Polynesian Stick Map

At the beginning of this college term we were given a pretty big challenge – to create a piece of art for a local salmon fishing company. The piece of art had to be a fairly specific size, but otherwise the brief was pretty open. I did quite a bit of research for this project – I wasn’t 100% set on anything until I started looking at tides. I came up with a couple of different ideas – including one that had an inbuilt clock and one that had a sun and moon sticking out at opposite angles. I kind of fell in love with Polynesian Stick Maps which were an ancient way of charting tide times. I loved the idea of having something that was completely free standing and something that was really different:stick 1

The piece is now finished; and we photographed it at college on Tuesday. I love the shadows this piece creates – it’s pretty perfect for the company offices which are really bright and airy. stick 2Everyone in my class has completed their own piece of art for this competition – and 2 other classes are competing too. There is some really amazing work between the 3 classes – it’s really exciting to see.

I know that the photos of all of the art pieces are being sent to the Edinburgh College of Art and the fishing company so they can make decision as to who wins. Would I like to win? Sure – wouldn’t anybody? But for me this was a chance to create something a little different – and I think this piece would work well in a house as well.

We’ve got just 3 weeks until the end of our first semester – I can’t believe it. I’ve almost finished my graphic design project, my portraiture final piece is underway and I’ve started another project that is hugely mixed media based on my children and our 18 cats. Next semester we’re starting work on some more pretty huge projects; I’m already excited.

Vicki xo

Portraiture Sketchbook – Progress

This is my last concept for my portraiture sketchbook – I can’t believe it. For this one I used 2 very different photos and sort of blended them. Its a mixed media piece using sharpie, inks and glimmer mist. I really enjoyed working on this piece, its a little different and isn’t perfect but in a way I don’t think it needed to be:

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Now I have to decide what my final portraiture piece will be; which bits do I take from each photo – or do I just use one photo. Which media do I use or do I do mixed? Lots of decisions to make and not much time to make them in – I have to start my final piece on Wednesday.

Vicki xo

Spirit Animal Masks – Part 1

The boys and I decided to make masks using modroc and it was awesome fun. Robbie went first and I have to say I was super impressed by how well he did – Robbie has autism and learning disabilities so new things tend to freak him out. I explained what I was doing the whole way along and he loved it:

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Kristofer sat really well for his mask making, he said it felt funny but he felt like a submarine because of the straw:

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Here they are drying, I did 2 layers of modroc and left it to dry for about 5 minutes before carefully removing the masks. I also popped some vaseline on their faces so the masks were easy to remove.

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I’m going to make the masks into the boys spirit animals, so Robbie will be a monkey and Kris will be a wolf. I’m excited to start building on these. Plus it’s nice to be doing something that’s not for college.
What are you working on right now?
Vicki xo

100 Days of Me (Days 52 -56)

I spent this past weekend at my parents house, it was nice and relaxing. And I took my 100 days sketchbook with me and here’s what I came up with:
Day 52 is a piece I call “the unfinished dancing giraffe ” or “oops my pen ran out”. She’s super cute, but my brown gel pen just stopped working. I did think about using a different colour but I kind of like her this way:

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For day 53 I did a wee sketch on black paper with white coloured pencil:

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Day 54 is one of my new favourite quotes; I like putting quotes in my book:

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Going to Edinburgh means I get to have Starbucks and this time of year means pumpkin spiced lattes (yum). I decided for days 55 and 56 to use the cardboard cover. For day 55 I made a wee frame:

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And for 56 I did a sketch of a lady at the bus station:

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I have something fun to share with you tomorrow, and guess what? It’s not even college work!!
Vicki xo
PS: today is the 1 year anniversary of my blog, so thanks for following, stopping by or liking my posts. It’s been an amazing journey.

Portraiture Sketchbook – Progress

I’ve been working like crazy on my portraiture sketchbook concepts; I did this one during the week and I think it’s my favourite. I took the photo a few months ago and it’s full of expression so I wanted to capture that.

I know the eye in the drawing is a little larger than maybe it should be but I really like it; I did this using charcoal reduction (which is one of my favourite techniques).

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Next week I’m working on a mixed media concept using 2 different photos – so that should be quite interesting. Then I have to decided which concept I like the most and start on my final piece –  I think I have about 5 weeks to get that done.

What are you working on this weekend?

Vicki xo