Sunday, 15 October 2017

Last Year's Post (2016)

This was actually meant to be posted the day before yesterday according to my new bujo post schedule! I'm finding these strict schedules are a pain but they're encouraging me to be more productive. In fact, believe it or not I was meant to post these pictures over a year ago! Anyone remember when I conducted that poll asking what you'd like to see first on my blog (e.g. outdoor sketches and vogue inspired art)? Well here it is!
(Once again, I promise I'll get to other people's posts too! <3)
Over the summer holidays last year I felt compelled to draw some art inspired by the interesting pieces in Fashion Art of Vogue, a book I have. (Some of you may be familiar by the popular fashion magazine, Vogue!) The book has plenty of gorgeous designs, from English to Parisian to Japanese, and captures formidable fashion styles from over the years.
I was fascinated how the expressions capture the varying personalities of the people drawn in intriguing ways. I think I'd better do some pieces inspired by the artwork in this book for Inktober - most are all in black and white!
The picture I've drawn above is of one of the many detailed pieces that caught my eye. ^^ I decided to have a go at redrawing it in my own style! (I'll have to find the source and I'll be sure to add it here when I do.)
Haha okay this re-draw I did is pretty bad. xD Back when I drew this, though, even though I noticed the faults the result actually seemed okay! But now I can just see that if I were re-doing it, the hair would be neater and so would the eyes. The picture is based off another image I found in the Vogue art book that inspired me - I'll have to find out what it's called because the concept of it is so inspiring!
The next few pictures (and the one above) are some outdoor sketches I did last year that I promised to post earlier but didn't get round to it. This particular one is of a passion fruit flower in the garden! The plant does give passion fruits too but they never ripen, naturally because I don't live somewhere where there's a warmer climate. xD
This is supposed to be a red and yellow dahlia that I also drew in the garden but it doesn't look anything like one... I completely messed this up with watercolours! That's the thing with watercolours - you can only really create one layer without ruining your picture and you always have to start with the lighter colours first before moving on to darker shades (and I obviously didn't respect that here).
Here's the sketch before I ruined the flower! I think I took this outside when the sun was dipping so it's not a particularly good shot haha.
These are some pink Japanese anemones - they were super fun to draw! Granted, I kind of messed up with the watercolour layering again but it's still my favourite out of the three! xD If you're starting out, simple flowers like these are a good way to begin rather than more complex ones (like the dahlia I drew above, or a rose for example).
I'll confess I drew these this summer (not summer 2016!) but I felt it was relevant to the subject of outdoor sketching! Besides, I think my improvement is visible when compared to the three above. I was also meant to use watercolours for these but I didn't have the time unfortunately. Anyway, the top sketch is a purple hibiscus (one of my favourite flowers) and the one below it is a cream rose.

Here are my tips for outdoor sketching!
  • If you're sketching an animal/insect/moving object and it leaves, stop the sketch and don't continue it. Otherwise, you're likely to ruin it! It's easy for your mind to confuse certain aspects and make random assumptions that are incorrect.
  • You could even sketch with blue or red! In fact, you can sketch with literally anything that makes lines on your page. (You don't have to have fancy art materials for a sketch to look good - just do it!) I don't personally use blue or red now, however, because I find it hard to draw something with an impact... but that's just me.
  • Remember that, although it's not necessary, you can find different ranges of pencils - 6H (6 hard) is hard, good for details; 6B (6 black) is soft, good for soft sketches/smudging; while HB is normal. I tend to sketch in pen (0.05 or 0.1) not pencil but it's all up to you!
  • Make it light and try not to go over your sketch too much - it can become pretty messy (instead of simple and loose) and the page might even crumple if it's not heavyweight.
  • If you use watercolours, remember not to layer over too much else your page will risk crumpling/the colours will bleed through the page if it's not heavyweight. Also, start with the lighter colours before the darker ones because there's no going back!
  • Another important thing when using watercolours is that you remember to keep adding water or they won't blend nicely. I was once lazy with a Chinese-themed piece (that I posted ages ago) and the colours ended up sticking hard rather than blending smoothly because I didn't add enough water to my brush.
  • If you like your ink sketches having that smudgy-looking blend effect, you can buy a water brush. In case you don't have a clue what I mean by a water brush, they have a smooth white tip and a see-through plastic feed filled with water designed to help the ink blend on your page when you squeeze the feed. (They're SO fun to use! I got to use one once at an art workshop but when I looked in HobbyCraft I found that they were pretty pricy... I'll have to buy one off Amazon some time!)
Over a year ago I won Megan's awesome giveaway (via Megans Mega Blog)! The prize came with these two super cute colouring sheets by Heartfelt Illustrations that I had the chance to colour in. Colouring is a super fun and relaxing activity and still remember enjoying colouring-in this one! I'll definitely have a go at the activity again sometime soon to help me improve with my Prismacolor pencils too. :)
I really like the design of this one! Here I decided on pastel colours with a beach theme - yellows, oranges, pinks and blues. I adore the summer vibes this one has. ^^
Colouring sheet by Heartfelt Illustrations.

As well as these pictures I also have a box-covering DIY tutorial that I meant to post from summer 2016 where I transformed an old, broken pencil pot into a newer-looking one and on top of that, this year I took some pictures for a tutorial on how to personalise art books (using several I bought for £1 at The Works) which I'll definitely have to get round to writing up! Yet again, another tutorial I have from around two years ago shows you how to make an origami flower which I think is pretty cool but the tutorial itself is a little outdated as I never got round to making a post about it welp. xD Anyway, let me know which tutorial you guys would be interested in seeing the most out of these three! (I'll make a poll for it so anyone can feel free to vote!) 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Photography - Summer in France (continued)

Here's the continuation of my photography in France! Enjoy! <3

I've just reached the end of the planner in my bullet journal which means I'll have to plan a new one for October... It was an interesting method to encourage myself to get round to posting but I definitely think posting once a week on both my blogs is too much! (I'm leaning towards the idea of a fortnightly schedule but I'll have to see.) 

Here's a shot I took from outdoors on the ferry!
(This was at the very beginning of the holiday.)

I kind of like how the water trail looks here. xD

The following three pictures were taken on a day out when I had the chance to buy a couple of French patisseries (I can't actually remember what!)... I love French patisseries can you tell. xD

A random sunset picture from somewhere in the holiday I posted on Instagram

I took this and the following few pictures on a specific daytrip to the beach (once again, in the Côte d'Albâtre). The view was beautiful!

I really like how the perspective and vanishing point turned out in this shot. :) 

Okay my mouth is watering. ;-; This is another French patisserie, this time called the Religieuse and it's filled with crème pâtissière (in this case, chocolate cream) and just... it's absolutely delicious, no words. Definitely worth trying!

Yet again the same day trip but this and the picture below is from the neighbouring marina. 

This is a manor in Normandy, in which the French would refer to as a château. Back in the old days they used to belong to the rich French nobles or even a member of the royalty. These manors are quite common in Normandy and they're pretty grand!

(I'm not sure which out of this and the one above looks best tbh?)
This is a completely different château where I pretty much missed the shot. 

I suppose this isn't very France-related as such (although I did take it on one of the day trips) but it looks so atmospheric! 

Here's another château! (This would be the third I saw and I took this picture on the route back to England.)

Below are a couple of pictures on the route back home to England. I really like the sunset aesthetic in these! C:

This is one of my favourites - that's a river there btw!

I also really liked this one.

The two pictures below are a bit odd I suppose! They were taken at the very beginning of the holiday after departing from the ferry. I couldn't get any proper shots of the night-time lights reflecting on the water so they turned out a bit like this haha...



Coucou xD Honestly didn't expect to find her on the funko pop statue shelf. (Okay I admit I even wanted this but augh it was 15 Euros man... I legit would have bought it if it had been a third of the price. ;-;)

Gosh this store has one heck of a good range of media items and yes manga is one of those things. Apparently France is one of the top countries that reads manga (after Japan of course)!

 I spent aaages choosing manga books here! In the end I bought two (Arbos Anima 3 and a new one I haven't heard of). If I went back I'd definitely get the Beauty and the Beast manga because it looked super cool! (I think it's to do with the new live-action film.) 

Thanks for viewing! Let me know which one was your favourite! :D

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Photography - Summer in France

I thought I'd finally get round to posting some photography on here because I haven't posted any on this blog for, let me check... over 2 years (on May 31st 2015)! That sure felt like long ago. xD (You can view my photography tag here.) I acknowledge I promised to post pictures from my holiday in Morocco, but since then I've put in a new camera memory so I'll have to find the other one to sort them out! If you guys are interested though, I'll be sure to encourage myself to get round to it because I must admit I'm pretty lazy haha...

On the other hand, I do share most of my photography on my Instagram, which you can view here. (My cousin set up that account for me back when I went on holiday there so I do have, like, two pictures from my stay in Morocco. I have more downloaded on my tablet that I haven't shared though.) Just a little warning: you'd most definitely get spoils for some of my artwork in advance if you view my Insta!

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures I took in France over the summer holidays! I got to do some sightseeing around the Côte d'Albâtre (aka the Alabaster Coast) where I took many photos...

I photographed this randomly because I thought the colours would make a good shot.

This bookshop is super cute! (I didn't get to go in though.)
It says Le Chat Pitre... s'agrandit ! which roughly translates to "the cat who clowns around" and "has grown". It's a play on words of the French word for chapter, chapitre (because you don't pronounce the "t" in chat in French - that is, unless it's a female cat, in which case it would be chatte where you do pronounce the "t")
I lowkey wanted to go on this ferris wheel.
the marina
more of the marina
marina continued
Miam! (French word for "yum" haha) This is a variation of the classic Mille-feuille, which I'm sure everyone knows about. (The only place you can get a real, proper-tasting Mille-feuille is in France imo. Here in the UK they imitate it but it doesn't taste nearly as good!)
I took some photos along the sidewalk too...
I really want that bag in the middle. ;-;
ahoy maties
This is one of the most popular tourist attractions located by the Côte d'Albâtre, known as the Palais Bénédictine (the palace and museum of the Le Grand family). I would have liked to have properly visited this place but there wasn't time unfortunately. It's pretty fancy inside apparently! The site is best known for the making of liqueur back in the old days.
I need a banana tree someday!
The architectural design of this palace is formidable!

And I'll just stop here. C:

I'll make a new post sooner or later (maybe even next week) as a continuation since I have plenty more pics from my holiday in France! If you're interested in seeing more photography do let me know in the comments section below! Also, what was your favourite? ^^

(I was meant to post this yesterday according to my weekly bujo schedule but better late than never!)