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Final Module..

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The last few weeks of my time at Glyndwr University are flying fast!! It wont be much longer before that chapter of my life ends ready for a new one to begin! My final assessment will roughly be around 8th May and then I am due to have my baby on 15th!!! So right now, every minute of everyday is very valuable to ensure I am ready for that final assessment but also ready for the new edition of my family to enter the world!

Just briefly, I have been very lucky with this pregnancy as everything has run smoothly and therefore I have still been able to carry on working on my degree.

The final module is mostly based on portraying a professional practice with my work so that when I leave my studies, I will be ready fr the big, wide world of illustration. Some of the things that are required to show my professional side are designing a website, creating and printing business cards and postcards and creating a portfolio to a professional standard. If I am honest, a few weeks ago I didn’t feel ready to build a website, It wasn’t really that long ago that I discovered my natural drawing style and therefore I didn’t feel that I would have enough of that style to display within a website. I went ahead with the website anyway as it was part of the module and I’m glad I did! It has given me a new goal and more to aim for, I feel quite excited that I actually have my own website and find some inspiration and drive to draw more illustrations to fill it.

You can see my cards on my Twitter page and I have also created a Facebook page! The Facebook page is brand new but I am working at filing it up very soon.

I have been looking at Children’s Education for the final module, to complete the negotiated study number 2 and I am really excited about the characters that I have created so be sure to follow the next few post where I will upload the process of creating them!!

 

 

Creative futures 2014 continued….

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I am now 30wks pregnant and due to that reason (and feeling like the size of a baby whale) I could only manage 2 of the 4 days of creative futures!! 😦 So I don’t totally miss out on the exciting people who have come to visit Glyndwr I have decided to have a look at the schedule and research the speakers anyway.

Wednesday 5th March/ Thursday 6th March

Bex Raven

BA (Hons) Fine Art and History of Art and Material Culture 2002

PGCE Art and Design 11 – 18 2009

MA Fine Art Engaging the public with Art 2011

Bex has always loved Art and has a wide background in many disciplines.

It was her vision that founded Funky Aardvark based on her MA research into making Art accessible for everyone. She is a great believer that Art and Craft should be inclusive and welcoming, but most importantly fun!

Bex creates work with a wide range of techniques yet the thought behind the pieces is often similar. She draws inspiration from her own life experiences to generate quirky, often mixed media artworks. Bex loves to create work which actively involves the audience and often asks them to join in with the pieces in some manner. She often generates interaction via text and encourages the viewer to share their own experiences. Look out for lots of her work in the interactive exhibitions and out on the streets.

Bex plans to further her own knowledge with another return to academic study and write her PhD. She is also working on publishing her first book that will bring out the artistic side in anyone. Most of all Bex continues to pioneer a way through the modern world of Art convincing everyone that really it should be all about having fun.

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I like the way Bex has thoroughly portrayed her unique style and personality within her dress sens and her artwork, she seems to find inspiration in many different areas and I really like her interest in stitching. When I sew, I tend to try and hide the stitching but with Bex, she openly displays her thread which I think gives a different feel. I also love the way she has created hearts differently above by using an actual heart aswel as different shapes and texture.

CAROL RAMSAY

Illustrator turned Installation Artist, responding to site and working with recycled and found objects. I deconstruct forms of everyday life, as such creating and fabricating unusual or delicate works of art. I have a strong belief that contemporary art can be aesthetically pleasing, yet still viable.

“I base my practice in contemporary installation and community based artworks and would call myself an accidental artist activist. I choose not to work in one media, preferring first to discover site through research then also through the art of conversation, breaking down boundaries between artist, place and people. These conversations can then define the media used. The collaboration of ideas can make creativity ever more powerful.”

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Title: It’s a Jungle out there

The exhibition title was ‘Inhospitable’ so taking a book entitled ‘It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments’ I made a play on words and took certain quotes from the book out of context thus making feminism inhospitable.

Again, a totally different artist with another style and views on how she likes to portray art and for her own reasons, I was taken by the book page idea here as I have had a go at something similar myself. I didn’t really have anything that specific in mind, more the fact of how to use old books and incorporate them into another form, artistically, and I can safely say my outcome didn’t look half as interesting as Carols!!

TONY CLARKSON- PUSH CREATIVE

Push Creative Ltd.

“Since Push Creative began over a decade ago, we have gained creative diversity and the ability to create work that is aesthetically, physically and commercially successful. Whether we are working on large or small projects, our approach is the same: original thought, clarity of message and simplicity of implementation.

We are considered a small agency, but it feels like the right size for us to stay close to our clients and build a network of real partnerships with other creative people. All of our clients can enjoy the benefits of a project that has been tailored to their exact needs and we build our team around the project rather than the project around our team. With Push Creative, you’re only billed for what you need and we’re 100% transparent with all our clients.

We work across a wide range of disciplines and we ensure the right creative specialists are working on your project, and you can have direct contact with them, not a third party. We pride ourselves in the close working relationships we develop with all our clients, and we endeavour to make the process as rewarding as the end product.”

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“We had been working with Google on the Line of Site project, a web based architecture competition. They asked us to design an advert for them to be used in series of publications promoting the competition and their software, Google SketchUp. We were happy to oblige and used their actual software to create the 3D lettering model used within the ad. We also included one of the competition

participant’s works that was especially talented in the use of SketchUp to help promote the capabilities of the software for Google.”

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“Deutsche bank needed a series of icons that would sit within specific sections of their website. They had to be bright, busy and striking and all be of consistent size. The client was happy with the result and they were used for many years on the main Deutsche Bank website.”

From the digital perspective I respect the fact that Push Creative have met the customers needs in the above picture for the Deutsche bank. I love the bright, bold colors and also how they have merged different images into the media in an abstract style.

Whilst I was looking for information on Push Creative, I did come across a few other companies with the same name so it was slightly difficult in finding the correct one and making sure that I didn’t mix the information!! But, on my travels through Google, I found a Push Creative website that I thought was pretty cool so I thought I would share it! It is the sort of website that you can interact with, there are even actual moving people doing different things and the back ground music is fun! Ironically this is a branding and design website, check it out!!

CLARRIE FLAVELL

Clarrie Flavell studied at Glyndŵr, graduating in Applied Arts in 2002. Taking full advantage of the ideas – led course, she produced four light-emitting portrait sculptures for her final piece. Since then, having acknowledged her theme, she has based her next steps upon the chance events that have come her way.
                                                               
                                        The Blue Earthworm is a purpose built studio/workshop, owned and run by Clarrie Flavell.
Clarrie has exhibited some of her pretty artwork at Bodelwyddan castle at some point during 2013 and also has her workshop situated right next door!!

Visitors at Glyndwr…..

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Very often, the tutors at Glyndwr University introduce students to inspirational people. The people are selected from various areas of Art and Design for many reasons ranging from further tuition, inspiration, insight to future possibilities and so on. Recently I have attended Seminars with a Professor from John Moores University and a very well known Comic Illustrator (very exciting opportunities).

Professor Brian Maidment, Liverpool John Moores University

Brian Maidment is an extremely experienced supervisor and examiner at Ph.D and M.Phil level, and would welcome applications from students especially on topics concerned with mass circulation Victorian literature and popular culture. Brian Maidment joined the LJMU English department in September 2012 as a part-time Professor of the History of Print. His long teaching career took him to wide range of HE institutions including polytechnics, Colleges of Higher Education, and both pre- and post1992 universities. His central role now is concerned with research, although he does contribute to both post-graduate and undergraduate teaching. His research interests are focused on the nineteenth century, especially mass circulation, popular and illustrated literature, and he has published widely on a broad range of topics, although more recently he has concentrated his interests on Victorian periodicals and early nineteenth century visual culture.

Brian brought along some samples of the work he deals with and gave students the opportunity to examine them as he would to enable us a brief insight to the job he does today.

I enjoyed the seminar with Brian mostly because as an artist the career possibilities are endless and so he introduced me to just one career opportunity worth looking at and also the idea of teaching comes to mind which again opens furthers doors and so on.

CHARLIE ADLARD – The Walking Dead

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Firstly, before I talk about meeting Charlie Adlard, I have just taken a look at his website to back up my research and I recommend that you also check it out!! You have to interact with the zombies eyes to move about the site, I thought it was broken at first but after moving the mouse about I soon noticed the eyes turn red and ready for interacion! Cool and gruesome!!

Link to Charlie Adlard Website, OK where was I ……

It is painful to admit, but I didn’t know who Charlie was before the Seminar, nor ‘The Walking Dead’! And I think I was the only one as everyone else did as they couldn’t contain their excitement. In a nutshell, Charlie was a down to earth guy who, like most artists, wanted to make it in the Art World (as I call it). He gave a brief description of how he made it and even after 10 years, the comic is still going strong, in fact, The walking dead can be viewed as a t.v. series on which Charlie appeared as a zombie.

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Charlie began his work in the United Kingdom on White Death with Robbie Morrison. His other works included 2000 AD, Judge Dredd, and Armitage, and eventually Savage. In the United States, he is best known for The X-Files, Astonauts in Trouble, and The Walking Dead (which he is currently the regular penciller for).

Other comic works include Mars Attacks!, The Hellfire Club, Warlock, Batman: Gotham Knights, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, White Death, Blair Witch: Dark Testaments, Codeflesh, Shadowman, and The Establishment, to name a few.

Adlard’s style has evolved from what was originally fully painted artwork on Armitage, through increasing confidence as a monochrome artist, to his recent work, which uses large blocks of black ink on the page to create shadow effects much more bold than are commonly seen in comics art.

In 1992, he collaborated with best-selling horror writer Guy N. Smith on Crabs’ Fury. He won the Squiddy Award for Best Inker in 2001. He also illustrated the graphic novel Playing the Game, written by Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing.

Charlie discussed up and coming projects as best he could without giving the whole surprise away and also advised myself and fellow students of his version of Do’s and Dont’s for future reference.

It was exciting to be able to meet such a well known illustrator (after I found out who he was :)) I like his black and white style and I have taken on board the advice he offered to add to the collection I have gathered from other inspiration artists that Glyndwr have introduced to me to help me on my creative journey.