I’ve had a chance to reflect on things over the course of this year and have also come to a few decisions about the future direction of this website.
At present I want to make this website into an Illustrated blog about my interests and things I find useful. I aim to Illustrate articles on Folklore, Mythology and other things within my experience (including art and Illustration of course). In short I want to have a bit of fun with it for a while whilst building a body of work.
I took down the galleries from my coursework for the present because I’m still not sure how best to present such work with it being quite development / student based, but the work from my Final Major Project can be seen at www.taleofstone.com and I will continue to develop this project.
I made another squirrel out of silver foil and Sculpey. With this one I wanted to create the tail standing up more.
I’ve got some dental alginate to make a mould of and I just need some Plaster of Paris now to try and make some casts.
I’m warming back into my Tales of Stone Project after a little break. I want to make some 3D reference for my comic. There are quite a lot of squirrel characters in Episode 1 which I still want to explore by doing some more character designs and studies.
I made a model using silver foil and Super Sculpey:
Early stage model
I want to make a cast of this model in Plaster of Paris rather than paint directly onto it because I have found sculpey to be a bit fragile and I want to try different paint designs.
It was so lovely in my garden I took some pictures.
I also received my copy of “The Lighthouse Keeper” in the post yesterday by an Illustrator called Zoe Sadler – a project I helped support on Kickstarter. It’s really good and I enjoyed the artwork and story. I’m glad it all worked out for her she should be very proud of it.
It occurred to me I should probably blog about this because it was amazing.
From an artists point of view I can appreciate the amount of skill and craftsmanship that went into the Harry Potter Movies- there was art everywhere on the tour- too much to take in on one visit really, it was like a Harry Potter museum. Of course I have read all the books, watched all the movies and love the films as well.
I took hundreds of pictures, but my camera ran out of batteries when I got to the art department section which was annoying to say the least. I even met Dobby. I will have to go back one day, I wanted to stay there to be honest.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the use of Illustration on the web and in web design, and the way Illustrators present themselves on the web.
My interest and background in web design means I am used to reading web design blogs that showcase best examples of designers portfolio sites and current trends or looks such as Web Design Ledger, Line 25, Smashing Magazine, Noupe to name a few.
They often write articles about the use of Illustration in web design and show beautiful examples of designers websites that have used Illustration. There have been many trends in Illustration in web design over the last 10 years, some I remember are grunge, clean vector illustration, hand drawn and most recently flat illustration.
Another thing these blogs often do is showcase good examples of designers and photographers websites. The focus is very much on photographers, web designers and graphic designers rather than Illustrators.
This article from Noupe showcases a selection across the disciplines though and I’m sure if I dug deep enough I may find others:
I would love to see really great inspiring examples of Illustrators websites because I love it when I come across a really well designed Illustrators website whose art I also admire and enjoy looking at and often bookmark them.
I’ve been thinking of writing some articles to show my favourites but I’ll have to ask the design blogs and Illustrators whether this is ok to do first as it doesn’t seem to happen much.