Monday, 20 December 2010


Just tried to do some cheer routine practice, am out of breath just doing the dance and jumps and thats not even doing stunting or running around... I wish i had a dance studio to practice in, then at least i can see if it looks wrong and i can make it look better! Its too cold in my house so i figured dancing would warm me up now i am just stupidly out of breath... Been at work all day which is fairly dull, only made more interesting by chatting to people about snow and where they are going and selling more 99p promotional dairy milks to people than the guy on the early shift! Have been back at moto for 2 days and i have already had 2 free burger kings-bad plan, this is not going to be a healthy christmas! 
Left my SLR camera at uni which i am now a little bit annoyed at myself about... Tomorrow i am going to be very self indulgent and go for a nice long wander in the snow and take some photos before spending the afternoon playing around on photoshop! Screw doing actual uni work! I need a new sketchbook so i have nothing to work in anyway... here are some i took last year :

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Going out dressed as a sexy santa tonight-yay :) have just been painting my nails red and now i feel all christmassy, though not sure what to do between now and getting ready apart from cook the remains of my freezer food. Have to eat everything before friday as they are defrosting the freezers in halls, i just found a load of chicken and mince i had forgotten... 
Gonna post these shoes because they make me happy :)

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

lazy day

Went in today for literally half an hour, I even missed the start of the briefing i went in for so there was no point in being there anyway. Went out last night, was pretty awesome apart from being woken up at 6am by the fire alarm, i hate early morning fire alarms i get so disorientated, couldnt actually even find my keys...
Hmm what to blog about today... Just looking through my fffound for crazy pictures! I am somehow drawn to the crazy chocolate sculptures by Stephen J Shanabrook. He basically did a series of casts from dead bodies and turned these into chocolate replicas. Strange but i find them pretty interesting to look at, like you are viewing something you know you should be shocked by but it is weirdly beautiful. om nom chocolate :) 

Monday, 13 December 2010


Am sleepy today, wondering if going out tonight is actually a good plan... however i have drawing out tomorrow which basically means skiving until 1 :) yay! or going down the aquarium to draw fish again if my knee doesnt give way... 
Am feeling a bit of alice in wonderland today, was looking at Arthur Rackams work recently, his fairytale stuff is amazing!

candlesticks inspired by the book

tooo lazy to get ready to leave...

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Have had a weird couple of days recently. Too much work, too much worrying about boys and acting like a bit of an idiot especially after a few too many cocktails last night... I think in any kind of relationship you just have to be as honest as you possibly can be, because then no-one can tell you you did anything wrong. I think people not speaking their minds recently has led to some pretty bad situations in the bubble that is my life at uni! Looking forward to christmas though, cant wait to go home and see people, get some headspace and all that. Plus illustration christmas party tomorrow wahey, gonna start getting in the christmas mood even though i am a little bit of a cynic when it come to christmas... 
Right anyway here are some sexy fisheye photos, some from last week and some from the summer, they make me happy :)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

anneli olander

Doing some work in the style of Anneli Olander today, drawing into wet paper with ink and watercolour. Her paintings are so pretty and dark, i am definitely more of a dark artist, i have to add black into everything otherwise i dont like it! I love the way she paints eyes too, amazing!

Saturday, 4 December 2010


Today i am really really tired. Went out last night to a snow party in the su! wasnt really snow just really shit foam but still it was probably better since at foam partys i usually drown because i am so short!! ahhh i have so much work to do today but i am hungover so i figure if i wait till after cheerleading i will have sweated out my hangover... it usually works, if it doesnt i still have to go in i have so much i am behind on :(
Anyway we made pancakes for breakfast today, with nutella and frankly it was amazing! my brain hurts ergh. I think i just need to stress blog.. feel like i should put a picture of something in. Here is a christmas themed cutout by artist Chadou Yama, she is amazing! There are more of these toilet roll cutouts on her flickr here

Monday, 29 November 2010

the sea hare

Had such a nice day at home yesterday, had a wander round baths christmas market which was freezing but very pretty as there was a little bit of snow left!! Had roast dinner before leaving which was yummy, i miss real food! Had a bit of a panic last night about how behind i am on work, have so many different things to do on this module! However i stayed late in the studio to do my storyboard, 5 pages in my sketchbook which for me is impressive as i am very impatient... We got to pick from 3 fairytales to illustrate, i chose The Sea Hare by the Grimm brothers read here . Used conte crayon which is one of my favourite mediums, i officially like being messy, plus you can create amazing shadows and sillhouettes. These actually remind me a bit of pinhole photos, dark and smudgy! Anyway its something fun to develop on :)

Saturday, 27 November 2010


Its freezing outside in Plymouth, its supposed to snow on tuesday but feels so cold i am surprised it hasnt started already! Going home today! Its snowing in the nam and tomorrow i am going to see the christmas market in Bath which will be awesome in the snow! cant wait! Just got a haircut though, very short! i really like it but it means freezing neck whenever i step out the door! ahh well. 

Friday, 26 November 2010


Today i am feeling very hungover.. went out for an illustration social last night, theme was "be your own superhero" i pretty much just wore pyjamas as a cape! i was jammy josie woop! spent a lot of the night running around shouting loudly, shooting people with a fake gun i stole from a guy and mocking a guy on my course for sounding bristolian... oh and pretending to milk my friend who was wearing a cow outfit... pretty odd..

Bottom photo is me and my best friend who i saw out celebrating the fact that she is no longer on crutches after breaking her ankle walking down the stairs!! Was awesome to see her but it means we can now no longer do the cripple dance, basically spinning around jumping on one leg, its actually really fun!

Going out tonight dressed in Harry Potter themed outfits which will be fun though not sure if i can stomach any alcohol.. And then i am off home tomorrow for the weekend which i am excited about :)

Thursday, 25 November 2010


Today was a very odd day. A few weeks ago there was an advert up for people to help model in a 50s party scene photoshoot for some photography students. Me and my friend Jess decided to go for it as you get hair and makeup done and it looked pretty fun. Anyway so everyone had amazing hairstyles done, one girl had her up in a bow shape which was incredible! They styled us up in party dresses and had fake alcoholic drinks and cigarette holders as props. All in all it was a pretty strange day, but fun all the same, having to look into a guys eyes like you are in love is a bit odd when you barely know them.. Also trying not to giggle when you know they are taking film shots which are expensive... ah well, we get a print at the end which i cant wait to see! 
I am in the green! dress was amazing i wanted to steal it..

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


So today me and my flatmate went down to Plymouth aquarium to see some fishes :) I had the day off for "drawing out" which basically means wandering around drawing things you find interesting! There were some pretty sad looking star fish in one tank who were missing legs because they had been eaten by a snail who lived in the same tank :( they grow them back pretty quickly though, there were some with baby legs!! Sat for ages watching sharks and rays in the biggest tank, they were all swimming round the remains of a crashed plane which was pretty awesome. Anyway it was a nice relaxing afternoon and has inspired me to dress up as a jellyfish for my cheerleading social tomorrow! (its sea themed) definitely going to look like an idiot..

Monday, 22 November 2010

Hi there

Ok so this is my first attempt at blogging... My name is Josie and I have just started studying Illustration at Plymouth university. This here blog is hopefully going to get filled with my work, and other art and shizz i find interesting! So today we started a new module on creating narratives and sequence. We will be creating artwork based on fairytales (yay!) i did my final project at college on Grimms fairytales so definitely excited about this! First task was creating mini books to show sequences and also creating a THAUMATROPE which is one of the victorian toys that you spin to combine two images. anyone who has seen the film sleepy hollow will know what i mean. I chose to base mine on the optical illusion which can be percieved as either two faces or a vase. Pretty happy with it actually, i would gladly sit around all day making these :)