Monday, 20 August 2012

My work from 2009-2010 Part One

I've been kinda ill lately...the illness I caught on holiday lasted nearly 2 weeks, however its just about gone. It seems to be doing the rounds, I keep hearing about people I know who have the same flu-like cold. For the first day of my illness I basically couldnt get out of bed without being doped up on paracetemol and lemsip, then after that it was just a matter of sore throat and congestion. Not very nice. My voice kind of broke, I ached all over, I had trouble hearing or tasting properly.... you get the picture. Ahh well at least I got it out the way before university which i start at the end of the next month! Whilst I wasn't feeling too good, I decided to go through all my old work from sixth form, so I scanned in a load of my artwork from 2009-2010. I've put them on my flickr account, burbles website and my facebook art page, but I will also put them on here for anyone who doesn't follow me.
In 2009 I did Art as one of my A levels, and one of my projects was on childhood identity and image. It involved looking at childhood photographs (dejavu) and the exploitation of childhood by adults. One specific element I looked at was beauty pagents and the murder of the child beauty pagent winner Jonbenet Ramsey. Its a very famous topic, I'm sure most of you will have heard about it but in brief - she was a famous child beauty pageant winner who was sexually assaulted and found murdered in her basement. And to this day, no one has ever been convicted of her murder. However it caused a huge uproar about the exploitation and vulnerability of children taking part in such beauty pageants.
I drew lots of child beauty pageant contestants...just type in child beauty pageant on google and you'll find alot of the photographs I used to paint/draw from. Although I must warn you, the photos are a little creepy. Its always a bit weird to see 5 year olds in fake tan :/
I also looked at vintage dolls of children and creepy baby dolls, as I really loved the facial ratio they had. I even made a little 3d piece out of dolls, where I made it into a caterpillar (a really well known artist did this, its known as the bubbapillar) it was extremely creepy and weird and I'm too embarrassed to post it up here >.< But even so, drawing dolls is one of my favourite subjects.
This is one of my favourite paintings from this time period. One of the artists I looked at, Mika Kato, made childlike dolls and I loved them so much I painted one of them. I did so much painting during 2009-2010 that my teachers got kind of annoyed with me! They wanted me to experiment more but I was always really stubborn and said no a bunch of times. So when I went to university to do my diploma at UCA, I did hardly any painting and did lots of experimenting just to see if it would be better. I guess its up to you to decide which looks best, painting or 'experimenting'....I can't quite decide myself.
The above two images were created in a mixture of acrylic paint and the cheap version of copic markers they do (i cant remember the brand name). They were based on the photographs of a famous photographer who specifically took photos of children crying in a really detailed, strange lighting and atmosphere. They're a bit spooky looking, but I kept them anyway.
Another set of doll drawings/paintings, drawn in cheapo copic markers and acrylic...I did alot of work on scraps of paper, which I strung up into a hanging piece, which was meant to look like a babys toy was a bit of a fail but I liked the drawings none the less. These drawings make me miss drawing in those marker pens...I kind of forgot how much I like the effect they produce....might have to get myself some more, they dry out really easily.
Aside from creepy children and dolls heads, I wanted to paint some nice, normal subjects too. I looked at the festival of 3-5-7 in Japan, where the children celebrate turning 3,5 or 7 years old. Its quite a festive, special day for the families, and in some ways is a subtle beauty pageant in itself with the children all dressed to impress in their kimono and fancy clothing. Aside from that, it was a nice excuse to paint! And to paint people which is my favourite topic/subject to draw.
This is just one of several projects I did for A level during 2009-2010, however it took me forever to scan them in. I intend to post the rest of them in another seperate post, so look out for part two! In the time being, if you want to see bigger versions of any of these images go to either my flickr account, burbles website or Facebook Page (links are available to your right!!)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

My Work on Facebook

Just a quick post now that I've been home a few days from holiday (I'll post again tomorrow). I've been rather ill for almost a week now, I had a really bad virus which left me feeling rather meh and not really in the mood to write much. However whilst I was ill I made a Facebook page for friends and family and anyone else to follow my illustration work.
Its listed as 'Jasmine du Rocher Illustration' and so far I have 47 likes. I am using it as an additional online portfolio, already having one on Flickr and a professional one on, but I thought this would be a nice alternative. Facebook is a really great way to get art work out there in the public eye - i have a really nice friend who I went to UCA with called Lu Siobhan Reason, whom made a facebook page for her artwork and managed to get her like count beyond 1000+ which is really impressive! I'd love to get my page to the same sort of level eventually (one day).
I've put more or less all of my work on there divided into series. I will be updating it reguarly, and im sure once i go back to university it will be updated on a weekly basis. Aside from the people I have on facebook, I know there are quite a few people who read this blog that I don't have added on facebook and therefore won't know about my illustration page on there - so consider this blog post for you guys! So if anyone hasnt 'liked' my page already I'd be extremely grateful if you would -->

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Cornwall Trip part 2

I said I'd make part two of my holiday trip, so here goes. I'm home now, it took us about 6 hours, and even though I had a good holiday its so good to be home D: Contrary to the picture above, the weather was actually really good and sunny! My family got so burnt/tanned, I had to make a real effort to keep out of the suns rays during the day as I have typical freckly white skin which unfortunately does not take well to hot weather.
Because the weather was good, it was nice just to stay in the village where we were staying some afternoons and to just walk around. Lots of people have little 'for sale' areas on their doorsteps with honesty boxes....this one in particular was being guarded by a big fluffy cat named 'gemma'.
Cornwall is such a cat place...there were literally cats everywhere.
In part one of this holiday post I showed a picture of a ginger cat asleep on a vintage red car...I remember thinking wow he has big paws. Well I walked past him again and took a closer look to find the reason he had big paws was because he had an extra toe on each paw! Freaky kitty D:
We went out for dinner lots, we went to this really expensive hotel restaurant in St Ives with a really amazing view of the sea....
yet another friendly cat :)
One day during the trip we went to the Tin Mine Museum, and had to wear plastic hard hats all around the place (hence my face).
Cornwall is very well known for its history of tin mines, as most of them have shut down, but even today many still stand but are also have to be careful about buying houses in cornwall, as the ground beneath your house could collapse due to tin mining!
It was a little bit spooky in these tin mines...everything was left how the workers had left it. There were showers and locker rooms full of peoples stuff such as clothes and old boots.
You also had an opportunity to go underground and look at the mines from the inside...but you had to wear a miners outfit >< So i waited whilst my family went and did that (it was pretty wet that day and i didnt feel like going down muddy tunnels) and did some mining activities where you got to sift through troughs of sand for precious stones :)
I got to keep what i found :0 hooray.
Another day we went to Lands End. Obviously the place is pretty interesting, although they've tried to make it like a mini theme park...but it doesnt quite live up to the expectations and is a bit cringey...but the views from the cliff there were lovely.
And of course the famous landmark!
Another cat :) this one was spotted on a wall in was a nice hot day..
Back in the village we were staying in, there were these lovely Devon Rex Cats who had a habit of sitting on the doorstep. They're a really special breed of cat as they're able to grow curly fur! They were extremely cute, and everytime I come to Cornwall we seem to see these cats sitting on the doorstep...
Lovely features :) i'd love a cat like this.
So in the last two days, we went on a boat trip off the coast of where we were staying in the hope of seeing marine life...but unfortunately we didnt see much and it was rather cold >< For some reasons boats seem to rock me to sleep, so i spent at least an hour of the boat trip napping.
And last but not least, we spent our last day on the beach. It was so hot! I took alot of photos on my Holga Film camera that day at the beach so i dont have much to show for it...but when i get them developed i'll no doubt put them online.
So anyway I'm home now :)

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Further Weight Loss

So for anyone who reads my blog often, you will know that during the middle of June, I decided to change my eating pattern completely in order to lose weight, and I posted a blog entry about it at the beginning of July to show the effects of it.
I started off weighing 9 stone, which in my opinion was too heavy on my small frame! I decided that by the time I started university at the end of September, I wanted to reach 8 stone. And then by new years eve, I would like to reach 7.7 stone. Anyway, thats a long way off. So back to the present :)
The last time I wrote about my weight loss on here I had managed to lose 5lb in weight and a total of an inch off my entire body in just two weeks. Which obviously at the time I was very proud of! But as you know, time has passed since then and I thought I'd share with you my current weight loss statistics :)

My weight and body measurements Week 1
 Monday 18th June I weighed :
57.6kg /  9.0 stone
Waist Measurements: 67cm / 26.3inch
Belly Measurements: 85cm
Hip Measurements: 90cm
 Thigh Measurements: 59cm
My weight and body measurements Week 8
Tuesday 7th August I weighed :
53kg / 8.5 stone
Waist Measurements: 63cm / 24.6inch
Belly Measurements: 77cm
Hip Measurements: 82cm
Thigh Measurements: 54cm

So since the beginning I have lost 9lb
 2cm off my waist
 8cm off my belly
8cm off my hips
5cm off my thighs

Hooray :) Still I have 5lb to go, but I have plenty of time to do it, as I am approximately losing 1lb a week. If anything I'm more pleased with the body measurements than the weight itself, i can't believe how much parts of me have shrunk!
Its been hard, but I'm still going strong and even though I'm on holiday I've made a real effort to eat a small breakfast (300 calories) and then a healthy dinner (no more than 1000 calories). This is quite a good example of a healthy, low calorie meal I've had whilst on holiday instead of battered cod and chips:
Hake, green beans and new potatos :) it was  yum, and roughly 700 calories. Whereas if I'd had cod and chips it wouldve been 1000+.

I think the best advice i could give anyone is to:
  •  Stick to the plan of what you eat, never deviate from it. Not even for a chocolate bar. 
  • If you feel like snacking, put the kettle on and have a cup of tea with semi skimmed milk. This really helps me when i get cravings. So far on my holiday as a family we've gone through 80 teabags, and i think this is partially down to me >.<
  •  Don't add sauce or anything extra to food. A blob of bbq sauce on your plate only adds 50-100 calories, as does butter and even "healthy" margerine, to toast.
I took this photo just the other day when I was about to go out. I usually look a bit heavy in dungarees, but I think I look like I've slimmed down....
Anyway thats all for now...hopefully next time i write about this i will have reached 8 stone!

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Cornwall Trip part 1

So as some of you might know from my Facebook postings, I'm currently in Cornwall with my family. I'm going to post about it in two halves, as I usually take tons of photos and have alot to say! We go to more or less the same part of Cornwall most Summers, which is usually in the Penzance area (10 miles from lands end) and at the moment we're staying in the cute harbour village of Mousehole. Check out the view from our garden! Its lovely :) We get a great view of the bay and the ocean.
Every morning my mum cooks us a lovely breakfast with my favourite brown toast, scrambled egg and cooked tomatos and mushrooms. We're staying in a really modern, well equipped bungalow, with wifi and comfy beds :3 I rather like it here actually. Its so quiet too. Mousehole is very well known for being quite touristy and busy, so some years when we've stayed in the village its been quite noisy. But this year we're staying just outside the centre, and its actually rather nice :)
Everyday or so we go out to a town. We brought the car obviously, but a particular town known as St Ives is extremely busy, so one day we got the train in. It was a rather nice train, but it was surrounded by coastal marshlands (as you can see from the photo) and was rather beautiful to look at.
So as we walked in to St Ives, you got a great view of the beach and the town. Its been really nice weather here, which makes the sea look so blue...
So many people bring their dogs on holiday here too, there was a nice dog playing in the sea with his owner at St Ives...
Being Cornwall of course, there is alot of Pirate themed 'stuff' as to say. In the town of Penzance which is just down the road from where we're staying, there is a Pirate themed pub, and the day we arrived in the town happened to be Penzance Pirate Day. There were people in costumes everywhere.
So back to our bungalow...we have wifi as I mentioned before so heres my brother getting good use out of it...
And an epic tasty steak my mum made us one evening!
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this already but Mousehole is very much a cats place. The name of the village itself is very obvious, and there is a cat/fisherman legend and a very famous child's book featuring the famous Mousehole Cat behind it too. Just walking around the village you see cats everywhere.... here are some of the cats I've found so far!
This one was stunning - this cat literally sat there staring at us with that grumpy expression.
And this cat was in a courtyard of other cats who hid under a car and refused to let me take their photo. This cat was clearly rather old, and didnt have much fur, but nonetheless was extremely friendly and desperate for some attention....

This ginger fellow was a bit of a lad. He wouldnt let me take a photo of him that day, until a few days later when i found him fast asleep on a very expensive, vintage car....

Ah he was lovely :) He had such biggg paws and his bottom teeth stuck out of his mouth when he cute! Well aside from cats, Mousehole also has some interesting coastal sights to see, such as this little rocky island just 100 metres away from the shore....
It doesnt have much of a beach, but it has some great rockpools and people have a habit of piling rocks up here into interesting features....
One day during the week we went into nearby Newquay for shopping and a trip to the zoo! My favourites happened to be the meerkats whom apparently have a great habit of escaping where they run off to play in the childrens playground nearby.
Penguins :)
A lovely little bird that kept posing for everyones photos :)
And some rather lovely tortoises! We quite like tortoises in my family, my brother got one a few years ago; hes a little grumpy, but nonethless adoreable.
Another day we went to St Michaels Mount. Its a rocky landform thats just off the coast with a famous castle on it. When the tide is low, it has a path that you can walk across to gain access to the island. When the tide is high, its completely covered up by the sea, and the island is cut off from the mainland.
This is a pretty awesome beach, with some of the best rockpools ever. I literally spent my summers here as a child in them.
We went into the castle, and got to see the amazing view from the top.
It was sooo windy, which I hadnt expected or hoped for as I'd done my hair rather nice! Nevermind. Great views though.
And of course as I mentioned, the tide comes in and covers up the path back to the mainland. So we had to get on a boat!
My mum hateeeed it. She gets really badly seasick. It was a little daunting but actually quite alot of fun :)
So before I finish, heres a lovely nighttime shot from our garden at the bungalow in Mousehole....
And a little mirror shot of me in my bedroom :)
holidays are a great excuse to wear dungarees ;)

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