Fancy another photocopier based one day project?

Of course you do!

Okay, so have a look at these little fellas.

Right, so this one was a fun little project. Using these  images, make some animals!

The cast of our little petting zoo had to be: A Dog, a Cat, a Monkey and a Bird.

Other than that it was up to us what we did (ie breeds etc were a free for all) and we could represent them however we liked.

So, wanna see what I did?

I started off with a pretty literal illustration with this little guy. The photocopier was duly employed for some enlargement fun.


Still quite figurative, although lacking limbs obviously. I cheated a bit with the tale and cut up the symbols past any real recognition (aside from the phone). I’d change that, in retrospect.


Starting to get a little more abstract now, reducing it down to the bare bones while still trying to suggest the breed I was thinking of.


Although a bit of a rush job (can you tell?? lol) I found it quite funny. Everytime I go back to my parents’ place, this is how my cats greet me; Butt in the face.

Cheers guys.

I also inverted the colours on the photocopier. For some reason it seems to work better in black and white as opposed to white and black.

So yeah, it was a nice, easy going fun one to get us in the mood for christmas.

If we’re lucky, we might get some projects that aren’t wholly dependant on the photocopier next term…

Actually I’m not holding my breath.




A Cautionary Tale

Did you get it??

This was a one day project we did. Construct a narrative of 8 parts using only the circle and square templates.

It was a cut and stick exercise, no computers allowed but we were free to use the photocopier (they love it)  to enlarge and reduce accordingly.

The  irony was listening to my class chat about X-Factor while I was doing it haha.

Still, the moral stands true (if you can work it out!)



Once, Monday Happened.

Last week on Monday it was Halloween (and yeah okay, it was a week ago, but I’ve been busy with BOOK SIGNINGS and things.) So when we got set our M(one)day project, I thought I’d enter into the spirit and encourage this special time of shameless commercialism, legal begging and overplanned and usually overated parties…with a bit of decapitation!

Our brief was simple: Draw around a part or parts of your body and use the inside to present your personality, however it was stressed that we shouldn’t over-think it. It was supposed to be a simple, spontaneous piece (I think) that was achievable within the time restraints of one day that shouldn’t be too bogged down with “being too clever” (for realz).

So there I am. A severed head full of lots of little bits of stuff that I like to spend my time obsessing over (with a decent emphasis on robotics). I thought about going down the route of conveying all aspects of myself and focusing on emotion and all that jazz but plain and simple “things I like” was way more fun to draw and to be honest, a damn sight more cheerful. And let’s face it, I’ve already cut my own head off, I don’t really want to drag things any further down depression alley.

Originally there was going to be some colour, but the whole time thing got in the way so it ended up in good old fashioned B and W.  Still, something to consider for later.

Not the deepest piece of work in the world, but still pretty fun and a welcome return to drawing little things you want to draw as opposed to photographing drains.