Friday, 23 November 2012


So last week I bought myself a couple new sketchbooks, One for a current university project and another to start working in. I've been coming up with a few mini projects to do over the next coming months or whenever I have the spare time and thought I'd get myself organised. I've already been noting down about four or five ideas and started sketching out and planning a few things. I've also recently gotten into doing illustrations, after using them in my last project I've wanted to continue doing it and try and make more of a habit of it. Its never really been anything that I'm particularly great at but I quite enjoy it and therefore have also been using this new sketchbook for that.

Carrying on with this and because I am of course a poor art student, I have decided to make my own christmas cards this year. I tell myself every year that I'm going to and never get round to making them so this evening I started and here are a few I've finished.


Lastly a couple of Art/Culture magazines I have picked up this month, two I would highly recommend. I look forward to getting stuck into these.  

Boring Postcards by Martin Parr

 So the other weekend me and a friend decided to take a wonder thought the charity shops along our road and I stumbled across this beauty, Boring Postcards by Martin Parr. If you don't know who Marin Parr is, he is a British photographer and photojournalist best known for this photographic projects that take a critical look at aspects of modern life, in particular suburban life in England. I remember doing a bit of work on Martin Parr back in college and was pleased to find these for only one english pound. At the moment I am debating whether to use this book for a project I've got in mind which includes defacing pages or to just keep it as it is. Although the book is simply filled with quite boring postcards, I find it interesting and actually quite beautiful as it is.  
A link to Martin Parr's website "Martin Parr Photographer"

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Brief: Lost Art Of Conversation/The Big Tea Talk

So a few weeks ago I was working on my university project The Lost Art Of Conversation, The brief was to to promote conversation. We were asked to research into what good conversation was, the kinds of people that have them, what its for, the values of a good conversation, whether social media was an enabler or disabler and to explore the art of conversation and develop an idea from it.

I went along the lines of using tea, and people coming together over hot beverages as my idea. I won't go into too much detail about it but the general idea was to encourage people to perhaps invite over some friends or a family member for a brew and interact in some face to face conversation. I set up a twitter page under the name The Big Tea Talk where I gave out suggestions of topics for conversations and tried to encourage people to go out and start conversations by setting out missions. To accompany this I made a few posters and small postcards which would be placed in coffee shops, pubs etc.

I decided for my posters I was going to do some illustration which I worked up in photoshop and layout  out and set up in InDesign.
I think with more time I could of produced something a bit bigger and something that might have a larger impact but I was quite happy with the my logo and illustrations. I don't tend to do a lot of illustrative work and I'm glad I took a chance with this brief and used it. I think for the tone I was going for it worked out really well.

These are a couple of the outcomes, There not the most amazing things I've ever done but like I said, I'm positive with more time I could of created something a lot better.


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”

- David Lynch , Catching  the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. 

Friday, 16 November 2012

Just a little something.

Life in pictures.

As you may or may not know I have a Instagram a lot of people these days and I thought I would share a few pictures from the past month or so of some cool art, gallery etc. If you have Instagram and wish to follow me then please do! @ejgreaves77 

Late night in the studio // Gallery Space // Martin O'Neill // Magazines // Work Space, New Project// Lampshades in the gallery // 

Messing around on photoshop // Pretty lights // Designing a friends tattoo // Street Art // Dada pub // Bath bomb // 

Things found around the studio // My Halloween // Sheffield at night // Studio // Pumpkins // Visited Lincoln, took a walk up steep hill and saw the cathedral // 

3D workshop // Sheffield Library // Work in the studio // Things in the Studio // Gallery // Gallery cafe window. 

My Interactive CV

So I haven't managed to figure out a way to upload my pdf so here are some screen shots of each of the pages. I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out and hopefully as I get more work done I can add it in and bulk it up. I would love to hear you thoughts about it like I've said before it really helps me develop as a designer.

There was also a contact page but I don't particularly want my details in the internet aha.  

It has been far too long!/Update/InteractiveCV

Apologies for the lack of posts lately but uni work/life has pretty much being taking up all of my time at the moment so I haven't really had the time to sit down and make some posts, But I'm here now and I have a few things to add. 

1. I finally finished my interactive CV, including my cover letter and portfolio. I'm still yet to receive the marks for the project but I was pretty happy with my final outcome. If I can I will try and upload a copy of it for you too have a look at if your interested. The whole thing was designed and layout in InDesign, this being a program that I have never really used before and didn't really know that much about I ended up really liking it. I did find it very frustrating at first which is completely understandable having not used it before but after attending some really useful InDesign session at uni I found it a really nice program to use.  For my Interactive CV and portfolio I had to construct a cover letter, explaining why I wanted said job and why I would be great for it, Taking pictures of piece of my work for my portfolio and write my CV out. 
Me and friend booked out a little studio room and took some piece of work in to photograph. It was a pretty simple task and we managed to get it done quite quickly and end up with some good images to use. This being a practice for a professional job application we had to take professional photos and think about the compositions. I took some photos of my zines for my portfolio and had to think about how I wanted to present them. We were quite lucky to have a photography technician with us who was able to give us a few pointers and help us use the equipment.    

These are a few examples of the different pictures I took and messed around with. 

(I'm really sorry if this doesn't make complete sense and isn't in much detail but you must forgive me, its been a few weeks since I did these).