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My Gallery

"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!

NA&DSC London Trip

On the 19th of November I went with my National Art and Design Saturday Club on a coach trip to a Welcome Day for all our groups at Central Saint Martins college and the Tate Britain gallery.

At 6am our coach was in front of the old Plymouth museum.  I found a seat next to a friend and chatted while we waited for the rest of the group.  It was my first time on a coach and it had soft seats with buttons to make them recline and red curtains in the windows.  We set off at 6:20 and me and my friends were excited but tired from being awake so early.  A lot of my group slept for the first part of the journey but after we stopped at Exeter services to stretch our legs and get some snacks almost everyone stayed awake.  We had another five hours or so of travel ahead so we talked about visits that each of us had made to London in the past and told each other funny anecdotes from our lives.  I did some sketching trying out different character faces but my lines were a bit wobbly from the movement of the coach, and I kept dropping my rubber down the side of the seat.

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Character sketches I made on the coach

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I did these sketches of Marvel characters in pencil on the coach and added the ink and watercolour later.

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This is what my pencil sketch of Quicksilver looked like before inking.  I did this one for my brother and Skyped it to him back at home.

As we travelled through London we took pictures out of the coach windows and pointed out buildings we recognized, like the Gherkin, MI6 and Big Ben.  Our coach dropped us off close to Central Saint Martins and we walked the rest of the way.  Central Saint Martins is a huge building and we noticed that the inside room was so vast that it was almost as cold as it was outside.  We were given stickers to wear to show we were from Plymouth College of Art and ‘perylene maroon’ goodie bags from Cass Art.  In my bag I had an A4 sketchbook, some pencils, a bottle of water and some snacks.  We sat down to have some lunch while our student ambassador Ben played on a piano and we waited for some of the other groups from around the country to arrive.

After lunch we looked at all the other self-portraits from the different groups and a photographer took a picture of us in front of our own portraits.  It felt amazing to have my self-portrait up in a gallery with other young artists’ work.  There was a lot of variety in the style and techniques used in the portraits I saw.  One group, from the Victoria and Albert museum, had used concertinaed paper with two portraits drawn on it so the one that you could see depended on the angle you viewed it from.  Some of these were quite creepy to look at because one side would be a regular portrait and the other side looked strange or demonic.  Other groups had worked with print, photography, pencils or collage.  My group used acrylic paint on pieces of wood and I wrote about that process in a previous blog post.

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My PCA sticker (stuck to my usual sketchbook), and my new grey sketchbook and perylene maroon bag from Cass Art

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The Plymouth group photo with our self-portraits and goodie bags, posted by @natsatclub on Twitter.  I am on the left in the front row.

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My photo of our self-portraits hung in Central Saint Martins.  Mine is the third from the left on the bottom row.

After looking around the portraits all the groups were shown into a large room for a series of talks.  We learned that even though there were hundreds of us there that day we only represented a third of the total members nationally!  Some groups were so far away they couldn’t make it together and so one family had come alone.  Those of us from Plymouth spent at least 12 hours travelling to London and back that day!  We heard from Cecilia Weckstrom who told us that when she was younger she didn’t know what she wanted to study, and got an apprenticeship with a children’s book company and learned about graphic design, and now she works for Lego and is a Trustee for the NA&DSC.  The director of the Saturday Club Trust, Sorrel Hershberg, and Jeremy Till, the Head of Central Saint Martins, both gave us information about the Saturday Arts Club and thanked the founders Sir John Sorrell and Lady Frances Sorrell.

When we came out of the room, ginormous pieces of paper were rolled out for us all to draw on and there were people holding big buckets with tons of crayons, pens and pencils for us to use.  My group didn’t have a lot of time before we got back on the coach but we sat on the floor for a short while and I drew my friend and myself.  There were a lot of cool doodles and there were tons of kids drawing each other.  After that I bought myself a big red NatSatClub hoodie and we got back on the coach for the next part of our trip.

All the groups headed to different venues around London and mine headed to the Tate Britain gallery.  We got a short tour around a few of the pieces of art on display and our tour guide and our tutor Kate encouraged us to talk about and critique what we saw.  We studied each piece for a few minutes and tried to think of single words that described how we felt or the impression we got from the artworks.  One piece that I found intriguing was Fiona Banner’s Break Point which is a huge canvas painted white with red marker pen text describing a chase scene from the movie Point Break.  The shade of red that she used and the way the text got closer together towards the bottom of the piece made me tense and it seemed very aggressive.  I haven’t seen the film, but I hope to soon so I can see what happens next!

We moved on to the Turner Prize 2016 Exhibition.  The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award given every year to a British artist chosen from four nominees.  My favourite piece on display was an installation by Michael Dean which was a pile of pennies equal to one penny less than its title, United Kingdom poverty line for two adults and two children: twenty thousand four hundred and thirty six pounds sterling as published on 1st September 2016.   Me and my friends thought it would be fun to roll around in it all.  It sounds like a lot of money but it didn’t feel like it when I saw it as a pile of pennies.  There was an enourmous gold sculpture of a butt by Anthea Hamilton called ‘Project For Door (After Gaetano Pesce)’ and people were laughing and taking silly photos near it.  I thought it was absurd in a funny way.  Visitors were invited to write their thoughts about the exhibition and pin them up outside the gallery, so we did that and then left to make the long trip home.

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My sketches of my friend on the left and myself on the right surrounded by other young artists’ contributions to the big drawing papers

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Me at home in my hoodie

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Michael Dean’s installation

On the journey home I took some more pictures of London lit up at night, and everyone was wide awake and in the back someone was playing music.  It was such an exciting day, me and my friends ended up having laughing fits for ages for no real reason.  We stopped at services to get dinner, but we panicked because we thought we had taken too long but it turned out we were back before most of the group.  We settled down eventually and it got quieter and some people fell asleep, and I carried on working in my sketchbook.  We got back to Plymouth at around 11 and I was exhausted.  The whole day was absolutely amazing and I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to be part of it.

Comic strips and my zine

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Character sketches of myself and my brother.

I have been coming up with ideas for comics recently.  The first one is a fan comic about Monster Hunter and features me and my brother.  The sketch above are characters based on us with neutral faces.  I’m going to draw them from different angles with different expressions this week.

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Monster Hunter fan comic ideas.

This is a page of my initial idea.  I like to read manga (One Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Monster Hunter Flash Hunter, Gon, Fairy Tail..) and comics and comic strips like Peanuts, Garfield, Bone, and Calvin and Hobbes.  I started writing my own comic strips a few years ago.

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Journey fan comic sketch.

A lot of my comics are based on video games I like.  This one is based on Journey which I played last week (free via Playstation Plus!).

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Back in 2014 me and my brother created the first issue of our zine MACS (Magazine of Awesome Cool Stuff..)

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The Misadventures of Link by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014

The zine included several of my comic strips at the time including ‘The Misadventures of Link’ which followed Link from the Zelda games.

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More from The Misadventures of Link by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014

It also featured my comic strip The Odd Days which was inspired by the asdf movies on Youtube by Tom Ska .  My versions really didn’t make a lot of sense.

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The Odd Days by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014

Me and J have plans to FINALLY get round to our second issue very soon.. until then you can enjoy this page from issue 1 by Jenson!

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MACS issue 1 page 11, 2014 – Jenson reviews Fruit and Doctor Who.

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.

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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.

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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

Recent sketches and activity

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Art cards I’m working on

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:

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A country girl in a fantasy land

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!

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A nervous mage character

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..

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Kaguya from The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

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.

Sketches from the past fortnight..

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View from Bigbury Beach, Sakura Koi Watercolour

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.

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Fanart inspired by The Colour Catchers, Gutsie by Emma Baker, Attack on Titan, The Last of Us, My Hero Academia, and One Punch Man

 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!

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Along the top, My Hero Academia and One Punch Man fanart. At the bottom, another invention of mine, I was trying out a sideview.

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My Hero Academia fanart

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Undertale and Gravity Falls fanart.

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Adventure Time fanart

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View from Wembury Beach 

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!

My PlymouthCubed art inside PlymouthCubed!

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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!

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