I’m Back!

It has been ages since my last post! Things got crazy busy over Easter, as my deadlines were all 2 days ago. But that’s done with now, and I am so glad. This semester’s work has been… I don’t know, I enjoyed a lot of it, but I hated a lot too. I did way too much digital walk and that just isn’t my thing.

I’ve started painting again more, and it feels really good. I’ve missed it so much. I’m going to keep up painting more over the summer, and next year I’m going to do as little digital as possible, because I just don’t like it!

I’m going to get back to posting more here- I’ll probably aim to do one post per week, which should hopefully encourage me to work more!

Erin

Painted with a palette knife using acrylic

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

A Sense of Impending Doom

How is it already the middle of March? There is literally 19 days until the start of the Easter holidays and I’m kind of freaking out!

I think my work is going well, but who knows? I have no idea if it’s what my tutor is looking for, so I’m just trying to make something I love. Of course, the stress of deadlines and trying to please people is taking it’s toll, and I’m exhausted. My work has come to a bit of a stand still- I just need a rest!

In all honesty though, I am really looking forward to getting out of the city and back to Argyll. I need to be back in nature, and away from the noise and bustle. Until I can go home though, I guess I’m just going to de-stress by painting my nails more?

Erin

First Week Back/Anthrax

So my first week back at university has been blissfully uneventful. Although I am slightly concerned that the CIA might decide I’m a person of interest as my current project at uni requires some heavy research of anthrax…

I’ve been attempting to grow bacteria (just stuff off skin and kitchen surfaces- no anthrax!) as well in some petri dishes, and one of them is finally showing a little growth!

I’m thinking I’m going to do something with wool for this project though. We have another month or so for it, and the way anthrax looks under the microscope reminds me of wool, so I reckon that’s my way forward. Whether it’s something woven or done with lucet I’ve no idea yet. I’m just going to enjoy this and see where it takes me.

Erin