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: (batty)
Now the only thing is, if I eat it head first will it flail around my room for 30 seconds?

ginasketch: (batty)
Now the only thing is, if I eat it head first will it flail around my room for 30 seconds?

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I got a lot done this weekend. Apart from application forms, I also made good headway on two of my commissions. Almost finished Tim's and [livejournal.com profile] reptilian_muse's has been started.

My friends Clare and Van are currently staying at mine, and last night we were talking about cephalopods. Then it occured to me, their ink is used a lot in cooking- why not order some and attempt to do some black and white squid paintings with the stuff? So I found a little cookery shop online that sold ink for £1 a packet. They should arrive soon and I'll post the artistic results here!

ginasketch: (Default)
I got a lot done this weekend. Apart from application forms, I also made good headway on two of my commissions. Almost finished Tim's and [livejournal.com profile] reptilian_muse's has been started.

My friends Clare and Van are currently staying at mine, and last night we were talking about cephalopods. Then it occured to me, their ink is used a lot in cooking- why not order some and attempt to do some black and white squid paintings with the stuff? So I found a little cookery shop online that sold ink for £1 a packet. They should arrive soon and I'll post the artistic results here!

Big Bird

Jul. 5th, 2010 10:44 pm
ginasketch: (cuddly cassowary)
On Saturday I had a really fun day out in Camden with [livejournal.com profile] wieselkind and [livejournal.com profile] henzl who have both recently moved to London to study at UCL. I hadn't been to Camden in ages. There was a scary moment when we ventured into the newly refurbished Cyberdog because I wanted some hair dye, only to be bombarded with dance music and a giant dancing banana. I kid you not. I think the image is seared into my mind forever. Anyway, other than that it was an enjoyable day, and we had fun looking in all the unusual shops. In one of the shops [livejournal.com profile] wieselkind called me over to look at a "mummified bird head." Curious, I went over to look. It was a cassowary skull necklace. With beads and everything. I have no idea where the shop had acquired it (it wasn't for sale just decoration), but I asked them if I could snap a photo and they agreed. Here's a drawing I did of it*:





I then decided to paint a living one in my large sketchbook.


The Mall Galleries Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition is coming up soon. Last year I entered two pieces but neither or them were selected. I think I've improved a lot this year so I'll be trying again.

* I think the brown seeds are tamarind and the shells are some sort of cowries.

Big Bird

Jul. 5th, 2010 10:44 pm
ginasketch: (cuddly cassowary)
On Saturday I had a really fun day out in Camden with [livejournal.com profile] wieselkind and [livejournal.com profile] henzl who have both recently moved to London to study at UCL. I hadn't been to Camden in ages. There was a scary moment when we ventured into the newly refurbished Cyberdog because I wanted some hair dye, only to be bombarded with dance music and a giant dancing banana. I kid you not. I think the image is seared into my mind forever. Anyway, other than that it was an enjoyable day, and we had fun looking in all the unusual shops. In one of the shops [livejournal.com profile] wieselkind called me over to look at a "mummified bird head." Curious, I went over to look. It was a cassowary skull necklace. With beads and everything. I have no idea where the shop had acquired it (it wasn't for sale just decoration), but I asked them if I could snap a photo and they agreed. Here's a drawing I did of it*:





I then decided to paint a living one in my large sketchbook.


The Mall Galleries Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition is coming up soon. Last year I entered two pieces but neither or them were selected. I think I've improved a lot this year so I'll be trying again.

* I think the brown seeds are tamarind and the shells are some sort of cowries.
ginasketch: (Default)
I was exhausted when this class happened due to health problems, but it was fun just the same.


More... )

Beetle specimens
ginasketch: (Default)
I was exhausted when this class happened due to health problems, but it was fun just the same.


More... )

Beetle specimens
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?

Woohoo!

Mar. 10th, 2010 11:14 pm
ginasketch: (happy)
Back from drinks with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] britgeekgrrl. Heading to sleep soon, but thought I'd show you all, my moth photo got published today in the Waterhouse Times!

Woohoo!

Mar. 10th, 2010 11:14 pm
ginasketch: (happy)
Back from drinks with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] britgeekgrrl. Heading to sleep soon, but thought I'd show you all, my moth photo got published today in the Waterhouse Times!

ginasketch: (moon)
Last time I saw you was around Christmas. I kept meaning to ring you up to go to the pub since then but I'd been so busy.

All that being busy sounds petty now.

R.I.P. John. I will miss you greatly.

According to an Aztec legend, when the god Quetzalcoatl lived in Earth as a man, he started a journey. After walking for a long time, he became hungry and tired. With no food or water around, he thought he would die. Then, a rabbit grazing nearby offered himself as food to save his life. Quetzalcoatl, moved by the rabbit's noble offering, elevated the rabbit to the moon, then lowered him back to Earth, and told him, "You may be just a rabbit, but everyone will remember you; there is your image in light, for all men and for all times."
ginasketch: (moon)
Last time I saw you was around Christmas. I kept meaning to ring you up to go to the pub since then but I'd been so busy.

All that being busy sounds petty now.

R.I.P. John. I will miss you greatly.

According to an Aztec legend, when the god Quetzalcoatl lived in Earth as a man, he started a journey. After walking for a long time, he became hungry and tired. With no food or water around, he thought he would die. Then, a rabbit grazing nearby offered himself as food to save his life. Quetzalcoatl, moved by the rabbit's noble offering, elevated the rabbit to the moon, then lowered him back to Earth, and told him, "You may be just a rabbit, but everyone will remember you; there is your image in light, for all men and for all times."
ginasketch: (lady skellie)
I took a few with natural make up then started on the face.


More pics of Liz's party and costumes behind the cut )

Debating whether to go to the Day of the Dead celebrations. I really want to but the weather is appalling with gale force winds and rain.
ginasketch: (lady skellie)
I took a few with natural make up then started on the face.


More pics of Liz's party and costumes behind the cut )

Debating whether to go to the Day of the Dead celebrations. I really want to but the weather is appalling with gale force winds and rain.
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