Monday, 30 April 2012

Mister Hope, and I have a cold

Feel like I haven't been posting much work of my own lately - perhaps because I haven't done much since Weds as I am a groggy disgusting beast with tissue permanently fixed to my face. Ohhh welll!

So, here's someone much more productive than I am: Mister Hope! I met him at Thought Bubble last year and he's a nice chap with some rather marvellous work, which you can check out here on his website!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Rhino Escape Practice

... that would probably be a good name for a band.

Anyway, we all wonder how zoos must prepare for terrible instances such as rhino escape, don't we? Don't we?! Maybe not, but I'm certainly glad I found out anyway.

Tokyo zoo staff did a rhino escape practice run with a massive paper mache rhino! I hope that this is a common thing amongst zoos, with a variety of animals, so perhaps I can put my paper mache animal skills to good use and forge a career in fake zoo emergencies.

I watched this video on mute whilst I was listening to 'Waterloo' by Abba. It was a match made in heaven.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Ducky display

Work in progress! Idea for mask display.

The owl for the Zoo Case Theatre show is pretty much finished.

Monday, 23 April 2012

More mad animals

Bunny's paint job is finished! Hope to do a photoshoot with this very soon with one of my dear friends. I'm really enjoying having close friends model, it's nice to see their personalities come through in the characters. With the suit-wearing duck, I had an idea for a character, thought Ben might be a good model for it, then realised that the character was Ben! Which meant that he brought ideas to the table which I hadn't thought of, but which were perfect for the character.

I'm working on ways of displaying my masks, mixing with drawing etc - getting back into the mix of 2D, 3D, real and not real I was playing around with before. So I'm working on cardboard cutouts out the moment, with the aim of displaying the masks on top, creating a kind of wildlife scene.

Here's the painting in progress, collage elements to be added later. I'm standing there for scale! Cropped out so it's only half as embarrassing...

Saturday, 21 April 2012

New website!

I'm working on a new website over at!

I'll be purchasing a catchier domain name soon, and I'm still keeping this blog to regularly update with ramblings and work in progress.

There's still a bit of work to do, but it's very nearly ready, so do have a peek!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Beatrix Potter Ballet!

A coursemate just suggested I look at this. It's fantastic!

I wouldn't fancy having to dance in those costumes though, I'm surprised nobody fainted from the heat...

Monday, 16 April 2012

Mallard Man!

Visitors to Salford Quays yesterday may have been surprised to encounter my good friend Mallard Man enjoying the sunshine!

This was the last in a series of photoshoots I carried out over the Easter break from uni. I will have some fantastic, quality photos to show soon - many thanks go to Stuart Rees for doing this shoot, and Ben Poole for modelling. Thanks also go to the members of the public who stopped to feed him bread, and real wildfowl who got involved.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter!

No, this isn't the Easter bunny - it's my unfinished bunny mask! Working on the wolf today and duck tomorrow for (hopefully) epic photoshoots during the week.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Challenge: 4 Days, 4 Masks

Sorry it's been so long since my last post! My hands have been dirty a lot lately, and it's not ideal for blogging.

I've been really trying to push myself lately. Last week, I wanted to make the most of the time before the studios closed for Easter, so I set myself the challenge of making four masks in four days. This includes clay sculpting, paper mache and removal from the mould, but not painting. Painting is something I'm working on now at home.

I'm working on a wolf, a stag (currently awaiting antlers), a rabbit (currently awaiting ears) and a duck. I have ideas for the sort of characters they're going to be and I'm working towards props and photoshoots to give a sense of character and a glimpse into a narrative.

"A good photograph must tell an entire story." - Michio Hoshino (wildlife/landscape photographer)

I feel like focussing on single images of a character will be a positive step for me right now. Trying to tell a story - or give an insight of a character - in one image is challenging. It's something I feel Red Nose Studio does very well, with a sense of emotion, as if they've really captured a moment of somebody's life. Be sure to check out their website, especially if you're interested in illustration using 3D models - It's truly amazing stuff.

Photoshoots should hopefully start next week so I will most likely be hanging a cardboard moon from a tree in a park!