Tuesday, 30 July 2013

I Graduated!

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On the 10th of July, I finally graduated from the BA (hons) Illustration course at UCLan! I know I've left posting about this a little late, but I wanted to wait until my photos came in the post so I could share with my lovely readers :)
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Say hi to my parents! It took four long years for me to get here, and now I kind of wish it wasn't over... It's only been a few weeks since leaving Uni now, but I already miss it! I'm hoping to go back soon and do the MA in Children's Book Illustration, but we shall see.

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Soph x

Monday, 29 July 2013

Illustration Friday - 'Jungle'

My submission for this week's Illustration Friday theme 'Jungle' ~

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...Which is in stark contrast to last week's theme, I know! :) Last week's was a fully-digitally-edited pencil sketch on a plain background - I still seem to be swinging back and fourth between drawing styles! Although I've shyed away from drawing/painting like this, I think I still prefer it over digitally creating artworks. Maybe.

Anyway, I felt like attempting a full-colour painting this time, as recently I've not been doing so many backgrounds. I also wanted to challenge myself to do a fully traditional piece - which this is, apart from a slight colour tweak (I'm sorry, the temptation was too great!) And I chose to do a selection of lovely jungly birds because, well, I wanted as much colour as possible, and I have a thing for drawing birds at the moment! I used watercolours, pencil crayons, and Sakura Souffle pens, which I adore.

I'd like feedback on this one, any thoughts at all just let me know in the comments below! :)

Soph x

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Illustration Friday - 'Robot'

Thought I'd give this week's Illustration Friday theme a go, seeing as robots are ace!

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Inspired by those adorable retro TOMY Dingbot robots, and a little bit of WALL-E, too. He is available to buy on things here and here. Hope you guys like!

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Soph x

Sunday, 21 July 2013

D&AD's New Blood Show in London, 03/07/13

Hello lovely readers! I know it's been a long time since I updated, and that is due to the simple fact that the UK has been experiencing a heatwave. Call it unprofessional, but when it's 30 degrees in the shade, I can't bear to put my laptop on and type. I simply can't handle it. The majority of my time has been spent cooling down the axolotl tank - because, like me, they simply can't handle too much heat. Anyway, today seems to be a bit cooler than the last few weeks, and I am back at the keyboard.

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I went to D&AD's New Blood show in London, and although we squeezed the trip into just one day, it as a lot of fun. I mainly paid attention to the other university's illustration work - there was a lot of really brilliant stuff there. My three top favourites were Emily Rose Lambert, Little Ink Stain and Elliot Kruszynski. I also really enjoyed the work by Hayley Chan, Louise Byrnes, Kate Alizadeh and Ella Bailey. Please do check them out! I found a lot of their stuff super-inspiring and original. Worth going just to discover their work.

Here's some photos I got on the day ~

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Here's UCLan's Illustration section ~

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Can you spy little Leo? :)

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 I was highly honoured to have my Ukulele Bear painting get featured on the front of UCLan's leaflets!

Here's some work from the other universities on show, etc ~

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There was a graffiti wall. I had to add an axolotl.
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Overall it was a fantastic day. I even had time to check out the sights of London, which is something I've wanted to do for years. I also discovered that I absolutely love the tube, despite nearly getting lost and stranded at one point... I got some pretty photos of the city, and its wonderful and famous landmarks, but here's an odd photo of me outside Buckingham Palace, and a nice squirrel we watched in Camden instead ~

I graduated a couple of weeks ago, too. I'll update you on that as soon as my special triumphant photos of me holding a scroll arrive in the post.

Soph x

Monday, 1 July 2013

Cappy's Goat Farm Commission & Some Good News!

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Here's a logo commission I did for Cappy's Goat Farm in Ohio. This was pretty much an ideal project for me - my research involved watching videos like the one below, and drawing the farm's selection really, really cute dwarf goats!

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Alternate, background-less version

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A few ideas sketches

I was also asked to do a small painting of Honey the doe (a particularly sweet little goat from the farm) and a couple of her kids. I'd love to have more commissions like this one, please! :D

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In other news, my Uni results are in, and... I got a first! Couldn't believe it, and couldn't be happier. Thanks UCLan, you're boss.

I am also extremely excited to be going down to London in a couple of days! It's for D&AD's New Blood show, and my work will be on display. Exciting! Also, I've never been to London before, and it's somewhere I've wanted to visit for a long time, so it should be fun :) I'll let you know how it goes!

Soph x