I was given this Ukulele kit for my birthday (thanks guys!) and my word was I excited about making it. I had never seen these and can’t even tell you where it came from as it was a present. The instructions were easy to follow and the actual bits are surprising well made, even if you were to build it without painting, it would still look great. The great thing about the set is it’s all completely blank so you can paint it up before fixing it together (be aware of this when laying out designs). The neck connects to the body with a wooden dove joint (be warned though the kit doesn’t come with wood glue which is necessary) and most of the other fixtures are screwed in place. It doesn’t make a lot of mess to build which is nice, I just made mine in front of the tv. The wood glue does take 24hrs to set and must be held tightly in place while doing so.
I worked back from what acrylics I had, I painted everything a base white first which didn’t take long at all. Then I sketched out some fridge magnet letters (making sure that randomly a swear word did not appear) after this I drew lines over the top with a 0.8 uni pin marker. I left it as it was but there is the option of giving it a clear gloss finish to seal it in. Biggest problem I have now is tuning it, I play guitar and can tune that but am struggling, for time being a certain little someone seems happy enough with it.
you can find a bigger picture to have a proper nosey up on my flickr.
A rather lovely bit of work fell out the doors of dogdigital this morning, I was lucky enough to illustrate up the whole job. It was a mammoth task as every element was hand drawn.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of T in the park we made a series of facebook apps, the illustration was designed specifically for facebook and can be found here, if however facebook isn’t your thing you can also play a web version here. You’re looking for 30 artists hidden somewhere in the crowd, head on over you might even win some VIP tickets!
Big thanks to all the designers at Dog who chipped in with the equally as massive job of colouring in and all the geeky developers with their facebook voodoo.
Last year I was asked to do a talk at Gray’s school of art to the students about some of my process and design in general. I had never done any kind of public speaking before this but jumped at the chance, I prepared a visual presentation to follow but didn’t write anything and just winged it. I don’t really need to explain any more you get the gist if you watch the video. This was my rather lovely but intimidating view…I should point out it was full when I did the talk
After my talk I gave a workshop on doodle gifs in photoshop, it was a great experience and great to meet all the students who were brimming with enthusiasm and see some of the great work that’s coming out of Grays.
It’s worth having a look through the archives of Guest @ grays they have had some great guest speakers, you can find them all here.
This is quite old now, the little one had just mastered walking so thought I would make a little movie. Poppy loves books and this is her favourite hangout, we swapped out the bottom 2 shelves of the bookshelf just for her books. Chances are if she gone for a wander this is where you will find her.
I love Labyrinth, I own it on DVD and have actually watched it to death and need to buy another copy. The characters are perfect, all of them…and you even see new ones EVERY time you watch it.
Since starting back into full time employment from freelancing I now find myself with a lunch hour to play with, a whole hour! So this week i’ve been collectively doodling Labyrinth, just the good guys. I would quite like to get all these characters together for a poster but there’s been a bit of twitter banter this week regarding copyright infringement on characters and the line between fan art and commercial art for sale which has scared me off a bit…but i’ve decided to ignore it all and go ahead until it becomes an issue. All of next week I’ll be working on background and layout of the poster.
Halloween again!? that’s crept round quick. I’ve been busy and not even had time this year to carve a pumpkin…gutted. I’ve made a Halloween wallpaper for you to do what you want with, you can find a massive version here.
I also made an Alternative Halloween Spotify playlist a few years back, it’s still epic