Friday, 23 March 2012

Auckland Island Merganser final (woohoo)

It is 9pm in the studio and I am starting to go slowly mad...
Finished my final book though, this one is showing the Auckland Island Merganser being predated on by rats.
It is pretty dark to be honest, I got a little angry with the ink....;)

and it all started off so peaceful and lovely! 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

collograph prints

Spent all morning in the print room yesterday. These were a pain to do, I kept getting white patches where the paper didn't take up the  ink which meant I used up all my good paper on ones I didn't like! Ah well, the brown and red ones are my favourites. Will be selling some of these to raise money for the RSPB at some point in May :)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Finished photo books!!

After much editing and hours on Photoshop and at my desk cutting out tracing paper I have finally finished a couple of mini books as finals! Did a negative one as well as the colours came out nicely :)

Friday, 16 March 2012

hand colouring

After a talk with my tutor decided to add some colour to the book made out of photo prints. Took a good few hours on photoshop but I think it definitely adds something to it :)

Click to see it bigger!

Thursday, 15 March 2012


Turning some of my birds into characters by drawing them over and over!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

final collograph book!

Spent today buying and cutting up expensive paper and making my collograph prints into a book! 

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Death of the Moa

Spent all day yesterday creating one of my final books. This one is a set of photographic prints which fold out in a strip. I may shrink these down and print them into smaller pocket size books as the prints I did ended up quite large! 

Until the arrival of settlers, the Moa only had one predator, the Haasts Eagle. These eagles were feared by humans and are believed to be the largest eagles ever in existence. When the Maori arrived in New Zealand they hunted the Moa to extinction, this meant the eagles had lost their prey and their extinction followed soon after.

Friday, 9 March 2012

burt day card!

Did this yest for my best friends birthday. Feeling ill the past couple of days so decided to do fun drawing rather than actual work which requires my brain to function! 

Happy 22nd Melissa you old woman!!!

bird collograph

Got this idea from one of the artists books in the library which had been blind embossed with the word "echo" through different sheets of paper. My plan is to emboss the bird image through a few sheets so it gets fainter to show the bird becoming a ghost.
Had best work, those tiny bits of thread are so fiddly its ridiculous!

Friday, 2 March 2012

moa's in the darkroom!

Doing a bit of experimentation for my next book by drawing onto tracing paper and overlaying it with a photo in the darkroom! Tried this in college with text, I like the way the line comes out in white! Any opinions on which look better, black or white line, would be greatly appreciated!!