Friday, December 27, 2013

Once Upon A Time I Used To Draw...

When I was in high school (2006-2011), I was known as the artist kid. I used to spend every minute of everyday doodling on any pieces of paper I could find. I loved art classes and it was the one thing I felt good at, and it made me feel good in return. In my art classes, I felt free and left to express myself in anyway I could possibly think of. I was lucky to have a teacher who understood where I was coming from, and let me explore my artistic side with the tools needed.

I would spend hours creating these little doodles; using mainly black fine liner, drawing lines and circles to cover a whole page. I could spend hours doing these little patterns with my headphones in, and I would occasionally look up and find several people staring at me. It felt good to feel good at something, I would have handfuls of people ask me to draw something for them which was a huge compliment ^.^

I had to create a project in my art class using layers, so I decided to create a simple drawing using a complex method of 'colouring it in'. Me and my mom came up with punching holes from magazines in different colours and layering them one by one to 'colour in' the drawing. I used triangle shaped blue card for the background (which was A LOT easier than the small holes!). It took me roughly 2 weeks to complete and I would spend 1-3 hours per day working on it, getting stressed and annoyed with it along the way. But once it was complete, I felt incredibly proud of myself and it still today is one of my favourite pieces.

I chose to take BTEC Art & Design, and in my final year of high school I had to complete another project which I was given the freedom to choose what I did and how I completed it. I decided to create a big version of the doodles I did throughout school as that was what I was most comfortable doing, and in the project brief, it had to take us over 10 hours to complete. I took 4 pieces of A3 paper and doodled on them individually, and created an overall piece using all 4 pieces:

It's a lot bigger than it seems, this was taken on my phone when it was completed. It took me about 20 hours to complete.
When I was preparing to leave high school and go to college, everyone thought I'd go to art college and go on to become an illustrator of some sorts.. Even I thought about it, but I had bigger ambitions. At the time I wanted to become either a radio presenter or film editor, but I still wasn't completely sure on which courses to take in college. 

I decided to do fine art, health and social care, and applied science in college; but fine art ended up being a disaster and was the reason why I no longer draw. I first had a wonderful, laid back art tutor who motivated and inspired me to be creative. Then when I changed another course, I had to swap art tutors and ended up with someone who was the complete opposite. She was HORRIBLE!!! She thought anything she didn't like wasn't art, if you had a different style to her, she would criticize everything you said and did... and that happened to be me. I started to hate art and dreaded going to the art department, in the end I stopped going and dropped the course completely before finishing the first year.

This was one of the pieces I did in college, I was interested in it but I had no inspiration or motivation, and the tutor completely ruined the experience for me.
I decided to change colleges and start a new course, as I had found a better course suited for me who wanted to become a paramedic. It was in the college next door to my previous college, and the course was a Public Services course. It's a BTEC course but is worth 3 A-Levels and is 2 years overall. I'm currently in my last year of this course and I love it! Since leaving my first college, I haven't drawn since and I don't have any desire too. But I'm a much happier person than I have ever been!

So that's my artistic story and what happened. I'd love to hear if anyone has had any similar experiences!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

My Week #50

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY WEEK!! I am now 19 years old! I also saw Placebo live on Thursday with my boyfriend (review in previous post) and it was also pay day on my birthday :) Crazy to think it's only 2 weeks until the new year!

How was your week? Anyone else have a birthday?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Placebo Live @ Birmingham O2 Academy

On Thursday December 12th 2013, me and my boyfriend went to see Placebo live. It was his birthday present to himself but happened to be the day before my 19th birthday.. So it was a joint birthday present >^.^<

We arrived at the O2 Academy at 3pm and the doors opened at 7pm. It was quite a wait and was pretty darn cold outside, but we met two lovely girls who unfortunately I forgot their names :( But the one lady came all the way from Canada to see them! 

The opening act were called Toy which in my personal opinion were a disappointment. It was very synthesized with little vocals in majority of the songs. They weren't very interesting or energetic, and the crowd also didn't seem to into it either. So I haven't become a fan of those guys sadly... After Toy played a 45 minute set-list, it was time for Placebo to come on stage around about 9pm. They placed an hour and 45 minute set-list

Placebo's setlist for Birmingham's O2 Academy on December 12th 2013.
Their performance was definitely one of my favourites, and I'm not even a big fan of the band! Special K, Running Up That Hill, Post Blue, and Blind were some of my favourites! Here are some photos from the night which were taken on my iPhone (if you re-use the photos, please credit me).

Monday, December 09, 2013

My Week #49

This week went really fast, but then again it feels like forever since I've had a bad throat and it only started Monday. Regular week with college and work, nothing exciting really.

How was your week?