Thursday, 28 October 2010


Cracked out my mums severely old sewing machine to start my zine mock up.
It looks so much better when it's sewn together, though not quite impressive on cartridge paper.
Can't wait to start printing now, I think I'll have about 10 images in total by the end of it.

Adjustments and that

Trying to make a few final edits and so on before I start printing my negatives.
Decided against the other dog for first image, didn't quite fit really.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


I think I need to break up my pages and not have portraits on every single one..

I've drawn this using black ink but I'm generally thinking about the image in terms of making sure it's a good template for printing. I did loads of colour tests but then photoshop decided to close so will just upload the favourite one.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Monday, 25 October 2010


Half term = Madness at work.
I made two and a half grand in four hours.
But my feet are poorly now.

NEED TO DO SOME WORK. But I am exhasuted.

I think I will buy these as they will go with my hair.. Oh shoe shop perks..

Saturday, 23 October 2010

New Idea

Excuse the terrible text, I think the nib of my dip pen is bent.
I don't know how far I'll go with this really.
I was just thinking about how the enthusiast at Clapham was quite intimidating from afar but super quiet and shy when I approached him.
I like the idea of 'trainspotters' being misrepresented and what not.

But yeah. Not sure...

A favourite

Friday, 22 October 2010


I am so stuck on this.

On another note, Secret Store website has launched - sort of. Everyone who hasn't submitted work should definitely do it:

Small things are nice

One of my most favourite people ever asked me to help design a logo for their math society at Cardiff University. I think it's going on t-shirts and stuff for the members.
They had their freshers fair recently and - although this isn't my original design - I still love that they used it.

(I don't know who that guy in the photo is..)

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Oh Yes

I went to Clapham Junction this morning and at first attempted to draw some enthusiasts but they move about a surprising amount so after sitting on the platform for a good ten minutes trying to psych myself up to approach them I did.
And they were very lovely, although I didn't talk to them for too long as I felt I was in their way and I was so nervous that I forgot half the questions I wanted to ask, didn't ask them their names which I very much regret now and didn't take as many pictures as they also seemed a bit scared of me.
Please not the train logo on his fleece..

The best part was when I approached them and told them about my project and the man with the beard went "...and do you see..not an anorak is sight!"

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Really really

really need to work up the courage to go and take photos of trainspotters/railway enthusiasts.
I can't keep relying on google images, I need to have my own material sooo.. Clapham Junction tomorrow.
I don't know why I find it so scary, maybe just incase they say they don't want their photo taken.
But that's about the worst they can say, unless they are super aggressive..... which I'm sure they are not.
Still no new work for the project to show, stuck.

Monday, 18 October 2010

My bedroom gallery...

Today was a bit of a fail what with the tubes being messed up and all.
Went to talk to mister screen print man and he told me I'd printed my 'negatives' out using the wrong type of printer AND my images will have to be a lot simpler in terms of like gradient... basically no gradient. And I don't think I like that idea so I might have to abandon screen printing the entire thing even though I think it would look super lovely.

On a nicer note, I have acquired quite a nice amount of images for my bedroom now.
The two framed ones and the one underneath are from Lizzy Stewart.
The bison is by Jen Collins and the rabbit is by Jackie Bos.
Also LOOK at that Panda Kigu, I picked it up from the sorting office just now.
Halloween costume sorted.. Just need somewhere to go now.....

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Grey Bears

They are drying in my spare room.
I also bought a medium grey crew neck jumper to see what they're like and they are HUGE.
But quite cosy.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

More Michael

I did add colour to my pencil drawing but now I'm potentially screen printing the whole thing in black and white I thought I'd see what he looks like grey scaled.
I think it will look better on paper than it does on screen...

P.S. Apologies for the weird blog layout. I don't know what I did. But I need to fix iiiit

Treats for meee

Just got a lovely print and zine from Jacqueline Kari and lots of little extras and everything.
Has made my day.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

All Boys Liked Trains..

Simone suggested I screen print my zine instead of ink jet printing.
Bit daunting but I think I'll give it a go. It means I'll be doing it all in black and white.
I don't really feel confident that I'll have the time to teach myself the whole colour layering thing.
I've started printing things out onto tracing paper but I don't really have much final stuff yet.
She also suggested I give it some sort of narrative which just means I have to rethink the order of my images aaand I might be putting my own sort of trainspotting opinions in as well.

I decided to write out some of my text over carbon paper so I get a nice smudgy effect.
It reminds me when I used it in year 3 to trace maps, so it's got quite a nostalgic element which is what I wanted to go with the image the lovely man from the railway forum sent me.

Lots to do then.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Michael Palin

Not too bad, looks a tiny bit like Ian McKellen..

Friday, 8 October 2010

New Hat

Don't worry, it's faux fur. Cosy.

Walking the dogs

This is one of my first images.
It will be a double spread which makes me worry about how well I'll be able to align them..
Might play around with the text.... Might add colour.. but colour scares me a lot..

Thursday, 7 October 2010


So I've started planning my zine and am looking at existing ones to see how they're structured etc.
I love how the Julia Pott one I have has the pattern on the inside cover bit (top picture).
So I thought I'd try and paint the pattern from the Southwest Trains train seat covers.
It is only A4 but has taken me nearly 3 hours and now I can't see properly, I can just see squares.
So if you're not impressed I just plain don't give a hoot.

I deserve tea now for sure.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010


I promise it's related to my project...

New Idea

Had a few more responses from the forum.
I've decided to make my own zine for the project based on some of the answers I've had from my questionnaire.
Looking into paper, printing, zine making etc etc.


Monday, 4 October 2010

Bit stuck

Getting a bit lost now.
I don't think I want to illustrate the article anymore because it pokes fun at trainspotting a bit and after researching and talking to the people on the forum I don't think I want to poke fun at them.
I might look more at the information I've been collecting through the railway forum though I still don't have much visual material.
The trainspotters of Clapham Junction are still in hiding.
I will keep an eye out for them tomorrow....

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Friday, 1 October 2010

Stuff like this..

..makes me feel so ill:

I don't understand how people can sit there and copy stuff and not feel the least be guilty.
Or maybe feel a little guilty.. but then go ahead and use other people's work in their degree show.
If you don't have the imagination or the talent to come up with your own art work then go do something else please.
It sounds like she's a bit ruined now though. Swings and roundabouts..