Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Tweakage and greetings

I've been busy the last week or so completing the pointy portrait of my friend's little boy.  I spent 18 hours on it and although it is finished I allowed last night for what I like to call tweakage - I've discovered that when I take a photo of a drawing and then see it on the computer screen I will usually see something I want to tweak but rather than going back to it straightaway I leave it overnight and go back to it the next day.  It helps to do it with fresh eyes. So I did that last night and then had to just leave it alone, tempting though it is to keep on tweaking. 

I don't know if it is a characteristic of me personally or just typical of anyone who creates something arty or crafty from scratch but I tend to be hyper-critical of my art work and usually have that teachers' report card staple 'could do better' running through my head.  Anyway,  I posted a photo of it to my friend last night and she phoned me today to say that she loved it! I am so pleased and hopefully it might be the start of things to come (fingers crossed). Anyway, here it is.

These are the photos I worked from. Mostly the first but with a little bit of the second mixed in. He's such a cutie, I only hope I've done that cuteness justice!

I went last Friday to a framing shop in Belfast to get the portrait I did of Audrey Hepburn framed.  Next door to the framing shop there is a great craft shop and I'm like a kid in a sweet shop with all the arty crafty things they stock.

I've been thinking recently that I would like to design a range of greeting cards and so have been learning about what is involved and what I would need to get started.  I've already got an idea of a design and am going to start working on that this week.  I bought some blank greeting cards and the little cellophane pockets to put them in and I also treated myself to a bespoke ink stamp for Pointy Pix designs which I can stamp on the back of each of my cards - it was a little more expensive than I bargained for but I figured it would make the cards look that bit more professional and will hopefully over time pay for itself (well, over a very long time perhaps!) 

I'll post my design ideas when they're a bit more concrete - feedback negative or positive will be welcomed!


  1. As the proud mummy of Ryan I can honestly say that I'm completely delighted and in awe of the beautiful picture Nicola has done. I always knew she was talented but to see the likeness she has taken from my photo is amazing. I would recommend anyone who would like something special and unique to commission Pointy Pix... I will be again in the future!! Thank you so much Nicola!! Luv Suzanne & Kam & Ryan xx

  2. Thank you so much Suzanne - high praise indeed!! :0)


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