It’s certainly been a while sorry for the slight crickets on my blog , its been a crazy busy few weeks. As some of you may know in my previous blog post I was lucky in being chosen to take part in the Birmingham big hoot art project. If you aren’t from the UK or familiar with what the big hoot is, it’s a huge art project where artists, illustrators and designers are commissioned upon entry to create a 3D owl sculpture.
Once finished the owl will go on display in Birmingham July 2015 and once the owl exhibition is finished, they are then auctioned off to raise money for the Birmingham children’s hospital. I was so over the moon upon receiving the email telling me I was one of the number of artist chosen. It didn’t feel real though until I walked in that room and saw my soon to be inky brown owl!
I’m going to do a few part’s to this blog post because the week at the big hoot studio’s was so eventful and had so many learning curves to it, I don’t want to cram all that into one post. Sadly the finished inky brown owl can’t be revealed until this July so hold on tight till then! However it was an amazing experience and something I’m truly grateful to have been a part of.
Overall I spent around six days at the big hoot studio, little did I expect the commute to take so much out of me though! Each day started with an early 6:30 get up , arrive at the coach station by 8:00 and pop on the coach for what would sometime’s be a 2 hour journey to Digbeth coach station in Birmingham. This little inky illustrator did a fair few steps that day for sure!
Apart from getting lost on the first day I found my way to the big hoot studio. After meeting the other artists there I was finally introduced to my big brown inky owl to be and got started penciling away.
Lesson one on day one however was “Thing’s always take more time than we expect them to” as it took me around 5 hours to pencil the whole design ( originally 2D) onto a 5 foot + fiberglass owl. Although before I left for my coach back to Staffordshire I was able to give brown the owl some colour to his eyes which I have to say really brought him to life! I’ll write more about my inky brown owl adventure soon!