Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Today my Wacom Intuos Draw Tablet arrived, so I will be doing a review/ first impressions of it.

I've never used a graphics tablet before, so I didn't really have any expectations. The set up was very quick and simple. I also downloaded ArtRage lite, as it came free with the purchase.

Actually using the tablet feels almost like drawing on paper, this tablet is really good because the more pressure you apply to the tablet the thicker the line your drawing will be! The tablet comes with 3 spare pen nibs that are stored into the back of the tablet so they safe.

If you have any questions about this tablet, comment below.

Amber x

Wednesday, 23 December 2015


This week I visited Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery and came across this really cool painting by Fiona Rae. It is oil painting on canvas and is huge. What I really liked about it, was the thickness of the paint. I couldn't help but think how fun that must have been to paint. I'm also starting to become quite fond of abstract and contemporary art lately. I used to only like realistic portraits or landscapes, but doing a Fine Art degree is really making me appreciate all different types of art.

Amber x

Wednesday, 16 December 2015


Here are some books I have got from my university's library to read over Winter break.

1. Clyde Hopkins: New Work.

2. Drawing from the modern 1975- 2005. This book is really good. It has a bunch of amazing Modern Artists and some interesting words on topics such as semiotics, activist art and neo- expressionism.

3. Gerhard Richter, Red: Yellow: Blue.

Amber x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


Here is some art I have been working on in university.

This piece was actually an accident. I was trying to clean my palette with paper because I couldn't find any tissue paper to clean it with. I really liked how it looked so I stuck it onto some cardboard with green masking tape. This piece was slightly and subconsciously influenced by John Bunker and Niamh O'malley.

For this piece I screenshot Edvard Much's the scream and zoomed in until I found an interesting composition then painted it using acrylic paint. I really enjoyed doing this, and will probably try it with different art work.

I was given the topic of semiotics for this project. So I kept it quite plain and obvious with the apple symbolising temptation, the colour of the apple to portray danger and the green arrows symbolising envy. The whole piece is basically showing how when we're jealous we are tempted by what isn't ours which can lead to bad situations...

I then wanted the symbols to be less obvious and open to negotiation. So this piece symbolises the complexity and depth of a female. She can seem pretty and petite but like a scorpion she is powerful.

Amber x

Sunday, 6 December 2015


A few weeks ago I visited the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and came across this beautiful painting by Ged Quinn.

It's really overwhelming standing in front of this painting. The colours are so vivid and rich and it's massive (200x320cm). If you're in or around Liverpool, I really recommend you go and see it.

Amber x

Monday, 23 November 2015


I try to always keep a sketchbook around with me so that when I feel the urge to draw, I can! Here are a few sketches from my sketchbook. The first three sketches were created using pen and the last two with pencil.

Amber x

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


I got a new camera! I was previously using the 'Sony WX100' (which is really good), but I wanted to ditch the compact digital camera and try a DSLR camera. DSLR cameras are such a good investment, as once you have the camera body, you can have multiple lenses for different needs. I was stuck between the Canon 1200D and Nikon D3200, but I chose the Nikon camera because the video and photo quality is higher not only spec wise but also when looking at reviews.

The Nikon D3200 is very simple to use and therefore would be a perfect camera for beginners like myself. Below are some photogarphs I have took using the Nikon D3200.

Click Here for some more photographs using the Nikon D3200.

Amber x

Saturday, 24 October 2015


Yesterday, me, my sister and friend went to Ainsdale beach. The weather was crap, but we had a lovely time. Here are some pictures from the day.

Amber x

Saturday, 17 October 2015


So, I've just completed my third week at university, and I thought it would be a good idea to list the essentials for a fine art degree. I hope this is helpful for anyone who hasn't got their equipment yet or for anyone who maybe looking to study fine art in the future.

The first section is basic stationary
  • Pencil case consisting of pens, pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener
  • 2 A4/ A5 notebooks. One for Fine Art and one for Art History. (if you do both)
  • plastic A4 folder to put any papers into that you need to take with you
  • Ring binder with plastic wallets to put any papers that you don't need to take with you

The second section is the actual art equipment
  • Acrylic paint in the primary colours + black and white
  • Paint brushes in varies different sizes
  • A1 portfolio
  • 2 A4 sketchbook
  • 2 A3 sketchbooks
  • A1 paper
  • Toolbox
  • Mixing palette
  • Black drawing ink
  • Pencils 2B- 6B
  • Graphite sticks
  • Black compressed charcoal
  • Willow charcoal sticks
  • White chalk
  • Putty rubber
  • Fixative
  • PVA glue
  • Masking tape
  • Drawing pins
  • Scalpel handle and blades
  • Scissors
  • Stanley knife
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver
  • Claw hammer
  • Carpenters square
  • Metal ruler

The third section is books- this will probably be different for each university but I thought I would list a few that I was told I need.
  • Vitamin D: New perspectives in drawing
  • Vitamin P2: New perspectives in painting
  • After the Revolution: Women who transformed contemporary art

The last section is electrical
  • A laptop or a desktop pc and a small laptop/ tablet to bring with you to university
  • Dslr camera (not essential, however will be an advantage). I've got the Nikon D3200, which is a really great DSLR camera for beginners.

What are you studying at uni/ college/ school?

Amber x

Saturday, 5 September 2015


So, I have been to the cinema 3 times this month (well 4 including Paper Towns). So here are reviews of the 3 movies I've watched.

The first is 'Straight Outta Compton'. I don't think I can fathom into words how much I loved this movie. If you are a Hip Hop fan like myself you will love this movie as it portrays perfectly what Hip Hop is all about, which is telling a real life story. However if your not a Hip Hop fan like my amigo Jada, you will still find the movie interesting as it touches on subjects such as racism, HIV and poverty. The only downfall was the length of the movie... I wish it was longer which is weird considering it was around 3 hours long.
Overall it was a brilliant, emotional yet funny movie with sick music!
Also OMG Ice Cube's son is the spitting image of him!

The next movie is 'Trainwreck'. The first half of this movie was really funny and witty and the main character 'Amy' is just hilarious and she basically is that person who says what everyone is thinking. However the movie was so unnecessarily long, and I got quite bored at the end and just wanted to go home and watch OITNB lol.

I watched Me and Earl and the Dying Girl yesterday and it was AMAZING! It was such an emotional movie. My favourite character in the movie is Earl, he is hilarious! It's hard to write this review without giving any spoilers so I'm going to leave it here but overall the whole movie was such an emotional roller coaster.

What movies have you seen lately?
Amber x

Tuesday, 4 August 2015


On the 1st of August me and my friend Jada went to the fan screening of Paper Towns. I was extremely excited to see the movie as I loved the book so much. So here are my views on the movie and whether it lived up to my high expectations.

Firstly I think the actors were perfect. Cara did surprisingly well as Margo however sometimes her British accent would come through. Also Nat did an incredible job as always.

Also what I loved about watching the movie, was seeing scenes from the book in real life. for example the abandoned building were Margo goes to was exactly how I imagined it and I found it exciting to finally see these things in visual forms.

The main down fall for the movie was the ending! In the book the ending is quite sad, Quentin is "in love" with Margo and he finally comes to understand that it's just not meant to be however he still wishes for it to happen. In the movie I think it's not as sad, Margo and Quentin get closure on their feelings and then Quentin makes it back just in time to go to prom and everything is fine and dandy.

Overall I think the movie is quite neutral. I felt as though I didn't go through all the emotions I experienced while reading the book. I guess if you haven't read the book you will have nothing to compare it with and therefore may find it more enjoyable.

If you have read paper towns or seen the movie, comment below with your thoughts.

Amber x

Monday, 22 June 2015


The Africa Oye is an annual festival that is held in Liverpool to celebrate everything African to food, art and music. I go every year and one of the main things I love about it is the coming together of different people from different cultures celebrating Africa.

Here are some pictures from the Africa Oye 2015.

How did you spend your weekend?

Amber x

Sunday, 31 May 2015



Frida Kahlo is an artist from Mexico. She was born in 1907 and died in 1954. She is known for her self- portraits, Frida Kahlo said that she paints herself as she is alone so often. In her self portraits she always puts facial hair and a mono brow on herself.

Frida Kahlo inspires me because she was in a severe accident involving a bus and a car. She was in a full body cast for 3 months. She fully recovered however she would have relapses of extreme pain, which continued for the rest of her life. Considering all of this, she continued to be creative and didn't make any excuses to not paint. 

I also love reading her quotes to motivate and inspire me. Here is my favourite quote by Frida Kahlo.
  • "I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes my head without any other consideration."

Who is your inspiration? I would love to know.

Amber x