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

100 Days of Me (Days 48-51)

Ooh we’re at the halfway stage of this project – woohoo!!! So days 48-51, here we go!!

Day 48 is a wee portrait done in chalk using cotton wool balls to draw with:Day 48

I’ve wanted to use this quote in a piece for a while; I sprayed the background with glimmer mist, then used acrylic paint to paint the dandelion clock – I see a wish by the way. This is day 49:Day 49And that brings the project to the halfway stage, so I thought I would share a picture of my sketchbook as it is right now. The sketchbook is pretty full but I’m making it my personal mission to do all 100 days in this 1 sketchbook:Day 50 - The halfway stageFor day 50 I did a pastel drawing on black paper of our cat, Phoebe:Day 50On day 51 I did a watercolour daisy. I looked at a watercolour flower book that was my Gran’s and decided on a daisy. We used to sit in her back garden and make daisy chains. I have to admit that I am missing her like crazy right now.Day 51

If you pop by over the weekend I’ll be sharing another self portrait – I’m particularly happy with the next one.

Vicki xo

Portraiture Sketchbook – Progress

I’ve been working really hard on my portraiture sketchbook; I’m still doing my concepts and this is my 2nd one:P1170269

I need to do a little more work on mouth shapes, this is not the best shape to be honest but the photo is taken from a weird angle. I worked on this using watercolour and coloured pencils – I really like it as a concept although I still have another 2 to work on; then decide which one will be my final piece. Or maybe I’ll take elements from all the concepts and make a final piece from those. I’m not sure yet but I think that’s ok. I will be working on my other 2 concepts this week so I can make that final decision next week (hopefully).

What are you working on this week?

Vicki xo

Graphic Design (Sketchbook) – Development

This past 3 or 4 weeks of Graphic Design has been about development – developing our projects into something we can use for our final piece. I’ve started work on my final piece but it’s a few weeks away from being finished. Anyway I decided that I could share my development with you today so here we go!! (these are not all the pages – just my favourite elements)

For me the first part of development in a project is figuring out a colour palette, I decided to use different media to get a wide variety of bee colours:

P1170245In development for this project we were asked to put in drawings as well as simple sketches; for one of my drawings I worked on the anatomy of a honey bee. Honey bees look more like wasps than bumble bees – this was quite an interesting element to draw:P1170246Obviously part of working on a bee project means looking at hives and honeycomb, so I did a page just developing some ideas:P1170247And lastly, of course, where there are bees there are also flowers. I love daisies, and I know that bees do also so I did this wee drawing of a daisy (on the page it’s surrounded by other doodles and some pictures from magazines):P1170248I’m really happy with how this has gone so far; my final drawings look really good (although I’ve already decided which one I’m taking right to the printers) and I have to say I found graphic design more interesting than I expected to which is great. After this module we are working on both textiles and mixed media – both of which I am very interested in – so watch this space.

Vicki xo

100 Days of Me (Days 44-47)

Today I’m sharing Days 44-47 with you; so here we go!!!

Day 44 I used another photo to Kris, this photo was taken when we were in Orkney back in 2011 – and I did a reductive pastel drawing of a cow. We met some evil cows when we were in Orkney and it was something that stayed with us about our holiday:Day 44This next one (for Day 45) is drawn on a wee bit of paper; and features teeny gnome homes – sometimes it’s nice to play with different sizes:Day 45Day 46 is another mixed media using a photo. I used some corrugated cardboard, watercolour paints, a section of a photo and some thread to create this and I have to admit that I really love it. The photo is of my younger sister, Clare when she was playing at a park:Day 46And lastly is day 47, I did a wee illustration of Alice in Wonderland on a playing card, with a blue wash over the top:Day 47

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my graphics project with you; we’re nearly finished – I can’t believe it. And then maybe Wednesday you can pop by and see a little bit of my portraiture development.

Vicki xo