Sunday, 30 November 2008

Dark Carousel

29th November

Yesterday I got a call during lifedrawing to say that I have sold a couple of Death of a Cupcake books at the Christmas show! :) This is very exciting for me.

I had a mini tutorial with Rob and he suggested that I make some of the writing on the pill boxes colourful so it is less harsh. I also changed the picture on the front of the depressant box because I think that the current picture looks more like a page from a book. I think that the two boxes look much more like a set now.

Last night I drew the picture for the front cover of my Grandmas Christmas Carol Service leaflet thingy. I never usually paint realsitically so it was really weird for me to try and get all the shading in and stuff and took me AGGGGES. I can’t look at the finished picture for too long though cos I just start seeing all the imperfections in it. I might redo it but here it is anyway:

Yay! I can't wait til Christmas! :)

Glitter Pills

27th November 2008

Our current project is to send a message to five people. I was really excited when first got the project because it is really broad and I wanted to do something random like fairy awareness but then I got stuck on the idea of happy pills, mainly because I thought a pill box would be a nice object to do an illustration on seeing as part of the project has to involve a domestic object. I like the idea of escapism and so i drew a load of wonderland kind of pictures which was harder than I thought it would be because I didn’t like most of them.

Anyway, then i went to Boots and spent ages trying to find a packet of pills that had see-through plastic tray things inside them because I needed people to be able to see the pills inside the packaging and the only ones I could find like that were indigestion tablets. But that was cool, I bought them and took them home and COVERED them in glitter and drew smily faces and snowflakes and hearts on some of them. The pills were rainbow coloured anyway so it made it easier.

My tutor really liked the idea but wants me to develop it now. I’m going to do another set of pills for goths who are too happy and want to be stylishly miserable. This is how the box layouts roughly look at the moment:The depressants are going to have skulls and stripes and tears and things on them. Also I may invert the colours on the strip of writing for the ‘goth box’ because it might look better with white writing on a black background. I may just make the depressant box compeletely black and white.

I am looking forward to finishing this project now…

Death of a Cupcake

26th November 2008

Today i spent all day printing my Death of a Cupcake book to put in the christmas show. I have priced it at £3.50 but i have never done this before so i am testing the waters. I guess I will find out if i have put the price up too high or whether i could even price it higher? They take 33% commission and the books cost 50p each to make so its not like i will be making that much of a profit on each one. I was thinking of putting a ribbon round each one but i ran out of time. I went into the gallery today and everything seems to be almost up. There’s some really good stuff like handmade dolls and christmas cards. Im looking forward to the opening tomorrow night.

Hello World!

My name is Harriet and I am an illustration Student at Norwich University College of the Arts. Ultimately I want to become a childrens book illustrator. I love drawing and painting and taking photographs.

I also like cupcakes and glitter, stripy stuff, fairies, snowflakes, barbies, pvc boots/coats, storybook witches, seals, magic stars, glow stars, fairylights, smarties, tutus, false eyelashes as long as your arm, butterflies, stargazer make up, carousels, unicorns, my little pony, massively high see through heels, midnight glitter teaparties, red and white spotted mushrooms, christmas, mermaids, baby pink hair, the circus, ice, very cherry jelly beans, white face powder, rainbows…

My favouritest ever game is dressing up. :)