21 years old, Art Student, Illustrator, Photographer, Writer, Thinker, Existentialist.

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Friday, 26 March 2010

Handmade Book

Front and back cover
Page 1
Life is full of self confidence
issues and body hang-ups.
To think of one as art
& an individual is to truly
think outside of the box.
Page 2
Page 3
Adam Byrne
enjoys using
the bare essentials.

Made using an old sketchbook and cardboard for the spine, i like how every page responds with each other and links to make an interesting and unpredictable piece. The last page is done using a typewriter and a dynomarker.

Self Project

Top of the box
Bottom of the box
Front of the box
Back of the box
Left of the box
Right of the box

This is the second attempt of the box idea. The first one was intended to be made with old sketchbooks, but because it was harder to draw on I used parcel paper and pen to draw images of myself on all of the box's faces.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Blu Tack Advertisement

These are the stills for a stop-frame animation I did for the company Bostik, they make Blu Tack.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010


With student finance well on it's way and getting a place in the dream factory (I mean art school, not Noel's excuse of a gameshow), it's all a matter of finding somewhere to live. Having scrapped the idea of living with friends, simply due to going to different universities and the fiascos of washing-up I've decieded to look for a nice studio appartment. Mulling it over it seems like an amicable decision, and much catered for me as a person, meaning I can do what I want when I want and eat basically whatever crap I choose to introduce to my body.

There was something I heard recently about that it is a human right that we have access to the internet, what utter bullshit to be honest. Personally I feel it has it's uses as far as blogging is concerned, but to rely on it soley for relationships, comfort, communication and research makes us lazy and unconnected with each other as individuals. I don't see what is so wrong with finding someone to be with the 'natural' way, using human interaction, writing letters, or reading books. What I have just written relates to how I feel about art, it is a personal process that should be composed by the artist themselves without the reliance on photoshop, digital cameras or state of the art special effects.

Friday, 12 March 2010


Quite frankly I'm gutted, the plan to boycott McDonalds is still in the pipeline since I have to buy something to use as material for my Final Major Project. I'm creating a series of 10 illustrations which reflect cultural stereotypes so I'll be needing that large milkshake after all.

I much prefer those quirky one-off shops, not the massive retail chains like Starbucks (yes, I'm going off them), you could go to the Moon and there'd be a Starbucks, it's guarantee. Like in Whitby theres places like The Owl and the Pussycat and The Shepherd's purse - apart from those dodgy liquorice sticks I bought which resembled twigs (I think they were actually twigs) - that you'd never see anywhere else, thats whats so good about them. Plus some also still sell the odd controversial Gollywog now aptly renamed Gollytoy, cheers political correctness, you once again save the day.

Dewsbury seems to be going up in the world, what with Question Time last night it's only a matter of time until we get the Olympics. Bring it on!

Thursday, 11 March 2010


Viva art school! I'm not going to put what they said about my portfolio, but it's all positive and the chances are that i got. All set for uni now, just student finance to sort out (probably be gone in the first week knowing my money management skills).

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Book Cover design

Version 1

By using a wallpaper design and photoshop, i created the impression of the time traveller materialising, i like how the colours all work together and create a vintage feel.

Version 2

This was acheived using Adobe Illustrator. Originally i took a newspaper image and using an eraser, I erased half of the image and went over in black ink to give the 'new' look and scanned it into Illustrator and used the Live Trace function.

Bearing in mind I prefer to hand draw and not rely on computers and technology I am pleased with the outcome of the designs.

Day One

I've never written a blog before. Anyway, here is where I'll post - art, photography, poetry, diary enteries etc. and other such things.

I have my final interview for university today, my portfolio is sitting by the radiator keeping nice and toastie while i'm perched under the window wearing a christmas t-shirt. I really hope i get into this art school, theres much more soul here and artistic freedom to persue whatever medium you want to use. I've been successful in two interviews so far so this one should be quite straightforward.

Rather than rant on, i'll just end this first blog here for now.