending colours
(And glue.) I do purposely include these materials in my drawings sometimes but they are also my life savers because they can cover any mistakes. If something goes wrong I can apply a strip of paper over it or just mark it off with a piece of masking tape and draw back into it- adds texture, and looks like it was meant to be. Masking tape and brown paper however may not be loved by everybody (my tutor hates it!) Also, if you find giant pieces of white paper or blank pages in sketchbooks intimidating to draw on you can always collage some grounds before drawing- this helped me a lot during my Art Foundation.
Collaging pages up before I draw on them already gives me something to work with so it's not just a blank page
These are just materials I love to use and there is definitely no right or wrong way to draw or make art. Don't just take my word for it- I might like using ink, but you might find it too messy and annoying. Try out lots of different things to see what you're comfortable working with! Personal art styles flourish over time and It takes a lot of trial and error to find out what works best for you.  (Also, all opinions here are my own- I'm not a professional art advice giver (?) just an experienced design student sharing materials I have grown to love over the years.)

Monday, 11 May 2015

Journaling + thoughts on blogging

Journal page | My fave treats and reward for finishing my first year at LCA!
I handed in my last project of first year today and it feels so goooood! The year isn't really over just yet as I still have a report to write up and a presentation to err, present, but my actual arty-textile side is done for now until I move in to second year in September. That means summer is very close and I couldn't be happier!
I haven't been journaling as much as I would've liked to but here's a couple of my favourite pages at the minute. I'm still trying to complete a roll of film and I don't want to be that person who always makes excuses but I find it really hard to take pictures whilst I'm busy with uni stuff, I guess my mind is busy elsewhere leading an actual social life and creating wonderful things. I'm really proud of everything I've made this year, it's all very me. There's no project I regret and would want to hide right now and that makes me really happy. I'm definitely going in the right direction!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Abstract fashion prints

I've been busy doing more drawings but this time I used a loooong roll of paper and listened to music while I did it so the marks are continuous and a direct response to what I was listening to at the time. I didn't make many alterations in Photoshop (maybe turned up the brightness, contrast and saturation a little) but I thought they'd look great as placement prints as I like the way the brush strokes can go diagonally across the body straight through the neckline. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Hey May!

April has been and gone. Here's what I've been up to in the past couple of weeks:
  • Visited Get Baked in Leeds for the first time and it was amazing and cool.
  • I even had a popcorn cocktail. (It actually had popcorn in it so it was very sweet!)
  • I've been loving the bright orange of these flowers, they are such a lovely vibrant colour.
  • Painting on to fabric... I'm really unsure about my project right now because:
  • the colours aren't great,
  • there is too much black,
  • I'm stuck with development...
  • All will fall in to place. (I hope.)
  • To cheer me up in my downfall: Scone making! I think they were a success. 

Have a great month! I'll be posting once a week as usual, maybe more if something else crops up that I'd like to share. ☺

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