Friday, 31 October 2014
Have fun today - don't eat too many sweeties!
Yesterday we went to the first screening of the Nudinits film at Canterbury Anifest. Took us a while to get there from Hampshire as the good old M25 was terminally congested which added an hour to our journey. It was worth it though, and I think the film went down well. You'll be able to judge for yourselves tomorrow when it will be available to see in it's entirety - I just cannot wait!
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014
I also had time at the weekend to back up my work photos (which hasn't been done for a shamefully long time) and revisited some of the work I've done over the years that was stored on the hard drive.
It is half term for British schools, which means a blessed break from the day job - it's been very tough lately, working with a little chap who I am positive has 666 tattooed somewhere on his body... So a peaceful week ahead and a chance to get on with the next dog portrait, some clearing up round the house, and at the end of the week, the first screening of Nudinits. I'm getting quite excited now, especially at the prospect of seeing all our work on a big screen and finding out what people think if it!
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Well, initially you take a deep breath, gulp slightly and smile, saying it will be fine, of course I can. Then you have a couple of days of serious self-doubt and find anything else to do rather than tackle this knotty problem!
But thanks to the internet and a wealth of photographs of chocolate labradors, as well as a couple of mediocre extra photos of the spaniel pup, you bite the bullet and give it a go and find to your surprise that it all goes rather well.
Next up, a portrait of a black spaniel with some superb reference photos to work from!
N.B. Yesterday the lady who commissioned this came to pick it up - as soon as she saw it she burst into tears! She was still crying an hour later apparently - I think I got it right!
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
...an egg waiting to be laid.
On the easel : that double dog portrait...sigh...
On the needles: some unexpected bits for the animation!
Saturday, 18 October 2014
This is just about life-size and hangs from a piece of clear line. I've popped it in my Etsy shop already!
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
However, with a little help from Google images (thank goodness other people with chocolate labs take better photographs!) and a lot of concentration, I think I might be able to pull this off. It is exhausting though, especially when you are very aware that this is to be a memento of a beloved pet. A word to you pet owners - take lots of photos while your pets are still with you, you'll cherish them in days to come.
Sunday, 12 October 2014
So although the entrants were few, I picked a number with my eyes shut and the winner was Nicky Sayers - hooray! If you can get back to me using the email at the top of the page with your address, I will pop the painting in the post to you.
I have finally seen the full animation, as well as the logo clip that caused such headaches, and cannot wait until it can be shown to everyone else - just two more weeks to go. I saw things in the film that I had forgotten I'd made, it's been so long! It's starting to get exciting - for now though, all I can do is direct you to the website.
Currently on the needles: a shawl and I am very bored with it now as I have an idea for something else more interesting.
Currently on the easel; double dog portrait in acrylics
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
I knitted quite a few creatures, here are a few. The chickens have to be one of my favourites - still can't quite believe they came out of my head!
By the way, there are a couple more days left to enter my giveaway for the wave painting - just leave a comment and I'll do a draw on the 11th October.
Monday, 6 October 2014
I think I am now suffering from a case of RSI so need to give the knitting a rest for a few days - not to worry, there are plenty of other ideas swimming round in my head!
Saturday, 4 October 2014
First up for grabs is this experimental piece I have been working on using Yupo synthetic paper and the new Derwent Graphiks paint pens. It's a bit of a far cry from my usual work - all quite different, a very shiny surface to work on which could be literally scrubbed clean even when the paint is dry, and some bright paint pens that can be used either as pens or the pigment spread and diluted with a brush and water. The finished painting is also quite shiny and the paper is ridiculously thin and flimsy but so strong. The whole thing is A4 size (8 x 11 inches).
If you'd like this painting free, just leave a comment here and I will pick a winner in a week's time (11th October). Doesn't matter where in the world you are, this paper is so thin it would probably float all the way!
On the easel: a double pet portrait
On the needles: still knitting that octopus...three legs to go...sigh....it will be worth it I hope!