Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cary Grant

Again, apologies for the shiny, rippled effect of the scan...It doesn't look like this in real life when it is framed. I decided to upload Cary Grant as i'm about to start watching 'An Affair to Remember ' while I finish a few more pieces to add to my Degree Show (not long to go now!).

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Doris Day

I quite like the colours in this one, usually I would go for a more contrasting colour for the background to make the figure stand out but turquoise seemed to work better. Doris was a request from my boyfriend's auntie- I hope she likes it! This is one for my framed series, which I will explain more about later.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Richard Burton

So, I felt it was only right for Richard Burton to be posted alongside Elizabeth Taylor.

At this point I also want to apologise for the "rippled" effect that appears on some of the scanned images. This is just because the permanent markers I use on the paper make it almost glossy and it doesn't translate well in scans. So far when i've framed the work for Degree Show it's not appeared this way.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Elizabeth Taylor

It's impossible to do a project on Golden Age Hollywood film stars and not include Elizabeth Taylor, however I had actually planned on not drawing her at all... The reason being that, during my time working on this project I made the decision that I should include actors from the time who were still alive- then two of the ones who fell into this category passed away shortly after me drawing them. I know it sounds bizarre but I chose not to draw Elizabeth Taylor because I knew she was ill and I felt it wasn't right to do so.
Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago I heard that she had in fact died- so I felt it was only right that she should be included in my show.
I'll leave you with a fitting quote from the legend herself:

"Most women, when they are depressed or unhappy, go out and buy a new hat.
I used to go out and buy up Dior."

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Here's a couple of sneak peeks of my layered wall pieces. At the moment they're displayed up on my studio wall in a temporary state so I can change the order or add more pieces as I finish them. Because my Degree Show space is actually in the studio next door to my current space, i'll obviously have to move the work and re-install it for the show. I don't know if it will stay the same or be completely new when I put it up again, so we will just have to wait and see what happens.
I'm also thinking of pinning the pieces up with dressmaker's pins, which apparently will involve a tiny drill-bit to prep the wall each time, to prevent the pins from bending when they get put in. This wall could prove to be the most time-consuming part of my Degree Show prep!

Religious pieces

These religious pieces (just two of many) will form part of a layered wall of work for my Degree Show. The idea is to combine the religious pieces with the film star ones and overlap them in such a way that they become merged and the boundaries between the two will blur.
I hope that the use of white highlights and bold colours in the religious pieces are enough to unify them with the other works in my show.