Monday, 7 March 2016


Ok so it has been a little while but my excuse is this: Uni work got a little hectic. Oh and Carlisle flooded, like A LOT.
I wanted to write a post reflecting on the last project I completed for my course which was on book design. The brief was to design covers for two books as specified on the Penguin Random House Design Awards. Of the three books I chose Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner and How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Before I show you the final stuff here's a little look at what I was looking at as the project commenced more of which can be found here.

Judging by this you can guess I went for an illustration approach for both books!

I will post photos of the mocked up book as soon as I get them back from being graded!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015


This week I thought I would share a couple of photos of my little corner of the studio...

Here can be seen a variety of key objects. Most important to note are the wooden box of mystery, pretentious water bottle or 'hydration vessel' and forever tangling headphones (I know we've all been there).

 Here is the wall of stuff: studio version. For the home version see my instagram. Seen here is half of my weekly planner (v. important), some bits and pieces I created myself and some I didn't. I also have a small selection of hanging stationery, one never knows when the need for a pin, sticky note or bulldog clip will arise!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

What Have I been Looking at No. 5


Ok so I won't list them all (My library loans at uni have been maxed out a couple of times over the past few weeks) but let's have a look at a small selection what I have been looking at...

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I found this in a charity shop and snapped it up immediately. Such a fascinating book which, being semi autobiographical, gives the world a look into Plath's mind. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to read something a little out of their comfort zone. (Though probably best avoided when you're feeling a bit down in the dumps)

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

I picked this up in the uni library in the hopes that it would help my drawing. I am getting through it incredibly slowly (so much to do!) but it has been interesting learning all about what goes on in my brain when I pick up a pencil.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Yes its a children's book and yes it makes me extremely happy. No it doesn't mater that I'm 21 and not the target audience. Beautiful illustrations of animals and dry humour make this one of my favourite children's books and it's about a bear who has lost his red hat. Enough said.

Lastly to keep those who don't care too much for books (what are you doing here?!) and well everyone really who needs a little help to make it to the end of the week here's my go to cheering up video.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The kindness of strangers

Ok so this one may be a bit of a wordy post but hopefully it'll be worth reading so stick with me ok?

I am a firm believer in what goes around comes around. Do a bad deed and you will get bitten in the ass for it. Do a good deed and the favour will be returned, no matter how small. I was cycling to the studio the other day and learned a lesson in cycling etiquette: Skirts are not for cycling. 

Noticing it had become rather difficult to, well, cycle I stopped to see what was going on. Yes, it was as I feared, my lovely long black skirt got caught between the break pad and the tyre, not ideal. I gave it a tug, no budging occurred. 

Then low and behold an angel and her four legged furry friend came to my rescue and helped to free me. The aid of a friendly stranger helped to cheer up my grey morning.

The point of this tale is that the little things can make a difference. A smile as you pass someone by, holding a door or maybe even passing on a parking ticket with a couple of hours left on it could turn someone's day from crappy to well, less so.

Oh and wear leggings to commute and put the skirt in your bag.

The bridge on which the incident occurred 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

I got new socks! And other stories…

So yesterday I turned the ripe old age of 21. Wow. 
My favourite part of the day? I got new socks and it made me as happy as, well, me with new socks.

So with that out of the way, let’s begin. 

I have been back in the lovely studio for two and a half weeks now and I have made myself quite at home. Monday to Friday I can be found scribbling away in the deepest corner of the university’s Grillust realm. With some creature comforts (Yes, there’s a kettle AND a mini fridge) and lots of library books the second year working day got a whole lot better.

Feeling super motivated and having so much to do I actually need to use my diary this year, I reckon it’s going to be a good one. I am also planning a list of posts so I can try to keep my blogging regular (ooh err). So there will hopefully be weekly posts, although I’m not making any promises.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Self Portrait

Following on from the painting I put in my last post I had a go at a self portrait in the same way.
The contrast isn't as intense and I'm sure I could easily spend another couple of days tinkering with it but nonetheless here it is along with the sketch I worked from. I suppose I wasn't really feeling very happy when I did the initial sketch in the mirror in my sketchbook as I look quite intense but I think it fits this style of painting. Besides, I'm feeling pretty happy right now. See my Instagram for a photo of cute and delicious biscuits I made yesterday plus it's only a few weeks until I am reunited with my uni family, yay!

Monday, 27 July 2015

'Mr. Rochester, I must leave you.'

A painting I did this morning as an experiment working white acrylic on black. I also used some greys too to help me achieve some tone. It isn't perfect (far, far from it) but I am happy to have captured a glimpse of the emotion from this scene and also to have experimented with strong directional lighting.

It is inspired, of course, by my favourite book Jane Eyre and the beautiful 2011 film adaptation which I watched last night.

Maybe it's time for another reread... Oh why must my reading list be so long!