Monday, 10 December 2012

Graphics #3

Hello lovelies!

Here's the latest Graphics update- A project on Experimental type....

Well it would have been but Blogger informs me I have reached my  image limit! I suspect this is not the case but rather our pants internet playing up as per usual. SO for the mean time you can see all me work on Behance here. Let me know what you think and remember I always appreciate the appreciation!


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Graphics #2

Hello Lovelies of the blogisphere.

It has been too long! In my defense things have been super hectic in my corner of the world. The graphics stuff continues apace and I have started a few new job to get a bit of extra cash in time for Christmas. All in all I think I may have over done it slightly but I'm young and in a weird way doing so much is making me feel like I can do more... very odd. Anyway heres a few images from my latest design project. 

These are book cover designs based on 5 random words. Each image contains all 5 words (some more tenuous than others).

My 5 words were: Prussian Blue, Neil Armstrong, Blackpool, 300 and Skin.

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Regular readers will recognize the 'author' in this one. I have been so busy working on these, and no fun to be with at all. As the boy was there for most of it thought I'd include him here.

You can see more details about all of my work here.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Graphic Design #1

As promised a post about the Graphic Design course I am doing. There is so much to say that I'm not really sure where to start but here are a few notes and a couple of snaps...

So I rock up at college, a college that I walk past twice a day on way to and from work and never give a second thought to. It felt very different to be standing, fag in hand, in the car park as a student. I felt somewhat of a social pariah being that I was some 8 years older than everyone else there and the conversation centred on 'those annoying 14 year old girls who turn up at house parties', the best job to get, a night photographer apparently (someone who takes photos of people in clubs), the latest fashion must have (velvet brothel creepers) and the various merits of an undercut. Needless to say I was a little at sea.

The people on my course are a different story. Most have jobs (that don't require a camera and an aptitude to stay awake into the small hours) . The annoying 14 year old girls they refer to are their daughters and most remember brothel creepers and undercuts from the last time they were in vogue.

Project #1

We were each given a written sentence that we had to transform into 6 images (traditionally produced i.e. hand drawn) and 1 image (produced using Adobe Illustrator. My sentence is:

'Lorenzo the opera singer, left his Medici apartment in Florence to visit his friend, Michelangelo the proof reader, who lived in a parallel street.'

To decide on my 6 images I chose specific words within the sentence and brain-stormed (thought-showered for the PC)  everything I associated with those words. The results were quite surprising. After you go through the obvious things more abstract stuff starts emerging. Take the word Medici for example: They were a political dynasty who originally hailed from the Mugello region of the Tuscan countryside. Their wealth was initially derived from the textile trade, later they were a banking family. Already there are some things that would make good symbols, the banking link for example can be represented by £ or $. The textile trade is fertile symbol finding ground indeed. For example the Medici were members of Arte della Lana- the wool makers trade, one member of the family specialized in silk and planted mulberry trees (apparently silk worms are partial) along a silk route. Think 'Mulberry' and there you have it a ready made logo.
One of the most interesting things about all this research is when you find an unexpected link. Keeping with the Medici, here's the best one I have found so far. in Summer of this year a hair pin thought to belong to Catherine de Medici was found.the design on the head of the hair pin was rather familiar...
Intertwined C's similar to the Chanel logo.
Apparently the intertwined C's were used by Catherine's mother in law, Queen Claude of France, before her and Catherine liked them so she used them for herself. Did Coco pinch the design too? Who knows but if your interested in Coco Chanel and her interlocking C's take a gander at this.

Helpfully, for my purposes, Catherine de Medici's father was called Lorenzo. Thus a simple design embodies the Medici link, the name from the start of my sentence, and gave me further research ideas... Catherine, it transpires, was particularly fond of architecture and, amongst other projects, designed the Tuilerie gardens. Here again there are a multitude of shapes signs and symbols to be found. Formal gardens in general are great for shapes, especially when viewed from above. 

Right enough waffling. Here are a couple of pages from my sketch book (which also gets marked) and my final image.
Initial ideas.
Research and initial sketches.
More research.
Even more research.
Image development.
Final designs.
THE final design.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Good Fortune and Peaches.

Things have been so busy since I got back from France that I have rather neglected posting. I had my first graphic design lecture which I was going to post about, I will soon, but something rather lovely happened this week. Rather several lovely things happened...

For numerous reasons I find myself without a penny to my name, but on the receiving end of several acts of kindness and good fortune. On Friday night I helped a friend move house not only was I given a bevy of kitchen goods and a snowboard (a snowboard!) for my troubles but I had dinner (pizza and beer amongst the boxes) AND a whole bag of food, which was a life saver seeing as I had spent my entire food budget for the week on crumble ingredients the previous weekend and have been eating crumble for every meal ever since.

On Sunday I helped a woman who had dropped her shopping and she gave me a courgette THEN a bloke gave me 2 spuds- a free dinner (and lunch). THEN on my way home (happily anticipating a dinner that wasn't crumble) I found £1 outside the bookies at the end of our road. So all in all a pretty good end to the week.

Graphic Design post to follow...

P.S. my brother's girlfriend reckons this photo of Peache's Geldof looks a bit like me...

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

A week in the sun

Hello Loves!

I have been away visiting my parents in La Belle France. It was gorgeous and sunny and relaxing and full of pastries- basically everything a holiday should be.

Me Pa is currently in the process of fixing the barn roof (a gigantic undertaking) so it was all hands on deck to get it cleared out and make room for the scaffolding.
Travel in style, as per.
Burning 200 odd years of barn detritus.
Ma and I dressed for some hard, barn roof fixing, graft.

A collectors item apparently...

View from the back door.

Back in Blighty we headed to the pub for the quintessentially British tradition of Sunday roast, wine, and crosswords.

Keep your hands of our crosswords!
Novel wine glass holder.
In other news I have started my Graphics course and been given my first project- more on this to follow. The last week has also seen the birthdays of almost everyone I know! I painted this for my friend Elissa. In celebration of her 25 years on this planet.
Initial sketch

The, pretty much, finished article.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Odds and Sods

A few snaps from recent events...
The fruits of our BBQing labor.

The view from our 'table'.

Air Balloon!

The Downs looking like Hobbiton.

Sunday Morning accoutrements.

Friday, 7 September 2012


Like a fool I went into UO the other day and, predictably, left with my purse considerably lighter and the proud owner of one- perfect for autumn- parka.
Trying on coats we cant afford. The one Nat's wearing costs £615!

The novelty of a hi-tech phone still hasn't worn off, so I followed the writing on the wall and yes I am wearing sunnies inside. I also feel I should add that I AM wearing clothes under the coat!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Twins At Tea Time.

Phee's little sisters came for dinner last night. I say little but they're not any more. In fact truth be told they are taller, much taller in my case, than either Phee or myself and Flora is all set to go off to university!

I decided to make a Aubergine Parmagiana in honour of the occasion, and thought I'd share the recipe with you all.

To start you need to make a Passata (or magic sauce as its affectionately known). You will need:
* 2 Tins of Plum Tomatoes, 400g each
* Fresh Basil
* 4 Tomatoes
* Garlic (I like lots but its a question of personal taste)
* 1 Onion
* Tomato Puree
* Balsamic Vinegar
* Olive Oil
* Black Pepper. 

There isn't one as such, this is very much a 'try-it-and-see' recipe, but below is how I make it.

1. Dice onion and 5 cloves of garlic, add to pan on a low heat with a little olive oil.
2. Once Onions and garlic are cooking nicely, add the 2 tins of tomatoes. Stir regularly.
3. Whilst the the above is cooking chop the fresh tomatoes and 2 cloves of garlic, add.
4. Tear the Basil and add this also. 
5. Bring to the boil give all a good stir, pop the lid on, lower the heat and leave to brew for a bit.
6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
7. I like my sauce a little bit chunky so I usually take out a bit of the mixture before blending the rest, then add it back in later.
8. Blitz the lions share of mixture
9. Add the chunky stuff, stir
10. Put in a good glug of Balsamic Vinegar
11. return to the stove and allow to reduce until look and taste suits your fancy. 
12. Season to taste.

1. Dice the onion and 5 cloves of garlic, add to pan with a little olive oil.
3. Chop fresh tomatoes and 2 cloves of garlic.

6. Remove pan form the heat and allow to cool.
7. For a chunkier consistency spoon out some of your sauce and set aside whilst you blend the rest.
For the Parmigiana you will need:
* Your Passata, I like to make mine the day before so it has time to flavor up a bit.
* Aubergines, depending I only used 2 but it depends on the size of our tin
* Courgette, this is optional I decided to add one to mix things up a bit
* Paramasan Cheese
* Mozzarella Cheese

1. Pop your Passata on the hob and allow to reduce
2. Slice Aubergines, about 1cm thick is good. I cut them slightly on the diagonal.
3. Slice the Courgette in the same way
4. Place the Aubergine slices on a tray and grill until they're nicely browned on both sides.
5. Grate your Parmesan
6. Get a good sized baking dish and spoon a thin layer of tomato sauce into the bottom, sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese then cover with a layer of Aubergines.
7. Add another layer of sauce and more Parmesan, then lay Courgette slices over the top. I like to lay them in the opposite direction from the Aubergine layer below to reduce gaps.
8. Repeat the sauce, cheese, vegetable layers until you have used everything up.
9. Top all with more Parmesan and torn up pieces of Mozzarella.
10. put in the oven cook for about 30 mins. until everything is golden brown and bubbling. I cooked mine on full whack but our cooker is rubbish. 190°C/375°F/gas 5 is a good rule of thumb.

As per I didn't get a photo of it once it was done as we yummed it up too quickly but here's one Jamie made earlier.
2. Slice Aubergines
3. Slice Courgettes
4. Grill Aubergines
These ones aren't quite done yet.
6. Spoon a thin layer of sauce into your baking dish.
7. Layer Courgettes over sauce, aubergine, cheese, sauce.
Delicious Chocolate Orange Cheese Cake made by Phee
Chowing down on Cheese cake!
P.S. Next time I will use a little less sauce, and add oregano. I would also add breadcrumbs to the top and more cheese throughout.