What’s Next?

So… thats it. I am officially finished University. So whats next?

Well, something i don’t talk about too much on my blog is that i have a major heart condition. I had my last surgery when i was 11 and it has done me very well, but as the years go on it has declined and so at the end of this year i am having two surgeries.

My recovery time in 2004 was a few months, and it will be the same this time. Due to this fact, i don’t want to go out now and start working for a studio and when i’m a few months into it say “hey i’m away for a few months, bye!” i am always feeling tired and struggling to get work done, i don’t want to start my professional life this way. I would much rather wait and begin when i am at the best health i can be, and can produce the best work i can.

So for now, whats the plan? Sit around and wait? HELL NO.

I am an artist and illustrator at heart. It’s what i enjoy doing, and its probably what i am best at. Through the past few years i have gotten the odd commission to do paintings of peoples pets etc and sold some water colour illustrations also.  So i am turning this into a business.

The Crafty Cat

I want to do all things craft (paint, draw, design, tapestry etc) and so i wanted the word ‘craft’ in my business name somewhere. My name is Emma Catherine, and it was my close friend Mark Lisk who said “What about the crafty cat?” and i was sold. Being an animal lover as well, it was perfect.  I got straight to work designing a logo.

I knew straight away i wanted the logo to be a cat. Due to my dear love of water colour painting, i came up with this…

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I simply took a basic cat silhouette from google and then started playing around with splats of colour with my paints, I combined them and made this, and for once, i actually love it. It embodies everything about me and my designs. Colourful, playful, delicate and usually involving an animal.

For the font i knew i wanted something quite natural, but since my own handwriting is pretty rubbish, i found this for free on Dafont.com and i think its perfect. It is called ‘Jellyka- Estrya’s Handwriting‘.

Although ‘The Crafty Cat’ has not been announced to the public yet, everything has been set in motion. I have made a Facebook Page…

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And an Instagram Account…

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Although as you can see, both of these are empty as i don’t want to start uploading to them until i have announced the business and the pages are ‘live’ so to speak.

I have also ordered business cards, once these arrive i will officially be ready to roll…

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Even though this venture has barely begun, i am very excited and hopeful for the future. If it goes well i will eventually start an  Etsy store too.

Business Cards

With my Business Card design i didn’t want to go to ‘artsy’ as i wanted them to remain profesional and to the point.

I went for a simple white background with black paint splat design. I wanted to add a feminine touch, and as mentioned in  a previous post, i really like the ‘rose gold/copper’ look at the moment. So i decided to go with that. I simply made a copper boarder and placed the necessary information within it. I ordered them so that the copper font would appear metallic in it’s finish

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Looking at them now, i do wish i had with something a little more creative, but still keeping it plain, but these can always be redesigned at a later date.

Film Shots

We have dramatically changed the film since these were shot and basically edited but it gives you an idea of the story and position in which the story reads.

Since then we have fully edited, added it many transitions and filters and we have worked hard on voice recordings of and given it a real schizophrenic approach.

Film opens in black when a letter comes through the door and fills the shot with light.

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When the see lead character opening and reading letter.

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We see a close up shot of the letter which informs us she has been selected to model for model Belfast.

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We then see the lead character happily walk out the door.

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She happily looks up at the sky and takes a deep breath of fresh air.

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This shot then transitions into a new scene of her doing the same pose whilst modelling at her shoot.

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We then see her continue to strike a few poses.

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She oozes confidence.

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We then see a camera flash

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We then see the mouth of what we can assume is the interviewer saying ‘youre not good enough for this anymore’.

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We go back to another shot of the lead character posing in a full body shot.

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We see another camera flash

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We then see a side view of the interviewer snidely saying ‘i’m sorry’

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The lead character swivels around in her chair to face the camera. We see her face become wounded and horrifying.

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Screen fades to black

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The hand held shaking expresses that the lead character is drunk

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The drunken character judges her appearance to point were she begins to draw on pre surgery lines as if to alter her image drastically.

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We then change to a shot of the character drunkenly stumbling to her bed.

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She flops onto her bed.

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Her back to the camera.

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In her drunken slumber she rolls over to reveal her face, horribly changed, with deep wounds.

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The camera fades to black

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Camera blurs into the next morning

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We see the character putting on her jacket to leave the house, her face perfectly fine again.

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As she walks out the camera transitions and we see her walking out of the house with her face looking horrible again.

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We see her walk out the door.

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We then see a shot of her as a normal person having a normal fun time socializing. We begin to see a character

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We see the lead character doing work whilst this stalker ghost stares in the unfocused backgroundscreen-shot-2013-11-06-at-23-48-04

We see a shot of the lead character walking home, the stalker/ghost soon follows looking hauntingly pale.

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Once the lead character walks into her home we see a foot wedge open the door, no doubt its the stalker.

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The camera pans upwards and we see a hand holding the scalpel screen-shot-2013-11-06-at-23-49-29

We then see the lead character using the scalpel to cut into the pre-surgery lines.

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The shot changes to layers of film of her cutting herself, we see blood pouring down her face.

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We her pain and blood

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Enough is enough and she screams

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The screen fades to black.

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The end.