Tuesday, 29 July 2008
I decided to post about an old favourite of mine, comic artist cum illustrator Craig Thompson. Thompson is author of the beautiful epic Blankets, a graphic novel detailing his childhood and first love. It is a really beautifully illustrated book, so I'd recommend reading it; although it is quite long it's very rewarding!
Thompson also has a blog, Doot Doot Garden, where he regularly posts excerpts from his sketchbooks and updates on how his forthcoming book, Habibi is coming along. I love the sketches he does of his female friends in particular (shown above under an image from Blankets).
Another book of his I love is Carnet de Voyage, which I just bought for a friend who is going travelling soon in Spain and Morocco. Inside are sketches done whilst Thompson was on his travels during a comic tour. I might start carrying my sketch book around more so I can draw random cats curled in the shade or pretty trees in the park.
Monday, 28 July 2008
The other week I went to a bread making class at the Sumac Centre, a community centre run by volunteers in Nottingham. They do free summer classes ranging from things like bike maintenance to cake making. The bread making class was a success anyway, and it was great to make it from scratch and learn the best kneading techniques! I don't know if I'd have the time to make it myself that often but it was definitely a lot tastier than a shop bought loaf! Above is the finished loaf, with some added seeds, yum.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
A while ago I was going to share some of my Lomo photos from my new-ish ActionSampler camera. So here they are! As the shutters take 1 second to go off I've found you have to capture really quick movement to achieve the best effects. I forgot how fun it was having to wait to get photos back from the printers before knowing what you've captured!
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
My neglected Illustrator series continues with Kate Sutton, an illustrator from here in the UK who reveals on her website her inspirations come from a love of trees, knitting, making lists, camping and the sea amongst others. I also love her hand made toys, some of which can be found for sale in Kate's Etsy shop here. Unfortunately there's not a lot on there at the moment for sale but hopefully you can enjoy the rest of her work on her website! I love that you also get a glimpse into her sketch books.
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Sunday, 6 July 2008
I really enjoyed the Stitch workshop the other week. Laura was really friendly and I learnt lots of new techniques for sewing, including the wonders of Bondaweb! After we'd all made our pieces they went on display in the Castle for the week so I went over yesterday to have a look. My piece was a joint project with another girl called Hannah.. we made a Hugging Tree.. although it seems to resemble a rabbit now! Oh well! I think everyone made some brilliant pieces considering it was done in one day. Hopefully there will be similar classes in the future as this was over subscribed!