From time to time I read photography magazines and blogs in the vague hope I can pick up a few tips to improve my photography for my website and other publicity tools. It's my least favourite job because my photographs never come out as brilliantly as I think they will (I have never so much appreciated the skill of professional photographers!)
I am a terrible procrastinator when it comes to having to grapple with tripods and remember how to do the settings on the camera, and guilty of using my phone or iPad instead (I know - it's not a great idea for an artist to fill up their website with phone pics!) But today I read something absolutely fascinating about misting a polythene sheet and setting objects behind it. I thought it was a brilliant idea (I bet all you clever photographers are sniggering up your sleeves at me getting all excited about what is probably the oldest trick in the book for you).
So I gave it a go with some objects I have lying around in the studio and had a whale of a time. What's really spooky though, is the appearance of a face in the top right of the first photo here ... I have no idea where it came from.
THE WEEKLY: BINKY McKEE AND ME
Welcome to my blog where I share my work as an illustrator as well as occasional events from the week.
I illustrate under the pen-name of Binky McKee, McKee being my mother's maiden name. Binky was the name of every single cat my great-grandmother owned - about 40 of them during her life! It seemed natural to devote my more nurturing, colourful, story-telling work to the female side of the family, whilst practicing my art work under my paternal name.
Currently I am working on illustrating a children's book, and of course I can't resist an Instagram challenge such as Folktale Week or Inktober!
I hope you enjoy the work!
Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland