Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Illustrator of the Week no 5: Craig Thompson

I decided to post about an old favourite of mine, comic artist cum illustrator Craig Thompson. Thompson is author of the beautiful epic Blankets, a graphic novel detailing his childhood and first love. It is a really beautifully illustrated book, so I'd recommend reading it; although it is quite long it's very rewarding!

Thompson also has a blog, Doot Doot Garden, where he regularly posts excerpts from his sketchbooks and updates on how his forthcoming book, Habibi is coming along. I love the sketches he does of his female friends in particular (shown above under an image from Blankets).

Another book of his I love is Carnet de Voyage, which I just bought for a friend who is going travelling soon in Spain and Morocco. Inside are sketches done whilst Thompson was on his travels during a comic tour. I might start carrying my sketch book around more so I can draw random cats curled in the shade or pretty trees in the park.

Monday, 28 July 2008

Make: Home-Made Bread

The other week I went to a bread making class at the Sumac Centre, a community centre run by volunteers in Nottingham. They do free summer classes ranging from things like bike maintenance to cake making. The bread making class was a success anyway, and it was great to make it from scratch and learn the best kneading techniques! I don't know if I'd have the time to make it myself that often but it was definitely a lot tastier than a shop bought loaf! Above is the finished loaf, with some added seeds, yum.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008


A while ago I was going to share some of my Lomo photos from my new-ish ActionSampler camera. So here they are! As the shutters take 1 second to go off I've found you have to capture really quick movement to achieve the best effects. I forgot how fun it was having to wait to get photos back from the printers before knowing what you've captured!

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Illustrator of the Week No 4: Kate Sutton

My neglected Illustrator series continues with Kate Sutton, an illustrator from here in the UK who reveals on her website her inspirations come from a love of trees, knitting, making lists, camping and the sea amongst others. I also love her hand made toys, some of which can be found for sale in Kate's Etsy shop here. Unfortunately there's not a lot on there at the moment for sale but hopefully you can enjoy the rest of her work on her website! I love that you also get a glimpse into her sketch books.


Sunday, 13 July 2008

Face Your Pockets!

Tonight I submitted this photo for the website Face Your Pockets! Just empty the contents of your pockets (or bag in my case) and scan them in for all to see!


Sunday, 6 July 2008

Laura McCafferty Stitch Workshop

I really enjoyed the Stitch workshop the other week. Laura was really friendly and I learnt lots of new techniques for sewing, including the wonders of Bondaweb! After we'd all made our pieces they went on display in the Castle for the week so I went over yesterday to have a look. My piece was a joint project with another girl called Hannah.. we made a Hugging Tree.. although it seems to resemble a rabbit now! Oh well! I think everyone made some brilliant pieces considering it was done in one day. Hopefully there will be similar classes in the future as this was over subscribed!

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