Finn’s lovely hair

So I finished one of my Adventure Time pieces yesterday. Still got three others to complete so many sleepless nights ahead I think…

This particular painting is inspired by the episode “To Cut a Woman’s Hair” where you see Finn’s luscious, golden locks for the first time. I always felt he would suit a Rapunzel style plait marvelously! However to keep Finn’s iconic bear ears I temporarily turned his hat into a headband :)

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‘A Tribute to Finn’s Hair’

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Watercolour and gouache on watercolour paper

 

Do you like Adventure Time? If so, who is your favoutite charcater/episode/clip? I would love to hear some of yours, it might even give me inspiration for more future projects!

A small update

Just wanted to post a few scans I did today which I have already spammed all over most of my social media networks. Poor people must be sick of the sight of the images by now! Still, I have my wordpress blog to spam now though :)

I’ve slowly been going through a pile of drawings which I need to paint. I thought if I had all the drawings done first it might help me work a bit faster but I’ve found I just start drawing ever more without going back to finish any… Oops. Here are some I’ve managed to actually complete…

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‘The Ghost’

5″ x 7″

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‘Shadow of Death’

5″ x 7″

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‘The Good Boy’

ACEO 2.5″ x 3.5″

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‘Spring’

ACEO 2.5″ x 3.5″

Oh and before I forget I have put lots of original work for sale on my etsy shop now and reduced the price of some older works. They need nice homes where they will be appreciated properly :)

Still Here

Wow it’s been a long time since my last post. I have been struggling to find motivation to do anything of late because, if I am truly honest, there has been lots of personal problems going on at home shifting my time and focus away from my work. It’s been a difficult few months and nearly everyday the thought has been crossing my mind to give up on it all. And each day it gets harder and harder to pull myself back into it. If it weren’t for my friends and boyfriend I would feel completely isolated and lost right now. I haven’t scanned any recent work but I thought I would post images of work I haven’t put on my blog yet. There are a few ACEO paintings and three larger sized pieces. All are a combination of watercolour, gouache, gold and technical pen.

Currently I am working on paintings which are based on popular culture. I’m particularly obsessed with Adventure Time, My Little Pony and Parks and Recreation at the moment. Although, I have wanted to make Adventure Time art for ages but only just now I’m forcing myself to do it! I will have this work ready for my next post and hopefully by them I will be in a happier state of mind :)

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Also if anyone has Tumblr and fancies following mine, you can follow me at www.corinthiaward.tumblr.com

What I’ve been up to this last week

Hope you are all well, February seems to be a much nicer month for me so far and I hope it is a happy month for you too :)

Work wise I’ve just been doing more ACEOs as per usual… I’ve not been as productive as I had hoped this week due to a day where I felt a bit erm… down in the dumps… But I’m feeling better now so next week should see more work. Although I just realised my sister will be on half term. Eep.

 

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Lastly is a painting I made as a valentine’s gift for my boyfriend. It’s kinda meant to look like him and me although he did take the time to nicely point out my hair is not that thick.

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… He wishes he beard was that beautiful.

Oh and don’t forget about my facebook competition! It’s only on for 12 more days so get the word spreading and people to like the page otherwise there can’t be a winner! *gasps*

Facebook Page Giveaway

Just a quick post to say I am holding a giveaway via my facebook page. If by the end of February the page has 100 likes I will draw one lucky winner’s name out of a hat who will receive a bunch of goodies! :D

So if you would like to take part please like the page (if you haven’t already) and recommend it to others so we can get it to reach 100 likes and give you the chance of getting a free prize. Yay for free stuff <3 However, remember it is only until the end of February but with your help I’m sure it can be done :)

Thank you lovely people of the internet world <3

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Some more ACEO paintings I’ve recently finished and will be putting up on my etsy shop :) my aim is to get to 100! Still a while to go…

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If Queen Elizabeth I had weird eyes and a modern haircut. Don’t forget the floating halo behind her head.

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The above has a weird hybrid bear/wolf creature according to my mother… I did mean for it to be a bear but wolves are cool too ;)

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Tthis one I made while watching pride and prejudice. I love period dramas <3

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What I wish I had the courage to say to some people who annoy me. One day.

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For some reason I think of decapitated mermaids with this one. I swear there is nothing wrong with me…

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I like beards.

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I’m thinking of selling these two as a set, would feel mean to break up a couple!

This is it.

For now ;)

Bringing it to the present

So I thought it would be best if I post all my recent scans so my blog is brought up to date on my work, therefore, prepare yourself for a bunch of unrelated images and ramblings to go along with them :)

ImageI did this painting above a few weeks ago but haven’t posted it yet so I thought it was about time I did. I’m considering whether to make prints of this one to sell in my etsy shop but not fully decided yet… Any comments would be highly appreciated on whether you think it would sell if I were to do so :D

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Above are two other paintings which I have also considered to make into a print set or as postcards or something along that line. I really do love floating heads <3

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A gouache, technical and gold pen drawing/painting. Will put this up for sale on my etsy shop. Still really loving the gold ;)

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The other week I got my friend to watch Tangled for the first time, she loved it just as I expected! It is a rather amazing film and I love the animation on Rapunzel’s hair, at the time of it’s release it was the best I had seen until Brave came out. Merida = best hair in animation ever. Want hair like that soooo much!… I digress, after watching Tangled I felt the urge to draw a very long plait and above is the result. Drawing plaits are fun so expect some more in the distant future.

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This year my sister and I have been watching ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is magic’ which is probably one of the best cartoons ever! Applejack is a mutual favourite between my sister and I, but I also think Fluttershy is adorable <3 I’m always drawn to characters who can communicate with animals and Fluttershy is just so sweet :3 Hence the My Little Pony fan art above. I’ve never made any fan art before but it was really fun and I will make sure to do some more. I’ve even put a list together of my favourite characters from popular culture… Drawing Buffy is going to be awesome.

ACEO art

So it turns out I love making ACEOs (art card editions and originals or ‘artist trading cards’) ;) I spent most of university making rather large work and now I’m challenging myself with creating tiny work – to be specific 2.5″ x 3.5″.

I am building up a little collection now and have an idea to make a zine containing my favourites at some point but for now I’ll just get them all finished and put them up for sale on my etsy shop, just waiting for the protective cellophane bags to arrive.

Making these ACEOs has inspired me to create even smaller paintings and I see it as a good exercise because it forces me to become more intricate with detail. Not to mention it means I need to have a steady hand so I don’t mess anything up.

Oh and on an unrelated note, I am very much still in love with gold and halos :) plus I found some glitter glue (which belongs to my sister so shhhh she doesn’t know…) and I couldn’t help but using it <3

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Btw, I found some adorable ornate frames which I had to buy and they are the perfect size for ACEOs :)

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… I might buy some more.

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wow so much to write. Can’t believe it’s nearly been a month since my last post but it seems during the holiday season time goes crazy quick and I find my to do list has been rather neglected and doubled in length…

Well firstly I would like to wish everyone a belated merry Christmas and happy New Year :)

And now I will get to the exciting news, I recently entered a painting into a competition held by the company Hint Mint. It was a festive themed contest and one person won each day on the countdown till Christmas day. I was thrilled to discover I had won for the 19th day, this being extra special as it was also my birthday :) There were lots of great winners and it was a fantastic, fun competition to enter. I very much hope they do it again next year! Below are two pictures of the painting I entered, I tried to scan it but the blue background kept disappearing so I apologise for the poor quality photographs…

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One of the rules for the competition was to include either the companies logo or leaves. The image itself is a lot different to my usual work but I decided to give the painting to my sister and I knew she would appreciate something sweet and lacking in skulls…

I also had a commission just before Christmas which was another fun little painting to do and again different from my usual work. Below is a picture of it and I’m glad to report the owner loved it.

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Furthermore, I wanted to say how I find Christmas a great time to create fun things either as presents for people or making your own cards (plus it tends to be more economic and heart felt!). So I thought I would include a few pictures of the things I made, one being a present to my Doctor Who fan brother and some cards I gave out to the family. I really like the cards and might make more to sell :)

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Facebook page, papercut art and feminism

At the beginning of the year I helped run a workshop at Ceredigion Museum in Aberyswyth where we used papercuts made from black card to tell the story of Peter Pan as a shadow puppet play. I thoroughly enjoyed making the papercuts and always thought about making more. Now I have finally been able to get around to doing so and yesterday, at last, I received some spray mount in the post so I could stick together all the pieces and tick it off my to do list :)

I am thinking of putting them up for sale on my etsy shop the only problem is I am not sure how much to sell them for so if anyone has any recommendation prices I would be very happy to hear them!

Here are the some pictures of the competed ones. I’m hoping to do even more, I find the process rather therapeutic.

 

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Besides making papercuts I have also set up my own Facebook page which was strange because after I had put it all together I suddenly felt very self conscious and embarrassed, questioning myself and wondering if people will judge me and think my work is awful. To be completely honest, I often doubt my abilities and a little voice in the back of my mind tells me I won’t make it as an artist for my work isn’t very good and no one will ever want to buy it. Some days it is harder to have confidence in myself than others but I just have to reassure myself that most creative people harbour these thoughts, and I always think their work is great even if they do not themselves. However, this last week has been quite bad for thinking these thoughts but I am determined not to let them control me :)

On a different note, this morning I had an interesting discussion about women’s equality and feminism with my stepfather. We were both voicing our concerns about the objectification, sexualisation and unfair treatment of women in our culture/society. My stepfather’s main worry was how this would impact my little sister as she grows (she is now 5 and has already made remarks about her weight, fretting that she was fat). Whereas, I not only worry for my sister but for all women and myself. A day does not go by where something reminds me and reinforces the fear that I am a second class citizen, furthermore, that my only value as a woman is whether I am hot and being regarded by society as a ‘fuckable’ play thing.

After our discussion this morning I felt I had to get on my laptop and read/watch all the articles and lectures which reassure me there are people in the world who feel the same as I and are fighting for the equality of all. I wish to share these with you now and hope you find them as interesting as I do, and if they open your eyes a little (as they did mine) it will be even the better :)

Byron Hurt is a interesting man and in this article he truthfully talks about his journey to feminism and the impact it’s had on the way he now sees the world:  www.theroot.com/views/why-i-am-male-feminist

Killing us Softly is a lecture by Jil Kilbourne which she has been giving for the last 30 years. She brings into light the portrayal of women in advertising and how this has a detrimental impact on women, society, culture and they way we interact with and see our bodies: www.documentarylovers.net/killing-us-softly-4-advertising-women/

Men and Feminism is a Facebook page which often provides links to great articles and images: http://www.facebook.com/mfeminism

One more link for now is the website feminist frequency which is ran by the amazing Anita Sharkeesian who critiques the role of women in popular culture: www.feministfrequency.com She is truly inspiring :)