October 07, 2016


So I've been thinking of ways to improve my sketching/ drawing skills - and I think one of the ways to start would be to start drawing for almost everything. Including note taking - don't just write note, sketch-note instead. Make the notes more visual and interesting to look back on. I used to do that alot but now I have kinda stopped. I think it'll be good practise if I start again. And if I teach myself typographical writing again...

I love this guidehttp://www.jetpens.com/blog/sketchnotes-a-guide-to-visual-note-taking/pt/892 (Image below is from the guide).

Since starting sketching more frequently (for a uni project), I've become so much more interested in all sorts of pens and types of paper too. My sketching skills at the moment are not too good because I've been very lazy in the past few months, but when I was younger if I drew and sketched a lot my skills rapidly improved, so hopefully it will be the same now and I'll be back up in the skill level.

The right pen can help or hurt though! So I've spent about £20 on new pens ordered from Amazon (haha... OK about £30) and literally can't wait to try them out!!!

So far I've only got my biro's and black Sharpie fine point felt tip to draw with, but I don't think these are very good drawing mediums as the line for the biro is not fluid enough and the Sharpie fine point is still too heavy at about 1mm thick. The pens I've ordered range from 0.7mm to 0.3mm, so hopefully this will produce results I am happier with!! (At the moment, I'm not impressed by my sketches :/) I'll get good practise this afternoon as I brainstorm ideas for my third project of the course - we got real busy real quick!!!)

Below are my tests of the different pens I have at the moment...

In case you didn't know, I have started a second blog over on wix.com, which I reckon I'll be blogging a lot more on - although I will probably update this one from time to time with more personable posts. The blog records my MA Interior  Architecture & Design journey, projects and ideas I have over the year will be posted on there.

Check it out here if you haven't already! :)

hello october

October is already here, the year is nearly over! The weather is getting steadily colder day by day, so I'm writing this all wrapped up with the heater on full blast - not that it seems to be making much of a difference! The windows in my new room (although it feels more like an apartment due to it being very loft-like!) are huge, and although they let in loads of light, they also let out a lot of heat. The oil heater alone is just not gonna cut it. I need to find a plug-in portable fan heater, ASAP.

As I've recently returned to university for my Masters year (studying Interior Architecture & Design), I've been quite busy moving, decorating (although I still have a long way to go with that), and making sure I don't starve. I'm not sure how often I'll be able to post on this blog throughout the year, but to my dear readers, please be very sympathetic! I hope I won't get too busy but you never know. If I manage to post twice a month at least, I'll be happy.

In other news, I have started another blog (yes, I know), as a requirement for my course is to keep a regular design based blog (which is what this was supposed to be!!) However, the blog my new tutors wanted us to keep had to be done on wix.com, which is why I couldn't just use this blog. Anyway, this is a personal blog, whereas the other is solely going to be based on projects we do throughout the year and feature case studies and designer spotlights/ research into design.

Check it out here: http://salomeyd.wixsite.com/mastersiadblog

I may actually post on there more regularly than I do on here, but I'll try to keep it even Stevens. Anyway, enjoy the pictures. These are from my phone, when I get time to upload my DSLR camera pics I will and will do another post for them... Pics from around the uni campus below...

My beloved Nottingham!! Bottom pic is SOOC (proud of my little phone for getting such a good image!)

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