lethargic

effddff2b29411e2a84022000aa8048a_7It has been a while since my last post, as I have been (semi) busy preparing for the postgraduate exhibition, opening on 18th May. This week my tutor lent me a frame from my work, and decided to stick my work haphazardly inside until I was able to buy some more mount card to float-mount the piece. The plastic folder I kept it in is stuck in the frame, too … for now. Today I cut some mount card down to the right size and hopefully next week I will attach everything…

Lately I’ve been feeling tired and I have found it difficult to motivate myself to do any university work and I have even had problems with drawing… a little bit. I have been trying to keep up with sketching, at least. I think I’m feeling this way because it is coming to the end of the Spring term, the exhibition is on the way and I have finished the drawing part. What’s left as I have said is the preparation, which usually involves money, asking loads of questions around the department, borrowing tools off people and feeling slightly impatient.

I haven’t really had much on my to do list lately, it has all been little errands, but I have struggled a bit with too, probably due to my own laziness – either that or I burned myself out this term. We have one more term after this, during the summer (no breaks!) and then after that is the final exhibition. Thankfully I just have to make art over summer, no other modules like teaching experience or art history to worry about. I do like both these modules but it might be nice to just have one thing alone to focus myself.

sketch card for my japanese teacher

sketch card for my japanese teacher

We had our last Japanese lesson on Tuesday evening, as our tutor has to fly back to Tokyo to visit her mother over summer. I’m thinking of ways to keep studying Japanese by myself now. I know that classes aren’t always ideal learning environments anyway, but I think I will miss the social aspect of it. I hope to save up for a book which will help take my grammar to the next level. It’s a bit patchy thanks to the combination of self study and classroom work. Every week I also try to complete some lessons on textfugu.com, although I’m reaching the final ones now.

Maybe I need a break or maybe I need to power on with my art – the latter is probably the most ideal route to take. I have a few things on my list that I want (and must) do during the remaining time of university and after that, too. I think I’ll write a little list here too as a method of self-motivation. If you’re one of the few people who have followed this blog for a while you will probably recognise my to do lists.

  • draw 151 original pokemon
  • keep studying Japanese
  • learn to drive
  • update my etsy
  • complete preparations for exhibition
  • do a new comic (perhaps for my coursework)
  • bake more

There are also some exceedingly mundane tasks that must be completed:

  • book all my holiday off before May 12th (policy of the supermarket I work for ><)
  • test out a5 digital prints to sell
  • fill in an application form to the shop I want to work in (although it is very popular so there is a low chance of success!)

I can’t really think of more right now, although this spring is certainly a time when people become inundated with lots of work, errands, cleaning and so on… I hope I can succeed. If anyone is reading this far in, what have you got to do? Are you doing alright? Maybe we can motivate each other.

tale for the time beingI’m writing such a long blog post today that I feel like the character from this book… which is one I would recommend. I read it recently, having seen its front cover in Huddersfield’s Waterstones shop and deciding that I needed to buy it…

Paris visit

Dear all,

I returned from Paris last night, so I thought I’d write a little bit about what I got up to and about the museums. My friend and I went to Paris from Tuesday to Friday and we packed a lot into the trip. He’d not been to Paris before, so we tried to go to all of the sights. Briefly: we went to Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Musée d’Orsay, Champs-Elysées/Arc du Triomphe, Musée du Louvre, Tour Eiffel, a Melody Gardot concert and the Pompidou (although we didn’t go inside). We had to get up at 7am each day to make sure we could go to all these places, so I’m quite tired now that I’m back.

angel of death painting

by Carlos Schwabe (1866-1926)

I’ll talk quickly about  the Musée d’Orsay. We found out when we got there that it was free entry for EU passport holders between ages 18-25. So that’s a really good reason to go if you ever get the chance. If you don’t fit those conditions there are other concessions prices as well. And if not, it’s 9 euros so still not too expensive. Currently there’s an exhibition on called L’ange du bizarre which features loads of artworks from the ‘dark romanticism’ movement (I didn’t really know anything about it and had only heard of romanticism anyway), including work from symbolists and surrealists, too. It was a massive collection of works, by artists such as Hans Bellmer (one of my favourites), Dali, Goya, Ernst, Fuseli, etc. along with screenings/excerpts of films such as Frankenstein, a Hitchcock film (can’t remember which one!), part of Buñuel/Dali’s eyeball slicing film (Un Chien Andalou) and various other dark/occult inspired films.

hans bellmer

by Hans Bellmer

I was mostly just really happy to see another exhibition which felt relevant to my own work. It was also very informative and there were a lot of interesting descriptions and introductions to be read. I was also surprised to see Hans Bellmer’s work in an exhibition, because I’ve not seen his work except for scouring through bad jpegs online.

When we went to the Louvre, we did not get in for free but it was worth it all the same. When I got in, I went looking for the Asian arts room but wandered through European sculpture for a short while, then ended up in the Islamic arts section, which I stayed in for the remainder of my time (with a brief trip to the shop to see if they had any sketchbooks for sale – yes, I did not bring my sketchbook. A mistake). I learned about calligraphy and bookbinding while watching the interactive computer screen things dotted around. I looked at lots of pots, bits of armour, gravestones, etc.

from http://www.al-islam.org because we couldn’t take any photos in the Louvre

It was really interesting and when it was time to go I wandered in the direction of the Mona Lisa but then decided to leave it and wait until my next visit, because it was quite busy and I didn’t feel very impassioned about seeing it. I will probably return to Paris in a couple of years’ time, so I will hopefully be able to spend a full day in the Louvre. But before going to France again I’d like to visit Japan again! Or Korea… of course all of these things cost a lot of money, and my trip this week was really expensive (although we managed to budget well, Paris is an expensive place). So I will try to save some more money over the next few years. 

I also want to mention briefly that when we were walking to the Eiffel Tower, I found the Japanese culture centre. It had a really nice book shop, a mini gallery, a lady playing classical music on a grand piano, a library and a tea house (which was by appointment over). We spent max. 20 minutes there and I didn’t buy anything because I didn’t have enough money to spend on books, but it was lovely and I hope I can go there again when I eventually visit again. Luckily we have the Japan Centre in the UK anyway.

I think I’ll stop writing now but I’ll leave you all with the start of a big drawing I am doing, probably to put in the postgraduate exhibition (in a month’s time) as I have been given a little extra space to fill up.

WIP in biro

WIP in biro

page disappearance

33

Okay, today I realised that I may have missed page 27 of the project. I only realised this about an hour ago, so tomorrow when I get into the school of art for the day, I will look through all the pages to double check. I’ve drawn a pencil page which is number 34 for the second time (and it says about missing a page)… because I thought that would probably be better than sneakily adding a 27th page. I think that might look a bit out of synchronisation.

Anyway, the image above is page 33, which I spent a long time on today, just  shading. I got a big watercolour brush as well today which I used to make the page a bit blue. This project is coming to a conclusion I suppose… since I will likely stop at 40 pages. After that, I have a collaborative printmaking exchange thing to get going. I have to print 20 copies of one of my copper plates. Not really looking forward to that as I will probably feel quite bored after a while! Maybe I can listen to French or Japanese radio to practise my listening skills.

Today I tried to have a day dedicated to my own work only, although of course I got a little distracted and probably spent a bit too much on the art supplies (I also bought some watercolours as mine are diminishing in quantity. Probably didn’t need to buy them though…). Tomorrow is going to be a little bit busy as I will be attending a friend’s talk and then giving a friend a tutorial as part of one of my modules. That’s not a lot of stuff I guess, I could probably have enough time to do another couple of pages/check where page 27 has gone.

Tonight I should relax! I’ve done some drawing for a friend’s birthday and drawn that double page. I am going to take a look at some follow up sheet that I’ll need to write for my workshop (the photography one I mentioned previously). I’ll make some notes. I’m anxious about this class because I feel like I won’t be able to get a good grade in it as time is running out and I find it difficult to do some of the things that are in the syllabus. We’ll see. I think I’m just comparing myself to my classmates too much, perhaps.

I’ll do those notes now…

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the drawing. It’s one of my favourite pages. All of the pages are available to view on my tumblr, by the way! I’ll update my deviantART with them soon too.