The Worth of Passion

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Virgin Communication Box painted in Headingley, Leeds, in partnership with the local Residents Association

"I've always made a living so I could make movies, I never made movies to try and make a living. And I think that's a big mistake a lot of newcomers do is that they focus on 'How can my passion pay me?' and I think that's a terrible place to start. If the reason why you're doing anything creative is to make a living then you're doing it wrong. You get into it because it's a true passion that you really believe in. Or don't get into it at all." - Casey Neistat

As I enter the second semester of my third and final year in education, I can feel the time passing quicker than I can hold onto it. It's an uncertain time for many my age, who have been a product of our education almost our entire lives. From the age of four I have been placed in a system to educate me, to push me, and of course, to grade me. It's a system I've known nothing other than; a carefully calculated route to prepare me before my release into the wilderness of the 'real world'. However through the years I've worked, and the grades I've amassed, I find myself reflecting on what success is to me. When the grades dissipate and I'm allowed to live a life free of educational labelling, how will I define my own practice as successful? What is my practice worth to me?

Rave Zine & Posi-Being-Feelings

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

You Might Stop The Party... *Available Soon*

Hello all! It's been awhile, hasn't it? I'm sorry for the overall abandonment of this blog. For weeks it's laid awaiting a new post and I've been rather rubbish at uploading even one since November. This abandonment is not through neglect or disdain, but rather through a completely wild, mad, crazy few months.

As I write this now, I am drawing a close on the second year of my university course. It's been a ride and a half, with extreme highs and lows and a complete lack of mental stability. But with Summer in sight I'm trying to claw back some of that freedom and happiness I once felt (some mental stability would also be great at this point bcuz I've forgotten what that feels like). And with this surge in personal productivity and "I'm getting my life together!" attitude come many creative projects I can't wait to shower you all with. But first things first; the Rave Zine.

Etsy now open!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My Esty store is now open! "Dear Self" is listed and now available to buy! The store appearance will most likely be tinkered around a little bit within the coming weeks with more products to be listed and added.

Thank you to everyone for the support and interest in this zine!

'Dear Self' new zine

Friday, November 13, 2015

First Edition "Dear Self"

Winter is almost here, nearly a whole season has passed since my last blog update but I can assure everyone it has been time well spent. With the second year of my BA(Hons) Illustration course underway, I've been bombarded with an endless onslaught of briefs, deadlines, workshops and the like. These past few months have already felt busier than my entire first year, and while at times this has felt exhausting, it is already proving to reap greater rewards in my work. I write this post as someone who is tentatively stepping into the world of professionalism, and as daunting as that is, it's a little exciting too!

These past couple of months I have finally been able to organise, compile, set out, print, photocopy and bind together my first zine! It's something I'm actually incredibly proud of. At times exaggerated, and at others exposed, this small publication feels like a step in the right direction. I hope the work feels authentic. I hope the words feel honest. But above all I just hope I'm able to make people feel something.


Wood carving and the future

Friday, July 17, 2015

Humble beginnings

Two weeks ago today, I did a very adult thing and moved into a house (a student house but a house none the less, with adult things like bills and shared bathrooms). After boxing all of my belongings up, my mum and dad helped me wave goodbye to halls and dump everything into my new airy loft room of our lovely new home for the next year.

 The trip was short and sweet however, as I returned with my parents to our family home that night. The choice to not stay in our new home over Summer was made from a mixture of missing my home-bound friends and family, and a rather dusty (and dwindling) bank balance. I've always thought of myself as lucky in the respects that I do genuinely enjoy being at home. Besides the free food and home cooked meals, Hull is somewhere I honestly feel comfortable, content and relaxed. And that is ideal for my current quest in experience and learning.

Being alone isn't lonely

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

With the recent UK heatwave, today has been one of the first rainy days we've had in a while. And while the atmosphere has still been one of a more than muggy nature, the cooler damp air has brought a refreshing change of pace to the lovely, but slightly draining, long summer days. Days I have spent for the most part on my own, tinkering away at learning a few new tricks. During this learning process, I've also found that I've discovered something about myself, and about life in general, and that's that being alone in no way has to define you as lonely.

I've spent the past few days hidden away in the workshop at the end of our garden; not a particularly arty place I'll add (my dad used to be a builder by trade) but it's cosy and comfortable and a little secluded. I've been trying my hands at a new artistic venture that has proved to be very time consuming and actually a tad strenuous, (my hand was in actual pain this morning thus the blog writing today; hands need time off it seems haha) but something I hope will be ultimately rewarding. The details of the venture are for another blog post however, for what I wanted to focus on today I discovered more through accident than intent.

A drop in the ocean

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Some Small-scale Sketches of Sharks

A current brief for LCA demands that we draw everyday over summer; this is to both keep our fingers warmed up and ready to pounce at any figurative opportunity, but to also allow us to fall back in love with illustrating for ourselves a little bit. With all the briefs and direction, sometimes it's easy to forget that the reason most people get into a career in the arts is because it's something that they love to do. And whilst my past year at LCA has been absolutely amazing at opening my mind and eyes to a multitude of new things, it's nice to once more have the time to actually take all this new stuff I've learnt and play with it on my own.

Two weeks ago when I sat down to complete this daily sketch, I found my mind wandering as to what I wanted to accomplish this summer; I wanted to learn new things and become more informed. On this wavelength (no pun intended, my inner hilarity is clearly too much however) I began thinking about a video I watched around Easter by the popular YouTube Channel 'Jacksgap'.


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