Friday, 16 November 2012

Fox and Bear Public House

With thanks to Fox and Bear Public House in Washington for choosing my work as their Facebook banner this week! I am flattered. Such a cute name for a pub :)

Soph x

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

RedBubble & Buck 65

So recently I made an 'officiall' RedBubble account exclusively for my illustration, where people can buy my stuff on wonderful quality products such as prints, greetings cards, t-shirts, stickers and iPad/iPhone cases.

I love RedBubble, but I've never really used it for my illustration before, so I thought it was about time to make some of my work available. To the right is one of the greetings cards I have available so far. I should be updating regularly if I can avoid procrastination, so make sure to check in now and then (even better if you have an account, I always follow back)! I'll add a link to the sidebar, but you can also access my profile from here, to make life just that tiny bit easier.

In other (non-illustration or Uni-reated) news, I went to a show the other night. It was a spur of the moment thing when I realised Canadian alt-hip-hop artist Rich Terfry (AKA Buck 65) was playing in Manchester. I saw him a couple of years ago, and got the chance to meet him afterwards, but it was basically a crime that he was Holy Fuck's support act. This show was just him, in the funky surroundings of Manchester's Deaf Institute, rather than the dingy Manchester Academy, so it was much better.

Who I went with took little convincing to come with me, despite feeling like death warmed up (thanks again! ...You know who you is). I didn't take any photos or footage myself (which I'm kicking myself for because I was right at the front), but here's one of the videos my accomplice took - note at the start he is referring to hugging us after the show, because we put up with a smoke machine constantly farting into our faces ~

Anyway, the gig was fantastic. Funny, thought-provoking, and heart-breaking, often at the same time. I have no idea how one person can do so much on stage, and have the audience in the palm of their hand. I'm his polar opposite, but I'm completely in awe of his artistry (and spastic dance moves). It's not just the music that made it an exceptional evening - at times it felt as though I was watching a TED speech, or a SLAM Poetry reading (in a very good way). Rich is hilarious, prolific, interesting, and noticeably lovely to his fans. I got the hug, and he even followed me on Twitter and said he liked my blog. Best night in a looooong time :)

Soph x

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Digitally Embroidered Monkey of Love

Tried something new recently at Uni... digital embroidery!

I had this unused scribbly drawing in my sketchbook that I really liked. He was an idea for a Valentine's Day card before I went all weird and came up with unusual occasions, but I just had to use him for something because just look at his face. So, I did my most hated thing ever and used a Mac, and after painstakingly learning the pen tool on Illustrator, I took my doodle down to the Digital Printing room at Uni, learned the embroidery software, and came out with a fit little stitchy monkey THAT I CANNOT STOP STARING AT, and also touching.

So, what I learned from my experience in the print room was that digital embroidery machines basically use magic to transfer your (perhaps crappy) doodles into stitched fabric made of win. Now all I need to do is find a practical use for this in one of my projects...

And speaking of projects, just to let you know my next one is going to be a children's activity book based on a woodland theme. I don't know a lot more than that at this point, but what I do know is that Slewfoot the Grizzly Bear will most likely make a sly appearance.

Thanks for visiting!

Soph x