denmark life drawing

Back to the Drawing Board – Life Drawing, Denmark

It’s been a long time since I did any life drawing. In fact it’s almost 20 years ago since I sat in my art class wondering why the room was so hot and why the small fan heater in the corner was on full blast, when to me it wasn’t that cold. It wasn’t until my teacher counted down and a woman pranced into the middle of the room before unveiling her naked form by letting her floral silk dressing gown fall to the floor, that I realised why the heating was on! The class gasped before swiftly holding their head down to their paper to refocus on the task at hand… Draw the lady in the middle.

Fast forward to today, where I was invited by the #JiggyTwins Emma & Estelle Tiller to join them in their life drawing class at VIA University College, Denmark.

I was slightly apprehensive about doing it as I have lost confidence in my ability to draw over the years, as well as feeling a little bit scarred since my first (and at the time last) experience, but I did it anyway as I always say to Emma & Estelle to “just embrace it”!

On entering the studios there was no time to be anxious about what was going to happen or how I was going to perform or if my drawings would be good enough. The girls took me into the room, collected our drawing tool and into the studio where other artists were gathered awaiting the model arrive. At least this time I knew what was about to happen!

The posses started off quick with about 30 seconds given to draw the first sketch, and the getting longer towards the end of the 45 mins. This meant that my initial sketches looked more like stick men… and progressed to something which had a bit more detail (although not anatomically correct).

In the end I was so happy I did it and embraced my stick men!

Drawing Life with the #JiggyTwins

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It was so good to be in the company of such talented and inspirational artists who had come from all over the world to be there. A massive thanks to #JiggyTwins Emma & Estelle for making this happen.

You can follow Emma and Estelle’s amazing work on Instagram and Tumblr here:
Emma – Instagram @emellex06 , Tumblr @emellex06
Estelle – Instagram @esterellda , Tumblr @godgivenfox

The session lasted just under 2 hours – two 45 min sessions with a 15 – 20 minute break in the middle.

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Photowalking Aahrus, Denmark

My Aarhus photowalk was an impromptu one which happened purely due to having a few spare hours to chill out whilst en route from Life Drawing in Viborg to the Roller Disco in Netherlands. Upon leaving the the main station, I instantly fell for the architecture, the colours and the good airborne vibe of this Danish city.

Aarhus is on the East Coast of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, and is home to with historical timbered houses, an open-air museum, the Aarhus Botanical Gardens, arts, and viking culture.

The Photo Walk

 

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Staying in Aahrus



Booking.com

On this visit, Aahrus was only a few hours stop-over before heading overnight to the Netherlands, so I didn’t require any accommodation.

However when I checked for places to stay via Booking.com – Aarhus, it was possible to find a hostel for around £52 for 2 nights, which seemed really good at the time.

Discover Aarhus

For the short time I was there, I got lost in the beautiful harbour-side sunsets, water fountains, rooftop garden, and architecture to the point that I actually missed my over night bus to the Netherlands 🤦‍♂️. Here are some links to places I found and to help you discover Aahrus for yourself.

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GDP(er)R ?

What GDPR Means for Creative Industries





In the UK, many of us have heard of the Data  Protection Act 1998, but have you heard of GDRP? Nope?… Neither had I until 2 weeks ago!!

So What Is GDPR? 

Well I’m no expert but, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an important piece of EU legislation which comes into force on the 25th May2018 and will effect us a consumers and business owners. It will override the current UK Data Protection Act 1998 and will still apply regardless of Brexit, as it regards the data of Eurporean Union individuals regardless of where they live in the world.

A UK Data Protection bill has also been put forward which going forward will become the new Data Protection Act. This will in theory fill in any blanks or clarify anything which has been left open by the GDPR.

How will this Effect Creative Businesses?

As long as you hold data personal data on clients, this will effect your business, So it’s important that you prepare for this change to avoid any on the heavy penalties which you may incur if you fail to look after the data, and ultimately comply with the regulations.

This is essentially a heads up for those of us who are just hearing about this.

Do you feel you are prepared or were you even aware of this change? Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Animated Short About A Boy Coming Out Goes Viral

In a Heartbeat is a new animated short which has totally gone viral giving hope to a world currently feels overwhelmingly full of intolerance and hate.

Created by Ringling College of Art and Design students, Beth David and Esteban Bravo, In a Hearbeat was part of their computer animation thesis. However this neat little cartoon has now become much more of than just a college project.

It deals with a young boy struggling to come to terms with his feelings for a handsome peer, a topic never previously explored by animated film, and features an adorable jumping heart. In just 4 minutes, it captures the experience of not just LGBTQ youth, but also people who are shy or not forthcoming with displaying how they feel, and shows them that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

The Florida students managed to successfully crowdfund almost 5 times their original estimated costs to produce the film through Kickstarter, and their hard work is paying off. Since it was uploaded to YouTube, In a Heartbeat has racked up over 5 million views, and there are already calls for a sequel.

To me it’s so well done because it doesn’t even need words or dialogue to say what’s happening. To me it has taken the internet by storm purely because it’s not about the characters coming out, but down to the basic yet overwhelming feeling of your heart jumping out of your chest when something means so much to you. In fact it reminds me of an illustration I did earlier in the year…

All in all a really nice emotive piece. Nicely done guys!

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Let me know what you think below.

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Being Creative: The Art of Making Mistakes

Can you be truly “creative” if you don’t make mistakes? Who decides on how creative you are, or if you are even creative at all? Is being creative a state of mind or is it displaying things in exhibitions and galleries for all to see?

As someone who has struggled with being a perfectionist, I often argue with myself about not doing things right vs chilling out and accepting my “faults”. I’m not quite sure where this comes from. Whether it’s my upbringing from parents; my education; my “catholic guilt syndrome”; or just my own in-built conflict.

Cause and effect

I remember being in school and drawing a lot of Christmas cards for my friends in class, at one point, I was even drawing cards for other classes. They were all entered into the annual Christmas Card competition and a card would always win which had an element drawn by me in it, yet I never won. In my last year of school I did receive a certificate saying “Highly Commended” which (to this day) still leaves me asking the question “…was it pity for all the drawings I did” or “…was it a because they noticed something looked the same on all the cards”?? Either way the result was my card just wasn’t good (or “creative”) enough, right? These experiences took me down the path to attempt at being “perfect”.  I.e. not taking risks. But being creative must be the opposite.

As a “creative”, I think your mind should be free. Light. Expressive. Colourful. Have no fear of taking risks. But even though I have quite a surreal imagination, and pretty much visualise and mashup conversations all the time, I don’t consider myself as “that creative”. Maybe it’s because society says “your portfolio doesn’t stand up to the quality of this person” or “you’re work is not critically acclaimed by someone at the national galley”. Or some people don’t hold the same value or you work and therefore doesn’t put a monetary value to it (does that make it less creative.)

Embrace your mistakes

Over the last few years I’ve actually gone out of my way to do things out of my comfort zone and break away from this quest of being perfect, which to me, can suffocate my creativity. I like to experiment… So, if I’m experimenting… this means I have to mistakes… and ultimately take RISKS.

Everyone has different measurement of risk, but for me I started doing small things like drawing in pen so I couldn’t rub out. Surprisingly I didn’t get agitated or angry over an ill placed pen stroke, I just covered up the mistake using cross hatching or by over the correct line with more pen pressure. Without realising it, I was creating a solution to a problem without much thought at all. Some people say “thinking outside the box” or “blue sky thinking“, but ultimately its called “being creative” and finding a solution to a problem!!!

When creativity turns into perfection

Being creative isn’t new (but it is “thinking new”) but it’s something you care about then embracing it to find a “new way”, improving you and others around you. In this TEDx talk, How to get better at the things you care about, Eduardo Briceño describes how Beyoncé reviews her performances each night and works to make them better. 

But at what point does an idea… stop being “new” or creative and turn into perfection?

Beauty (or mistakes) are in the eyes of the beholder

The glorious web is littered in artists who have made a creative career by accident!

 

More Mishaps

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All You Wanted for Christmas

So now we have a food baby (or two) from the Christmas over indulgence, and whilst all the celebs come out with their fitness videos and DVDs to get us back into shape, watch this little celebration of Friends and Family across 2 countries on our 8 wheels.

Special Thanks goes out to Patti and the Dublin skaters for the collab and looking after me during my time in Ireland.

Also shout out to Abi rolling her heart out over in Berlin, faithfully rocking her F’lay Tee (which you can get from our shop along with other gifts and art prints)!!

For those of you who got skates I hope this inspires you to get them onto your feel and just dance the night away!

Enjoy the rest of your Holidays! #RollOut

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Red and Green at Christmas

The Colours of Christmas

Have you ever wondered why Red and Green are commonly used to represent Christmas? Well there are many reasons which go way back into the sands of time. Most the colours and their meanings come from the western/northern European traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it’s dark and cold. Here are a few with reasons with some of our own Christmas themed snaps.

Green

Green is though to represent the sign of new life. Evergreen plants, such as Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. Evergreens also serve as a reminder to people that spring will come back soon and that winter doesn’t stick around forever!

Apparently Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a symbol of good luck. Even the ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches and decorate their homes during the mid winter festivals.

In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn’t read. The ‘Paradise Tree’ in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.

Even though today’s Christmas Trees have quirky design and new takes, they are still the most common use of green at Christmas time.

Building Christmas #dublinatchristmas #workinprogress #christmas

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Red

Many people associate red with the big Coca Cola trucks rolling into town blasting out the “Holidays are Coming“, however for those who see the less commercial side of Christmas, an early use of red were the apples on the paradise tree (as mentioned above). These apples (some believe they were pomegranates) are said to represent the fall of Adam in early theatre productions / plays.

Coca Cola is also (mythically) given credit for Santa’s red uniform, but one more plausible reason as to why Santy (love this new name for Santa which I picked up from our Irish roller skating team) wears red is because as a Bishop, St. Nicholas would have worn red robes!

Red is also the colour of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. The Holly was also represents the crown of thorns which Jesus came to wear at his crucifixion (which is Easter but never mind!).

 

More Red & Green on Insta

Love Christmas purely for the endless possibilty to take #lowlight shots that really become timestamps

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#Christmas was made for #boomberang

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Your Christmas Colours

If you have your own ideas of colour at Christmas or what they mean, feel free to comment below.

Also don’t forget you can follow our Christmas adventure @jiggycreationz on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest

#JiggyXmas Everyone.

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Spiral Art – Esther’s Ridell 172

What started off as a random doodle at 3am because I couldn’t sleep, has now grown and I have now had a few commissions. This instalment shows some of my work in progress and some speed art whilst adding the digital colour for Esther’s from Ginger Skates, using Photoshop.



For more like these have a gander on my spiral art on Red Bubble.

Also, you can follow me @craigjiggy on Twitter and Instagram #spiralart

And follow our friends at Ginger Skates in Amsterdam for your Roller Skating needs!

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Just Add Colour

5 Books to Colour Your Stress Away

In this hectic, high pressure, on demand world, it’s easy to end up with a brain flooded with things to do. When you do get a moment to yourself, how many times have you wished to go back to childhood or a time when things were simpler? Well, fear not, as a stealthy resurgence is now occurring in the art and graphic design world; colouring books are making a comeback! Without being sciency, colouring in allows us to relax and destress by focusing on the task at hand, whilst being free to get creative and use whatever colours (including media) we want! I have been guilty of hunching over a white A4 sheet of paper with a black outline of a lego man at 3am, using the free crayons in 24 hour Mc D’s which to this day fills me with joy and a feeling of freedom! Simple things I know and I have no shame! Here 5 of adult colouring books to help you chill out.

1. Lost Ocean Inky Adventure by Johanna Basford

Created by worldwide bestseller author Johanna Basford, Lost Ocean invites colour-inners of all ages to go underwater from where ever you choose to colour-in. The book also comes with a large double-sided pull-out poster to colour and keep. Get lost under the sea and de-stress as your pencils (or pens) glide over the smooth, untextured ivory paper.

2. Memos to Shitty People by James Alexander

Incompetent co-worker? Annoying neighbour? Rubbish friend? Colour away your frustration with over thirty-five delightful and vulgar phrases you wish you’d said out loud.

Each single-sided page includes such tension-busting phrases as, ‘Seriously, Bitch?’ and ‘Oh look … the fuck-up fairy has visited’ alongside friendly critters and intricate flora to calm your nerves.

WARNING contains seriously colourful language!

3. Swear Words Colouring Book by Outrageous Katie

For those of you who have a passion for spraying a flurry of F bombs, this one is for you!  You can colour in your colourful language and relieve your stresses upon Outrageous Katie’s awesome illustrations. This book decorates offensive expletives with mandalas, animals, ornate shapes and flowers on each page. Obviously this is not for kids so FFS please don’t leave it on the coffee table with the little ones’ copy of Pig Peppa (I know what I said…) magazine!

4. Anti-Stress Colouring: doodle & dream by Christina Rose

“Creativity replaces anxiousness when pencils and pens are put to paper in this intricate collection of illustrations.” I couldn’t have put it better myself! Anti-Stress is just one in a series of doodle & dream coloring books by Christina Rose where each illustration has an inspirationall quote to help shift those dark clouds. This book encourages you to even cut out your final piece and frame it with pride, just like when mum or dad used to stick you picture up on the fridge!

5. The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people by Emma Farrarons

Good things come in small packages (so they say!) and this is one of the good things. This bestselling adult colouring book is an awesome pocket-sized stress beater. Emma Farraons book is packed full of drawings which allow you to focus on the exercise whilst distracting you from the things getting you down. Whip out your pencil wherever you are, and colour your way to calm!


There are plenty of adult colouring books out there waiting to be filled in with colour. If your not sure about the value of colouring in, the next time you’re at a restaurant and you see a kids menu, look around for the crayons. Pick them up and draw on the play sheet! If it doesn’t stress you out from trying to be perfect and keeping between the lines, it may be just the thing for you.

Don’t forget your pencils…


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