Monday, 21 November 2011

Bird Studies

Pencil studies of skulls and feather overlays

Pen sketches

Pen Sketches

Friday, 11 November 2011

Guy Fawkes night + Dundee photography

 These are a few snapshots of fireworks taken at Glasgow. It was the biggest firework display I'd ever been to. A good 20,000 people crammed into a park, 2 huge screens set up with presenters hosting the show. It was very impressive. One year, I'm going to get proper photos of fireworks. My batteries ran out almost immediately. I was gutted.

After living 3 months or so in my few flat, I only just worked out how to open the windows, haha. It was a beautfiful misty foggy sunset. I never usually find any reason to do photography in cities, because its just so full of concrete and man made things. It puts me off it for months til I get home again and get the photography bug . But in this case, this was something worth taking. 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Lions, Tigers and Bears- OH MY!

It was the annual Edinburgh zoo trip with the animation class yesterday. It was fun. An exotic bird pooped on my head. The day was incredibly dark and the light was terrible, but I got a few snaps to draw from :)
Sun bear 

Weirdest creature ever

Stalker squirrel that followed us around the zoo all day

Cool raven that talked to us

Death Metal Penguin

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ozzy the Otter, re-vamp

Ozzy and Tom the Tern

This morning I woke up incredibly inspired to work a bit more on Ozzy the Otter. 

Ozzy the Otter is a project I worked on at high school. As well as being used for my advanced higher art course submission, it was used to as our high school's Young Enterprise Competition product. We created a book based around the characters I developed along with Claire Laurenson and a group of around 6 in our sixth year. It was a huge group effort but within 3 months we had an idea turned into a printed children's colouring book + narrated CD in Shetland dialect and English. We sold a few hundred copies making a good profit. We ranked the no. 2 team in Scotland, beaten by a vote 4/3 against us. (The team that won were a poncy private school that built deck chairs based on a design that they pinched from the internet. Afterwards we had countless 10s of people come over to us and tell us we deserved to win... but it wasn't to be!) 

Since then,  I have always wanted to make a proper go at doing it again. The original was finished in such a rush and wasn't to the best standard. The characters have so much potential for more adventures.
Here are some rough sketches today of some of the gang.
Ozzy the Otter + Tom the Tern underwater taking a swim.

Tom the Tern flying

Tom the Tern

New character idea? He could be a fun grumpy character

Fish doodle

Fish + Octopus doodles or possible background characters

Paul The Puffin being condescending

Evil Kirsteen the Killer Whale

James the Jellyfish, expressions

James the Jellyfish, more expressions

Paul the Puffin, slipping on a banana peel, as you do...
Pose practice

Paul the Puffin doing a dance, pose practice

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Little birds

Girly doodle

Doodle that I did earlier tonight and photoshopped

Pyrography test

This is a piece of pyrography I did on scrap wood approx. 30cm long, back home a few weeks back. I wasn't sure what to do with it, so for a while it  became a woody mousemat. Then a cup stand. Still not sure what to do with it. 

I really want to do a lot more pyrography in the future but I need to buy the proper tool to do it with. I borrowed a one from a friend of my mother's after my one kicked the bucket half way through doing this wren. Its such a specialised thing though, so the tool is about £80 plus. Maybe I'll get it to me from me at Christmas. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2011


Haven't posted anything in a while, so here I am.
Since I last blogged my camera SD card has corrupted, so I do have another piece of art to stick up on here, but I can't til my SD card gets fixed or I get another one (got no scanner).

So, on a whim I started painting this tonight. Found a new method of painting and it seemed to work quite well. Not sure if I'll ever finish it but it was good fun trying. About 3 hour's work. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Something I painted in summer..

This is a fish I painted on a piece of roof tile slate in the summer. It was sold.
Dunno what else to say really. Acrylics and gold paint.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Start of 3rd Year Animation

I haven't posted in a quite a bit. Since all the cool kids were doing it, I thought I'd post what I've been up to since getting back to uni.
We had to think up an idea for an animation story pitch over the summer. My idea took quite a while to come to me, but when it did, the main plot came together the night before I was supposed to present the idea.
Luckily people liked it, and now I'm the director of my group of 5 amazing animation peeps, producing my 'Baby Gryphon' (working title).

Its good to be back.
Here's some works of Baby Gryphon.