Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sycra- Illustration Tutorials


It is the last summer holiday during my time at Glyndwr University and I know that this is the last chance I have to boost my skills, feed my imagination and pretty much build my ammunition to prepare myself for my final year as an illustration student. Its my last chance to prepare myself to give my final year everything I have got and that is what my intention is.

As well as getting out and about to absorb inspiration and fill my mind with beautiful works of art, I am also applying myself to self study tutorials, not only to strengthen my illustrations, but to keep myself motivated and broaden my minds learning capacity.

As I am looking into ‘how the insecurities of the artist inhibit creative potential’ I am fully aware that these points are crucial for artists on their journey.

So, after browsing through the internet I came across SYCRA on Youtube. I found myself so excited as when I browsed through the tutorial videos of illustration, not only did I find tutorials that delve into detail about points relevant to me ,at this point in time in my artistic journey, but also videos describing his perception of artists block! (which will contribute to my dissertation) My excitement does tend to over rule my mind and so therefor, here I am telling the world about Sycra and his illustration tutorials!! 😀

I plan to watch all of the tutorials and practice what I have learned from them, but up until now I would like to show the ones that I have seen.

Composition no.8-

foreground, mid-ground and background

This tutorial I thought was fantastic, and although it describes subjects that my tutors have covered, I do feel I have taken the information from the video on board somewhat easier than the way in which my tutors described.

How to draw in your own style-

Style is something I admittedly haven’t seemed to get my head around but this tutorial has been a fantastic example of what it is all about!!

Breaking through Artists block-

And the final video, covering Artist’s Block! For me, this very video is a break through for my dissertation!! please take the time to take a look at Sycra’s tutorials, you will not be disappointed!!!





Anglesey- beaumaris


I do tend to get out and about with my family, and while doing so, I manage to find Art any where and every where so to speak. I found a lovely little gallery in Beaumaris, Anglesey a few weeks ago. We were having a weekend away, camping and decided to take some detours along the way home when we stopped in Beaumaris.

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The David Hughes Center

When I travel around I do like to see what Art is on offer in different places, as I am facinated by all aspects of Art it I find it inspiring and interesting to see how others express themselves artistically.

At this particular exhibition there is a small variety on display.

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The potteries were created by Richard Daniels a local artist based at the isle of Anglesey. These were a surprise as I wasn’t expecting to see pottery, my favorite pieces were the wall plaques. I found the uniqueness in shape and color interesting to look at and for me I feel that they will be something I think of when I am reminded of Anglesey.

Bodelwyddan Castle



I went to visit Bodelwyddan Castle recently as the work of Quentin Blake was being displayed there. I took my family along too, as not only does the castle have its own gallery but also caters for a good family day out with activities for all.

We had a lovely walk through forestry, the maze was fun and my son and niece loved the park the most!! (I think that was my boyfriend-mikes favorite part too!!)





The zip-lines are for ages 14 and under and for uses of one person at a time. It wasn’t until we had been on the lines that we read the sign so I strongly advise that these guidelines are taken seriously as injuries and faults will not be held responsible by Bodelwyddan castle.IMG_0990 IMG_0991 IMG_0987

There is a lot more to the castle, as you will see if you check out their website and one day wasn’t enough to cover everything but still, we had a fantastic time. Inside was even more interesting and fun, we enjoyed the children’s room, looking at historical paintings and spending time listening to the tour operators who gave us very interesting insight to the castle as it was in its day many many years ago.

The children’s room was very educational, my favorite part was the drawing apparatus, as you will see in the following photos.

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Saving the best until last, and my utmost favorite part of the day was seeing the work of Quentin Blake. For me, the most remarkable illustrator of all time, his work has always been there in my life from a small child and to this day I still find myself fascinated when I look at his illustrations.


I love the use of water color, and how Blake uses it to display his color within his vision, I also like the way he uses the center on the page not using the full canvas when he illustrates. His unique style grabs my attention, his scatty line work that isn’t perfectly formed is perfect to me.

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And there you have it, some of the amazing works of Quentin Blake. Over all we had a fantastic day at the castle and I look forward to keeping up to date with what they will have to offer in the future!!

Bodelwyddan castle can be found online on their website, facebook, twitter, and is just off the A55 at Bodelwyddan, north wales, UK.