Tuesday, 20 October 2009

A little bit of what I've been up to :-)

Sorry they're not all the right way up...I have no idea how to use these computers!
If you want to see the content to these little books I'm going to put it up on my blog so take a look there! Basically I'm trying to make one per place/country Ive been to, depending on the time spent there!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

NEWS from Hong Kong

I took these images at the Jockey Club Creative Art Centre (shek kip mei) It use to be a Secondary school, but is now an Art centre, in which every single class room has been rented out as an art studio. One year waiting list, so I've signed up for the following year. Regular art exhibitions, ranging from; Ceramics and pottery, Photography, Chinese puppetry, illustration, fine art etc. There also are classes, like Life drawing, jewllery making etc. Some of the work was inspiring, as a lot of the spaces are being rented out to students who have clubbed together, and they spend most of thier evenings there collaborating.
Hope everyone's enjoying their summer!
yolande x

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Recent stuffs

New pages for Rick Ragabash! For the past week been up all hours working on spreads for Templar art director, who wants to see more of mine and Milan's work after a previous email sent to Templar by Chiu on our behalf. Not sure what will come of it yet, but it's keeping me busy so I guess it's all good! Dead tired now though and Photoshop still frustrates me!!
Any feedback appreciated :-)

Hope you're all having fun times xxxxxxx


Hello fellow floundering favourite...fgraduates?! The only f I could think of there might have caused offense XP I don't know if anyone else has been having a brain meltdown...it might just be me...or it might just be the xbox 360 I got fautls >.>...either way I've found this very helpful!


I'm pretty sure I posted this on here before but refreshing doesn't hurt! Its got good ideas for things you can do just to add to your portfolio...! I'll post up the ones I've been doing when they're done...currently drawing the four seasons

Sunday, 5 July 2009

How exciting is this?! I just thought I'd share...

Can't wait 'till this comes out! Spike Jonze is the man!
Apparently it hasn't been rated yet because the first kids who watched it ran out screaming because it was so scary! That sounds good to me.


My fellow ex-L6s! Let's keep this blog going so we can all see what we've been up to, yes? Yes. Anything you like, illustration related or not. What have you been doing with your time since we left? Maybe you've been sitting on your arses doing nothing. Maybe you've been away to a colourful and cultural land. Maybe you've been up to your neck in mud, sunburnt, or lying in bed with swine flu. Or maybe, like me and Jat, you've decided to start a musical/drawing/dancing act on the streets of Derby to fund our extensive drink habit.

In any case, post something! Keep those creative juices flowing.

Lots of love

Naomi xxx

Friday, 20 February 2009

Book Covers


I dont know if anyone is doing the penguin design contest but either way here is a vast collection of book covers!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Screen Printing?

Is anyone going to be doing any screen printing next week that is willing to show me how its done?

I have a feeling I may have done it back in college... all those millions of years ago, but I cant be sure =/

evelyn x

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

An Illustrated life

I recently bought this book: An Illustrated life and it's a really good book, showing the sketch book pages of lots of different illustrators, who use a wide range of media and styles.

It's really inspiring, and makes you want to keep your own sketchbook!

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Children's Illustrator website.


A good website for children's Illustrators, different mediums, style, agents, interviews and more.

You can join, but it's about a $200 fee for the year, still interesting to look through.

At a loss at what to do between projects?

Check out Dani Draws website:


For inspirational ideas!

Also check out the rest of the site for tutorials and tips and so on.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

watch this!

these lil animations are great..and a bit odd...short nonsensical narratives! (explicit content in parts!)


Saturday, 31 January 2009

New ideas

Some character sketches for my new idea, instead of writing my own story and focusing so much on that, and looking at other children's books I had the idea of creating an ABC book of animals having two kids dress up as the animals, and do things the animal would do, maybe with a few fun facts. (not too sure yet)

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

I thought I'd have a go... Don't Panic!

I've submitted an entry to the 'Nature' themed Don't Panic Posters competition. The voting ends on Sunday, but I thought it's worth a try. I think I'll have to get at least 12 votes to be in for the judging... so please vote for my poster :) ... only if you like it of course.

The links are below, they take you straight to my poster. You only have to provide a few details to register before you can vote.

Thanks guys, see you soon!

Don't Panic
Don't Panic

Monday, 19 January 2009

Don't Panic Posters

while you are waiting to start your new projects, you might want to have bash at:


Saturday, 17 January 2009

cards arrived!

Cards arrived today two days before they were meant to- really quick considering I only ordered them on Thursday evening. Really recommend Moo for future use- good quality for only a tenner and without any hidden charges for multiple images or double sided printing. They allow up to 50 different images and the only drawback is that the reverse image has to be the same for each card. They've also given me 10% off if I want to get postcards printed with them. Overall they seem pretty ideal- they seem set up for the kind of thing I wanted rather than catering to big businesses like the majority of printers..

Friday, 16 January 2009

Final Business Cards!

They've been sent off to print so these are the FINAL FINAL ones. I figured I'd have a range for different circumstances- two slightly daft for giving to other artists/individuals who still look like they have a sense of humour in tact, one with an example of my comics, one with an example of my other illustration work. The back is the same on all of them. 

I'm getting them done with moo.com who offer 50 for a tenner (more like 13/14 after postage is added). I've seen other cards printed there and thought the quality/paper was pretty decent- sort of semi-matte-semi-gloss satin finish and fairly thick stock. Also, moo was one of the only places I found who were honest about their pricing- lots of other sites offered similar deals but when you read the fineprint there were LOTS of restrictions- such as only one-sided, including the printer's logo, or only having a very limited set of templates which you had to use. Also it was pretty standard for printers to charge over the odds for wanting to place your own artwork on rather than using their shoddy clipart. I'll post up the result when I get them through the post, but for the design process I will say Moo had wome very nice design tools which let you check and double check and edit the way your card would look in the flesh- giving warnings about cropping and ratio and loads of other potential pitfalls.

I'm trying to create a visual brand/identity with the the combination of fancy twiddly typography, strong black and white, and the inclusion of a little texture (the paper background)

Busyness cards

These are just some prototypes...I might work some colour onto them or something like that!

And are some really inspirational ideas for them...not sure how you'd actually make most of them!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Hand in...

Is it Monday we hand in...? its just when we were mistakenly in today Chiu said something about being in on Tuesday...and i'm confused o.o...So when are we handing our stuff in?

Help me decide (cards!)

(The upper section is the front, the lower section is the back of these)
So I'm faced with two potential approaches for my business cards at the moment- either sticking with fairly conventional snippets of my art (top) or an attempt at humour (bottom) I really wanted to see if I could get some feedback off people if possible! Personally at the moment I think the first looks better and better describes my aesthetic, but the second is potentially more memorable.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

And in the theme of professional practice...


Easy to read and saves you buying any of those 'how to be the best illustrator ever volume 5' books!

Oh and this is for Lee

Travis Millard

His work really reminds me of your weird style! I would have made another post but I didn't want to spam the blog >.>...

End Paper Inspiration...


Check out these retro and inspiring end papers...even that can be an oppurtunity to show off how good you are!
Those are just a few that I liked!

Monday, 5 January 2009

Yulia Brodskaya

I just came across this and thought it was all amazing!

Sunday, 4 January 2009

I have just stumbled apon this really cool site, a great resource for fairytales..

"SurLaLune Fairy Tales features 49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1,500 illustrations."

this would have been handy in the narrative sequence module last year!


Friday, 2 January 2009


You might be interested in this...

True Stories: The Great Chinese Art Revolution

Tuesday, 10pm, More4


Can anyone recommend a place to get decent quality prints of my work done?
anywhere that isn't gonna cost me a million pound is also good.