Wednesday, 26 January 2011

A girly kind of Spook!

Remember I said I was making a special spook monster for my friend at christmas? well here it is,

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It's the first female monster I've made so far, hence the eyelashes and pretty bow :)


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And heres my beautiful friend Sophie with her spook, still needs a name! Check out Sophies amazing artwork here!


I am meant to making my birthday dread kit but I'm leaving it a little late as my birthday is next week whoops! I just cant seem to motivate myself into doing them.

I have a new project in mind! I want to start a diary comic, I know I've said this before but this time I will...honest. It will most likely be a weeky comic rather than an everyday one as I know I would never stick to that. I will also host it on a different site as I wouldnt want it clogging up my blog. So yeah hopefully start it next month, Pete has said he'll help make the site all pretty with his crazy html skills.

Talking of comics, I finished reading Maus: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman simply amazing, I cant recommend it enough.

Friday, 21 January 2011

More Science...and a cow suit of course!

I know its unlikely you all share in my level of giddiness about having more science documentaires to watch but you might still be interested.

Beautiful Equations As if in almost answer to my last post about wanting to incorporate science with art, this documentary looks into what sciencist & mathematicians mean when they say an equation are beautiful.

The Search for Life: The Drake Equation The Drake Equation is the equation used to estimate the number of likely extraterrestrial intelligent life out there...aliens! :D I personally believe that it's very likely that there is some sort of other life in the universe, but I doubt we will ever make contact because of far away they would be, plus all the other problems. Just to be clear, I'm not talking about UFO & abductions theories.

The Brain: A Secret History - 3. Broken Brains As I posted in my last entry, this is the final episode. Just as brilliant as the first two, I really recommend you watch them. In this episode Dr Michael Mosley looks into what strange behaviour can occur when theres been damage to the brain. Example, a lady who is attack by her own hand that she has no control over.

On a similar subject you may remember last year I read a book called, "The man who mistook his wife for a hat - Oliver Sacks". It also looks into other freaky brain behaviour so if you enjoyed the documentary I recommend this book.

And finally The Planets They seem to be adding a new episode each day, so far there is three of them. They are a little slow placed but nice all the same.

I really hope this trend of science documentaries keeps up but what with talk of cuts the BBC I cant help but think not.
Just so It's not all science I shall leave you with a picture that I plan to draw a comic illustration around. I picked this up while out shopping with the lovely Amy. Lets just say she didnt have to twist my arm into buying it! hehe. please check out her blog as it is full of beautiful art & craft work.

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Yeah I know, I'm just that cool ;)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Science!

The BBC has some really good documentaires showing at the moment that I wanted to share with you all :)

Horizon - What Is Reality? Very interesting although I wish it went into more detail, but the never do. It looks into my favourite subject, quantum mechanics and talks about theories of reality such as we perhaps are all holograms projected from the edge of the universe. Surely that must make you want to watch it? ;)

The Brain: A Secret History- 1.Mind Control and 2. Emotions there is a part 3. to follow yet. I always enjoy Dr Michael Mosley's documentaries. In these he explores experimental psychology and its rather dark past.

I finished reading The Grand Design-Stephen Hawking and of course enjoyed it! but I did feel liked it was more of a summing up, anyone else read it yet? What are you thoughts on it? I do love that fact that is humour in the book. I wish more science books would follow that path, throwing in a little joke or pun here & there to help break up all that heavy reading.

The book I am reading at the moment is the opposite with hardly any light relief, doesnt help that its blumming huge! What Remains to be Discovered by John Maddox It's a little out of date now, I think it was published 1998 but still good on most points made so far. Plus the part I am reading about now is on DNA and the beginings of life, so it makes a nice change.

I really want to come up with a way of incorporating my love for science into my art, but I have no idea where to start. boy that sounded geeky!
Well thats me done for the day, hope that this non-arty entry didnt bore you too much hehe!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Book list 2010

Sorry it took me a little longer than promised to get round to writing this. I've pretty much been a sleep solidly since last Tuesday!

My book list looks rather sorry for it's self compared to the amount of book some of my friends have read last year. I was in a reading slump at the beginning of the year so my list doesn't really start till may...thats my excuse anyway hehe. The order of these might be a bit wrong too,

The Mephisto Club-Tess Gerritsen
cat getting out of a bag-Jeffrey Brown
The Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh's Legendary Underground City-Jan-Andrew Henderson
Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond-Lawrence M. Krauss
Lord of the Flies-William Golding
Mean Spirit-Will Kingdom
The Cold Calling-Will Kingdom
The Catcher in the Rye- J. D. Salinger
1984-George Orwell
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat-Oliver Sacks
Panic-Jeff Abbott
Dawn of the Dumb-Charlie Brooker
The Physics of "Star Trek"-Lawrence M. Krauss
Extraordinary People : Understanding Savant Syndrome-Darold A. Treffert
Cloud Atlas- David Mitchell
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory-Brian Greene
The Complete Short Stories-Franz Kafka (I havent finished this yet)
A Brief History of Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable-Brian Clegg
Simon's Cat-Simon Tofield
A Brief History of Time-Stephen Hawking
The Human Brain: A Guided Tour-Susan Greenfield
The Communist Manifesto- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The SS: A Warning from History-Guido Knopp
Hitler's Henchmen-Guido Knopp
Long Hard Road Out of Hell-Marilyn Manson
Hannibal-Thomas Harris
Talking with Serial Killers-Christopher Berry-Dee
Sex crime women-Linda G Stunell
In Search of Schrodinger's Cat-John Gribbin
The Odyssey-Homer
Executioners-Phil Clarke
V for Vendetta-Alan Moore


I think thats about right, 33 isn't too bad I guess but I will try and read more this year (and keep a better list hehe)
My favorites were "1984-George Orwell" and "A Brief History of Time-Stephen Hawking" although there are lots I really enjoyed....apart from cloud atlas :P

I've already read a lot this year in my odd waking moments :)
Animal Farm A Fairy Story-George Orwell
The Man in the High Castle-Philip K. Dick
Slaughterhouse 5-Kurt Vonnegut
Vive La Revolution-Mark Steel


And I am in the middle of reading The Grand Design-Stephen Hawking. So I am almost through all my chritsmas present books, but lucky for me it's my birthday soon!
Talking of birthday, I was thinking of making a natural looking dread kit up. I haven't worn dreads in almost a year! cant say I'm looking forward to the making of them but it'll be a nice change.

Also I am a plum when it comes to remembering things and I totally forgot to tell you all that I won St.Vicious's Christmas giveaway! I've never won a giveaway before so I'm super pleased, plus it was filled with such gorgeous goodies! All check out her lovely blog :)

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* 7 x 5 inch ‘Xmas Party’ acrylic painting by St.Vicious, I need to find somewhere nice to hang it :D
* Cupcake pencil case with Candy Floss body wash & poof (the body wash is in my bathroom, smells so yummy)
* Eyeko ‘Frosting’ Fat Lip Balm
* Chocolate Lip Gloss tin
* Hello Kitty Candy canes
* Nosy cat not included ;)

I need to get my bum into gear and update my background as soon it'll no longer be hosted :( shame as I really like it but Im sure I will find something nice. And I might finally get round to adding more pages!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year!

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Hope you all have a nice new years eve/day. So have you all come up with some resolutions? normally I dont bother but this year I have come upwith loads!

1. Learn German. I have been wanting to learn German for years and I think its about time I gave it ago. I was actually born in Germany because of my dad be posted out there in the army, but my family moved back to England while I was still a baby. I have already learn how to count to ten *proud face* hehe but my pronunciation is awful. So be prepared for some video posts in the coming months.

2. Draw more! This past year I have really got back into my drawing but I want to keep it up and try to improve more. This blog is helpful for me to see how i've progressed and what I need to work on.

3. Read more! I always have my head in a book these days but I have massive pile of books to read + a huge amazon wish list, so i better get busy!

4. Get crafty I really must learn to use one of the two sewing machines I own. Also I want to learn to cross stitch.

Not a resolution but more of a wish. There's always the thought of maybe this year, will be the year will get better knocking round the back of my mind when it comes to new year. But without wanting to sound too pessimistic, I've been sick since I was 16 and I turn 25 this year and my ME and other illness have only got worse. So yeah its unlikely but I do think I've become more positive in dealing with it all this past year and I'm, sure thats down to all the arty and crafty things I have been doing :)

I am also meant to be planning a wedding this year but i dont even want to think about that, eeek stress! hehe.

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