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Photos from my Old Sketchbook

Just a quick post! College is around the corner and I am preparing myself for Second year!! Very exciting!

I thought today I’d post these photos from my old PLC¬†sketchbook. I meant to post them a while ago. ūüôā

By posting them here, I can reflect on my old sketchbook in comparison to my new one, and see how I’ve improved and what¬†has changed over the years, and what I’ve kept in my work.


Mini-Exhibition for End of Year Assessment

For my end of first year assessment, I set up my provided space as if it was an abandoned museum. It is very similar to what I did at CSN in some ways, but this time I had more space and could decorate the space with a layer of dirt and dust to give it that abandoned feeling. I also had a velvet and mahogany display case, again dusty, that really helped bring out the museum feel, and I typed and printed little information plaques to go with each piece. Like a lot of my work, the museum is set in the world in which the Tweedles live, and the plaques reflect this. I hope you enjoy browsing through my photos and thanks for reading!

The Time has Come to Talk of Many Things…

¬†“Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax, of cabbages and kings…”

– the Walrus from¬†‘Through the Looking-Glass’ by¬†Lewis Carroll.

A lot has happened in the last month.

  • In my fine art course, I’ve been studying and memorizing about 60 images (which means learning the¬†works of art, their artists and the image’s backgrounds)¬†for a slide test, working hard to meet assessment deadlines and completed an essay on AWN Pugin¬†and his views on architecture.
  • I’ve met an amazingly wonderful girl called Eve, who is also an aspiring artist. ūüôā ‚̧
  • The kittens¬†now have names;¬†‘Millie’ and ‘Sebastian’ and are growing into very happy, hyper cats.
  • As a result of having cats in the house my whole family (myself included) has contracted ringworm, which is very itchy!

Most of the work we have done as students at the college are¬†exploratory, and that there are very few finished works of art. There’s a lot of stuff involving sketchbooks and note taking. I’ve found it strange that for all the work we do as students, it seems to amount to very little actual art, although that will probably change in the second semester. Anyhow, assessments are taking place next week, so I won’t be able to show you most of my works until next Friday or the Monday that follows it. However, I do have a few scanned images of pages from one of my sketchbooks before I handed it up, which you can see below:

During my first semester, I¬†believe that I’m already starting to develop my ideas and I’m much more sure and confident about the sort of artwork I want to produce. In my personal artwork, I think I am forming two main¬†subject¬†matters:

  1. the first being work concerning my Tweedles,
  2. the second being an exploration of themes, including immortality, demons, angels and the supernatural.

It’s been an insightful and illuminating¬†few months and I’m really enjoying myself at art college! As we now approach the middle of December, I want to wish all of you the happiest of holidays as Christmas approaches! Thank¬†you¬†for reading!

And Now for Something Completely Different…

In college over the last few weeks we’ve been experimenting with techniques, without focusing on creating a finished product. I would post them… but they are under assessment now, so when I get the chance, I’ll put them up on this blog. With Halloween approaching, I’ve been working on a costume… which will also appear on this blog soon. (Probably around the time of Halloween) But today, I wanted to show you some pictures of the two newest members of the family:

The kitten¬†on the left is called Millie, but the grey doesn’t have a name yet.


What do you think this cat’s name should be?

Multimedia – My First Short Film

It took me a while to get this film up here. My college uses Mac while my laptop is PC. And¬†I’m completely new to Mac computers!

I made this film in college using Final Cut Pro 10. It took about 5 hours to make. I’d like to thank my friend¬†Bartorz for starring¬†as the¬†man in the film. The music is my own and can be found here.

This is my first short film, made as part of my multimedia elective in Crawford. I’m fairly new to¬†video editing, so please let me know if you thought; was it good or bad, what could be improved upon and what worked. I hope you liked it!!

Drawing Class 101

I’ve just had my first few days of college. It’s all a bit scary and new to me, but I think I’ll be fine here after a while. On Monday and Tuesday we had an introduction to our theory classes. The remainder of the week is for studio work, and for that¬†we’ve been doing some observational drawing.

The drawings below are from today and yesterday; the first one is a charcoal and pencil drawing, and the second is a pen and ink drawing with graphite pencils. Both pictures were created on A1 sheets.



Below is the watch featured in the drawings. For a sense of scale, I traced around my hand in the second picture.

I also drew a view of the watch through a pocket microscope in the second sheet, although I’m not sure how visible it is on the computer screen. I hope you like my drawings and stay tuned for more artwork next week!



The 17th Tweedle

Now that I’ve secured a place in Crawford College of Art and Design, I’m busy getting ready to move to Cork, finding art supplies and sorting out all the stuff associated with college life. Since I’m currently focused on the move back into Cork, I won’t be posting much artwork until I’m settled into my new college. I will try to post something each week, but my schedule might be a little more erratic.

Anyhow, today I thought I’d share with you a photo of the 17th Tweedle.

When I make my Tweedle sculptures, I always make them in ‘generations’ of 8 Tweedles each. This one, however,¬†I created a while ago for a dear friend’s birthday.


It’s the only one to date that has not belonged to a generation. It’s also the only one to possess a miniature metal fan and have it’s own personalized blue-jay feather.

When I was creating it, I perceived it as an experimentation into how Tweedles might decorate themselves, mimicking the way their human masters cloth themselves. I also wanted to capture the sort of playfulness that Tweedles develop over time.

I hope you like this sculpture, and thanks for reading!

PLC Portfolio Printmaking

This week, I’ve decided to post some of my printmaking works. I liked learning the new techniques and creating images that could be¬†repeated and copied¬†yet malleable; altered through the use of colour or chine coll√©.

The lino prints were made by:

  • Cutting¬†into a¬†linoleum sheet¬†with a sharp V-shaped knife.
  • The lino sheet was¬†inked up with a roller, and then¬†paper was placed carefully on top.
  • The lino on paper was fed through a printing¬†press to create the finished print.

Although I had experience with lino printing before, the chine collé technique was completely new to me. Before the paper was placed on top, bits of cut tissue, paper or newspaper were affixed with spray mount. This simple step really changed the look of the prints and was great fun too!

As for the intaglio:

  • A sheet of acetate (clear plastic stuff) was engraved into with a pointed instrument.
  • Once the design was engraved, ink was rolled out next to the acetate,¬†and spread evenly on with a piece of tough card.
  • Then the majority of the ink was scraped off with a piece of scrim, and the acetate was fed through the press with paper afterwards to create the finished product.

I hope you like the prints below and thanks for reading!

PLC Portfolio Tweedle Still Life Drawings

Below are some of my pencil drawings from the PLC course. They were all based on real life observation, meaning that sculptures of Tweedles and clock parts were set up into position and drawn. These drawings were all made with artist pencils ranging from HB to 8B.


Before the course, my Tweedle drawings were from imagination, but having created observation based drawings during it, I now have a better understanding of the way things should look. The way light and shadow fall play a big part in making objects look more realistic.


By adding the reflections of metal objects and focusing on the creases and folds in cloth I can make my Tweedle characters much more believable.


I hope you enjoy this week’s drawings and thanks for reading!

Hidden in Plain Sight – Exhibition

0IMG_6395I’ve finally¬†finished hanging my artwork and fixing my sculptures down for the Hidden in Plain Sight¬†exhibition.

The exhibition starts¬†at 6:30pm,¬†Thursday, May 22nd, and it runs until September 30th, 2014. It’s located at¬†Col√°iste Stiof√°in Naofa, Tramore Road, Cork City, Co. Cork.

Feel free to take a look if you’re in the area. I’ve taken a few photos of my displayed works, so here’s a sneak preview of what I’ll be showing:

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My photography skills are better than they used to be, but aren’t that good yet! After the exhibition I’ll probably post better photographs of the works, but for now, these will¬†give you an idea of what’s on display.

I hope you enjoy my artwork and I would love to hear your feedback!

I’ve Been a Bad Blogger

My portfolio work took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I haven’t posted anything in ages. I haven’t really looked at WordPress either. Yes, I could have scheduled posts, but I’ve had trouble with them appearing beforehand on other blogs. Anyhow, I finally have all my coursework done, so now I can get back to blogging!


I’ll have to get used to typing on this site again! I’ve written a bit more on my story, but story writing and typing a blog are strangely similar yet different things.

Because my portfolio is currently under assessment, I can’t post any images of the works online until later in the year, so I’ll be showing you my other works.¬†However, if you’re in the locality, a¬†few of my portfolio works will be displayed in the ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’¬†exhibition at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa, Cork.

Anyhow, at the moment I’ve been trying to imitate the style my art was before I did the PLC course.¬†Like a lot of my artwork at the moment, the¬†drawing below is related to the city of Wonderland depicted in my story.

I hope you enjoy it and I’d like to say a big hello¬†to all my followers and visitors! It’s good to be back! ūüôā

Tweedle Sketchbook

At my college, art is mostly based on observation, and they don’t like more imaginative, fantasy art. That’s why I’ve decided to keep a separate sketchbook for all my Tweedle-related drawings. I’ve recently been experimenting with some manga pens I came across, so I chose to show you both pencil and pen drawings to demonstrate the difference:

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I hope you like my cute and creepy Tweedles. They’re probably not creepy enough for Halloween, but I hope you like them anyhow!

As for Halloween, I’m not sure what costume I’ll wear, but it’ll definitely include the mask I made a few weeks earlier.

So to all of you readers, me and my Tweedles wish you a happy and spooky Halloween!!

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