Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Thompson Puppets

I have been working on a logo design for Thompson Puppets on and off for a couple of months – I went on holiday to Japan after I’d started on the initial ideas and have been fairly busy in day-to-day life since then, as well. Thankfully, there was no definite deadline on the design and I think we both benefitted from that. Better that I took my time, rather than rushing to get any old logo drawn up.

Thompson Puppets make personalised puppet videos and have a YouTube channel with more than 1,000 subscribers. The final logo design features four of the puppets featured in the videos – it was great fun to create these!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Bank Holiday Shark Art

As I’m moving out of my parents’ house within the next month (more on that nearer the time), I have been trying to clear out my room of all the old junk I don’t need or use anymore. On Saturday, I was sorting through my school, college and university art supplies. I threw out a lot of old paints, pens and paper (I recycled the paper, of course) and set aside some things to go to charity.

However, I made sure to keep a decent amount of supplies for myself with the intention of actually using them. I’ve got a couple of pieces of lino and a lino cutter that I’ve never used along with some printing ink – that I have used before but only for mono printing. I’ll have to think carefully about what I want to do with that…

For today I just got out the ol’ colouring pencils (they’re actually the kind that you can add water to and turn it into watercolour paints, but I like them as pencils) and drew some sharks.

I’d like to say I’ll draw some more sharks but I’m not making any promises. I may move onto other sea creatures… or something else entirely! Either way, hopefully this is not the last art I do. I’ve at least got to try some painting – watercolour, oil, acrylic, whatever – and lino printing.

I tweeted something earlier that I think is worth mentioning here (a little elaborated as I can use more than 140 characters!): Drawing is fun but I always feel like I need to have purpose for my drawings. Like with these sharks, I feel like they should go onto an informational shark species poster or something. I guess my mind is very much a designer’s and not an artist’s.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Food Art

I have had Idafrosk’s Instagram profile and blog open in tabs in my browser for well over a week now but hadn’t got around to sharing until now – life is busy. I can’t even remember how I came to find her in the first place now…

Idafrosk, or Ida Skivenes, is a Norwegian food enthusiast and artist. She says:
“I believe that food should be fun, tasty and for the most part healthy.”

Now I am hungry. Are you?

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Cat Island

There is an island in Ishinomaki, Japan (north of Tokyo), called Tashirojima, that is full of cats. In fact there are more cats than human inhabitants with the cat:human ratio at 4:1. Which sounds pretty amazing to me.

Photos by: Fubirai (Seriously check out that link, so many amazing photos of the cats.)

“It’s no accident that the cats who inhabit Tashirojima, or what has become known as ‘Cat Island’, in Japan have come to be the island's primary residents. Cats have long been thought by the locals to represent luck and good fortune, and doubly so if you feed and care for them. Thus, the cats are treated like kings, and although most are feral because keeping them as ‘pets’ is generally considered inappropriate, they are well-fed and well-cared-for.”Atlas Obscura

I have read about and seen pictures of this so-called Cat Island before… So, I’m partly sharing this now because these photos are beautiful. And also, because I think the Atlas Obscura website is wonderful.

“In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project. We depend on our far-flung community of explorers (like you!) to help us discover amazing, hidden spots, and share them with the world. If you know of a curious place that's not already in the Atlas, let us know.”about Atlas Obscura

Go discover!

London Aquarium

Yesterday I went to London to see the new Godzilla film at the IMAX on the Southbank – my first IMAX experience and pretty good it was too. No comments on the film, I’ll just say that it was generally enjoyable but I still don’t see the point of 3D, whether on a massive IMAX screen or a standard cinema screen.

Prior to Godzilla however, I had a surprise visit to the London Aquarium, which is near the London Eye along the river Thames. I haven’t been to an aquarium since I was a kid – and even then I don’t remember which aquarium(s) I would have been to, somewhere on holiday I suppose. Needless to say, it was awesome!

I really, really want to go diving somewhere tropical now. I realise I probably should have learnt to dive when I lived next to the sea for three years in Cornwall. But I didn’t, I just swam in the sea a lot. I always fancied diving in the Great Barrier Reef one day – a distant dream. And hey, I achieved one of my dreams of going to Japan so why not this?