Friday, 25 March 2011

Resubmission

Well I need to get my resubmissions of work I'm unhappy with underway so I took the first of the three Mangan articles I need to redo apart and started over. I think I prefer it now, it's definately more interesting if anything. Still think the background needs a rethink...
gardening article resub

Continuing in the collage vein, our little uni zine had the theme "vintage", and I've desperately wanted to use my paper bag from Lauderee for something so it seemed like a good oppurtunity.
vintage

Monday, 21 March 2011

Cat Hill

Our little Cat Hill campus at uni is being demolished soon and will be packed off to Hendon. So we're putting together a little book to remember it. It's a shame really, Cat Hill has so much character but hopefully the new place will gain that in time for the next lot of students. Anyways here are my submissions for the book

cat hill space


cat hill


Also it would be all kinds of amazing if you went and liked me on facebook?

                                                                        Rebecca French Illustration
                                                                   

Salamanca

So, I got back from Spain on Monday. Salamanca's historical centre truly is beautiful. I'm so glad I get to go back in just a couple of weeks! I speant my little time out there lounging in the sun, going to galleries, wandering around little historical pueblitos with some new friends and even played an open mike night!
salamanca sketch

I hope I have time to draw more of this university

salamanca

We didn't get to experience as much of little historical La Alberca due to the weather but it did mean I got a chance to sit an sketch in a little cafe.

la alberca
I always go out travelling with a plan to draw all the time an other things get in the way,but I think I have a lot of time in cars and on trains on my next trip so hopefully i'll get some good people sketches done.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Pegged

Thought it might be kind of nice to do a quick follow up of that previous post showing how I display my own little scrap of Maier. I peg things above my desk and they join a rotation of things that I move around the strings and things that get put into the scrapbook or moved to another part of the room.
In it's full glory. It has been a bit more colourful in the past but I recently did a reshuffle in a spring cleaning fit. There's cutouts from a paper my roomate brought back from Rough Trade, zines an originals from my illustration penpal Kelly. A vintage bunny postcard from Chile, letters from the boyfriend while he was travelling, a leaf from Chile, a bag from the best chocolate shop I've ever been to from Bariloche, Argentina. A print from a zine fair (I've lost the card of the artist : x if you recognise that little eskimo on the far right let me know!),badges and art work from Mel Stringer, plane tickets to Spain, a photograph of my grandmother in the WAF, and glittery reindeer heads from where I used to work.
It might be quiet around here for a week or so but I should hopefully have some nice sketchbook pages to share (from hopefully sunny Salamanca, Spain!) when I get back.

Vivian Maier

I got a few more followers! Thank you! Well the illustrator Dan Haskett came to speak to us at uni about a week ago. His illustration really blew me away, I had seen it before but I must have not taken in his name.
Love illustrators who put sketchbook pages up on their websites.
This book was my favourite of the pieces he showed us.
(photos via http://www.danhaskett.co.uk/ )
He also showed us some photographs by Vivian Maier. A few months ago my mother offloaded her usual stack of Sunday Times supplements on me for my scrapbook an collages and I came accross the most beautiful set of black and white photographs. I don't know much about photography but I desperately want to learn. These photos were taken by Vivian Maier and her story is incredible. Vivian was a nanny on the North Side in Chicago, she took photos from the 1950s through to the 1970s. John Maloof bought 100,000 negatives, prints and undeveloped rolls of film from an auction house when researching a history book. From what I have read she was never known as a photographer but my word she was incredibly talented. John Maloof attempted to track her down but she died only days after he started to inquire about her.


(photos via John Maloof's blog )