Annihilation

Hi friends,

I’ve been reading a book called Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. I don’t know how to define it by genre, but it seems to be sort of scifi and ‘spec fic’… I’m really enjoying it and I want to recommend it!

“The book describes a team of four (a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor) who set out into an area known as Area X. The area is abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization. They are the 12th expedition. The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.” – Wikipedia

You might know that I struggle with my art because I have lots of ideas yet end up just drawing my generic figures and portraits. But with this book, I can imagine all kinds of scenes/compositions and I want to draw them! So, I started.

fan art drawing in sketchbook from a book by jeff vandermeer, annihilation. sketch of woman standing in the middle of a campsite

colour fanart of book by jeff vandermeer called annihilation. woman standing in the dark in the rain, in a campsite, looking upwards

Also, I listened to Florence + the Machine’s song Landscape which also reminded me of the scenery and personality of the main character. There’s also a lighthouse featured in the book.

Well, today’s is a short post, hope you like the wip. I want to paint it more. Just wanted to get the composition down this evening. See you soon and if you’re interested please definitely read the book and let me know what you think! Or recommend some books to me 🙂

Elysia

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It’s been a while…

Wow, I didn’t realise – it’s been just over a month since my last post… I’ll try to think what’s happened since then. I’ve been working on both the game design and the poetry book still… and I am happy to say that I’ve made loads of progress on the book project. Below is an unfinished drawing for the book. Most of the images for the book are inked and coloured, although they are mostly unfinished as I like to keep piling on more watercolour and more shading over time, so they all progress as a set. This is similar to what I did for my first masters exhibition piece.

If you would like to read some of my friend Amy’s work, you can find her website by clicking here. I’m going to meet Amy soon to go over layout and such… looking forward to it =)

As for the game design, I have done a fair amount of drawing, but it is mostly sketches working out the story and world design, but here’s a little picture of a background I tried making.

It was nice to try out a new style of art! And I think it was a good learning experience as I do not have very much experience at all with backgrounds or anything at all involving depth! By the way, our game dev website is here if you’re interested.

Apart from all this … hmm… I’ve been applying to a few gallery jobs and illustrator jobs. Nothing yet, of course. I don’t mind taking my time though as I build up a bit of work experience through game dev stuff, work experience at the local gallery and more. I also had my first driving lesson (since over a year ago or so) on Friday, which was quite scary as the instructor just told me to drive to see what I remembered. But I slowly became more relaxed and enjoyed it. I guess I could say I am looking forward to Tuesdays lesson, although I am nervous too. I worry I don’t break enough at junctions and so on.

Anyway hope you all don’t mind the rather short post, I hope I can finish off the book project soon, and get more progress down on the game development so that I can share more images. Also I look forward to the projects of the future!

Thanks, Elysia.

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…