Monday, 30 June 2008

Updating artwork.

When I finished University (19-23yrs old) studying Fashion Design, I kept all my work, only because it was full Fashion, which was what I specialised in... but when I finished College (16-19yrs old) studying Art & Design, I wanted to throw all my work away afterwards. I didn't feel it was important and I felt it would just look 'amateur-ish' as I'd been so young and inexperienced when I did it all. I didn't think I'd need it again. However, my mother decided to keep it for me, she said I would want it again, and was she right or what!
When I now look at the artwork I did, whether it was still-life drawings, portraits, paintings, a variety of things, I actually feel quite impressed with myself! I'm glad my mother kept it all for me! Thanks Mum!So, I have decided to extract a few pieces of my old artwork and to update them! Firstly (and probably most obvious), is this fashion drawing/mixed media piece I did when I was about 17. I always tried to incorporate Fashion into everything I did which was a bit hard because I had to do it with the techniques the Art & Design course taught such as painting with a chunky brush dripping with acrylic paint... although when I look back now, it had been very beneficial to experiment with different types of media .
Now back to my drawing. I drew her with colouring pencils and tore and mounted several small pieces of tissue paper to embellish the background. The lower right corner is a print out of a gradient that I made in Adobe Photoshop, as it was the only thing I knew how to do at the time. So, 6 years later, and a lot better at Photoshop, a bit of tweaking with the colours and textures, I have now turned her into this!You can't deny that this one is so much better! I changed the colour hue as I felt there was way too much going on in the old version. Also, I remember loving her long, striking dark hair at the time and taking ages drawing each curl at the ends, but now I think it was quite harsh and preferred to emphasize the shape of her body and dress instead. I have also decided to do a couple of different colour hues and offering them as notecards in my Etsy Shop!

Friday, 27 June 2008

Just a quick introduction to my website.

When I came up with the name 'nuvonova', I decided to also buy a domain name straight away, which I got from GoDaddy for only £9/$18 per year, although there are much cheaper options. I wanted to know that my name would be there if ever I wanted to make a website.

...and now is the time! I wanted to make a free, but chic looking website, somewhere to direct people to my blog, Etsy shop... a more detailed overview of the items I make and many more things!

I finally found it through Weebly. It is a web host which offers you a free website without the compromise of having advertisements! ... although there is only a small, discreet section at the bottom mentioning Weebly, but it doesn't bug me.
I'm still working on it, there is a lot to put in, but I am loving the way it is looking at the moment! I would love to know your opinions about it so far...and here it is! nuvonova.com

update: ...and my website is apparently not working!
update part II: I think it is working now!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Custom ACEO Album.

Some of you may know that ever since I found out (and became obsessed) about ACEO's, I very quickly developed an album to hold them in. I then later decided to sell them in my Etsy shop for other collectors! I have a standard template for customers to choose how they'd like their books, but as they are custom made, I sometimes hope that customers do not feel that they are limited to what I describe or show in the 5 image boxes... and hope that they would think beyond the..... boxes. (Having said that, I find the saying 'think outside the box' really annoying!)My most recent custom order has to be one of my favourites! The buyer was a real star to work with and had a really amazing idea. She was new at collecting ACEO's and wanted a book to store them all in, and luckily for me, my books caught her eye. She wanted to keep the book quite simple, but chic, settling for grey pages (with sleeves and photo corners) and with the book being bound in black ribbon as to not distract from her ACEO's.She chose a beautiful vintage-like typewriter font as the title of the book... and also chose a barcode font to be placed on the back of the book stating that it was composed by her.I loved this idea and thoroughly enjoyed making it for her. She also picked up a couple of my own ACEO's and I gave her a special gift(s) for making the whole experience so enjoyable for me!...
She also specifically asked me to sign the inside of the back as she saw it as a 'handmade piece of art', I can't explain how flattered I was when she asked me to this.. I was blown away!

Sunday, 22 June 2008

PS3 Game Review: Heavenly Sword.

So I finally got Heavenly Sword, a game that I have wanted when it first came out about a year ago! .. and here is my very long review about it.
I was procrastinating about buying this game when it first came out because I really didn't want to pay £45/$90 for a game that I would not have the time to play often. I didn't (and still don't) own a PlayStation 3 but my boyfriend got the PS3 as soon as it was released (a whopping £300/$600!) so I could use his, but I still didn't want to pay so much for the game! However, I recently started looking for it again hoping that it would be a lot cheaper .. and found it in the gaming section in a department store where they had a second-hand version for £15/$30! ..and this game is so fun!I am always eager to play games where I can play as a heroine (and sometimes can be ridiculously stubborn and refuse to play a game if I can't be a female character) rather than a hero. It's just more realistic isn't it?... and isn't that fiery red hair just beautiful? (It is now also the wallpaper for my laptop!)The game is about a girl, Nariko, who sets out to avenge her people who were almost destroyed by the dangerous tyrant, King Bohan. There was a prophecy told, that 'a Heavenly warrior would lead the clan to a glorious future' and she was expected to be born male. Nevertheless, her father still raised her to be a great fighter. When the tyrant captures her father, Nariko has no choice but to take up the Heavenly Sword... and that's when all the action starts! Also, I thought I'd add something amusing, the tyrant is actually played by Andy Serkis, which you will probably know him most as Gollum ("my precious") from Lord of the Rings. I spotted it as soon as I saw the animation! Can you see the similarities?I haven't played much of it yet, but I feel like I'm watching an amazingly animated film and participating in it at the same time. The graphics are incredible. The moves that she can do are so varied, there are so many of them, therefore I usually end up resorting to 'button bashing'. This was something I did all the time when I was a little girl and when I was playing Street Fighter with my brother. I could never memorise the 'special moves' and realised that 'button bashing' made them happen anyway! However, I have read a few reviews and apparently, as you progress further into the game, you won't be able to get away with just button bashing!You need patience for this game, which I sometimes lack. There are certain missions that you must complete to get onto the next stage, or you could be stuck doing the same thing for ages. ..and yes, this happened to me... I got so hot and flustered about it that I had to ask my boyfriend to step in and he did it the first go!

Anyway, I completely recommend this game and I also recommend investing in a PS3. I'm currently using my boyfriend's, but would eventually like to get my own. The PS3 plays DVDs, there is Internet access, you can watch Blu-Ray... a lot more, and at the same time, I think it looks very chic.

Lastly... and I've realised that I say this about nearly everything I write about, but I think this game would make a really fantastic film!! Although I can't think of who I'd like to be Nariko at this moment, it would definitely need to be someone quite unknown... and a trilogy would be good. Now, I think I'll go beat some baddies up.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Kerrykate.

Well, many of you will know by now, that I tend to mention ACEO's at (very) regular intervals!.. and here are my lovely and newest ACEO purchases by kerrykate!Kerrykate paints, designs and makes the most unique and 'vintage style abnormal' dolls. As soon as I spotted images of them as ACEO's in her shop, I didn't hesitate for a second! ..and I plan to get some more at a later date. In fact, I want them all and wish I'd at least got an extra two to fill the pages of my book up! To me, her style of work has high notions of Surrealism, something I found incredibly fascinating when my tutors introduced it to me when I was 17 and studying Art & Design at College. I actually did an acrylic painting on the subject, which I'm thinking of redoing as I was (and still am) so impressed with it! ... so at a later date, you may just see a Before and After of this aforementioned painting!I also loved how kerrykate named them. I have Elephant Sister, Zombie Nurse, Opium Poppy, Mrs. Woodhouse (Rosemary's Baby), Corset Doll, and Screaming Banshee. How fun! The back design of each card is also very beautiful. Make sure to check her shop out, you won't be able to help yourself from looking at everything! .. I am also contemplating to commission her to do a Clara Bow version of her dolls for me.. one day.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Book Review: The Constant Princess.

OK I'm just about 'almost' ready to get back on track with blogging again! ..
Firstly, while it's still fresh in my head, I want to talk about a book I recently finished, 'The Constant Princess' by Phillipa Gregory.
I'd been watching a lot of drama about Henry VIII and his wives, mainly 'The Tudors' and the film 'The Other Boleyn Girl', which is based on Phillipa Gregory's other book. Of course, the latter was mainly about Anne Boleyn and her sister, Mary... and the television drama 'The Tudors' also focused around the Boleyn family. Even at school, the only wife I remember being taught about was Anne Boleyn.. but that always left me most curious about all the others.

So, I decided to read all of Phillipa Gregory's novels on the wives, and started with the first, Katherine of Aragon.... and I loved it!! Seeing Katherine of Aragon on TV left a very poor impression on her, she just seemed so boring and dull, it was actually quite frustrating, and I really wanted to know more about her life before Henry, and more about her short marriage to his brother, Arthur. In Phillipa Gregory's book, Katherine of Aragon and Arthur are described as having been very much in love, and at his deathbed, he made Katherine promise to marry his brother, Henry, to become Queen of England, and to state that their marriage was never consummated to make this possible for her. I loved this storyline and it showed Katherine as being a strong, independent and determined woman. I could almost totally believe it all!
Phillipa Gregory's book was great at conjuring up an image of Katherine... and I think it'd be fantastic as a film. Also, the book was so well written that it made me cry! I absolutely, completely recommend it.

Friday, 13 June 2008

A short entry...

.. to apologise for my lack of blogging! I have been so busy with my fashion freelancing and orders within my Etsy shop that I really haven't been able to blog! I have a million things to write about too... new ACEO's I bought (as always!), some hang tags I made plus a nifty trick I wanted to share, some new clothing pieces I have been working on, new jewellery pieces, a book I recently finished and would like to recommend... there are so many! I will hopefully be getting back to updating in a few days and catching up on all of my favourite blogs! Now have I got a lot of reading to do or what!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Tagged...

...for the first time, by The (very lovely) Mum and the Rose!
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

OK 7 (and very silly) facts:

- Everytime I need to Google something, I look foward to seeing how they have stylised the 'Google' text.

- I eat beans on toast pretty much ever single morning, and become grumpy if I don't.

- My boyfriend and I are slowly making our way through the entire Star Trek series. We have nearly completed The Next Generation and my most favourite characters are Deanna Troi, Data and Warf (and his son).

- I have to use eyedrops, nasal spray and take tablets to control my severe hayfever (even a bit of dust can set off a string of sneezes, and cutting fabric is the worst!)...sob sob.

- I have a big tendency to babble and over-explain. If I never edited my blog posts after the initial write up, my blog would look like a dissertation.

- When I start laughing, it takes a really long time for me to stop. I find laughter so hard to control and I was always asked to leave the room to 'calm down' when I was at school. Anything can set me off, even the smallest things. I remember when I was about 11, my teacher asked a boy in my class to 'read the paragraph located under Source C' .. this boy then said 'Source C', as in, 'saucy' .. I could've died!

- I was born in the 80's and I really love 80s music... I wonder if anyone else loves the music of the decade they were born in?


I am now tagging beatblack, fuzzydragons, ssuzuki, and tizzalicious! .. sorry, I'm too lazy to tag 7 people!

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Matchy-matchy.

The sun decided to come out in London last week (or was it the week before?) and I was excited to finally get my summery shoes out! The first pair to come out were 'Elephunk', by my favourite shoe brand, Irregular Choice.I had bought them late last year but typical English weather had stopped me from wearing them, so I hope this year won't be so inconsistent as it has been so far... although, it is still early days.
The shoes are split toe, which I know must be quite strange to see, but it's in no way as uncomfortable as it looks! .. in fact, quite the opposite. Anyway, while I was browsing the Etsy Forums, I spotted Saysie, someone I hadn't seen before, and I always love checking out new UK sellers! I loved her shop! She had the cutest little purses with the loveliest fabric!!.. and when I saw the elephant print one, I instantly thought of my shoes, they were so similar and I just couldn't help but buy it!The inside was also lined with beautiful polka dot fabric, which if you have been following my blog, will know that I have been a bit bonkers over them!You absolutely must have a browse in her shop, and if you want to read more about my little shoe collection, which I warn you may be seen as quite strange, all you have to do is click here!