The last couple of weeks have been a buzz of activity at college, as we prepare for our Summer Exhibition 'Metamorphosis'. It's a culmination of the last 4 years of work studying Fine Art & Illustration. Yesterday, we hung most of our pieces and the catalogue went off to the printers. I had no idea just how labour intensive the organising of an exhibition is, nor how time consuming. Just sticking velcro on to the back of all my images took half the day. In the Illustration Department we have to print everything and then mount it onto foam board, since most of our work will be seen commercially in a printed format. As I've previously mentioned in an earlier post http://www.illustratorsimaginarium.co.uk/exhibition-postcards/ part of my exhibition will include a wall of postcard sized images which are mostly a collection of sketch book pieces, so I thought I'd show you some more of those. This is the only wall I have yet to hang now and will probably take the most consideration as I have to decide how to arrange them. Just over 2 weeks to go now until our opening night and our assessment is next Thursday and yet, I'm feeling strangely relaxed about the whole thing.
It's hard to believe that I've spent the whole weekend playing in Photoshop, preparing my images for the printer. I rather naively thought it would only take a morning. I'm sure I've been missing a trick and there are far more efficient ways to achieve my desired outcome. Anyway, here's a selection of some older portrait drawings which I've re-invented onto pastel backgrounds, rather than their original graphite. I'm going to add them to my gallery so you can view them here too: http://www.illustratorsimaginarium.co.uk/gallery-2/
In preparation for our exhibition, I've found myself confronted with a personally formidable challenge... Photoshop!! It's something I've been meaning to explore for years, but somehow, my good old pencil and trusty brushes always seem infinitely more appealing. I always knew Photoshop was an amazingly powerful tool, I just developed a strong aversion to it and found it quite baffling. At last however, I've been slowly discovering its wonders for myself by breathing fresh life into old (and new) work. These first 3 images are studies from my sketch book that I made towards my 'Anthropomorphic Tudor Court' series towards the end of last year, you can see the post here: http://www.illustratorsimaginarium.co.uk/things-to-come/
There's more to come since I shall be using them as postcard sized images in my exhibition. This week, I've also created a new 'Sketchbook' page http://www.illustratorsimaginarium.co.uk/sketchbook/ feel free to check it out if you want.