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.
I’m a bit late posting about it this week, but I was back with the horses on Monday, and have another load of life drawings.
I didn’t get as much done as normal, as I was pretty tired, and was enjoying catching up with friends. And of course having cuddles with the ponies. Ghost and another pony both tried to eat my sketchbook, and also got snot on it (I bet my tutor will love that!), and Ghost nearly ate my pen which would not have been good! When they realised that my sketchbook wasn’t a tasty snack, the white pony proceeded to chew my hair, whilst Ghost just turned around and ignored me. He’s such a monkey.
Last night I was, once again, at the stables for my riding lesson. And again, when my lesson was over I spent some time drawing the horses there.
This time, however, I chose to focus on the stationary horses, and looked at their faces in more detail. I am definitely stronger in that respect, but for my kelpie story I need to be capable drawing the bodies and faces of both moving and still horses.
The horses found my antics quite fascinating. Some expected me to be giving them a wee snack, and were sadly disappointed when all they got was pet on the nose. Others were much more interested, and managed to smear horse snot all over some of the pages.
The horse I ride, Ghost, was very pleased with the attention! Having stood on my foot (ouch) earlier in the evening, and then being sassy all through my lesson, he was being very pleasant! He even posed for me, although after a while he did attempt to eat my pen… I guess he was expecting a reward for being so handsome and well behaved (for once!).
More images from my session can be viewed on the sketchbooks page!