Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Medusa Triptych

....thought I'd give this compo a go!

Oil on canvas, 3x3" each.

Apologies for the blurry photo - I took it quickly for the sake of entering the competition on time. I'll update this post with a better one after the paint has dried, haha. 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Oxford Fashion Week, March 2014


First off: I've redesigned my website!

It's pure html, thanks to a good buddy of mine (he basically threw code at me to apply to the site since my knowledge of html is limited). It's dynamically designed, so it re-structures itself depending on the device used.....super fast too, due to clean code and compressed images, which I'm really happy with. I recently finished a gaming contract, so I'll be spending some time creating new portfolios for both concept art and fashion side of my career(s?). I have ideas lined up already and can't wait to get started! Although I need to do the tedious (but so very necessary) task of studio/digital spring cleaning before this happens, haha. Next week will be painful but I'm sure it'll be worth it.

Also got some new business cards printed for the fashiony crowd:

As mentioned before, I'm interested in breaking into Fashion Illustration this year, so I attended two events at OFW (Concept and Couture shows). It was a really exciting week, as I'd been spotted by one of the directors via Twitter, of whom I met after the Concept Show, and days later they posted my sketches on their official Facebook Page. :D

The sketches at the time were very rough (models are moving targets afterall!), so I worked into them at home using photos I'd taken as reference.

Concept Show:

....and one page from the Couture Show (it was too dark to do much here):

I happened to have sat next to one of the designers and their friends during the show and tagged along to the After Party, where I met some of the models/designers/organisers, made new friends and generally quaffed champagne whilst having my picture taken. xD I think I might be featured in The Tab Oxford for Best Dress, but they haven't caught up with blogging about the shows yet.
It was a really fun experience and I look forward to attending more shows throughout the year. :)

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Graffiti Sketches

Heya! I've been meaning to post these ages ago but have been busy coding my new website.

If you've been on my website/LinkedIn page lately, you'll notice that I'm interested in a new challenge this year....in the form of Fashion Illustration! It's a field I've always had an affinity to, along with costume design, so I'm quite excited to make this move now that I'm a freelancer again.

I'm still interested in concept design in games/films and feel these skills can transfer nicely into fashion, so I don't intend on giving one up for the other.....just expanding my horizons. :)

In preparation for this, I've been experimenting with mixing a couple of styles (mainly graffiti with hints of Art Nouveau). Here's what happened:

^ This one's been painted up for the new site.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Year of the Wood Horse

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! :D 

I been doing more sketchbook stuff lately and so didn't have time to do anything polished, but here's a sketch from last night:

There isn't much shading as I eventually succumbed to sleep, but I might work into this more later on....

I hope you have an excellent and prosperous year!

Naomi xxx

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Harvest Moon Cows (crochet)

After seeing a tweet announcing that the 50th anniversary game of Harvest Moon (A New Beginning) came with an adorable cow plushie, I instantly wanted it! However, I don't have a 3DS and am still not fussed on owning one.

....after birthdays/Christmases/leaving events passed, I eventually found a really good crochet pattern and made my own instead, as well as two as Christmas presents. :)


               This one is mine. :)
     This was for my friend Erica.
This one's for my sister~

This is my second attempt at crocheting - the first one was when I made a Ninja Sackboy for my boyfriend's birthday.

Happy New Year~! :D

Monday, 30 December 2013

Art of Japanese Gift Wrapping

This Christmas I thought I'd do something different and decided to wrap things in a more interesting way. I often watch NHK and saw a programme on furoshiki and paper wrapping and was inspired!

...in keeping with the Japanese theme, my boyfriend and I made takoyaki!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Ice Masquerade

Merry Christmas, folks~! Here's something I painted the other night:

Watercolour on Bristol paper.

The original sketch and a sneak peak I tweeted at the time:

Have a good one! :)

Naomi xxx