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"About Me", an illustration I did using Promarkers and a Pentel brush pen in February 2017.

“About Me”, an illustration I did using Promarkers and a Pentel brush pen in February 2017.

I have added a Gallery page to my blog. It collects together a selection of my work as a young artist in Plymouth. There are examples of my illustration and game art work as well as examples of other types of creative work I have completed or participated in. Don’t forget to check my instagram as I add new work there regularly!

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 1

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This weekend is Plymouth Art Weekender, an annual event lasting three days and celebrating visual arts in Plymouth.

 

This afternoon I started by meeting some friends in the Radiant Gallery’s exhibition called Dog Show.  The first thing we saw when we entered the gallery were three enormous dog sculptures.  Snoopy dog is a scaled-up model of a Fisher Price toy from the 1960’s by Liam Ainscough.  I had never seen the toy before but it is a cute design and has a fun springy tail.  The other two sculptures were made from paper mache and had wheels on the bottoms and leads attached around their necks so that visitors can take them for walks around the gallery.

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We walked to the back of the room and found a display of bowls holding dog biscuits.  This section was an interesting way of gathering information about visitors, as we had to answer the questions on the wall by putting a biscuit into one of the bowls.  We had to work out how old we were in dog years, and I found out that 1 dog year is worth 7 human years.

There was a dressing up corner containing a coat rack of costumes and creepy dog masks.  I dressed up in different outfits and posed to have my pictures taken.  It was really funny coming up with bizarre combinations and my favourite was a shiny gold jacket, a pug mask and a top hat.  I looked at the photos by Emma Saffy Wilson of people with their dogs or groups of friends playing with costumes, and it felt good to see the happy relationships in them.

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We stayed at Rumpus Cosy afterwards and I had a strawberry and vanilla cordial fizz and a slice of blueberry cake.  The cafe is pretty and the cake was tasty.  If you would like to visit yourself, Dog Show will be at the Radiant Gallery until the 30th of September.

We moved on to the Barbican and stopped at 40RTY5IVE Southside, a shop which sells lots of different things by local designer-makers.  We saw two of Piers Edsall’s Krakens and pottery by Christina Peters.  I really liked some of the prints that I saw here by Jan Brewerton (twitter) which have a unique style.  We went into Only Originals and it was filled with tons and tons of Sue Wills’s paintings, some still in progress.  I spoke to her daughter Christie Wills (instagram) who is an illustrator studying at Plymouth University and who had some of her own work on display.  Her artwork is inspired by animals and uses unusual techniques.  She made one print using an extremely carefully cut out paper elephant, and she has dripped and layered watercolours to make colourful paintings.

Lastly we went to Barbican New Street Artists.  Their studio is on the top floor of the building up lots of steep winding stairs.  Here we talked to Glyn White who does extremely personal paintings, some with shocking stories behind them.  The painting of a shore he was working on was inspired by an accident he had where he broke his foot and wasn’t able to go surfing for many months.  Glyn is really friendly and I recommend a visit to his studio to hear his stories.  I also looked at paintings of pubs by another artist in the studio, Dave Crocker, and he told us about his plein air painting at weddings.

I had a good day and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.

Craft Foam Hairclip/Badge Tutorial

I’ve been making badges and hairclips from craft foam today. It is a quick and easy way to make a unique accessory which shows the kind of things I like, for example videogames and manga.  I thought I’d write a tutorial in case anyone else wanted to try it.  These are good for cosplay and everyday wear.

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Splatoon Hairclip inspired by an unlockable accessory in the game

You need:

  • Craft foam sheets – I got mine from The Range, A5 size, 40 sheets in different colours for £2.99.
  • Cold glue gun – again from The Range, £6.99 plus £1.99 for 12 refills.
  • Scissors and/or Craft Knife and Cutting Board.
  • To make hairclips – Hairclips (mine were 6 for £1 from Wilkinsons), embroidery thread and needle, and small pieces of felt sheet.
  • To make badges – I used some left over blanks from a broken old Badge-It machine.
  • Ideas and a pencil and paper!

Step 1: Draw your idea with pencil and paper. Research online or on DVD, book covers etc.  This example is the symbol from Fairy Tail.  When you are happy with your picture (make sure it’s the size you want) copy it onto a sheet of craft foam and use scissors or a craft knife to cut it out.

foam shape

Step 2: Your shape will likely be quite flimsy on its own so reinforce it with a contrasting background.  Choose another sheet of craft foam and cut out a background.

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Step 3: Carefully follow the instructions on your glue gun and stick the two pieces together.

glue shape to background

Step 4: Attach a hairclip or badge to the back.

FOR HAIRCLIPS: I found that the metal hairclip didn’t glue well to the craft foam so I used embroidery thread to sew the clip to a piece of felt, then glue the felt to the craft foam.  Make sure to check it is facing the right way if you prefer to wear clips on one side.

FOR BADGES: I used leftover blanks from an old broken Badge-It.  I filled the back of the badge with a couple of layers of craft foam and made sure they were all glued securely together.

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Below are a couple more examples that I made today, a pokeball hairclip and a Korosensei badge to which I added a small tassle, with a bit of fabric paint to define the teeth:

This is a really easy project and I hope somebody else finds my tutorial useful to make something perfect for them! :3

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