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Friday, 28 November 2014

Fox Fotography

If you know me, you probably know that I like foxes. And this pretty much solely comes from the fact that my car, first and only, is a Volkswagen Fox. I call her – yes, my car is a her – Foxy and she has a little stuffed mini fox (Lil Fox) looking out the back window. But, I have always loved wolves as well and I guess they’re not so different really. Sort of like a cross between a wolf and a cat? In appearance anyway… and we all know how I feel about cats.

But onto the foxes… One Russian miner, Ivan Kislov, has been spending his down time taking spectacular photos of foxes, among other creatures, in the Arctic circle.


Bored Panda wrote a blog post about Ivan Kislov’s amazing images here and include more of his fox photos.

‘Though he takes pictures of everything from bears and reindeer to wolves and stoats, Kislov says the foxes are often very willing models: “Foxes are curious and can come very close, and I shoot with wide angle and telephoto lenses.” ’

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Fat Cat Art

Svetlana Petrova is a Russian artist and the owner of Zarathustra. Zarathustra is a very fat ginger cat and Internet star – but for reasons unlike any other feline Internet star.

“I’ve had cats before and included them in my work, like playing in theatre shows and I’ve made costumes for them. But I thought, ‘What can I do with Zarathustra, because my mother spoilt him and he’s so fat’. Zarathustra likes posing and is a really intelligent cat. He likes to lie on his back and make strange faces like he's speaking with somebody, so I began to take photos of him and inserted them into paintings.”BBC News


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Linocut

After work on Thursday, a few of us stayed on to learn the craft of linocut! Director of the company, Mike, recently did a two day course in London learning the craft himself. I followed some of his photos on Instagram at the time – they’re awesome. Mike enjoyed it so much that he thought it would a great idea to get more of us, at emc, involved in linocutting.

Strangely, despite being a student of art and design for 5 years (college and university), I’ve never properly done any linocutting/printing. I’ve done monoprinting which is, I think, probably the laziest of all printing techniques and did a workshop in letterpress printing a few years ago (blog here and here). I think I was always a bit scared of the actual carving-into-lino process and figured it would take a lot of time and skill.

But it didn’t really. I’m happy with what I produced and can’t wait to a) print some more from this design and b) carve and print some new designs!


I’ve got myself a roller, some ink, some lino and a handle… but no blades. Christmas is coming, maybe I’ll treat myself.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Cat Toons

Last night, as I often [sadly] do, I found myself looking at a new cat profile on Instagram. Seriously, Instagram is full of cats, and they’re all wonderful, so it is very easy to get caught up looking at their cuteness – especially when my own kitty is 20 miles away. Also because, y’know, I’m what you might call a crazy cat lady. But this particular Instagram profile is cats with a difference.


Custom illustrated cartoon portraits of your feline friends, Cat Toons is the successful side project of graphic designer and illustrator Tim K, from Philadelphia. The illustrations capture each individual cat’s personalities and they certainly don’t all look the same (which is probably what would happen if I attempted something like this!).


The Cat Toons store offers various different options for your cat’s portrait, ranging from a single cat crest to a trio of cats. Each crest is unique in design and includes a stylised name plate, making it not only each cat that is individual.


The illustrations are produced in Adobe Illustrator with a Wacom intuos tablet and, as a customer, you receive not only a copy of the digital file but also a 4x6 print.


Tim, of course, is a cat owner himself and his cat Junior (and his crochet partner in crime, Floppit) has his own Instagram account too.


It is very tempting to send a photo of Cleo over to Tim. She’d look marvelous in her own Cat Toon, don’t you think? Although I’d have to find a more face-on photograph (or visit my parents’ house and Cleo to take a new one).


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Kaleidoscopic

The Decemberists released this new song, Make You Better, yesterday and the video to accompany it is beautifully mesmerising.


They also announced a UK tour for February next year, following the new album release in January. This is a band I have been wanting to see live for a long time but, until now, haven’t had the chance. Also a band, like Band of Horses and Arcade Fire, that both me and my dad love – so that’s my gig buddy sorted!

New album artwork – clearly where the video imagery comes from.
And there is a mural too.