Without sounding overly gushy, today was pretty darn exciting. The house was full of tech. I mean cool tech. The stuff with rubbery bits and cases. With the help, and the kit, from the team at Virtual Umbrella and a ton of enthusiasm from the Nerd Pirates we spent the afternoon playing with VR. Yes, we are now officially 'on it like a bonnet', 'killing it', 'playing with the crazy stuff'. Behold, a pirate in a VR headset.
Haven't a clue how it all works but the potential for how it can be used appears to be limitless. We are already dreaming up ideas of how we'd like to see VR shine. One of the things we did learn is that having your hair in bunches or a bun does make it hard to get the headsets on. There should be some kind of VR hair style guide. Maybe a buzz-cut or a swimming hat would be more appropriate!
A huge thank you to Sam and Bertie for taking time out of their day to share the wonders of VR and for introducing us to some very lively content! Confetti-firing butts! You had you be there, but you couldn't have as it's not real, it's virtual reality.
Also thank you to Ruby, the co-founder of Idea Candy, for providing us all with some very tasty chocolate cake and filming our day.
I am not the first person to be taken with said Mr Neistat and I will, of course not be the last, but his youtube videos are quite bewitching! He lives life to the equivalent volume used by Spinal Tap which is, as every rocker knows, a substantial 11! He has an alarming disregard for his cameras and travels around New York on a Boosted board. To us mere mortals that's a skateboard with a motor.
In addition to this little illustration I made just for Casey, and the team at Boosted, I also co-produced a video with Ruby over atIdea Candy paying tribute to his trademark sunnies.
Here's me talking about the TV programme Supernatural with theNerd Pirates. I've never actually seen the programme but have learnt about it by listening to everyone chatting in the studio. Thanks guys.
I have been using sketchbooks for over over 20 years to varying degrees of success. I despise ring bound books and thin paper is just irritating and when the paper is too soft it simply disappears with your mistakes. (Usually all over your clothes or in your tea.) However, I was recently given a Moleskine sketchbook to try and on first glance I was already intrigued. The packaging was lickable and the paper felt like a bendy fabric. It was off white, smooth and thick! A perfect trinity and it was mine to draw on.
My mechanical pencil seem to glide over the surface with little effort and if I made a mistake my rubber was able to remove all traces in a jiffy! Despite the cost of these notebooks I can't recommend them enough. (BTW I am also not being paid to say this although if Moleskine see this I'd be happy to test drive your complete range.) In terms of durability these books are made to work hard and would take any amount of misuse and ramming into handbags, pockets and rucksacks.
I also love the rounded-off corners which, combined with the cream paper, makes for a really beautiful ground for any work of art. It's no wonder that Moleskines have been used by travellers across the globe to capture those special,and often unrepeatable, thoughts, drawings and paintings you only get when you head and heart are equally on fire! If you fancy having a go or finding out more about the Moleskine range then check out their website here.
If you prefer working digitally you can download a Moleskine app which includes optional editions for recipes, travelling and wine. This version is only really useful if you have a device with a stylus.
Here's a list of some famous notebook users.
My children recently bought me a beautiful new camera and this is my first attempt at a video. It's a time consuming process but I guess the more you do it the quicker you get. It was a gloriously sunny morning and despite only being April I actually took my shoes off! It's a rare occasion as I always have cold feet but on this particular morning my toes were toasty.
Drawing outside is glorious even if you are just doodling. I have to be careful though as we have decking and if I drop my pens they can disappear forever! If you are interested in making films yourself my camera is a Canon 700D and I edited this movie on premier pro.
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I recently made some collages and this one, which has been inspired by the Norwegian designer Esteri Tomula, is my favourite. I used masking tape, watercolours, black ink, glue and pencil. I also gave the little girl a Marimekko beaker to hold. (Who, very excitingly, noticed this piece on Instagram). I'd love to create a range of china for Marimekko, I would explode with happiness. Anyway here are the images.
Created this illustration for the amazing Winifred and Didi. They live in New York where they perform, write, scope and generally entertain.
For many many years I have been an adoring fan of the Bloomsbury set, Charleston Manor and all the shenanigans that went on there. It's a place that if you've ever visited makes you feel right at home. As possibly the first of many homages to Charleston I've drawn myself with Clive and Lytton. The drawing is based on an old photo of the gentlemen and I've carefully, and hopefully seamlessly, slipped myself in to the shot. I think I may be just enjoying listening to them talking about art, poetry and women. How delicious!
Hello, thank you for popping in. I'm Jilly and I draw, a lot. This blog is where I get to share my work, chat about drawing, design, art materials and whatever else takes my fancy. It's totally self indulgent and almost pointless but it keeps me busy and avoids the need for a therapist!