Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Fresh(-ish) Start

Hello and welcome to this here (not new, rather quite old) blog!

If not to sound too cliché with the title, my first post (after many moons not posting...) on this blog does indeed for me mark the day of a "new(-ish)" start.

I graduated from University last month which was a big achievement for me as there was more than one occasion during my studies where I nearly couldn't keep going with it, not from lack of love for what I was studying, but more because of various not-so-good contributing factors. I did have to leave for a bit in between but nevertheless I have succeeded, after 4 years, to get my degree. Wahoo!

I was going to start a brand new blog and although this would perhaps be beneficial in someways, I seem unable to really do it. I've had this blog for so long now and, even though posts have been a bit intermittent, I think it would actually be quite nice to keep this blog going as it is essentially a progression of my animation life  (well bits and bobs anyway!).

So here I am re-kindling this blog, where I'm going to be able to post about my creative adventures (yay for me! haha) and probably some other things too, who knows what direction this blog will go in!

Until next time...

- Kirstianne

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Countryside Illustrations

I've been playing around with using different textures in Photoshop.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Skinister: Prop Making

I returned to university this last Monday (10.02.2014) after intermitting for about a year due to ill health, and its been so strange to be back at my University after all this time. I started by getting in touch with Rachel Mullen who is project leader for the stop motion animation called 'Skinister', and met with her on Monday to discuss the project to find out more and see what I could do on it. 

I am interested in all areas of stop motion animation so I am going to start on making props for the set, and then later on I'll work on whatever other things that come along. I've started by making a plant pot for the first set, the waiting room.

Using toilet paper, acrylic paint, bendy wire, cardboard and PVA, I created this miniature wilting pot plant prop and I'm quite happy with it :)

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Pottery adventures!

So in September last year I enrolled myself onto a pottery course at my old college to get me back into doing creative things, and I'm glad I did it was so fun! I wish I'd tried pottery sooner because I loved it <3 I've already signed up for next year. The beginners course ran for 12 weeks (which went so quick!), and then the intermediate started in January which I would have gone too if I hadn't been returning to uni in February, and we would have started learning how to use the pottery wheel.

First lesson!

We started by making some small thumb pots, and a coil pot, then we progressed into making other things like plates, square pots etc, then whatever we fancied making. As I don't have a kiln (yet mwhahaha) I've bought some air dry clay so that I can keep making stuff at uni and keep developing my style and improving my skills, as well as working on some more animation related things like character modelling and props. 

Here's a few things I made: