The start of Summer

I made it all through the year with, well apart from two weeks off when I broke my ankle, no sick days. Then as the Uni schedule finished (no classes, but we can still go in) I was hit by some awful superbuggy cold thing.

I’ve pretty much been in bed most of the last week. I hate being ill, hate it with a passion. It’s been so bad that I lost my voice, yep that’s my personal indicator of how ill I am. When I was younger I always wanted to lose my voice, partly I suspect to get out of some of the singing I was pushed into. Sadly I never got to experience how cool it’d be to open your mouth and nothing coming out.

So, that’s how ill I’ve been. I lost my voice for three whole days (some might cheer at that). After all these years of wondering all I can say is it’s blooming annoying.

Our summer project comes in five parts, but I’m only focusing on one at the moment.

Cultural Drawing

A series of drawings over the summer based on Folklore

There are three rules:

  1. drawings should be in a sketchbook you’ve made yourself
  2. 50% of the drawings should be from primary/secondary observational resources (things you actually see)
  3. Drawings are to be timed with date and time of day recorded.

While we should be drawing everyday the journal consists of our timed drawings from the folklore theme.

Timings are:

  • 1 min
  • 2 mins
  • 4 mins
  • 8 mins
  • 16 mins
  • 32 mins
  • 1 hour
  • 2 hours
  • 4 hours
  • 8 hours

My sketchbook work is where I get my least marks, and most of that is my misunderstanding in what a drawing is. I sketch a lot, but have this stupid idea that unless it’s a drawing done with a purpose in my Uni sketchbook then it doesn’t count.

I also see a lot of what I draw as no good, shame on me.

There’s this girl at Uni, no names, but I am slightly jealous. Not of her drawing ability, but of her unashamed attitude to her work. She doesn’t care what people think of what she’s drawn, I’m jealous of that ability to be unashamedly proud.

Another issue I have is where that drawing is done. I recently bought an Ipad (thank you people who give me a student loan!) and some amazing drawing pens for it. I use mostly the Adobe apps because I love using photoshop. Again, my sketchbook shows non of my CAD (computer aided design) work because I didn’t use a traditional pen/pencil to draw.

In other words, I need to get over myself, stop compairing myself to others and unashamedly show my work.

Here’s todays…

 It’s the original ponytail Barbie. I’ve used an original image of Barbie, kept the swimsuit, put a seaside background in and coloured the rest of her.

I’ve been playing with this idea of making some Barbie clothes for a while and recently decided to have a go at making original outfits, but in crochet. Starting with the swimsuit. Although this is the first Barbie I’ve done like this I’ve made several model style images. The thing about Uni is we don’t have the time to make a whole outfit for every project, so we make samples. But in CAD we can insert our samples into an image of a model and make it appear as though we have made the whole outfit. That’s why I kept the original swimsuit on here.

Oooohhhhhh!!!!! could this be one of my sketches for my book?

Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: