Inner Flora

A bit of a strange artwork this week. ‘Lost in time’ a piece by Flora S (S3, Breadalbane) is a relief piece that has been created for the Young Brits at Art competition. The relief was then photographed from two angles and made into a 3D image.

Flora plays with our perceptions of time and reality. She questions what our ideas of prejudice are by actually questioning what we’re told what prejudice is. Do we know when it happens because we instinctively know what it is, or do we see it because we are told that that’s what it is?

She has taken an awkward route, to actually confront the idea of the theme itself, though I was really interested in her idea, her contrary outlook and her final creation.

One of the key elements of the judging for the competition is ‘to have a thought provoking’ piece, and Flora’s piece has definitely made me think.

(The image below can be viewed with 3D Red & Blue Anaglyph Glasses).

The Grey Cat

Have I got a treat for you. I was given the opportunity today to have a look into Hanna M‘s (S4, Notre Dame) secret folder. The thing is brimming with amazing pictures. Her style is very dynamic, not quite Manga, not quite western cartoon, but very professional and intricate.

Hanna is originally from Zgorzelec, Poland, though has obviously been effected by Western and Japanese cultures in her sketches. I do love the fact that she plays around with her dual language. I can’t understand the polish comments, though I am interested by them, they lend an air of mystery to her work.

Her drawings of animals and furries (anthropomorphic animals) are truly staggering.  Using free exploring guide lines and thick and thin pen lines to build up the simplistic characters, Hannah has mastered the art of cartooning or caricaturing. All the trademarks are there, the big eyes and the over-sized hands/paws.

This is just a small selection of Hanna’s work. To see more sketches and finished artworks go visit her profile (which means ‘Grey Cat’) here:

Wee Issue on ‘The Hour’

Another Youtube upload, Rachel H and April H (ex-pupils from Gleniffer) being interviewed on ‘The Hour’ for Scottish Television.

For those that are asking how it happened, I was able to get Rachel H into the Big Issue for work experience last year through my friend Vicky and partner Laura. Rachel had done such a good job that Paul McNamee (Editor) wanted to try a whole issue that would be completely written by teenagers. I think he had the idea for it, though didn’t think it would be possible until Rachel came in and amazed him with her talent.

This year I recommended April H, though there was a big mess up with her work experience and Vicky and Laura had to take her in through an alternative route. Like Rachel, April is extremely focused and driven and so impressed the Big Issue staff. I don’t really know how others were chosen for it. Hope that clears up all the questions.

The Freedom And The Courage

Adilah B (S5) from Notredame has amazing skill. Her concentration and drive is almost frustrating to watch. You just end up envious of her and feeling sorry for yourself. Though, my neurosis aside, Adilah’s style is her own, it’s uniquely messy with a controlled brilliance, it’s complete freedom with a driven confidence. I often wonder how she can manage to draw a hairy line that looks so clean and precise. Though this is the very reason why her work is so interesting. It’s full of contradictions and impossibilities that you think shouldn’t work, but somehow do, just because it’s Adilah who did it.

Like the still life study above, Adilah has used a 2B pencil, which has an extremely soft lead on canvas textured card. Now you would think that it would be impossible to get any kind of definite line or signs of pencil marks and strokes. You would also think that the line should be uncontrolled and messy or smudged due to the nature of the lead and the texture of the card… but it isn’t? How can that be?

Technically, Adilah’s still life is my Artwork of the Week, though as a bonus I thought I would show you some of her Graphic Design work. The piece below is a few pencil tonal studies of a clamp that Adilah had to bisect. Enjoy.

Nothing Compares To Sleeping

I first met Narin (Narin300) a few years back when she was taking part in Notredame High School’s Animation Club. She had crazy but great ideas and was very focused and driven in materializing those ideas. Meeting her again recently, it is good to see that she is keeping the creativity going and has moved onto photography and photo manipulation.

Narin’s photographs are extremely well finished. As a ‘photoshopper’ myself, I often study images to see how they’ve been created, but Narin’s photos do not reveal their ingredients so easily. The images are so professionally composed and finished that I am confused to how they are put together, leading me to believe that the images must be the truth; they must be real.

Her images usually consist of a landscape or dreamscape, an unbelievably beautiful sky with an unbelievable element contained within it. It is a merging of the fantastical with science, they could almost be a set design for a science fiction film.

Though Narin is not limited to any single idea, she takes amazing natural shots, like this amazing close up of aphids on a beetle’s belly (above). Sure, it does help when you have a great piece of equipment to work with, but the most expensive camera in the world does not give you the eye for that perfect shot or the idea for one.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Narin’s work, you can visit her Deviant Art profile below:


Continuing Education Exhibition

I was given the chance tonight to get a visit to the Con. Ed. Exhibition at the Glasgow School of Art. The invitations were only open to friends and family of the artists, but the place was absolutely chockablocked. It was a real shame that myself and Mrs Lyons (Notredame) couldn’t get a chance to see all the work, it was virtually impossible to get to certain areas to view it. Fortunately we saw what we went to see, which was the new work of Claire – Louise C.

Claire’s work has really progressed since I last saw her around 3-4 years ago. She has developed a layering style involving photography, acetate and illustration. The three pieces she had on display were part of a storyboard based in a tube train. The images were very urban, illustrative and reminded me of something from i-D. Claire’s style has developed into a professional and commercial approach, which aids to her storytelling.

Claire plans in developing these panels into a single page or several pages linear paneled strip. I do think they would look amazing as single full pages in a book though. I can’t wait to see which direction she takes them in.