SPECTRUM The trick is to be one!
Pencil drawing and a little iPhone trickery via a couple of apps. A nod toward the Wachowski Brothers trilogy of films.
Development of some ideas. My 2 year old daughter decided to add a few of her own lines with red crayon. I think it adds a certain jenesequa. I love it when she joins in with the creativity.
In 2013, Salendine Nook High School won the Guardian Newspaper’s ‘School We’d Like’ competition and was awarded £5000 in prize money to revamp the Blue Tunnel, which is a key linking walkway between different buildings in the school. See the initial post from The Guardian… The Guardian – Salendine Nook: graffiti art project transforms old walkway. I was approached by the school in the summer of 2013 and was asked to facilitate a creative project
iPhoneography and added digital graphic elements.
This was a lovely project at Rowley Lane. The children got to create lots of different illustrations using portrait photography as their starting point. Using textures, graphics and creative tablet apps to further manipulate the images, the year 2 – 6 children had some really brilliant ideas and moved between the creative platforms as if it were second nature. The staff were really friendly and helpful too. I have always enjoyed working with this school.
Working as Artist in Residence with young people at Bradford Academy recently in the production of funky graphics across four large circular boards. The design challenge was based on the Academy Value Contract (AVC) that students agree to adhere to. It is always great fun working at this school. Both staff and Students are equally enthusiastic for the creative process. All artwork has been digitally reproduced and is now displayed in the school. Here’s a
I want one of these little cars. They look like they might be quite a lot of fun to drive.
I have been having some fun messing around with animated Gif’s. I think they still have their pace in the grand scheme of things.Good fun and quick to create! I will post some more soon.
New Illustration Messing with the tablet, textures and using a limited colour palette. This image is derived from a photo that my father took of me when I was about 8 years old.
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JUST DRAW I have recently been working with a fabulous set of key stage 1 children at Gomersal Primary School. Together we have been exploring all sort of drawing techniques and having a lot of fun with creativity. Here are a handful of images that have been produced over the past few weeks. There have been literally hundreds of drawings made, all of which have been amazing. PORTRAITS BUGS
Emerging artwork and graphics from the ‘I Can’ blue tunnel project at Salendine Nook High School, Huddersfield. There are some fabulous images being created, both in the form of digital graphics and hand drawn illustrations. I’m working with a great set of students who are producing some outstanding artwork in this urban street art regeneration project. More to come soon…
Gomersal Kingdom Project This was a fab project where a group of key stage one children got to explore drawing and painting techniques using a variety of different mediums. Exploratory drawing, fun with paint, charcoal sketching, felt tip creativity and much more. Making up animals, bizarre creatures and characters that one might find at large in the Gomersal Kingdom. We had a fabulous art room to work in!
New illustration. Continuing with a theme of images with positive messages, where the imagery doesn’t necessarily reflect the message.
More creativity with my new graphics tablet. I’m slowly getting used to how this great bit of kit works.
Here is a commission that I have just finished. These portraits have many significant messages hidden within the artwork. This one was great fun to do. Artwork printed as a giclée print onto a box canvas.
This is a quick tablet drawing/illustration of my little girl. She watches me like a hawk when I am doing anything arty or creative. We have been doing some artwork together which I will post up at some point. She’s really rather good too.
A positive state of mind makes all the difference! Keep it positive. Keep a smile. Keep being creative.
Art is in fact EVERYWHERE! When you take a good look around, you can find beauty in the most mundane of places. It’s all about keeping your eyes open and being willing to look at the world just that little bit differently. Here is some beauty that I found in a sink.
Here is an article written by Hazel Saxelby, a teacher whom I have work closely with over the past few years at Batley Girls’ High School and Visual Arts College. ‘Graphic Artist Mike Barrett (www.emelbi.com) returned again in 2013 to support our students with their coursework and exam projects. Mike is one of our ‘family of artists’ who has worked closely with staff and students to extend their design skills and develop their use of
I have recently been working with the Pupil Referral Unit at Bradley, Huddersfield, delivering a series of digital illustration workshops using photographic manipulation and computer aided illustrative techniques. The children created some brilliant images. Here are some of the portrait illustrations from the workshops. Some lovely work and some great expressions!
Character Illustration workshop with Key Stage 1 pupils at Whitechapel Primary School. This was a fantastic project from beginning to end. The children worked extremely hard and were diligent throughout. We also had a lot of fun in the process. We set out to create some characters based on Heroes and Monsters. (I say we, because I joined in also). The children came up with numerous ideas using Biro pens and A4 paper. They drew
I do a lot of creative work in different schools over the course of each passing year and I am witness to some immensely fabulous talent on a constant basis. Young people have such magnificent imaginations and amazingly creative ideas. They generally pursue these ideas without fear of failure. They step forward without the worry that they might not be doing it right or indeed without a thought that they might get it wrong. Without
During Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th July 2013 I ran a two-day workshop working with some fine young people form Bradford Academy. A competition that had been run in the school challenged young people to create a mural design that would reflected what their individual house represented and meant to them. The Academy is built around a ‘HOUSE’ system and each house plays a large part in the day-to-day activities within the school. There were
A fabulous project creating Heroes, Villains and the City in which they dwell, with year 4 and 5 children from Battyeford CE(C) Primary School. The children were really engaged in this project and produced an enormous amount of work over a short period of time. When discussing the project with them it was great to hear their ideas and emerging narratives based around the characters that they were creating. A lot of the time I
As part of North Huddersfield Community Arts Week I ran a series of mini workshops today working with young people from Ashbrow School and Birkby Junior School. The workshop was based on creating digital graphics that would work well on skateboard decks. Mostly working in pairs, the pupils only had about 20 minutes to create these wonderful images. They listened well, worked extremely diligently and had a lot of fun in the process. I was
‘Oi!’ – Hand Tufted Wool Rug – Collaboration Artwork Not so long ago I teamed up with Andrew Warburton of Area Rugs www.arearugs.co.uk Andrew is a highly skilled and experienced carpet maker using hand-tufting methods in the production of his carpets and rugs. He has been designing and making unique and exclusive hand-tufted rugs and carpets since graduating in 1988 with a first class honours degree in carpet design. He was intrigued by the style and
A group of Gomersal Primary School pupils from years 3, 4 and 5 have just completed a workshop creating digital self portrait illustrations with some very striking results. Based on photographic images of themselves, the pupils skilfully created these digital illustrations using a series of layers and other digital tools. An alternative colour pallet was also explored for some of the digital colouring, which made for some very interesting imagery indeed. Further layering techniques were
I have just completed a lovely project at Battyeford CE(C) Primary School as part of the ‘Adopt an Artist’ programme in Kirklees. Working with 24 pupils, the project focus was on character development based around the theme of ‘Artemis Fowl’. From the outset the pupils displayed an array of brilliant imaginations as they set to designing their characters. It was great to hear the many ideas and narratives that were developing with the stroke of
This project formed part of the celebration of Gomersal Primary Schools 100th year anniversary and also the pending move of the primary school up to the site of the middle school. This was a brilliant project that involved the entire school. Over the course of two days, every child from every class from each and every year group was armed with a digital camera. With cameras in hand they were then asked to take photographs
Here are a handful of illustrations made by year 4, 5 and 6 children from Birkby Junior School. The project was to create digital character illustrations from simple beginnings and then to situate the characters in specific environments. In doing so each illustration took shape forming a basic narrative. It was really great to work with such an enthusiastic bunch. They bowled me over with their ideas and creative flair. I think their illustrations are
This was a fabulous project to produce two large graphics that would form a permanent display within the school that celebrated the local community. Firstly I spent a day with two large groups of children and parents photographing the local area and all the places that hold significance for the local community. Thereafter, the children and their parents took part in a series of workshops exploring digital illustration and design techniques using simple design software. During