Wednesday, 25 February 2015

My first tattoo win....

Inked and on the skin, thank you  for the images and update!

Drawing from paper to computer ...

Feeling cuffed with myself as sketching has come along now, a was feeling very frustrated as drawing seemed to be going from bad to worse but gritted my teeth and getting better...Like this comment I got it helps me so much!

"I think you are a very talented artist!You have definitely created a piece that is unique and really cool. "
sketch one
sketch two digitally worked

then reworked sketch one

needed a front facing head....drew while watching wolf and fox a little mixed up!

easy...cropped and fixed on computer,  FOX
back to Photoshop and reworked ...not quite right
...I am happy.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Feeling frustrated....

Some times I cannot go forward for going backward...just been clearing my desk and found all sorts plus stuff that was for valentines....
I have a lot of stuff that should be in Poppy Rose and for sale.  I get so cross with myself for loosing the thread. (even the plot)  The current stock is from what was packaged for a pop up shop in December but first image and more where not packaged, and then overlooked !!!!

Geometric owl is new originally for  a tattoo design

this feather tried straight from sketchbook but needs a little work 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

The Good and the Bad...

Set myself a task yesterday and did so well....until i came#e to bed and to switch computer of, needless to say I stayed in the studio way to long. The black hole swallowed me and totally off track...just doodling. Slept in this morning so today is not going to running away.


"quetzal all made with a mexican art called alebrije".
"that fully describe Mexico. i would like the quetzal with a skull candy"
PS this one not totally
the right bird from past. just mucking about...

Friday, 6 February 2015

Is it just me that when it comes to writing planning

 ...maybe more difficult stuff you/me keep putting it to the bottom of the pile?  Todays post is about me moving on with what I was doing before the tattoos came along.So I am writing in an attempt to keep me focused and on track. Had a lovely day in York with friends time to chat with others and to reflect on what we have been doing.
I enjoy the tattoo designing a little too much  and Stick and Create has not had a look in, I have to write a bio and plan the lessons for my workshops.  Today and tomorrow by monday all done.... that is what I must do. My friends are  going to be my guinea pigs as this will be the first workshop of this sort....and I may need to iron out some kinks...

Fabric, imitation leather completely embellished/decorated using various CAD cut fabric vinyls
 This workshop is an intermediate- advanced how to, students will each
  1. Look at various samples and the vinyls, their properties and how to use (possible free pre cut offcuts to experiment with) Purchasing more will also be possible from a selection available.
  2. select a section or elements from their design/work - A4 size max
  3. scan and adapt their design element/work and use illustrator to create a cut ready file 
  4.  designs will be cut and prepared before
  5. Using the heat press to set vinyls onto fabric
There will not be a finished piece of work, as such, as at the end  the intention is that each student then looks at their own practice and how they can incorporate the technique into their own work. Students will need to bring in their own sample fabric base to put the vinyls on, dyed or plain various weights, a selection may include velvet, cotton, organza, silk .

There is currently no beginners/crafters session, but hopefully this will follow and  this would be a session in which we focus on students each embellishing an item they bring in.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Reflection of tattoo drawings

These have not a won but I have surprised myself in what I have achieved /painting in photoshop, found brushes and tools and made brushes...I  wanted to share the work process and how much goes into these things......may not be that interesting to everyone but as documentation/reflection on my work for myself it is valuable....The difference between a win and nearly can sometimes be so easily seen on hindsight...and one solution does not solve all!



Saturday, 24 January 2015

Friday, 23 January 2015

Been a while...

I have not posted for a while been so sucked into this tattoo idea. Yes I have had a few wins but have worked for them....the ratio of winning when you see this screen shot is not that great, but I am hooked, worked with some lovely people,  from far away places, (learned some very helpful tools in illustrator  thank to a celtic knot) .  Working from home is also taking some getting used to time management etc. Busier now than ever ! 
Need to get back to Stick and looks like at Easter I will be running workshops  "Embellishing Textiles with CAD cut materials...."   more news on this to follow.May need to do some more stock/valentine stuff for Poppy Rose....
Upcycling and furniture thing is still also on the go but this is totally tied in with other people, should have some update in next couple of weeks as they have now got a shop....

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happy 2015!

A little late but been so busy now just to many things on the go I will have to let something go just not sure which one...Can I not make more hours on a day! First there was stick and Create and there still is but I have not come back to this into tattoo designing as I thought it would help me draw more and create new work for decals. Wellllll that has been addictive, loving the briefs the challenges and the people, been drawing frantically, but  not a lot that can come across to my decals. Had two winners and a few invites which just fuel the obsession to draw!  Theres the upcycling ...a chair  pad/cushion lying behind me waiting for its cover. Trying  to tender to deliver some art workshops and today the new that  a bid for workshops at a college has been successful...oh lets not forget invigilation and a random scattering of support workshops.

Well writing this all down makes me see why there no time...and housework is running away. I am busier now than when I was working, big difference is there's  no pay cheque....but I am happy just hope i can make a go of this....

Some images, Its quite flattering to think someone will live with what you design for ever!