The Final Stretch

Just a week and a bit till the Easter holidays! This last little bit has been dragging out so much- I’m ready to get back to Argyll now.

I’m onto my final project now, for which we got to write our own brief which I loved. It meant I really got to do something I was super excited about. I’ve been excited for other projects (e.g the Kelpie book), but writing my own brief just feels different? It’s also nice preparation for 4th year, when most of the work is going to be self directed.

I’m planning on making a series of illustrations featuring Shrimpy the cat (you can see a sketch of him here) aimed a children struggling with anxiety. It’s my first proper digital work this semester- usually I prefer to do things by hand as much as possible. Digital work is so prevalent right now though, and I feel I’m at a slight disadvantage with it where it’s something I’m not as experienced in.

Assessment time is mere weeks away, and I’m nowhere near as stressed as I should be- I just want to be done now. I’m hoping that this semester I do a wee bit better than last, I’ve tried to really listen to my tutor’s advice and work with that.

Maybe I’ve missed the mark entirely again, maybe I’ve done alright. Honestly I have no idea, I’m just enjoying what I’m doing, and appreciating what I personally get out of it, rather than fixating on my grades. There’s no point in me getting a good grade if I don’t feel like I’ve learned anything, or that I’ve tried to do what others want rather than what I love.

Erin

Kelpies!

Pencil drawing of pony in gallop

My Archive project is finally over (it was definitely beginning to drag at the end there) and the exhibition is up! You can view it in the exhibition space at DCJAD, there’s lot’s of awesome work there!

I’m onto my kelpie story book, which I’ve been desperate to start for months now- it’s going to be so good. I’ve essentially spent the last week or so drawing horses, looking at horses, and appreciating the lochs in Argyll- couldn’t be happier!

Things have had to slow down a bit the last few days, especially with my other module, because of the Beast from the East- we’ve had about 8 inches of snow here in Dundee, and it’s basically been blizzard conditions sometimes. I love snow though, so I’ve been having a fab time.

In general, I’ve been having a great time with illustration and snow and ponies! Check out the sketchbook page to see some of my horsey drawings.

Erin