Monday, 28 June 2010

How to make apple pie

A nice wee quote from physicist Carl Sagan ruined by some terrible humour and editing on my part, and some more of the usual scribblings. I've only recently come across Carl Sagan thanks to some conversations with an old lecturer. Its odd that I'd never really took notice of his work before. I'd heard his name thrown about in the past and had a vague idea of who he was, but had never taken the five seconds out of my busy schedule to type his name into google. The best way I can think to describe him without putting in too much thought or effort to come up with a far more intelligent and informed comparison, is that to an extent, he was the Brian Cox of his generation. I've only seen a few interviews and clips of him in action but I'm fairly sure he might be fantastic. He seems to have a knack for turning what is usually presented as cold, hard and calculated science, into a form of poetry thanks to the way he describes the universe, his use of language, and his sheer enthusiasm and passion for the subject. Unfortuantely I'm entirely aware of how lame/geeky that sounds, but I'm sitting here writing this while wearing a pair of glasses that are held together by masking tape and glue, so I'm also entirely unsurprised.

Thursday, 24 June 2010


I've spent the last couple of weeks working in my sketchbook and vaguely trying to establish some sort of semi-coherent theme for my fourth year illustration degree show. I've always been pretty keen on trying to bring some elements of science and physics into my work so now its just a case of figuring out how to actually go about doing that. I've been reading a few books and articles on the subject over the last month or so and hopefully by the end I'll actually manage to salvage some kind of interesting topic from the very few paragraphs that make sense to me. Unfortunately understanding modern physics and astronomy Isn't quite as easy as episodes of Doctor Who would suggest so I tend to read articles about seven times before the words start to actually mean something, and even then, what they do mean usually gives me a headache for the next few days. When a books first chapter is called 'Nothing is real', you probably shouldn't read it unless you like the feeling of your brain silently crying.
So these images are really just a quick wee trial to see what direction Im going to start working in. They're all pretty straight forward and there's not much of a meaning to them other than experimenting with lines, shapes and composition. The intention is to eventually find a way of creating an image or series of images that actually says something interesting about a particular area of space, physics and exploration, Im just not entirely sure what that message might be right now.