Sunday, 31 January 2010

No. 3 Country

So now... lets go country. Ready-set-go!


So here it is. It's quite straight forward. If i were to dress up... i'd want to go looking like robin hood!

better late than never right?

so, due to a lack of scanner... i can't show you my picture today, but first thing tomorrow i promise!!

just to get your creative thoughts going Aine, the next weeks challange is 'country'

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Dressing-up: pretending

I interpreted dressing-up to be putting on a "brave face" or pretending. 

As I started composing the image I imagined the characters to be an unhappily married couple dressing-up for some sort of strained social occasion (like a relative's wedding). The woman dresses up in a fancy hat and the man "wears" a smile. They pose as a happy couple though secretly they can't stand each other anymore.

But now as I look at their expressions, their faces seem to suggest grief more than anything else. Perhaps it's not that they have an unhappy marriage but it's that they have recently experienced a loss and are putting on a brave face in public.

Either way, rather bleak. Maybe Lizzie's will be more cheerful!

Saturday, 23 January 2010

No. 2: 'dressing-up'

Wowzers, I'm super impressed they we've both managed to get our first project posted ahead of the Sunday noon (GMT) deadline - Hoorah!

My suggestion for this week's theme is 'dressing-up'. I think this can lend itself to lots of different interpretations, let's see what we come up with :)

In the beginning...

It's quite amazing to see how two people interpret the same thing very differently!

I've gone a bit biblical in my response to the theme of 'Beginnings'. I find lots of Bible stories quite fascinating - especially the crazy Old Testament ones. This illustration refers to man's disobedience in the garden of Eden:

3:1 Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3:3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

3:5 for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Friday, 22 January 2010

beginning to rain

here is my first illustration for 'beginnings'. i thought long and hard about this idea and then it began to rain outside and so i though, ah ha, that's what i will do! it is called 'beginning to rain.' it's pretty simple, but when you start something it is often quite simple so that is what i am going for. so aine... we await your picture! x

Sunday, 17 January 2010


so it has been decided. the first subject for our year long project is 'beginnings'. we have until sunday to post up an image that responds to this theme.... ready set go!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

'Slow Press' in progress

So finally we've gotten our collaborative blog up and running. We were keen to continue working together after meeting whilst studying on the MA illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and thought this blog would be a good way of developing our shared interests. As I am in London and Lizzie is in Australia so we figure it can be active 24 hours!

This is our first joint project and also the first outing of the Adana Printing press we bought at the Bristol Artists book fair last April from a very nice man called Bob. During the summer were also lucky enough to acquire a good collection of letterpress ornaments too. The 'Slow Press' is a work in progress but I'm hoping this year we'll be able to get it up and running in a more organised way! I think we need a bit more practice using the press to get used to all it's little quirks and eccentricities but it was a fun first attempt.