Friday, 22 February 2013

Not Evil Animals & Other Stuff

I've been (semi)diligently working on my children's book (working title: 'The Lost Donut') and it's safe to say the text is all done and dusted now, so that's good. Now it's just a matter of making the rest of it. Updates on that to follow.

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Anyway to take my mind off uni work and my children's book, I've been doodling in a sketchbook and editing and stuff, and I have come up with a few new designs. Above is a lazy tiger, and below are a few penguins. I hope you like them!

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*waiting for chicks to hatch...*
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*silly penguin chicks have hatched, lets feed them this fish, my dear...*
I'm also starting work on a series of drawings in the mean-time, which I'm calling 'Not Evil Animals'.

 photo Crocodile_zps67991cbe.jpgThe idea has been in my head for a while now, and keeps resurfacing every time I see a David Attenborough show, or a hate-mongering film like Jaws or Lake Placid... (please take the phrase 'hate-mongering' with a pinch of salt! Haha. Admittedly I've become super-soft over animals of all kinds these past few years, and this series of course isn't going to be entirely serious). Anyway, the idea is that so many innocent animals get terrible press, sometimes ending in their death or just plain hatred of species. People develop phobias of snakes without ever actually meeting one in person (I met and handled a really cute snake once, and it even had little golden eyeballs. How many fluffy bunnies or kitties have you seen with golden eyes?) It's sad, really. I am terrified of spiders, for example, but it's an irrational fear. The webs and nests they make are incomparable to anything. They silently (and for the most part, invisibly...) rid our houses of unwanted pests, and secretly, deep down, I even know that jumping spiders are kind of cute. Anyway, there's a lot of not completely formed ideas I have relating to this, but hopefully I'll work out what I want to put across when making the pictures...

Oh, and this morning, whilst sneaking around Blackburn Museum, I came across loads of brilliant things, but this book page intrigued me ~

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 "Friends in Need Meet in The Wildwood", by William Morris. That's all I know about it. I must find out more, but I thought I'd share my lovey find.

Thanks for dropping by! :)

Soph x

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Illustration Friday - 'Wool'

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I've been thinking for a while that it's about time I posted about needle felting. I can't believe I haven't really before... but this week's Illustration Friday theme has just pushed me to show you what else I do besides doodling and suchlike. And that's making little cute sculptures from wool.

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I'd at this point like to give a shout-out to all those wonderfully wooly creatures out there that make needle felting possible. Anyway. Here's my latest creation, a mouse, with a sort of unclear 'step-by-step' image to show you how I made him. It's ridiculously simple to needle felt something, basically you use a special needle and stab some loose wool until it forms into something, then you add the eyes and stuff later by sewing them in.

I took up the hobby a few years ago and found that I really, really liked it, and people seemed to like what I made too, which made it even better. It's fun to just do when you're watching a film or something, and it's surprisingly relaxing. Those of you who have visited my Etsy site will have probably seen my woolen creatures before, but for those of you who haven't, here's a few others (I've made hundreds of things over the years, so to see more, visit my Facebook crafts page).

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I hope you guys like them! :D

Soph x

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Illustration Friday - 'Wheel', Self Portrait, & Ukulele Bear

This week's Illustration Friday theme was "wheel". All I have on my mind at the moment is donuts because of my children's book - I'm practically starting to think like a donut now, actually.
So here it is, a wheel-shaped donut ~

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I've also sort of done a self portrait. Kind of. I drew this girl in my sketchbook a few weeks ago, and when I was editing it the other day, I thought it looked like me a bit. So yeah, this is me ~

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Oh, and last night I painted a bear playing a ukulele. With thanks to nice bears and Amanda Palmer for the inspiration.

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Cute? I hope so.

Thanks for stopping by.

Soph x