incoming

Dear friends,

it’s been over a month since my last post as I have been pretty busy with a few things. Hope that’s okay! These things include job applications, driving lessons, work, etc. I might have more news on the job front shortly but for now I’m going to wait and see once things are a bit more certain before I relax a bit and will also make a proper post on it. My driving exam is also tomorrow so I’m more focused on that for the time being. Edit: I passed 🙂

Aside from these commitments, I have managed to do a reasonable amount of art 🙂 I completed a new personal illustration for my portfolio, and a poster for a couple of great friends who are playing a gig in Finland on 4th July! You can see them both below. My friends unfortunately don’t have a website yet but as soon as they do I’ll probably link it. I’d like to keep making stuff for their music as I love their style and also want to keep creating things that could go into my portfolio!

Hmm, so let’s look… Last time I wrote about printmaking, painting and illustrator. Since then I have done some more work on illustrator, trying to get a bit more comfortable with the software. I feel a lot more confident with the programme, but still not great, and at the moment I don’t really have a reason to use it. I’ve come to realise that my work is much more weighted towards illustration than design (probably obvious to everyone else), but I will try to give design more of a go when I get relevant projects.

As for painting and printmaking, I haven’t done much more of those. I was planning to go to my old university for a visit to pick up some more materials, but haven’t got there yet. It is a 6+ hour journey via train and it costs a lot, but it is something I will be doing over the next month and a half. It’ll be good to see some of my friends there.

I’ve also been carrying on slowly but surely with the game design. It has been a challenge as I’ve been doing pixel art, something I’ve not done for years, and also I have had to pixel buildings and backgrounds. I try to make myself do a few hours every few days and am making good progress. I learned quite a bit about colour theory as well from reading a bit about Syosa, a great pixel artist. I recommend reading the short interview if you’re interested in cute illustrations, pixel art, and/or great colour palettes.

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So… a few other things that I have done (which were waiting on the massive to do list)… my shop is finally done and you can find it here! Recently I’ve been playing with shrink plastic to create little badges. The medium is fun although a considerable amount of attempts have been unsuccessful. It seems pretty temperamental and the surface can get smudged so easily! But I’ll keep going, continue practising and hope that over time my badge casualties become fewer.

Here’s a few examples of the badges, some of them I’ve decided not to put up in my shop as they are not quite high enough standard. I bought some acrylic spray on lacquer to protect the surface of the badges, but actually they just ended up having fluff and dust stuck to them 😦 so I wasn’t happy about that. Some of them are discounted in the store because of that.

I’m thinking of doing a give away too! More details soon.

I think that’s all for now. Right now I’m actually volunteering at the local gallery, I was left to look after front-of-house while the others went to a meeting. And soon, I shall be off as I haven’t yet had any lunch and my stomach is twisting around hungry.

Lots of love

Elysia

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Ooh man there’s so many things to write about. I apologise for this being all over the place, my excuse is this is a personal and non profit making blog, so a lot of this is pretty casual and non structured. So I don’t overburden this already-busy post, I’ll write about these things next time:

  • Organising life class with a friend
  • Planning an artist collective
  • Update on the poetry book project
  • Encouraging a friend to write her story so I can illustrate it 🙂

 

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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.

sticker making

Hi all,

As I mentioned previously in my posts, I bought a sticker machine to use for my exhibition and future events too. A while ago my friend mentioned that she made stickers and I wanted to give it a try. She recommended the xyron x250, which can make small stickers, up to 6.35cm in width. I bought it from amazon for £25 including postage (same place my friend bought it) but perhaps you can find it for cheaper if you are more patient than me. Refill cartridges are available online too. I said that I’d post some photos of how to use it, so above you can find some photos with captions.

I haven’t tried any other methods of sticker making so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I have a feeling that it is more cost effective to buy sticker paper which you can put through a printer. Having said that, the xyron is fun to use and it produces good quality stickers which look really nice too. And you can cut things out of newspapers/magazines/photos and put them straight through. When I have access to a printer again I’ll probably try out the digital printing method and then compare here on my blog.

Anyway… I’ll post another blog post soon with updates on what I’ve been working on for my exhibition, I hope this was useful to some people xxx

postpost exhibition (summer begins)

Dear all,

so the exhibition has taken down. As I said, I did have a leisurely wander around to look more at the work, but I didn’t do the whole photo taking thing… luckily for those who are interested, there are loads of photos of students’ exhibition work on Vera’s blog, here and here. And again there’s some reviews and stuff on Siobhan’s blog too. Thanks for writing such kind and encouraging things about my work, Sivy!

Since my last post I’ve been doing extra hours at the supermarket and have also been feeling quite tired. I didn’t draw for a few days because I didn’t feel so inspired, but I have started drawing again and feel refreshed.

zines

While doing my extra hours at work, I attempted to be semi productive by drawing mini zines from a4  paper which I borrowed. I made one a day… I’m trying to make this a more regular thing as I think that it helps me to manage my mood swings during the shifts. Usually around late afternoon I start to feel bad – probably because it’s the middle of my shift and also I think it’s when I start to get hungry again. So drawing these helps me to stop thinking sad thoughts and focus on drawing, which probably means that I am less gloomy looking for customers. Below is one I did yesterday.

Today while I was at work, I forgot to pick up an a4 sheet of paper, so I found an old envelope under the till which I used to draw.

Now I won’t have work until a small 5 hour shift on Wednesday evening. For Monday and Tuesday, I’m not sure how to occupy myself. Since many people from my course have left university and I don’t have specific lessons to attend, I feel a bit lost. Fortunately there are still some of us left in this town so hopefully I won’t feel lonely. The next thing to do on my list is probably working out what I will do for the September exhibition. As you may know already, I don’t really enjoy planning art projects; I just like to do them and see what happens… but I suppose I will need at least a little bit of a plan, so I don’t drift off into obscurity. At the moment I am looking at the work of Cy Twombly and also rediscovering Jean Michel Basquiat…

I always feel awkward with words when talking about other artists, but I feel like in a way my recent exhibition piece was in a similar vein to Basquiat’s work (probably just because it contained really colloquial text scrawled as part of the image)…

I was about to say “I’m not sure how to end this blog post, so…” but I just remembered to write that at the end of last week I put loads of old work out on a table in the school of art and tried to sell some of it… I expected to make only £5 but made £101.50! So that makes me feel a bit positive about the future, even though it’s not really going to be a regular, consistent business.

photo of shop

Here’s a photo of my work in my shop! It was simple, not flashy at all, just little paper placards denoting the price. I liked having the shop. Artist Claes Oldenburg made his own ‘shop’ in 1961 Manhattan, which was a piece of art in itself… and it’s something I really would like to do. Creating a DIY style artists’ shop – possibly in a collective. Anyway, now I’m probably rambling a little. I’m going to end this now and read some blogs which I’ve not had a chance to read for a while!

Thank you for reading,

Elysia

PS: I forgot to make my to do list here.

  1. work on my Ladyquest zine submission, deadline late July.
  2. enter the Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize (wow, long name), deadline July 31st.
  3. enter the Rabley Drawing Centre’s sketchbook exhibition, deadline June 21st.
  4. maybe enter Jerwood Drawing Prize, deadline 17th June.
  5. Make work to sell in the CCS charity shop (a local thing).
  6. Make a print to enter Hong Kong exhibition, deadline 10th June.
  7. Apply for CAC residency.