This is a new biro illustration I have got underway. It’s quite a big and detailed image so it is slowly getting there, but I’m looking forward to when I complete it!
With my recent trip to Oxford, I was able to look around a book store called Blackwell’s. They have a variety of different book stores, and I went into the art and design book store. Now, I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big reader, I don’t really have the patience to sit down and read a book, I’m more of a picture book person, I like to see things visually, so this art book store was like a little piece of heaven with picture books galore!
One book in particular that really caught my eye was this Natural Histories book. I’ve always been interested in Natural History ever since I was little so to find a book which is all about the illustrations of how animals were seen back in the day, it was love at first site. I love old fashioned illustrations as I find they have so much character, they all seem unique with all illustrations being hand drawn.
This book package comes with a book going through the history of illustrations and the back stories of how the artists came about drawing the animals, and even though I’m not a massive fan of reading, I do find this book very interesting! The package also comes with 40 prints of the illustrations found in the book and I cannot wait to find some nice frames to put them in and get them on my walls!
I really recommend this book to anyone for a love of art and illustration as well as animals and nature.
I recently took a trip to Oxford for the first time for a reunion and rowing type event for my grandad who was a student at one of the Oxford Colleges, Balliol, and so invited me along and it gave me a chance to finally see the city that I had heard so much about…and I wasn’t disappointed!
I have just fallen in love with Oxford, it is such a beautiful city, I could of just wondered around it for hours on end. I plan to make many more visits to Oxford as I only scratched the surface of this city with this trip, I cannot wait to explore this city more!
Today was the final day of the festival, so I decided to take one last look around all the exhibition centres and showrooms to make sure I haven’t missed out on anything. One showroom I visited was of Camira Fabrics, where they were showcasing a coloration with textile designer Emma J Shipley with a new fabric called Titus and Tangled. Emma had produced a stunning pencil illustration of a famous Gorilla and the drawings was then produced onto fabric and then made into a chair and stool. The results truly are breath-taking.
One last visit to the main exhibition centre, Farmiloe building, where films such as James Bond and Batman are filmed, gave me a chance to just admire the architecture of the building. I have never known a building to have so much character!
All in all, I have had a fantastic week attending and being part of the Clerkenwell Design Week and I very much look forward to next years festival!
These are the rest of the photographs of the Clerkenwell Design Week. I noticed throughout the week that the one thing I kept being drawn to, was Lighting. All the different shapes, colours and sizes were just crazy, nothing plain and dull!! One particular group of lighting I was drawn to was the fluorescent lights by Servomuto. Such an array of colours and images mixed together to create amazing lighting – truly inspiring!
This week I have been down to London to look around and be part of the annual Clerkenwell Design Week. Clerkenwell is a well known festival where the successful companies in the world that work within the interior and architecture industry, showcase their products within their own showrooms or exhibition centres.
Throughout the week, I took my camera everywhere with me and took photos of things that really caught my eye and are a great source of inspiration!
(This festival was sponsored by Jaguar so there were some very gorgeous cars placed around the exhibition centre!)
I have now recently finished my second year of my Graphic Design course at the Cambridge school of Art, only one more year to go until the big wide world!! With year 2 out of the way, I have uploaded my second year work up onto my website, so please feel free to have a look at them and feel free to comment on my work!