ginasketch: (kakapo)















Also the Okapi drawing went to a good home yesterday





Thanks to everyone who came out last night! I had fun.
Tonight, dinner at The English Pig with Ozzy! I don't normally get to eat in restaurants of this caliber so I'm really looking forward to it!
ginasketch: (haha losers)
It feels good to be back in London.

Today I went to the Grant Museum of Zoology and chatted a bit with my mentor. I also met this lovely lady called Janet, who is the scientific illustrator at the Grant. She was very nice. I might go and draw there this week as they welcome artists.

I took some photos but sadly do not have my USB cable with me for the camera. Will have to upload them when I get back.

Looking forward to drinks later with [livejournal.com profile] nadriel. Feeling very happy. ^^
ginasketch: (haha losers)
It feels good to be back in London.

Today I went to the Grant Museum of Zoology and chatted a bit with my mentor. I also met this lovely lady called Janet, who is the scientific illustrator at the Grant. She was very nice. I might go and draw there this week as they welcome artists.

I took some photos but sadly do not have my USB cable with me for the camera. Will have to upload them when I get back.

Looking forward to drinks later with [livejournal.com profile] nadriel. Feeling very happy. ^^
ginasketch: (kakapo)
[livejournal.com profile] wieselkind and I were having a cup of tea this morning before she had to catch her train, when a very loud screeching noise came from outside. I looked up and saw three birds, and was about to turn away again when Heather noted they were parakeets! I should have recognized the shape in flight but I don't really expect to see parrots in England so it wasn't immediately obvious to me. They circled then landed on the flats opposite then dissappeared again in the direction of Ladywell Fields. They then came back (flashing brilliant green) and landed in the tree behind my flat. I took these photos from the porch:


Seeing these guys has lifted my spirits. Not only does it remind me of when I used to see big flocks of Aztec Parakeets flying over my house in Belize, but it's a treat on the first day of the New Year and makes me feel hopeful.

I may go wander around Ladywell Fields later to see if they're still around and I might get better pictures.

More on these type of parakeets here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose-ringed_Parakeet
ginasketch: (kakapo)
[livejournal.com profile] wieselkind and I were having a cup of tea this morning before she had to catch her train, when a very loud screeching noise came from outside. I looked up and saw three birds, and was about to turn away again when Heather noted they were parakeets! I should have recognized the shape in flight but I don't really expect to see parrots in England so it wasn't immediately obvious to me. They circled then landed on the flats opposite then dissappeared again in the direction of Ladywell Fields. They then came back (flashing brilliant green) and landed in the tree behind my flat. I took these photos from the porch:


Seeing these guys has lifted my spirits. Not only does it remind me of when I used to see big flocks of Aztec Parakeets flying over my house in Belize, but it's a treat on the first day of the New Year and makes me feel hopeful.

I may go wander around Ladywell Fields later to see if they're still around and I might get better pictures.

More on these type of parakeets here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose-ringed_Parakeet
ginasketch: (gecko)
The Hunterian Museum had a Big Draw event today. They had some people from the Medical Association of Illustrators and people from a new organisation called The House of Illustration.
Here are a few studies of some Hunterian specimens, namely a dissected flying dragon and a chameleon.









[livejournal.com profile] wieselkind showed up around 3 and drew a little with me. We then walked down the streets of Holburn and looked in a gorgeous bookbinding shop. Alas, neither of us could afford anything, but the paper was beautiful, especially the Japanese stuff.
ginasketch: (gecko)
The Hunterian Museum had a Big Draw event today. They had some people from the Medical Association of Illustrators and people from a new organisation called The House of Illustration.
Here are a few studies of some Hunterian specimens, namely a dissected flying dragon and a chameleon.









[livejournal.com profile] wieselkind showed up around 3 and drew a little with me. We then walked down the streets of Holburn and looked in a gorgeous bookbinding shop. Alas, neither of us could afford anything, but the paper was beautiful, especially the Japanese stuff.
ginasketch: (batty)
Dr. Ng has informed me that the Phylo article should be in the next issue of Wired, which goes on sale on May 6th. Note this refers to the UK issue. I have no idea about the American copy.

I had a fun weekend. [livejournal.com profile] velvetfur and I were going to head the Barbican to see the metal zebra finches, but when we both realized that it would either involve a costly ticket for her or a long, hot bus ride for me, we decided to postpone it.

Instead we went looking around Carnaby street. Yeah, it's a hipster haven( I didn't see many hipsters mainly tourists), but you can still find inspiration there as an artist, which is pretty much what we did. (In all honesty, I wonder if only the rich shop there because while everything was pretty to look at, it was damned expensive.)

A lot of the shops had taxidermy in them. Here's a big rhea in a shop called Concrete.



We also visited The Great Frog, who have designed all the jewelry in the Harry Potter films. (photo by Annie Scott)



The decor in there was awesome. Full of animal bones and strange artifacts. Again, way too expensive for our pockets. This place routinely has rock stars come in and buy stuff. I can't imagine I would buy anything there even if I was rich. It seems too decadent. I guess that's the point. I was actually a lot more interested in this poster they had on the wall from the 1970's:



hehe frog armpit.

That was my weekend, how about yours?
ginasketch: (batty)
Dr. Ng has informed me that the Phylo article should be in the next issue of Wired, which goes on sale on May 6th. Note this refers to the UK issue. I have no idea about the American copy.

I had a fun weekend. [livejournal.com profile] velvetfur and I were going to head the Barbican to see the metal zebra finches, but when we both realized that it would either involve a costly ticket for her or a long, hot bus ride for me, we decided to postpone it.

Instead we went looking around Carnaby street. Yeah, it's a hipster haven( I didn't see many hipsters mainly tourists), but you can still find inspiration there as an artist, which is pretty much what we did. (In all honesty, I wonder if only the rich shop there because while everything was pretty to look at, it was damned expensive.)

A lot of the shops had taxidermy in them. Here's a big rhea in a shop called Concrete.



We also visited The Great Frog, who have designed all the jewelry in the Harry Potter films. (photo by Annie Scott)



The decor in there was awesome. Full of animal bones and strange artifacts. Again, way too expensive for our pockets. This place routinely has rock stars come in and buy stuff. I can't imagine I would buy anything there even if I was rich. It seems too decadent. I guess that's the point. I was actually a lot more interested in this poster they had on the wall from the 1970's:



hehe frog armpit.

That was my weekend, how about yours?
ginasketch: (fun)

Cut for Zombies!! ) So yeah I was kind of wondering whether I should bother in the morning as I didn't have a brilliant night's sleep, but I decided to throw myself out of the house and I'm so glad I did. It was so much fun. I watched the zombies play catch with some fake guts, got hugged by loads of them and got called "mummy." After the zombies had wandered around leicester square terrorizing the bus service and various fast food chains, they all piled into the Odeon to watch the Zombie Diaries. I decided to see it too. May post a review later on in [livejournal.com profile] brit_horror, but hey, it's a zombie movie. There was actually a horror film festival this week and last week (and nobody told me. hrrrmph.) I missed Black Sheep and a spanish horror film called The Orphanage produced by Guillermo del Toro. Also a mexican horror film about La Llorona. Got given some free 28 days later slime. I had great fun with the zombies. Some good sketches will surely come out of this expedition. I only wish [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe, [livejournal.com profile] pmoodie or [livejournal.com profile] nadriel had been there. I'm sure they would have loved it. There's another zombie walk on the 22nd though. And it will be closer to Halloween too.:) Doctor and Job Centre tomorrow.

ginasketch: (fun)

Cut for Zombies!! ) So yeah I was kind of wondering whether I should bother in the morning as I didn't have a brilliant night's sleep, but I decided to throw myself out of the house and I'm so glad I did. It was so much fun. I watched the zombies play catch with some fake guts, got hugged by loads of them and got called "mummy." After the zombies had wandered around leicester square terrorizing the bus service and various fast food chains, they all piled into the Odeon to watch the Zombie Diaries. I decided to see it too. May post a review later on in [livejournal.com profile] brit_horror, but hey, it's a zombie movie. There was actually a horror film festival this week and last week (and nobody told me. hrrrmph.) I missed Black Sheep and a spanish horror film called The Orphanage produced by Guillermo del Toro. Also a mexican horror film about La Llorona. Got given some free 28 days later slime. I had great fun with the zombies. Some good sketches will surely come out of this expedition. I only wish [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe, [livejournal.com profile] pmoodie or [livejournal.com profile] nadriel had been there. I'm sure they would have loved it. There's another zombie walk on the 22nd though. And it will be closer to Halloween too.:) Doctor and Job Centre tomorrow.

ginasketch: (yay)
Hm. Well I know where I'm going with my camera and sketchbook on bank holiday Monday.

Zombie Walk
ginasketch: (yay)
Hm. Well I know where I'm going with my camera and sketchbook on bank holiday Monday.

Zombie Walk

BARK

Aug. 19th, 2007 05:26 pm
ginasketch: (newbie)
Have just settled into my new room. People lovely, huge back garden, tesco 5 mins away,large kitchen, cozy, have internet.

There's just one thing...

The dog is called Gina. This could get confusing...

BARK

Aug. 19th, 2007 05:26 pm
ginasketch: (newbie)
Have just settled into my new room. People lovely, huge back garden, tesco 5 mins away,large kitchen, cozy, have internet.

There's just one thing...

The dog is called Gina. This could get confusing...
ginasketch: (fangirls)

Yup. I met him. ) ETA: And you just know I am going to x post this to every Radio 4 Community there is so sorry if I take over your friends page.;)
ginasketch: (fangirls)

Yup. I met him. ) ETA: And you just know I am going to x post this to every Radio 4 Community there is so sorry if I take over your friends page.;)

London

Feb. 16th, 2007 07:03 pm
ginasketch: (in ur soul)
Hello!

Well, first of all, before I go any further, Andy wasn't there. That's the bad news. The good news is I have tickets for next week, and [livejournal.com profile] killtest and I are going! yay!

Madness behind the cut )

ETA: Photo by [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe. You envy us yes/yes?




London

Feb. 16th, 2007 07:03 pm
ginasketch: (in ur soul)
Hello!

Well, first of all, before I go any further, Andy wasn't there. That's the bad news. The good news is I have tickets for next week, and [livejournal.com profile] killtest and I are going! yay!

Madness behind the cut )

ETA: Photo by [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe. You envy us yes/yes?




ginasketch: (smokey)
I've mentally set myself quite a task regarding my London Trip.

First, I aim to drop off my work at several animation studios in order to beat the graduation rush.

This work will consist of:

*Showreel containing rough and colour walk cycles, lip synch and some of the OHG animation.
*Old Harry's Game trailer.
*Character Design portfolio
*clean up drawings

I want to drop off the showreel and at some Soho and Oxford Street studios. in particular Espresso Animation. They were such nice people when I visited last spring and I love their work.

The OHG trailer is of course for Andy Hamilton. If we don't meet him at the News Quiz I can always drop it off at Hat Trick. Hope he likes it. (And hope I finish it on time!)

So, aside from all that admin I'm in London to have fun! Anyone wanna meet up? Thursday is the better day for me as I think I'll set aside Friday to visit the studios etc.

ETA: email me if you want to discuss dates/locations, as this post is public.
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