Seer Project Progress

It’s been a while!

I’ve made a bunch of progression on my most recent big project, which can be found here on artstation.

I think I’ve come to a good milestone in it but I feel like there is always more that can be done… I thought I would share a couple of small, achievable ideas on how to improve and expand on the project. After that I might think about how to push my AJ project a bit further too, keeping in mind feedback from AJ and the artists at Creative Assembly.

For the Seer Project:

  1. Include detail and development on boot design
  2. Include detail and development on pauldrons
  3. Sketch out back view for most recent finished design and add notes
  4. Detail shot of staff and further development of its textures

Character design of an insectoid creature

For AJ Project:

  1. Back view of insectoid creature
  2. Pick a 3rd character to develop

I’m not sure if I will complete all of these but they at least give me a direction. In addition to these actions (during or after), I realise I need to strive to study more. Lately I have made some progress and I need to keep pushing forward.


Updates on my little progress list

Website Screenshot

So I have been working on my list and as you can see above I got a basic website up and running! You can find it at Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I’m unsure about whether to aim for an illustration focused portfolio or a fine art one … or whether I should just have two sites depending on the audience. What do you all think? At the moment I suppose it’s more weighted towards illustration, although I don’t yet feel like I have enough illustration work on there.

As for the other bits on the list, I have started a bit of lino cutting. The lino pieces I’m using are a bit slippery and not that great, but I’ll keep trying and hopefully when I make a trip back down to my old university town I can buy a load of quality lino blocks from the art school.

I also started accumulating painting supplies so that I can try to do some painting. I’ve bought acrylics rather than oils mainly because they are cheaper and don’t require as many chemicals. I’ll see how it goes and post some pictures on the blog once I start! And then depending on how it goes perhaps I will end up investing in oil paints!

Hmm, I think that’s it on the progress front. A lot more to do, of course. I’ve been working a bit more with my game design friends, so that’s slowly developing as well. I also booked my driving test and am practising for that. I’d like to get myself going and start designing some cards or prints… I’ve been doing a lot of drawing from life/photos so I want to get back into something a bit more imaginative.

I hope you all don’t mind but I’m going to post an updated list for me to work on here!

  1. Illustration for portfolio – band poster
  2. Learn more about Adobe software on skillshare
  3. Design some images for cards, prints, maybe make myself a phone case!
  4. Lino cuts – keep going with current materials and hopefully soon source some better ones
  5. Start painting soon
  6. Possible artist collective?

As always, thank you for the support, thank you for the kind comments on my last post too xxx

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!







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… 🙂


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 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


thoughts on current art project

I wrote this and posted it on tumblr just now, but thought maybe I’d post it here too! Plus some pictures.

comic page tendrawing

I realise I should briefly sum up what I am doing, actually. I don’t know if I’ve written any description previously, bar speculation on what I want to do in the future… At the moment I am drawing with mixed media on lots of pieces of paper (about a3 size). These usually involve some sort of text about what I’m anxious about and an accompanying drawing. I try to resolve my problems on the page and arrive at a more rational perception of a situation (instead of, ‘my friends didn’t text me, they hate me!’)… While I’ve been doing this project, I feel like my drawing has kind of gotten complacent however.

I feel crappy regarding my work lately, probably because I am doing this really extended project – which makes me feel restricted. I think it has been useful to do this series of drawing, but it has made me realise what I would like to work on/towards afterwards.

I would like to do some more life drawing, preferably of men, to improve my understanding of forms. I’d like to practise more with watercolours so that I’m a little better at controlling them. I’d like to draw more backgrounds, practise drawing still lifes (chairs and angular man-made things), environments, etc.

I also miss drawing things that are aesthetically pleasing, polished, finished. A lot of the works for this project are weak on their own, but good when in the group.