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!
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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.
- 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.
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.
Step 3: Carefully follow the instructions on your glue gun and stick the two pieces together.
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.
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
Despite August being the “Summer Holidays”, my time has been filled with many different activities and events, including walks on the Moors and visiting the Dartmoor Summer Festival at Princetown Visitor Centre, going to see Finding Dory at the Reel cinema, taking more trips to Bigbury Beach and Plymouth Hoe, and last Saturday I went to a local anime and gaming meetup and met some amazing and funny people! At home I’ve kept up with my usual work, including drawing practice and learning Japanese, reading The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne and Make Your Own Luck by Kate Moross, and my mum’s making us all clear out our old junk.. I’ve also been playing Monster Hunter Generations and Story of Seasons on my 3DS and have been taking pictures of the local area to help me work on part of the Plymouth Cubed project.
This month has been important to me because I’ve started volunteering with Plymouth Central Library. I’m helping out with the Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children aged 4-11 to read six books from the library over their summer holidays. My first shift was at a Play Day on Plymouth Hoe, where I helped parents to fill out questionnaires about using the library, but my other shifts have all been in Central Library where my duties are filing, listening to kids talk about the books they’ve read, and giving them their prizes when they achieve their goals. The prizes are pretty cool, there are collector cards, bookmarks, door hangers and keyrings, all with a Roald Dahl theme, and when the kids have completed their challenge they receive a medal! The people at the library are really nice and it’s interesting seeing what books the kids choose to read and hearing what they think about them.
Here are some of the sketches I’ve been working on:
A female character I’ve been thinking about. I imagine she lives in a fantasy story, she might be a country girl who looks after horses and her family. I think she has a big, big family!
This is a mage, could be a male or female character, the sweat is coming off their head because they are nervous, they are about to fight a huge monster, something with enormous teeth and great cunning..
This is a quick sketch I did of Kaguya from The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, which I watched for the first time with my brother yesterday.
I’ve had a really busy couple of weeks. I’ve been to the beach twice, done Laser Tag, caught up with friends who have finished school for the year, gone to a Minecraft LAN day at ThinqTanq, applied for a place on the National Art & Design Saturday Club at PCA, read Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne, went to a ‘Titanic’ workshop at the STEM centre at City College Plymouth, went to the Plymouth Young Contemporary Open at Radiant and Peninsula galleries, had my second skateboarding lesson at Prime (and met Stefani Nurding!), took part in the most recent (and final!) Splatfest (Team Callie!), and I went to see Ghostbusters at the Reel!
All that on top of my usual weekly activities.. so I haven’t had time to update my blog with daily sketches or anything else! This post is a giant catch up of all my favourite sketches that I’ve done in the past fortnight.
This page is full of fanart, apart from the character in the welder’s mask which is my own. As well as anime and manga inspired fanart, I’ve done my own versions of Alice Kensington’s “Colour Catchers” (Rainbowjam patreon) and Emma Baker’s “Gutsie” (Ghoulkiss patreon). Both of these amazing artists recently graduated from Plymouth College of Art so please support them and share their work if you can!
Yes it is a lot of fanart but I enjoy it! I plan to do a couple of posts this week on local events Ive been to recently so check back later!
The man behind PlymouthCubed (Plymouth in Minecraft!), Neil, liked my watercolour inspired by his project so much he took this excellent screenshot of my art inside his! That’s Minecraft Neil in the cool t-shirt stood by my painting on Minecraft Plymouth Hoe! Don’t know who that is in the distance, staring dramatically out to sea.. I can’t wait to walk around inside this myself!