Friday, 23 December 2011

Emily & Remzi wedding taster





Last Saturday i spent the evening photographing Emily and Rezmi's wedding reception. The original wedding took place in the summer over in Turkey. But to celebrate with the friends and family who were unable to make it, they arranged this second reception in brighouse. The night started with photos of the bride getting her hair done, followed by the groom and best man. We then ventured to the venue taking photos of the people there. The decorations were gorgeous with a very christmas seasonal feel of green, red and white. The bride herself was stunning in her turkish style wedding dress and her hair beautifully done up. The evening followed with food, speeches and cake cutting. And to end with dancing and traditional turkish dancing. It was such a fun night had by all. The photos above are only a taster of the images I've taken.

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Friday, 16 December 2011

numb.

This is more of a personal project which I'm thinking about entering into a competition. The theme was to look at strength, Support and Solace. Looking at the words i thought of the opposite. The time when people themselves have lost the strength to hold back the bad things, when everything in there head attacks them and leaves them feeling numb and needing support from others. Sometimes life can get to a point when all the small things which are so tiny build up in your mind, they torment and grow until one day ur mind just goes numb. You don't hear anything you can't think of a single thing or imagine. This piece above is the ending. The final piece to that struggle before the help and support comes. It's the putting on a brave face, but not being able to express it. I'm thinking of doing a small sequence of these from the start to this one.

I apologise about the darkness of this post. But i do believe that some people face this every day, or at least once in their lives and that it should be shared, and understood. This is only a glimpse as into a fraction of the feeling that can be felt.

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Grandad


It's my Dad's birthday today and as a gift for him i drew this image from a photograph my grandma found of my grandad who died this year in June from prostate cancer. The photograph was taken of him in his early 30's. I've been wanting to draw a portrait in this dot technique for a while after my dad had mentioned it to me and thought this was the perfect time :) I've enjoyed drawing this so much, and it's wierd how emotional you get drawing some-one you know for some-one special. I was so excited to give him it this morning and was pleased that he loved it :)

In Memory of Geoffrey Bruce and i send my love to the people and families who are suffering from prostate cancer. R.I.P Grandad.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Samantha Beth Rounding



These are my favourite shots from a photo shoot i did on sunday with the lovely Samantha Beth Rounding and Melissa Hawksworth. We will be photographing these clothes again in location, but as the weather did not live upto our expectations, we managed to pull of a girly set-up, allowing me to practise with my lighting equipment. The clothes featured in the shoot were designed and created by Sammie for her vintage/ girly collection to hopefully be sold in boutiques in the future. Sammie studies her fashion and manufacturing degree at Batley college and has a strong talent for colour and texture. With a strong interest in lace :) I love collaborating with Sammie, we usually come together on an idea and will work our hardest to make sure we both get the images we want. So look out for her and more photos and collections from this talented fashion designer :) Plus if you like what you see, check out her facebook page here

Also on other news, I'm putting together something for some-one special at the moment, and will be sure to post it up very soon for you all to see :)

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Copyright of clothes designs: Samantha Beth Rounding

Monday, 5 December 2011

US AND THEM

This is a piece I've been working on today for a Society6 collaboration for a zine called "US AND THEM". I wanted to show the way that society can sometimes trap people and make them conform in a certain way. The way people have two personalities, the one which is not them, more like a mask so they're the same as everyone, while underneath they are some-one different and trying to break out of the mold. The signs show "One way" giving the illusion that people should follow and that there isn't no other way, although there are two ways to go and possibly more.
The print is also up for sale on the above link.

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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Snow Queen

A new image as an idea for christmas cards based on the story of the snow queen, also can be bought as a print on here

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Monday, 14 November 2011

Art Prints for Sale

So I've just set up an online shop and i have this image above as a print for sale. So get yourself over to the shop to check out what else i'll be selling :)

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Liam Smith




Yesterday i did a collaborated shoot with the photographer Ruth Ellen Brown. We met up with the model Liam Smith in Huddersfield and wanted to do some urban street scenes. The weather wasn't too cracking, cloudy and raining slightly which caused a few problems with locations. Between us we chose a few locations with textual backgrounds with the hope of working in black and white and working on the definition of texture. Liam has an edgy editorial style to his modelling and worked his hardest to get the shot right for us :) I hope to work again with him in the future. This was a challenge and very insightful. I got the chance to work with another photographer and collaborate on ideas for locations and poses. Also good for having another point of view. I also got a chance to expand my portfolio and work with a male model, to give abit of a change to my usual female models. The weather also challenged me to work harder on my camera settings making sure i could get the best out of the model under the circumstances. All together fun was had :)

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Heavy Lies The Crown

Heavy Lies The Crown is a hardcore/metal/mosh band from Durham UK. When my friend Charlotte (owner/ creator) of Charlie Cakes Cupcakes mentioned to me that they had a logo competition running, i jumped at the chance of having my logo on the band's merchandise. So today i spent illustrating this image.

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

lion skull


I've been recently drawing animal skulls between projects to hopefully exhibit and sell. This is my third image using uniball eye pens and a dotting technique I've been using for a while. The original image is stronger in detail than the scanned image. I would like to continue doing a few more of these and may even push myself to try out a portrait in this style. We'll see how it turns out. I've recently got a christmas temp job in a music and dvd store- which is keeping me inspired with all the artwork around me and has led me to a few ideas for new projects and competitions for the future weeks :)

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Fun pet photography


Tigerprint had a competition on for Fun Pet photography to be produced on Hallmark cards. These are the photos i entered. I love the top one of Wilf my friend's dog who you may have seen earlier in this blog. The other photo was taken after a trip to Newquay zoo last year. Both images made me chuckle and had a reason for choosing them. If you would like to see the other entries, you can follow them here

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Friday, 4 November 2011

The Big Skull Collab

Today I've been working on a submission for "The Big Skull Collab" which is featured on the Dead Fuzz blog. The Skull outline was illustrated by James Fenwick and then given out to illustrators/ artists and designers who were interested in illustrating the skull for the online based magazine. I've really enjoyed working with this as it's pushed me to think of new ideas to go with the image put out in front of me and hope to collaborate with more creatives in the future. Thankyou to Hannah Brown who let me know about this and follow the link here to see her gorgeous submission- it'll make you hungry!

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Bird Skull

Something I've been working on, to follow on as a set from the deer skull. Got a few more to come :)

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

The Queen Bee





I've been wanting to put these up for a while now. These images were produced during the summer as fashion illustrations. They were not the final outcomes but 4 of the initial finals, which i then changed due to a brief. I will show the finals when i can. I photographed the model shown here and then using the outfits suggested illustrated them to fit the model. Looking at the outfits i personally thought of a queen bee and looked at the strong female with a sting in her tail. The clothes designs are NOT my own and are copyright of the designers, so I'm not taking credit for them. I mainly wanted to put these up to show the mixture of photography and illustration coming together in my work and hope to work on this further.

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My First Wedding


























So on the 3rd September 2011, Andrea and Nick Fisher were married in St Mary's church in Brandesburton and this eventful day was followed by an entertaining reception at Billabong Watersports. The weather was perfect and overall everyone had a good time and a laugh. For my first wedding i had been quite nervous, but the bride, Andrea had convinced me that i could do it, and she was right. Me and my mum got there at 2pm and straight away got set up for a long day and night. Everyone was so relaxed, up for doing things a little differently and made it a day to remember. Andrea looked stunning and her bridesmaids were so pretty. After the ceremony we went to take a few photos of the couple on their own. They looked so happy :) The reception began with them arriving by boat and followed with group photos and random poses :) All in all I personally had a great time, had the experience of shooting quickly and running around the whole day. I edited down the photos and presented Andrea and Nick with prints, CD and a printed wedding book, which you can see the page layouts above :) To have a closer look, just click on the images

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