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Above is some  origami paper for you all to use. I’m loving all these bright colours at the moments. I think its the influence of prada and jil sander on everyone at the moment. What i would give for a pair of those prada brogues… (theyre everywhere except my feet!)


Best Blueberry Bagel Ever

I honestly havnet had a good bagel in a long time, and every flavoured bagel i’ve ever had has just been bland. until today. i had the most delicious blueberry bagel with butter and it was absolutely scrumptious. and it was right on my doorstep. I was having a small break today and walked up to the village where i live and had a small snack with a friend.

I’m so happy it’s starting to get colder. only a few months until we can go to the top of the mountains and see the snow! I was happy to wear my duffle coat today so i can pretend it’s colder than it is without overheating. i love winter!

I mentioned a while ago how I started a small competition with a friend to make our own little children’s book for fun. Since its my dream to be an illustrator i’m taking our self inflicted assignment seriously and hoping its the first of many projects. Keep checking back to see the first drawings up here. Also its the reason I haven’t posted any sketches for a while as i’m working on some new ideas. I will post each page as I finish them and eventually reveal the story when i’ve finished them all.


Signe Chanel is a documentary of the process of creation of a haute couture collection for Chanel. I’ve watched it twice and find the whole process facinating. I love all the characters and the workmanship and Karl Lagerfeld‘s sketches, and how the small drawings he creates with pen and pastels become a collection of real life clothing. (Above is my own little Chanel inspired sketch with some experimentation with the few pastels I own).

I’ve pieced together two sketches from the film (the camera glances over them quickly so heres a better look!). Lagerfeld’s fashion illustrations are are so french and tres chic.

One thing I love about the film is that it shows all the people working on the clothing, and all of them are real crafters from the Chanel Seamstresses, to the shoe makers to the braid maker. And all within the vicinity of Paris!

Its a very enjoyable documentary and gives a little insight into what really goes on behind the scenes of a major fashion label like Chanel. The Documentary is in 5 episodes which are all broken up into 10 minute videos on youtube so you can watch the whole series on there! Start from Episode 1 Part 1 HERE and work your way on from there! Enjoy!

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You’re so Vain

My Favourite TV show is Wife Swap UK. It provides endless entertainment, an insight into how others live, and the inevitable altercations between conflicting spousal arrangements. Whats not to love! But one episode I watched recently had a woman who said something that stuck with me. “Looks are everything”. She explained that looking good is the highest level of achievement you can possibly hope to attain. It was only the day before that I had said to a friend, Thinking only how you look is the worst trait in a person.

There is definitely a preoccupation with how we look as its how people perceive us wether its wealthy, handsome, successful, happy or a multitude of things. And I think its because theres no way to physically show how advanced or full of knowledge each of our brains is. Its all about the visual. As the saying goes “Seeing is believing”. So if, like many alien movies, our brains were exposed and the size determines our intellect, would intellectual pursuits be the obsession of society in order to increase our brain size for all to see?

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So I wanted to show you all the two books I bought yesterday. Im supposed to be saving money but i can never resist an illustrated book. Below are two covers that I love.

The first one is this book for Penguin’s 75th anniversary “Penguin 75”. Its a collection of some of their book covers with comments by the authors and the illustrators. Quite entertaining and full of fantastic covers.

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, Illustrated by Jeffrey Brown

Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales, Illustrated by Anders Nilsen

The second book is by my favourite illustrator ever. Edward Gorey. When I saw the book I just had to get it because for some reason I find his books so hard to find! Its called “The Utter Zoo! an Alphabet”. Typical Gorey, so great.

Both books have given me a lot of inspiration for the children’s book i’m making!

Prince of Podcasts

Something that i would recommend to everyone is a podcast called ‘Stuff you missed in History Class‘. It is my favourite podcast about little pockets of history. And I suggest that all of you listen to it. I love the two hosts and how they are so interested in what they are talking about. very enjoyable. Its funny though its kind of a secret with my friends as I don’t mention it to them. If they ask what Im listening to I say “Oh… umm just some music…”. I actually don’t know why because I love doing podcasts and audio books. Anyway… the whole point of this is that quite a few of the podcast episodes i’ve listened to lately have been about young children rising to the throne, and usually coming to tragic ends. I was thinking about these poor kings and princes and the feeling of having a whole kingdom in your control! what a thought. And what a place to be thinking about this but in my architectural technologies class :/ And this prince or King came flowing out of my pen. Im not sure if he is asleep or if he has been poisoned!

Meet Cindy and Tina. My lunch buddy and I have a strange fascination with these two girls names. I don’t know why… But in kind of related news, today while browsing the books at the uni bookshop (I couldn’t resist buying two) we went to our usual spot at the section of children’s books and all the fantastic illustrations. Thats when we decided to have a competition/assignment between us. We have to create our own children’s book before next monday lunch. It’s quite exciting actually. I can’t wait to see what we both come up with. I shall keep you posted.

A Day well spent

What a surprise, I spent the day scribbling in my sketch book instead of doing uni work. It rained for about 5 minutes today with a slight bit of thunder but I wish it lasted longer! I desperately want it to rain in this heat. And rainy, stormy, windy weather is my favourite!

Today I asked someone who their favourite illustrator was, and their answer was Aubrey Beardsley. So I looked them up and… OMG I love his drawings and seen them in so many books, but never knew his name. I tried out this border above when i was looking at some of his illustrations which have ornate borders. This is definitely something I will be working on and experimenting with.