Saturday, 18 February 2012

Everyone loves lego!

While having a gander around a craft market I came across a stall from the company 'FramedUp'

They produce framed lego pieces which I thought were quite an original way of using lego, now everyone loves lego, I've not yet met a kid who doesnt, my six year old brother absolutely loves lego! Shame there are no farmer characters framed up (he's into his tractors and machines).

There are however some funny ones who would be perfect as gifts for certain film and tv fanatics, here are some of my favourites.

 Star Trek
 Star Wars
 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
 Austin Powers
Harry Potter

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

In true Valentines day style

Seeing as though it is officially Valentines day here in the UK I thought I'd do a valentines inspired post, when searching around for unusual valentines gifts and ideas I came across this car, which is a pretty funny story, because my uncle actually bought this car last year!!

Apparently he outbid someone famous for this car (not sure who but I will be sure to find out), I suppose when you've got to have something you've just GOT to have it.
Heres the advert:

Both of these cars were designed and built by Asylum Models and Effects, you can find more information for the heart car and the pea car over on their website!

The car is about 8 foot wide so it's quite a squeeze on our little english country roads, I'm definitely going to have to get my uncle to take me out for a ride in this car!

The same company have also made a pea car!

Happy Valentines day everyone!!!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Uni work update

Well it has been quite a while since my last post!  Uni work just got the better of me last term, so lets start with a quick catch up, last term I did a project on the theme of maps.  I have to say it was one of the most stressful projects I have done, finding inspiration was hard and I came to a stand still several times.  I still ploughed on though!

I'll start with some of my drawings then show you the two collections I put together, both collections were wallpapers and even though the theme drove me nuts and by the end I didnt want to ever see another map again, I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.

The first four photos are my initial pieces, I took photos from my walk to uni and used patterns I found in the photos to build up the different areas of the maps from Leeds city centre.  You can see this in the first two photos below.  the third photo shows a hand cut map I did, then I folded it back up to produce a layered effect.  Finally a simple line drawing inspired by Jeff Woodbury who uses maps in his work.

I've put some close ups of certain designs so you can see the detail.

I based my first collection on the map drawings I'd done above, with the intricately patterned sections in abstract shapes.  The first collection is in black and white so the pattern would boldly stand out.

 The second collection below is from looking at rooftops of different areas and styles of housing from birds eye views.  The colour palette was taken from a wallpaper I liked, although I did tweak the beige colour (it was originally grey, but it just made me feel a bit....well...grey, looking at it on a whole wall, not the best colour for a wallpaper).

Hope you like them, I should be posting again soon with an update of what y next design project is, aswell as some posts about inspirational artists/illustrators =) enjoy