video of exhibition

This video is for my parents and other people who aren’t able to see the exhibition. I did it quickly and on windows movie maker, so the quality is not brilliant, but it’s mostly just for friends and family so I don’t mind so much. Also I didn’t know what kind of music to use but I wanted something cheesy. Do you think the music fits? What kind of music would you recommend if you disagree? I suppose I could have used a more muted sound…

My second choice of music would be a piece from the game Animal Crossing… because I think it works well as background noise. Also I think it fits the mood of my shop well too.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy watching the video. My next post will be some scans of my most recent¬†freelance work. It sounds weird to write freelance because I don’t feel like a professional at all, but thankfully some of my friends and other people are happy to pay me to draw. More soon and thank you for reading/watching.

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exhibition … again

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Hi all. Here’s my exhibition set up within the gallery. When I started taking these photos, my camera ran out of battery, so I bought some new batteries and took some videos and photos today. I’ll be sorting through them and then posting the videos and some better quality photos soon, for those who aren’t able to come along.

Also, today I completed another tattoo commission, so here are three scans of the tattoo design’s progress. It was really challenging to draw flowers, but I’m happy with how it turned out. My next commission is to design a t-shirt for a small local business/entrepreneur. I’ll still be working on the other project of designing a game (for which I’ll make a blog post soon) and also I still have the collaborative book project to start…

Exhibition progress photos

Here are some photos taken from my little phone showing some of the bits and pieces from the exhibition. I haven’t finished putting it together yet as I’m waiting for some paint to dry on a table before I can progress. Tomorrow (Friday) we are supposed to finish it all and I should be fine even if I have to give the table a second coat of paint. Let’s hope it won’t need a third coat!

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I just need to take the table down into the gallery, set stuff on the table, maybe get a chair, draw a bit more, and then clean pencil marks off the walls. Then I can mostly relax… Except I have two commissions and two separate projects I need to work on… Lots to do…

Anyway, hope you like the photos… ūüôā

Art Update

Hi world,

I thought it’s time to update on all the different bits of art I have been doing in the run up to the exhibition. I have already written vaguely on what I planned for the exhibition, but I think I’ll post some more actual examples of my work.

The first part of my work involved making my own versions of magazines which we sold at the supermarket where I worked (up until Sunday 18th August). I drew my magazines in order to poke fun at and also expose some of the quite misogynistic attitudes encouraged in things like gossip magazines, where women’s bodies are examined for sweat patches, cellulite or extra body fat; general women’s magazines, which do about the same and reinforce gender stereotyping; lads mags (need I say more) and so on. Although I have to add a disclaimer here that I just made the car magazine for fun and actually have never opened a magazine about cars. Sometimes I exaggerated the text found in the various magazines, copied it outright (there are some ridiculous headlines in The Sun, for example) or gender swapped the photos in the magazines. For me, a part of this was a way for me to disarm the more unsavoury magazines, which make me feel uncomfortable in a normal newsagent/shop situation.

I also made some other zines which feature some drawings, advice, book reviews and so on.

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I bought a couple of display stands from eBay and will be putting them up on a table for my exhibition. Also you may remember I drew a load of portraits of female role models, fictional characters, etc. I made these into stickers, which you can see in the most recent post. They have now been put into little coloured packets which will be displayed on the wall.

I cut them out again and left some of the waxy stuff on the edges so they would be easy to peel off.

There are also some miscellaneous sticker designs too, some of which I drew, others were cut out from the Japanese magazine, Zipper.

I’ve also been drawing on found bits of cardboard and old boxes, and I’m not entirely sure about how this will all fit in, so I will have to give more information about that soon! Since we have to explain how our work all fits together at our assessment, I’m planning on drawing out a diagram which explains the various influences and interests which have converged in order for me to create my current work. I suppose I could photograph it and put it on here. I know it might seem like something a teenage girl would do (doesn’t all my work seem like that, hoho?) but I get really nervous in my assessments, because the head of the department usually attends, so it would do me well to have some sort of prompt to explain myself.

Lastly, since I quit my job in order to focus on my art work, I’ve had a little bit more time to work on other things. Here are two commissions I’ve been lucky enough to work on. I also have a collaborative project to work on with my friend, but I am really nervous about my ability to create something that goes with her work, so I haven’t yet attempted it. Once I’ve dusted off the tattoo commission perhaps I will get myself into gear and start on the collaboration. Also, having been reading lots of comic books lately I am considering continuing where I left off on my previous comics projects. Perhaps after finishing university I can create a sort of autobio comic which focuses on the journey to becoming a paid artist. This is what I originally envisaged for my first comic book project but I ended up staying in education another year!

Other stuff on my post-uni to do list includes: a website, sorting out a shop (which is in progress), reading loads of books and learning to use Adobe Illustrator…

Anyway, I hope you all didn’t mind such a long post, I just wanted to make sure everything was up to date. Also my parents keep asking me to put more work up, so hopefully this will satisfy them. Perhaps after the exhibition I can make some posts featuring my friends’ art work in order to promote them, too.

Thank you as always for reading.

exhibition frustration

Greetings,

it’s again been a while, thanks to home trips and working on my exhibition. Unfortunately, my exhibition work hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. Recently I’ve been trying to create little trading cards of female role models and fictional characters (as mentioned before) through screenprinting. My tutors helped me expose the screens to UV light in order to transfer my photocopied images, but apparently the liquid emulsion used to coat the silk screens wasn’t working well, so most of the screens I tried to use failed. The fourth attempt worked, but I wasn’t aware about some of the details of screenprinting and some of the images got damaged =( so out of six attempts, one was ruined by me and the other five were just dodgy. I’m not sure when I’ll get to try again on exposing the screens, because my tutors aren’t often in the university over summer.

So, the problems with waiting around and then failing with screen printing, plus not actually knowing what I’m doing for the exhibition really… are my frustrations right now. I really hope things will get better. I don’t know if my idea will be loved or hated by my assessors, but I think I should just keep on going and hope. If they don’t like it, then maybe I won’t get such a good mark, but at least by then I will have finished and will be able to start on projects that don’t stress me out so much.

I think I should mention some positive things as well now, because a focus of this blog is to feel better. Lately I’ve been listening to Welcome to Night Vale, a podcast. It is a community radio station for a fictitious desert town, where all sorts of strange sci fi and H P Lovecraft style misadventures take place. It has some great characters and always makes me laugh. I have listened to all the current episodes (it’s ongoing, thankfully), so I really hope I can find some more podcasts to fill the void. I don’t think I’ll be able to find anything quite like WTNV but I’ll be on the lookout. Maybe I could find some audiobooks. Anyway, if you’re interested in any of the following things, I recommend you have a listen… start from the beginning, though. Here is a list: sci fi, conspiracy, the surreal, creepy stories, low but gently voiced narration, morbid humour, etc.

To end with a positive note on art as well, I have a lot of ideas for things I want to do post-university and I also bought a sticker making machine for my exhibition and also for creating cool stickers to sell online. I’ll be working on a proper online shop soon!

Thank you for reading, always, and if you see this Lise, I will catch up with your blog soon! Unfortunately have been too busy travelling, waiting around and having difficulties with art to have a proper read…

Take care all.

slow days

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My sister sent me this picture which I drew in primary school. I apologise that nothing has really come up over the past week and however long that I last posted… I have been steadily working on my exhibition stuff, so I have been producing a lot of mini zines both at work in the supermarket and when at home too. Lots of people have left the town as they’ve finished their degrees and have gone back to their hometowns. Fortunately there are still a handful of us left. Regardless of this I have been feeling lonely almost all the time as well as feeling unsatisfied with my work despite making significant progress.

Making art is supposed to be my passion so when I find myself feeling so restless while drawing I worry. I wonder if once I finish this masters degree the pressure will be removed and I will feel more relaxed. Maybe.

After this point in the post I actually wrote a super personal couple of paragraphs but then I realised it was actually making me feel worse so I’ve deleted those paragraphs. Instead I think I should make a list of short term, achievable goals that I can work towards to distract myself from the terror of the future.

  1. I want to make some cute trading cards and stickers to sell cheaply at my exhibition along with my zines. I like the idea of stuff being affordable for people, as well as having original drawings to sell.
  2. I want to make some fan-art of Adventure Time, various animes, Pokémon and other things to relax.
  3. I want to work more often in a communal space so that I don’t feel so lonely.

Over the next week I’ll try and work on these goals. Unfortunately I’m working nine hours (one hour of which is an unpaid break) on Thursday but apart from that I do not have any other plans during the week. I also hope I can sell some work to save up to maybe get some sort of mini games console because I’d really like to play Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Although I know this is just a phase I’m going through so we’ll see how I feel in a week!

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Once more, thank you for reading.

The next exhibition

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First ladyquest submission. May do a new one!

I’m writing in bed at the moment because I am feeling sluggish and aimless today. It may be because the weather has worsened, or because several people have left Aberystwyth recently, either for good or a few weeks. Or I have forgotten that actually many of my days roll out like this when there are no urgent deadlines.

Anyway, I wanted to write a new post to usher in the last phase of my masters degree. As you may know, I only have the final exhibition to work on : still a lot of work including actual creation of large volumes of work, lots of research, some writing and I will definitely need to work on my presentation skills so that I can talk about my work confidently. I’m apparently supposed to have decided what I’m doing for the exhibition. Of course, I haven’t, because I dislike planning/scheduling art. This is something to work on when I am able to as I need to learn to function in real life business!

I am considering making my exhibition work centre on my rather boring job as a supermarket cashier. Every shift, in order to keep my sanity, I try to draw as much as possible on any paper available. So I’ve ended up with loads of Biro drawings and journals on old receipt paper, vouchers, letters, etc. I thought I could use this collection for the exhibition somehow.¬† The drawings and writing on the receipts include both personal thoughts as well as commentary about my surroundings, I.e. the people I meet. So this work will sort of develop from the first exhibition, which was pretty much only internal thoughts.

I am going to go now, because I feel so tired. There’s an exhibition opening at the school of art, so I’m going to go to that in half an hour. I’ll post more on this blog too. Sorry if there are any typos due to autocorrect! I’ll post more drawings soon x