Sunday, 30 November 2008

dist one

some of you might know this artist.. i thought lizzy might like this piece.. it's a little different to most of his other work but have a look at his stuff, very good... sometimes has stuff in analogue.
This is another nice one:

Friday, 28 November 2008

Exhibitión de la Gen!

Yes i cannot speak French but i DO have an exhibition at the Forest Cafe from 1st-12th December. Will be setting up on Monday so not sure when it will be ready but I'll let you know. I alsked them about exhibiting our biff work and they have a wee shop in the cafe calle BizArt so we can hopefully sell stuff there :)

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

sketch book time

here are some preliminary drawings for my mini self promo pack:

The Red Shoes

My flatmate Rosie got a really really beautiful book adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Red Shoes, illustrated by Sun Yung Yoo. The only image I can find is one of the front cover, but the insides are quite lovely too.

Also Harvey asked me to remind everyone that the deadline for the V&A here is the 31st of December. Its quite a good one, you can enter up to 3 images of your work, online and there is a £2000 and £1000 award.



Biff question song
Click on the link above and enjoy some quality BIFF-related procrastination. I'm off to finish my pricing quotes for tomorrow, but meanwhile I found time to google BIFF.... Enjoy.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

self promotion....

flat-packed christmas tree. yay!


I made a banner for the blog today when I was meant to be doing other things. I thin we should take it in turns to make banners and make the place look nice.

Monday, 24 November 2008


(image from flickr)

Hey Gang! So we now have an online shop! yeah! Its here and its looking a bit sparce as its just the cards. So if you want anything listed email me at and i'll add it (send photos too) alternatively you could email me and i'll give you the login and everything (speaking of which i set us up an email address and i'll put the details for that in the studio tomorrow).

Sunday, 23 November 2008

fair today!

yey the fair is today! hope some people are bringing cameras.. looking forward to seeing everyone's work. i'm not up early, i haven't gone to bed... why does it take so long to make stuff by hand (tear) :'( woe is me

Saturday, 22 November 2008

my collection of creepy Illustrators!

Hello. A couple of you commented on this picture that's in my CVCS Questionnaire. It's called The Fall by Anne-Julie Aubry. She does quite a lot of freaky fairytale-esk drawings that some of you might be interested in. Also along the same lines is Beatrice Billard - I think they've both been exposed to too much Tim Burton!

Also I hope you've all noticed Jill's e-mail about Professional practice next week. We've been set homework for the weekend!
See you at the fair tomorrow.

Travel Bug

Mmm travel posters. They don't make them like they used to.
Speaking of travel, I would just like to put this out there... I'm thinking of exercising my passport this spring - with Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, and maybe Paris in mind. RyanAir has return flights for under 20 pounds at the moment, flying to dublin then Barcelona, and then maybe hopping over to mallorca for a bit, and back again. Anyone not going home/ not being sensible about cash is welcome to join me :D
I booked an 8 pound return flight to paris in february for no reason and i think I've protracted some incurable travel bug. Also, a random desire to design travel posters that just might manifest itself in my degree show.

Well done everyone on the christmas cards, they look great! Special thanks here to Kirsten and Gen who did most of the leg work for that. See you all on Sunday

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Five Centuries of Board Games

There are some lovely looking board games here. Well worth a look.

Website webstat info

Hey guys, I found this page which will be useful to anyone who has a website. It explains Hits/Files/Visits, etc.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008


hey guys, a guy from my class in Brighton (Jake Blanchard) designed these boards... they are awesome and are for sale here:

I am so envious!

Monday, 17 November 2008


Here are some paintings I've been working on for my disseration... if anyone has any ideas/critisism/love/hate for them I'd be very happy.

Keep Calm and Carry On

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ invites you to enter into the cavernous underground of Edinburgh’s Old Town for a unique exhibition by graduating students from the ECA. Presenting mixed media work the show dwells temporarily within a lost, subterranean space, inhabiting abandoned rooms and dark chambers.

Opening Wednesday 26th November: 7pm- 10pm
Then 10am- 6pm on the 27th and 28th

Location: 39 Nidry Street, Cowgate (Next to Bannerman's and the Hive)

Sarah, Ursula and I as well as many others are showing work... Hope you can make it along!

Online Tutorial


Thought this might be useful, especially for Jaimie:


Sunday, 16 November 2008

A Request

Can this fine woman join Biff? She can't really draw but I think she'll bring some much needed glamour. She will also provide security.

Another BBC4 documentary

BBC4 seem quite fond of children's book illustration at the moment. There's a documentary on tonight Mark Lawson talks to Quentin Blake if anyone is interested. It's at 10.30 BBC4.

How to brighten up your pavements...

I found these brilliant drawings that someone has done on pavements - they look so 3D! Much better than the ones in Mary Poppins! There's loads more here if you want a look.

P.S. I hope you're all working away at things to sell at the craft fair, only a week left!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Alice Duke

Here's a couple images by last year's eca illustration graduate, Alice Duke. Check out her blog here:
Her work makes me really excited/really depressed because I wish I could do that! She's got some really great stuff. Have a look, there's lots of really nice pencil sketches on her blog.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Thursday, 13 November 2008

So I havent done a 'nice things' type post for a while so i figured I'd post one of my favourite illustrators/artists in the whole wide world ever. Maxwell Loren Holyoke Hirsch is a San Fransisco based artist with a massive amount of really nice work from painting, to photography to woodcuts.

Edible Prints and Glow-in-the-Dark Ink

I found these edible prints when searching exciting editorials for Fiona.. A girl at st martins did them for the guardian i think... she has other cool stuff on her website, like glow in the dark books which look blank during the day...

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The wonderful world of XKCD, and of internet generally.

"I am not a ninja"
I thought I'd introduce anyone who doesn't know of it to the wonderful world of XKCD ( All by a random guy who one day started posting math comics and now has a huge following and tshirts and other things. Proof that Illustation can come from and go in the strangest places....

Also a wee note here about the odd workings of the universe (and the internet)... 8 or 9 years ago, maybe more, I had a pen pal in Italy. I can barely even remember it. So anyway, we lost contact all those years ago, and today I got a facebook message from him. Something to the effect of: "Remember me? We were pen pals. My english isn't as good as it used to be, but I'm studying electronic engineering in Italy. Oh I don't play soccer anymore."
The world is a very small place, and made very, very, very weird by modern life and internet.
On that note, I'll leave you with an appropriate xkcd comic on the subject...

Sasek Strikes again


Inspired by your Sasek comment Lizzy I thought I'd post these images of his lovely work from the book 'This is Edinburgh'... He did a whole series of books on different cities- Paris, London, Venice, New York, etc, but there is something really enjoyable about recognising the places in this one! I'd been looking at this again recently in fact... He has a really charming way of drawing buildings, and the figures are equally so, i hope you'll agree...
Been working most of the day on Jim's letterhead/invoice project; been really enjoying it, and i'm glad jim's had the foresight to make us design something that can hopefully have a life and use beyond college! See you on friday...

Fontaine Anderson

...this is nice too. via pikaland.

David Klein

Some great poster art from the 50s/60s by David Klein. Lovely lettering and colours... (via Drawn) Hope everyone is having a good week... I have been sorting boring things like banking and tax today. fun. and un-productive! oh dear...

Tuesday, 11 November 2008


Hello everyone! I don't know who's doing well/ being productive, but I'm certainly not. Damn you, artists block. So, in the name of productivity (ironically, posted out of procrastination) I give you Nike of Samothrace, which in my opinion is the most beautiful piece of artwork ever created, and forever my favorite above all else. I know we have a copy in the Sculpture court, but as she is shoved haphazardly under an arch in the corner I don't think people really appreciate how spectacular she really is.

Sunday, 9 November 2008


Oh my gosh. Thankyou so so much to you guys for coming to After School Club last night. I am so so grateful to all of you. You're amazing. All of the speakers involved had an amazing time and they seemed to be as inspired as we were to do some awesome things! Yeah! I havent sorted out the photos yet so instead I've posted a pic of one of my (multitudinous) bags as i think the look on the cats face pretty much sums up how I'm feeling.

Oh and in response to Gen's earlier post about some kind of collab thing what do you reckon we go and buy a few sheets of A0 card from the shop and have our own nous vous style drawing club one evening? that would be super fun!

THANKYOU BIFF. I am so happy that you are my classmates. YOU WIN!

Hey guys, I think this artist is amazin.... thought some of you might like his stuff too. he's called Buffmonster, lives in LA and loves pink. here's his blog:

Friday, 7 November 2008

Book Autopsies

Well done all on completing another CVCS week. Here's a site called book autopsies which is what I'm sure we'd all love to do to our CVCS books!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Picture Book

I hope everyone took an hour out of dissertation hell to watch picture book on bb4 last night... If (like me, who was, rather unwisely, at her boyfriends (who turns out not to have bb4!), not doing work) you missed it catch it on iplayer, here. it's really worth watching. do it!

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Here is my text/image piece too. ok i'll stop posting today now. ps is everyone coming to the traverse to meet the collab partner on friday?

Collaboration Station

Hey guys, I'd really like to do some collaborative drawing.. is anyone up for doing some next week? I know Kirsten is interested.... still really up for doing our monster book! Is anyone else? I've planned to do some as part of my dissertation but it could evolve into some really innovative and exciting work if you guys get invovled (and it would be an excellent talking point in your portfolio)... The drawings I have planned are totally fun and playful. Here are some examples of what I was thinking of.