Friday, 8 June 2012

Post Degree Work

New beginnings! So I will by the end of this week get around to updating the layout & look of this blog, however for now I am just going to divulge some artwork i'm doing for a new project.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Artists Statement & Evaluation

Androgyny can refer to having both male and female characteristics. The origin of the word lies in Greek culture meaning literally ‘man and woman’.

I wanted to explore this theme of gender in freedom of expression; my point in highlighting the gender subject is that it should not matter, belong to rigid roles or expectations. I felt by finding and depicting real people who conflict with usual gender norms, I could better celebrate the phenomena of androgyny, and pose interesting questions about how we still see gender.

In my collection of monochrome portraits I am focusing on the person, their expression and their particular conflicting signs of gender. Grace Jones depicted here in a trademark hood, however here it is white and more typically feminine, her quote is in contrast to this side of Grace, whilst Pinks image illustrates her quote more directly.

In mythos, I begin to compare these celebrated figures from the media to Androgynous character in legend. I wanted the portraits to stare like manikins, a blank slate to apply conflicting & interesting symbols to. Tilda Swinton has described herself as a soldier, running her life like a military operation; her idols such as her father have influenced her signature androgynous typecasting. In the d├ęcor that surrounds her I am comparing her to Athena, with the Scottish twist, Celtic war paint & thistles, of Tilda’s own roots.

The twins from Tokio Hotel immediately reminded me of the original stories of the Gemini Androgynes. The journey through this collective of portraits reflects different genders within androgyny itself. Tilda the Male/Female strong masculine, Andriej Pejic represents the Female/male feminine soft whimsical. This middle panel speaks of the duality of the subject. A balance of opposites.

Andriej Peic reminds me of Dionysus the god of revelry in ancient Greece. I depicted his crown of leaves in a more typically Andrej manner. Andrej Pejic is like a male peacock, completely male, but merely more flamboyant than his female peers.


Overall I am very happy with what I have achieved throughout this last module & the portfolio I now have at the end of my degree. I still have a lot of growth in both skill and concept to do, and I hope to continue to produce work that will be better than that before. With this module almost all the images created have taken a place in my portfolio, replacing older work. I feel I still want to try my hand at many different outlets, however i feel with every module i have defined my style and identity a bit more.

Working with clients has been the most exciting thing I have experienced, and i finally see how lucrative and enjoyable freelance work can be. I will still be keeping an open mind and eye for in house design positions, placements, contracts and possibly teaching positions. But for now I am motivated to begin my own personal projects, sand continue to work with clients.

My T-shirts & design against fur entry fitted each brief well. I feel I want to explore some more T-shirt prints for me personally, producing work i can sell and reproduce myself for fairs and selling online.

I will hear about Design Aganst fur in june, and I plan to start working on my submissions for other competitions such as Folio Society much earlier this year.

My portraits I am happy with and will be sending them everywhere to promote myself, I will also be working on projects to compliment this style of of work as it is a very natural method of working for me. The Dolphin project I hope will feature some beautiful pencil rendered dolphins with patterned & stylised sea-spray etc. I could however work to stylise the pencil rendering somewhat to be typically signature - how i personally see my style signature is a soft, etherial touch to the way i use the medium, so I could exaggerate this through exploring more charcoal work.

As many visiting lectures have said an agent is not nessicarily the best way to do this, and currently i have enough work from contacts I've made to keep me busy. I feel one thing I have demonstrated to myself is my capabilities to organise and manage my online presence. Whilst I have worked everyday in order to create a project i am proud of, I am really excited to begin the next thing and I do feel with the time I have this summer I can work on many more projects aimed at selling or getting my work seen by the right people. In this area I feel far more confident than I did.

Celebrity Contacts?

So I emailed the most minor Celebrity from my Portraits Collection, one that I could more easily track down a contact detail for.

Sebastian Simon

His videos are not huge but you never know someone just might be watching!

He also has posted it on his Facebook profile and I have had a couple of kind messages already from fans.

P!nk I am a huge fan of - because of her style, music, performances and her work with animal rights. So when I saw this I got very excited!

P!nk will select from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.


  • Participants may use the provided downloadable image as inspiration for their artwork/photograph
  • Participants may design their artwork or submit their photograph to measure the Facebook Timeline requirements of 851x315
  • Submissions must be original and submitted in JPEG or PNG format and must not have been commercially used either before or during this Creative Invite
  • The winning design may be modified to suit production requirements
  • Participants must retain their original artwork/designs should they be chosen as a winner
  • If submitting a photograph, participants must submit a photograph inspired by P!nk's music and provided image
  • Photographs submitted must be original (meaning not using third party copyright materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity
  • Prizes:

    (a) Host Choice Prize: One (1) Host Choice winner will receive:

    • A framed copy of their design or photograph, signed by P!nk
    • A feature on P!nk’s social media channels
    • $1000

    (b) Additional Winners: One (1) Additional Winner will receive:

    • A feature on P!nk’s Facebook page
    • $250

    (c) Popular Winner: The Popular Winner will receive:

    • A feature on P!nk’s Facebook page
    • $250

    (d) If selected as winner, entrants understand that the Contest Entities and/or P!nk (or their representatives) are not obligated to repurpose the winning entries in any way.

    It's perfect …. until if you read the small print under Pinks image … US participants ONLY!

    How very Frustrating, I dowonder if theres a loop hole.

Creative CV

So I gathered some interesting creative CVs i could find.

I really like this idea! it's fun, and interesting.

Revisiting Wanted, and character (illustrator) profile
I am an Artist/Illustrator/Designer
Medium Proficiency
  • PS
  • AI
  • FL
  • ID
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Painting
  • Mixed Media
Subject Proficiency
  • Portrature
  • Characture
  • Character Design
  • Comic
  • T-shirt Design
  • Poster Design
  • Pattern Making
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Written
  • Verbal
Team Work
  • Mac
  • PC
  • Paper
  • Wacom Tablet
  • Sketchbook
  • Camera
  • Team work,
  • People,
  • Drawing
  • Context
  • Books
  • Narrative
  • Making
Territory & Connections
Map?from plymouth, isle of wight to USA?

Character Profile : Jonathan Habens is a creative artist and work-a-holic illustrator with skills in Design,image making and creative concepts. As a child he would constantly be sketching animals, and later people and characters, finding much inspiration in the stories, narrative, books and peoples lives. Jonathan moved to Plymouth in 2009 to attend art school and studied a BA degree in Illustration.
He has been described as an ‘All-round Artist’ having an eclectic portfolio and priding himself at being able to turn his hand to anything. Despite this the work he most enjoys is always concerned with detail and will often at the beginning of projects begin with analytical observations.
Jonathan has extensive experience with the Adobe Creative Suite, especially in PhotoShop and Illustrator, and has been using a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet since he was 17. Whilst most of his work starts out in traditional media, keeping strong traditional sketching, sculpture and painting skills, Jonathan is adept at taking things to the computer to create a polished more ‘new’ feeling image.
“I love to take on extra work. This is what I enjoy and I am fortunate to have realised I can make a career from it.”

Completed Missions
  • Ambassador of the Year 2011
  • Little Egret Press Placement Award
  • Certificate of Communication
Allies & Comrades

Graphics (charts & Illustrations)

Illustration Folds.

Logo experimenting.
In the end I have decided to make three versions of my Creative CV suitable for Concept art, Design & General drawing and illustration.

I really like Re.Vu it's URL is simple and it does the job it is easy to code yourself, it's free! and it even gives you your own little lightscreen gallery that you can zoom in on images with.

I would much rather have a website that works then be precious about 'I must make it from skratch and do everything myself.

Updating business cards next I still have to play around with these a fair bit to get the cohesion I want.

Sunday, 27 May 2012


Thank you Mel!

KARST Graduate Scheme is a residency focused on supporting an investing in local graduates from Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University. Our aim is to actively support student transition from study to practicing artist. Through a period of 3 months graduates will be provided with a platform to immersive themselves in a contemporary professional environment where you will be encouraged to develop work to successfully engage in artist-led practice.

To enter the graduate scheme applicants must be a local resident to the Plymouth area and currently studying on a final year visual arts degree course graduating in 2012. The scheme is open to students from Plymouth College of Art OR Plymouth University. The graduate scheme is open to Fine Art, Photography, Film, Illustration and Contemporary Craft Practices. The graduate residency will be awarded on the merit of your Final Degree Show. To be considered for the KARST Graduate Scheme please fill in the below form. You will then be added to the list of reviewable candidates and informed of selection end of June 2012.

If you have any enquiries before submitting please contact Glen Johnston at



Friday, 25 May 2012

The Dolphins Project

Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is a campaign under the International Marine Mammal Project at the non-profit Earth Island Institute. The Dolphin Project aims to stop dolphin slaughter and exploitation around the world. This work has been chronicled in films such as A Fall From Freedom, the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, and in the Animal Planet mini-series Blood Dolphin.

Campaigns for dolphin protection are currently underway in a variety of locations around the globe, including the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Egypt, and Singapore.

I received an email from their branding officer.

Hello there Jon!

My name is Arielle. I recently posted in, and was given your website to check out !

I work closely with Ric O'Barry and the Dolphin Project ( )
And we need some flyers and beautiful artwork done for our upcoming benefit concert in Tokyo in September, as well as for some t-shirts, guitar designs, and much more.
Please let me know what I can do for you. We have a budget of around 250 dollars, if that's ok and necessary for you to do your work :)

Let me just say right now how talented you are! My god.
I was looking around trying to let you know which one I loved the best, and to be honest, I couldn't even pick. I LOVE the wildcats, I love the ones where you have all of your blues .I find the ones that have white and blue seem to be the most profound to me with your palette taste and blending. Absolutely mind blowing, jaw dropping , fantastic. Thank you so much. I am so blessed I was given your info.


Thank you so much


"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things,
man will not himself find peace."
-Albert Switzer(1955 Nobel Peace Prize)

Hi Arielle,

I would love to be involved in supporting your project - I am however currently finishing the last part of my degree and really cannot take on too much more at the moment, could you send me more details for exactly what you need and when you will need it by?
My hourly rate is between £25 - £30. However if the project is something I support such as this I usually will be quite flexible to allow for your budgets.

Thank you for your kind words, and getting in touch,

Hey jonathan!! Thank you for the quick reply !

Exactly what I need is a a design for a flyer that we can pass around. It's going to be essentially a music concert flyer but we want ro make it really exciting and creative. It's just going to give the who what where's of a benefit concert we are putting on. As all the details aren't completely honed in, sometime down the line we will need a touch up f a date or two but that would be very minor. I am looking to get this started ASAP but I understand that you are taking classes and how busy that can be. !
The sooner we can start the better..
I am happy to pay you whatever you need, and maybe we couldeven bring you out to Japan as well for the gathering. :)
We just want this to be exciting for someone to see. Impressive and a new artistic (modern yet not too complex) flyer design. Eventually we would like to get some t shirt ideas rolling and stuff too after the flyer is finished. But that can be in a few weeks or even a month from now. I think it could be fun for us all. There is a logo we can play with but thwre is also a lot of freedom.

Let me know how this sounds :)

Hi Arielle,

I have some vision of detailed patterned dolphins I'd love to start working on for your project.

In college our deadline is next tuesday. If you can hold off till just then I'd be happy to start working on designs. I potentially can have things ready for late that week.

If you want to send me over details - information about the flyers & Shirt ideas, anything you have discussed that would be great to read over so I can begin building up ideas.

For your interest I have attached what I am working on at the moment in my last project.
My two main part of this project have been celebrity portraits & bird designs for T-shirt prints.

Speak soon,

All the best I hope we get the chance to work together on something in the future.


"The connection you have to your art...the emotion running rampant through your work is utterly amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I passed some to Ric to see what he thinks from your site, so he can get excited too

"ake your time with your college, that's the number one thing. I am really glad you emailed me back and said you were going to be available. That's fantastic! I can definitely hold off until next Tuesday.

I will send you some stuff in a few hours , after I discuss a few things with the team so we can get this going :)"