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

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