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My Toy Collection

What’s this? I am not dead? YES! *scrapes off mold*

I have returned after all these years, just to tell you that I have created a separate blog for my toy and doll collection. WHAT WHAT? You collect dolls? YES I DO!

Come take a look if you wish. https://zorksdolls.wordpress.com

WP-me-doll

 

 

 

 

My personal Art Blog

If anyone is interested, I have a second blog where I post my sketches and general mad scribblings with the bit of paint splashed here and there.

So if you want to have a look, heres the link ūüôā

http://hayleyrgriffithsillustrations.wordpress.com/

Creative Business Cards.

We have to look up funky out of the norm business cards to give us inspiration to design our own in order to show how creative we are and such. I have found a few blogs that I’ve found awesome ones already.

 

Who says business cards had to be on card? ūüėÄ

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/20/effective-business-card-design-better-than-a-plain-ol-business-card/

http://www.reencoded.com/2008/05/20/42-awesome-business-card-designs-with-links-to-100s-more/

http://oddstuffmagazine.com/90-most-unusual-business-card-designs-of-all-time.html

http://businesscardprinting247.com/design/some-funny-and-weird-looking-business-card-designs/30/

http://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-and-interactive-business-cards/

http://dotcommogul.net/branding/really-crazy-business-cards/

http://creativebits.org/cool_business_card_designs

I had found some really borning business cards in the local super market which left nothing to the imagination, but I picked them up anyway to tell myself to not to¬†design anything as boring. ¬†It’s a shame I can’t get my hands on any really creative business cards. ūüė¶

Another year has gone by, and so has another Creative Futures week. I’m just going to write down which lectures I went to on those days and the notes i took. Should have done this sooner but I just tended to go to sleep as soon as I got home after the lectures.

Day One : 5th March.

Lecture 1: Opening Address. Professor Michael Scott, vice-chancellor of Glyndwr Uni.

This was the very first lecture that everyone had to attend, it was strange seeing all the art students in one room. We¬†‘re hermits so it’s rare to have a whole pile of us in one place, did make me wonder where they all hide when I linger in the corridors like a trapped blue-bottle.

Anyways the person who was meant to give this lecture had come down with an illness, so our vice chancellor¬†was kind enough to step in for him. We were told that 94% of graduates from this uni last year got a job within 6 months, that’s promising. Most of the lecture we where told¬†a story¬†about and around Shakespeare, how he was the best business man that¬†ever existed. I took notes quickly but since I wrote slower then he talked, I missed out huge chunks of what he said, so the notes probably make no sence and are probably not accurate.

Shakespeare’s business is the oldest business that is still going and his making over ¬£8 millions. (again don’t hurt me if this is totally wrong, I’m just putting down what I heard him say) Shakespeare’s books are still being sold around the world.

We don’t know much about Shakespeare. When he was 10, Queen Elizabeth when to visit her love Robert Dudley, and Dudley had to put on entertainment.¬†There was a mermaid riding on a dolphin’s¬†back carved out of wood, not sure why little Shakespeare was around but he saw it. James Burbage had a part in doing the entertainment.

       

Burbage went down to London after to see how he could make money, and money was in bear baiting at the time, when bears where tied to a stake and had dogs set on it.

Burbage had an idea, in 1576 he applied for a licence to build a theatre, but he couldn’t build it in central London because the Puritans who ruled London at the time were total douchbags¬†and wouldn’t allow it, because music and performance, and anything really that was considered ‘fun’ was sinful. So Burbage opened it way up in North London and was the first one built in¬†London. People flocked to it. His son started to act in the plays. A law was regulated so companies needed to be licensed in order to perform. In 1590’s Shakespeare turns up, he starts off my stealing others plays and re-writes them, and he started getting a reputation. He was there to make money, he needed to because he had got his girlfriend preggers¬†and his dad was bankrupt. He started writing plays about royalty of history. He started with Henry 6th, then the 4th then the 5th. In 1596 Shakespeare’s son Hamnet dies. James Burbage dies also. Shakespeare faces the fate of his father. He had a stare actor William Kempe, but his style was different from Shakespeare so he left. First business of it’s kind¬†next, (i¬†think it was Shakespeare) got 6/7 people from the company, moved the theatre across London and built it again in South London. He said we’ll have two companies, we’ll be shareholders of our companies, the actors would have to pay rent to be on theatre, Shakespeare was the first to do this in 1598. He nicked the play Hamlet and rewrote it, and he puts up another plat called “As You Like It”. The¬†Puritans won’t allow him to play in London. Henry Evans realised that the Puritans have no control on parts owned by the Church. So he suggested that plays be held in churches. 6p¬†a seat for the important people. (notes really stop making sence now cos he was talking to fast for me to catch up) John Marston starts having a go at his fellow dramatists.¬†Some other men (couldn’t catch their names, Marston, Johnson and Chapman i¬†think) wrote their plays in a different way to stop people like Shakespeare from nicking them. The wrote lines down and gave them to the actors to play the parts. John Marston somehow got in trouble, he pissed the king off somewhat, and he had two choices of punishment and 30 seconds to decide. Either get killed or marry this woman who fell in love with him who was related to someone the king knew. John decided to marry, and isn’t allowed to write anymore plays and joins the church. Shakespeare then buys his company so he is now top dog. Shakespeare gets land, lends money out to people and makes a fortune. Shakespeare wrote plays just out of business, to make money. He created his art for the market. (apparently)

After the Shakespeare talk, he mentioned artist Rembrandt, and his self-portrait that is in Edinburgh. Apparently it is haunting because he painted it shortly before he become bankrupt. According to my uni’s vice-chancellor, this is the best painting held in Britain. You see the haunting dispar in the paintings eyes, yet the artist still painted.

What I got out of this lecture was that at the moments of dispar, Rembrandt and Shakespeare created the most fantastic pieces, maybe it was because of their situation that their work turned out well? So was the whole message of that lecture that we’ll create the best pieces when our lives are in total shit? And to get anywhere we might as well steal others work and redo them? (not a brilliant message I must say)

Lecture 2 : Key Note Speaker. Angus Montgomery. Editor of Design Week.

(notes taken from that lecture)

He is a journalist, and has been for 10 years. He envy designers, he said we are lucky to have that creative skill. Try promoting yourself, not just your work. All designers are business people, you’ve got to think about what you are doing in a professional level. Collaborate, go to studios, get out there and be creative, surround yourself with creative people, don’t isolate yourself.¬†As a business person you need to know how to collaborate. Design thinking, solving problems.¬†You must love what you do, it pushes it. Be passionate, show that you are passionate and professional.¬†Designers where asked about studio fee’s. Would they rather spend ¬£9000 on a degree, or a block of gold. They all opted for the degree. They would have loved to have been in higher education, for they had to work really hard to get where they are now. Though it is still tough for graduates to break into the industry.

This $100 laptop was mentioned. I remember seeing it on display in Manchester a few years ago. It’s a small green laptop for children in schools in less fortunate countries. It has apparently been going for 4 years. If i remember right, the handle on the side is the charger which you spin around to charge up the battery.

We are then shown images of the first designer energy saving light bulbs, because apparently the normal ones ain’t pretty enough. We are then shown A&E poster charts for waiting rooms that shows the stages the patient has to go through in order to actually get seen, and shows are how busy they are, apparently was designed by a furniture company.

Then he mentioned a thing called St George’s Crypt. Annual report and 6 Accounts. A book/ document of homeless or just unfortunate people. The book is A3, the size of a homeless person makeshift blanket.

In these images for Resonate advertising, apparently they had ¬£1000 worth of flowers, froze them in liquid nitrogen, and literally blew them up and took photo’s of the petals shatter, creating something quite beautiful.

He shows some posters someone created pieces called Vertigo. Vertigo is the feeling that the world is spinning around you, people often mistake that for Acrophbia, the fear of heights. He also showed us some images of people with musical instruments¬†next to a wall with colourful lines coming off them, representing music and sound they produce. The images are meant to show their individual personalities. I quite liked them, shame I don’t have images to show.

Lecture 3 : Building an audience: Making a living from comics. John Allison.

He was inspired from comics like that of Garfield. He showed us a Garfield comic that highlights that you throw your work out their, and you won’t know who your audience will be. Example being that you might want it to attract a certain class of people but you might get totally unexpected class of people that¬†become interested in it. (This was not mentioned in the lecture but I’ll give an example I know of. My little Pony, it is aimed at little girls, but since the 4th generation “Friendship is Magic”, it has become popular with the older audience, this includes full grown men.)

http://scarygoround.com/

John started comics in 1997. He sent some of his comics to companies like the one that does Garfield, and he was then told to clear up his text and stuff along those lines. He was doing 5 comics a week in 2000 while he was working. He mentioned that your audience is important, if you lose them you most likely won’t get them back. He had put up comic strips online for free till then. For 3 weeks he was on a subscription. 2003 to 2010 he was mostly likely (my notes where shit, forgive the shittyness) he was the only one making a living out of his comics. He would loose¬†readers when he kept changing his style, because he was still practising and experimenting with his style. The more he drew in traditional the better he got at drawing, he felt he wasn’t improving much when he was just drawing on Illustrator, but he likes the control he had with Illustrator. He then started using Manga Studio. Someone commented about the ‘big baby head’ he was drawing on the characters and didn’t even realise it, so he says not to draw massive baby like heads on adult characters. When he started doing comics with kids as main characters, half his audience did not approve and he lost many views, which surprised and upset him. Always aim for your audience, there is always an audience in mind, don’t aim it just for yourself if you have a wide range of people who read your stuff. You need to connect with your audience.¬†John’s in the process of signing a contact for a book. Don’t be shy. Shy people who don’t want to show their comics are most likely the most talented, they can see the faults in their own work. People who aren’t sky about showing their comics and see no fault, normally are not as talented. John then talks about a guy he calls Mr X who’s work¬†he hates and wonders why he sells more of his shitty comics then John sells of his. Make contacts. Go to conventions, make friends with people doing similar things to you. Have you tried selling your work at conventions? They are the best place to make friends. Be realistic. You need to build up to meeting your heroes. He then showed us webcomics that work.

Hark! A Vagrant. By Kate Beaton. She made comics and showed them to her friends. She put them on her website and they took off from there. Her drawing style can be easily copied, but the content of her comics, the in depth¬†history research that helps with it’s content, can’t be copied. (says John)

Nedroid http://nedroid.com/

Achewood.¬†The art isn’t as important, it’s the words and content of the story which is important.

Unshelved by Gene Ambum and Bill Barnes. Apparently their stories aims towards liberies and they are doing well because of it.

If want to make a book, do it yourself. Be determined, why wait for others? If you really want it then go ahead and do it.¬†John made coasters, tea towels and t-shirts, it was a way that people could buy his art. Advertising is free money.¬†Ad’s are ugly and you get pennies, but it is free money, but it can help keeping up the cost of hosting your site.¬†With 10,000 potential customers, he could probably sell around 1000 books. Always battle to get things done as cheaply as possible, pinch the pennies. Do you research on the successful people. Your work is valuable, “exposure” is meaningless. No such thing as a great exposure. Keep on learning. If you stay at home playing Xbox then you will learn nothing. The lower the price of a job, the more difficult the client will be. Always charge work for what you think your work is worth, not what you think they can afford. Don’t sell your work for less it’s worth. Fake mistakes? Be careful, don’t sign bad contracts. Be careful what you sign. Business cards get thrown away. They are there so people know your details, not that they know your there. You should try to be remembered, and they will remember you by your card. John was inspired by many different comics he used to read, but his style does not mimic them. A graphic novel to him is a long comic. Start with shorter stories first, then eventually work up to writing longer stories. When he started putting comics online, it was before blogs. He said he would have loved to have had internet blogs back then when he started putting comics online.

Lecture 4: A freelance career in animation and illustration. Karen Chueng

http://www.karencheung.co.uk/

She graduated from Bristol Uni. She is a freelance illustrator who lives in Wales. She started off studying science, not art. She likes to draw dead things. She got more compliments on your drawings then she did on her essays, so she then went on to study art. She is grateful she had her parents to support her. She says to push yourself, do more work then what you’ve been giving to do in uni. She showed us an animation of hers “Headache Hotel” done in 2005. About a bird playing the piano, and the animals in the rooms next door were banging on the walls to the beat, and all the while the hotel they were in was in someone head. Sent it to BBC New Animator, she was listed in the top 12 but didn’t win, but her animation has been shown in London and other places. The majority of her last year she just drew loads of dead animals, because she wasn’t to sure what she was doing. She did detailed coloured illustrations she aimed at kids, done in pencil, ink and watercolour. It never got published because the publishers thought it would scare kids. It was of a boy who goes into his own body to find out why he can’t sleep. A hamster like creature helps him, which he had sneezed out. She won the Macmillan prize for it. The inside of the boy was full of sheep, which where the sheep the boy tried to count to try and help him sleep.¬† She then showed us another animation of hers called “Welcome to the Zoo”. It gave a narration to you/ the unseen animal, on life at the zoo and the benefits of living there, it was trying to convince you/ the animal to move there and shows it’s not as bad as it may seem. Was done in 2006. When you choose an agent, look at who they’ve already got, what artist they already work for. Don’t be similar to those other artists or you’ll be fighting for similar jobs. The best thing to do is not hanging around waiting for work to come to you. She went knocking on doors. Paramount Comedy asked her to design characters for them.¬†http://new.12foot6.com/¬† She spent two years with a company 12foot6,¬†and it was like a family with similar humor. She had went off now and again doing other jobs. Working for animations for children’s shows is good money. http://www.jellylondon.com/talent/14/Karen_Cheung¬†Her agent is called Jelly.¬† The industry and be brutal. Grow a thicker skin, you will get rejected on some work you have spent hours on. Jelly brings lots of work to her. Sometimes it’s best to be flexible, you won’t always get jobs where you draw in your own style. If you can do it and it pays the bills then go for it. As long as you know you can¬†do it. You limit yourself if you are stubborn. Meet deadlines. Good thing about agents, they will look for the work for you if you don’t like knocking on doors or talking about money with clients. Trouble is you have to pay them a certain cut of what you earn from the work they get you. Jelly charges her 30% of what she earns.

While in uni = work hard, trust yourself, listen, have fun.

After uni =¬†be brave, work even harder, don’t take it personally when your works rejected.

Self promotion = websites and blogs, selling work, take part.

And = don’t forget your tax return. The least fun thing about being self employed.

Out of the 10 company’s¬†she knocked on the door of, one got back to her. Don’t tale it personally, it’s just you ain’t right for that company. Don’t stop taken part, keep in contact with friends you make at uni. It’s a lovely job, but it’s a tough one to get into and the deadlines can be tough. She has started a comic. She then listed some websites.

Her blog http://www.alternativeeagle.blogspot.com/

Her twitter https://twitter.com/#!/cheungkaren

http://www.helfagelf.co.uk/en

http://www.happy-giraffe.com/

http://www.futurefriendly.co.uk/little-actions.aspx

(This blog literally¬†took me 9 hours to write, I’m not joking)

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Leacture 13. Working with Recruitment Agencies/ Marketing yourself.

Leacture done by Ian Roe. This was the most interesting and helpful leacture of the day. Told us about good CV’s, about the do’s and don’ts of interviews, a list of the common questions asked in an interview, your appearance, and so on. I did pages of notes from that leacture, very handy indeed.

Leacture 14. Artist, sculptor and film maker.

The guy doing this leacture, Huw Davis, seemed a right laugh. He told us what he does, told us about his personal stories about taking photo’s of a hare he saw on his birthday, and stories about a haunted house he lived in. I didn’t learn anything from this leacture really, but it was amusing.

Leacture 15. Bringing your business and creativity together.

Leacture done by Joanna Kinch. The title of that leacture sounds interesting, but it wasn’t really. Only thing¬†I picked up from it really which I knew anyway was if you’re starting up a business and trying to think up a name for it, make damn sure no other business has the same name. Do your research on that, cos if your making money and a older business has the same name, you’d be in alot of trouble. Also when your starting out, you don’t need a huge portfolio at first, put your best work in. She gave us a game to play midway through, were she gave us the words Danger, Spaghetti, Kitten, Torture and Secound. We had to make a link to two of any of the words. Only bit that was fun really, I just put the word Spaghetti and Kitten together, in my head there could be a kitten called Spaghetti, cos people give their cats weird names, I’m no better.

Leacture 16. Post graduate study options.

It mentioned the Jobshop here that helps you on your way to finding work (i think). Also mentioned that if u do a masters degree you have a way better chance of getting a job, well thats joyful to know (not). I don’t think I’m gonna linger around and do post graduate, but I only went because I wanted to know what it involves. Well it’s not really floating my boat.

Leacture 9. Getting Work Experience.

The person chatting in this leacture was Lucy Jones. I was going to go to another leacture, but I’m glad I went to this one. Because I have huge worries that I won’t find work after Uni, but¬†this mentioned about what work experience thingy bobs that uni can help with. It mentioned about payed work experience, work testers, a graduate placement all year round, improve your CV, improve chances of emploment and so on. Theres a thing called graduate academy and a freelance academys. The majority of the info is on here http://www.gowales.co.uk/

In the leacture it mentioned a foreign exchange students program. The woman who works for that was telling us about costs of that and other bits and bobs, her name was Jane Trudgill. It was about working abroad. People from outside the EU can’t apply. http://ectarc.com/

Leacture 10. Producing a CV for the Creative Media Industries.

http://skillset.org/ 

Sue Jeffries did this leacture. This one was about making yourself a good cv, we were shown different examples of cv’s, and we had to work out which one had the best layout. Cv’s have got to get attention quickly, a boring cv would be ignored. Do not lie on your cv (knew that anyways). Your cv should change depending who you are sending it to, include your age in the cv (apparently not everyone does). What I found interesting¬†was that she said that if you have a driving’s licence, then mention it on the cv. If you’ve got a a website, only include it into your cv if it’s complete and not still under construction.

Theres lots more things i noted from that leacture but i’m not gonna put everything here. It was a good leacture anyways.

Leacture 11. Making a living with words and picture and getting published! (Childrens books)

A  woman called Daisy Dawes did this leacture, she has a childrens book out. Right at the end she read the story to us, I really enjoyed it, very charming, and a little bit twisted.

She worked for Aardman animations, also worked for the first Harry Potter film, putting in the windows of Hogwarts she said. She also worked on Pingu. She gave us tips on work and so on, also told us that being freelance pays better then an employed.

Leacture 12. Motivating yourself to get what you realy want.

Denise Chilton did this leacture. I went to this one because¬†I don’t feel motivated at the moment, was a somewhat odd leacture, didn’t feel that much more motivated in the end, still abit entertaing though. It was about overcoming barriers,knowing yourself, setting yourself goals, never give up on your dream, and what would you want to change about yourself. Pretty much sums it up.

Leacture 5. Key Note: Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels.

A guy called Paul Gravett was giving the leacture. http://www.paulgravett.com/

He was very enthusiastic about comics and he could clearly go all day talking about them, it was a fun leature, being shown different comic titles that are out there, I like the fact he added Manga in there, cos i know not every comic lover likes manga. He mention my favourite manga Naruto and my favourite magazine Neo in the leature, so my day was made. http://www.neomag.co.uk/

Other comic titles that were mentioned were Tozo.

A manga was mentioned called Bonefoot Gen, which is rather gory. It’s based on Hiroshima.

Persepolis. I’ve wanted to know the title of this for awhile now, but i couldn’t find it for ages.¬† I would like to had a read of this at some point.

And another comic is Maus, which is based on the holocaust.

Leacture 6. Setting up Mickerloo Studio/ Gallery.

For some reason I thought this would be about some weird online gallery thing, i mean i never heard of this studio before.¬†The person in this,¬†Sally Raven, once she left uni set up her¬† gallery that has a¬†small cafe called Mamagamas. She was just talking about that really, and how a christening party was held at the cafe. You can go there and pay ¬£45 for a workspace there for a week.¬† The only thing I learned from that leacture was that you need shit loads of money for marketing. I can’t find much info about it apart from this http://www.artistsatwork.org.uk/Detail.aspx?Artist=Sally+Raven¬† and here http://novietrump.blogspot.com/2010/11/mickerloo-gallery.html¬†.

Leacture 7. Tiny Elephants, Stop-motion Animation Company- Three Years On.

This one was enjoyable, because I do love animation. Linda McCarthy is an animator who does stop mothing animations. She showed us her animations. Each¬†film had a different title, but¬†they were all based¬†in a fictional posh manor called Small Birds Singing. Here’s the website http://www.tinyelephants.co.uk/sbs.htm¬†.

She told us how the animations were done, what the bits and bobs where made from, the voice actor being from Canada I think, and the animations being based off a comic done by someone she knows.

Leacture 8. Businessline. Support for freelancers.

This one was just talking about the help we can get if we wanted to start a buisness, and seeking jobs, and gives us info what people would normally have to pay for. He couldn’t cover everything, but¬†I was giving a leaflet to look through.¬† Gave us a list of different illustrator websites to¬† try and seek jobs from and other bits and bobs. I will eventually have a look at them.

Next blog for Day 3 will either be up today or tomorrow.

Yes I’ve only now got round to doing this. I didn’t take important notes or anything, so don’t expect brilliant feedback here. I’m just gonna note what leactures I went to this week, this one being Monday.

Monday.

Leacture one of one-ness. Opening Address.

The first two leactures EVERYONE had to attend. I forgot already who was the first man talking to us, but he was in a suit so he must have been important.

From my poorly written notes, (I have to base this on notes because¬†I forgot mostly everything that was said) there are around 400 creative businesses in this area. ‘Where?’ ¬†is what I want to know.

Apparently ‘67% of those working in Creative Industries are graduates.’ Well thats good to know, makes me feel that my time here in Uni isn’t a total waste of time. We were told what the ‘important themes for success’ were, which involved ‘the ability to communicate. Well….I might have to work on that one.

The most interesting bit for me was when he mentioned the new Creative Industries Building that won’t be open to us just yet, but sometime soon¬†I hope.

Apparently it will have a Television studio in it, extensive green screen, 3D workshop, lazer cutter, lazer scanner, a IT workshop – Apple Training, and it’s own publishing for books and so on. Sounds good to me.

Leacture 2. Key Note: “Passions and a Passport”.

From what¬†I remembered of the leacture, it had nothing to do with passports, not that it matters greatly. The guy talking in this one¬†was Barry Purves, who’s an animator. http://www.barrypurves.com/¬†I enjoyed this leacture, he was clearly passionate¬†with what he does, which i like to see. He could have talked about his work for hours and hours if he was allowed, I would have loved to have just sat there listening to him all day. He showed us a winged man puppet and demons for a animation I’m not sure is finished yet, I like the fact the wings of the man where those of a dead duck, not sure why¬†but¬†I found that amusing.

He showed us this animation of his, which is brill. I think I remember him saying that the puppet was really expensive, couldn’t afford more, so he worked with what he got.

Leacture 3. From commercials to feature films: life as a professional animator. Leacture 4. Showreel, portfoloio and CV:adive for finding work.

Freelance animator Harriet Buckley did the last two leactures. She told us abit of what she’s done and so on, showing us the different stages of a good animation. This is the animation she showed us the stages of http://www.inkdigital.co.uk/seyret/film/the-illusionist.html

I’ve just found more clips of it, here’s a trailer.

She gave us tips on how to get started with finding work, like set up your own site, have your own business card, tips on what to put in your portfolio and so on, like show good drawings of hands and feet, something along those lines.

She worked with a animation company called InkDigital for years. She showed us this animation about knife crime that was painted on walls, she was involved with that. You can watch the animation here http://www.inkdigital.co.uk/seyret/think/knife-crime.html

She mentioned a free animation program which got my attention (the word free normally does) that you can download, which allows you to do handdrawn like animations on the computer. It’s called Plastic Animation Paper,¬† I have no use for that at the moment, but there might be a time when i feel like doing some animation again. (i’ve done a couple of small animations, very rubbish) Here’s the¬†site for the program. ¬†http://plasticanimationpaper.dk/

In all, day one was enjoyable, so i was looking forward to what the next leactures would be like. Up next will be my post on Day 2.