Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Moustache cat

Not at all related to anything, but heres a cat with a moustache...relaxing.

Monday, 28 March 2011

new story!

Ive taken your advice chiu and decided to do a smaller side project to keep myself from getting too bogged down with the owl and the pussycat. As I've used a found story for my other book, I decided to try my hand at writing my own story this time. I quite like it! I'm not sure how many pages I will actually do to a finished state, or even how many pages it will be at this point! But here is the story..

Home, Sweet Home

Henry the hedghog was very lost. That morning he had left his mum to go sunbathe in his usual sunny spot, when suddenly he was picked up by something much bigger than him, and started travelling at much faster speeds than was normal for hedgehogs like Henry!
Henry rolled up into a little ball and hoped it would all be over soon.
At least thats what he thought had happened..
Owwwww moaned Henry.
See, ever since that bump Henry couldnt really remember anything!
He couldnt remember his way back home, and thinking about it, he couldnt even remember what his home looked like!
Glumly he stumbled along wondering if he would ever see his brothers or sisters again, and after a couple of hours of hedgehog paced wandering, Henry hadnt gotten any closer to finding them. He sat back and started to cry.
Oh what ever could be the matter? a big badger had come over even bigger than whatever had picked him up that morning!
Well I cant remember what my home looks like! he sniffed.
Oh dear..! How about you come see where I live, maybe it will ring some bells. Kindly said the badger, who led him down a hole, and down, and down, and down!
OH, I dont think this is right. Its much too dark, and way too big for me!
Henry thanked the badger and carried on his journey.
Before long Henry got talking to a blackbird.
Maybe you live where I live! Come on, Ill show you She took him in her claws up, and up, and up!
It was very spiky and..
OH I dont think this is right. Its much too high, I dont like it at all!
The blackbird gently put him back down on the ground, Henry thanked her and carried on his way.
Looking around him, Henry tried very hard to think of his home He didnt think it was high in a nest like the blackbird, but it seemed much too dark and underground in that burrow with the badger too.
You look lost said a caterpiller who had wriggled up beside Henry without him noticing Can I help?
Henry explained his bump, his memory loss, and how now he couldnt find his way home. He felt himself begin to cry, but tried to be brave, and the caterpiller kindly offered to show Henry his home. Henry followed the caterpiller up and up the wobbly plant stalk, put one paw carefully on to the leaf ahead, then the other ..

I think Im a bit too big and heavy for where you live caterpiller! That cant be right either
Henry tried not to look too disappointed, thanked the caterpiller and stumbled on. It was beginning to get dark now, and it was Henrys feeding time hours ago. He shuffled his way through the thick leaves , where suddenly it started to smell very familiar He rummaged faster and faster until MUM!
Henrys mum took him into a big hug  and cried Oh Henry! Where have you been!? I was so worried.
 Oh mum I made so many friends! There was a really nice badger, and a..
Suddenly Henry wasnt so unhappy anymore, looking around his den at all his brothers and sisters, he snuggled into his mums arms and told them all of his adventure, with the big bump, the badger, the blackbird, and the caterpiller, and how he eventually found his way home, sweet home.

Any thoughts?

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Owl and Pussycat

I actually did this a couple of weeks ago but have been extra-ordinarily busy and forgot to share, this is nottt a final. just a larger experiment to do with finishing techniques. it is heading in the direction i want though! more to come over the next week hopefully.... text placement looks a bit dodge to me, any suggestions with it anyone?

also - people who didnt go to london on tuesday, i took lots of photos some of which are on my blog  www.jasminehortop.com feel free to steal!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Writers & Artists announces writing conference

Just got an email from Writer's and Artists, thought it could be useful to some people? It is quite expensive though.

Writers & Artists announces writing conference

How do you submit your material? How do you attract an agent? How do you negotiate a deal?

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Saturday June 18th 2011
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Book by 18 April 2011 for £31 off the ticket price
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Post-event, stay, mingle and enjoy a free tour of the Wellcome Galleries.

Find out more and book your ticket (http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/events-for-writers/how-to-get-published/)

Monday, 21 March 2011

small birds

The colours didn't come out quite as they are in the actual piece, the background is more blue. Much easier to do a lighter wash as a background though.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

slightly altered version...

This is another version, I painted the sky on this one and I think it looks better than a sky layered on photoshop. The tree is cut out instead too so it's more like a collaged image.

First experiment with layering

I tried to do a finished piece but with painting layers separately and putting the image together on photoshop. It was a lot easier to do the fiddly bits like the tree and the bird separately because you don't get the paint overlapping, and you don't have to leave space on the background layer. Also putting it together on photoshop gave the ability to move things around, initially the tree was smaller.