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So far, there are 3 two projects that may peak your interest hats;
-indieVISUAL FYSM 2011: January HAPPENING NOW!
-indieVISUAL Journal Challenge 2010: Jan 1st '10-Jan 1st '11
-indieVISUAL Sum Up MY Summer 2010: June 1st '10 - Sepetember 1st '10
More information is in the side bar but if you still have queries, don't hesitate to email me @ indievisual@live.co.uk

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Hey, hope you're enjoying your January/FYSM/day! :]
If you haven't started yet there's still a lot of time left and I'm always here if you need some ideas!
Today I just wanted to link you to another little ol' blog that I started this year.
For now it documents my little adventures but who knows where it'll go.
I'd really appreciate if you'd take time to have a look! I'm really enjoying getting back into blogging.
Click Here to go straight there!
Here are some taster pictures of what to expect!

See you at the end of the month. Stay creative cool cats!

Friday, 31 December 2010


Hello, been a while, and welcome to the mandatory blog post about my next new wacky project!
Excited? You should be!
No pressure.
This project is called indieVISUAL FYSM which stand for ‘Fill Your Sketchbook Month’ and means very much what you probably think it means; we’re going to try and fill our sketchbooks….in a month…. Colon-zero!!!
It feels odd even trying to further explain it but I’ve never been one to discourage curiosity, so if this sounds like something you’d like to be involved with then read ahead. Also be aware there are other ways to help if you know you won’t be able to produce a sketchbook so…go on….read ahead anyway.

When does it start?!
The official month is January 2011. I’ll be starting on January 1st and hoping to complete by the 31st. It’s a fresh new start and a good idea if you’re stuck for creative resolutions! If you haven’t started by January 1st, read on.

Probably my fault more than anything for not telling you sooner (the new year snuck upon me like a sneaky snake wearing sneakers). I’d like as many people to be finished by January 31st but if you start a little late, it’s fine to finish a little late too. But don’t see that as an excuse. As soon as you buy/own an empty sketchbook; your month starts from there! I’ll be WATCHING*!!!!

*Not really.

How big do our sketchbooks need to be?!
In this project, size does not actually matter. I’m using a fairly thin A5 landscape (that I made by cutting a A4 one in half) sketchbook because I know that’s a realistic size for what I’m going to be able to achieve. If that seems too big or too small to you, by all means use whichever size you think you’ll be able to fill. I think the key is not to be too ambitious and also take into consideration if you’ll want to take your sketchbook around with you, you’ll need to be able to get it out the door. (I’d recommend no bigger than A4)

Is it just sketches?
No no no and….maybe. If you want it to be. Just like the journal challenge last year (drawing once a day, every day, for an entire year) it’s entirely your own ‘indievisual’ choice of what you put in your sketchbook. Hopefully the video will show you some methods if you’re really stuck but just…relax…have fun! Sketchbooks can be all about the ideas rather than the finished product. Don’t try and make every page a masterpiece and just go with the flow, go crazy!…I filled an entire page with pencil sharpenings once but perhaps that story is for another time.

So…do I have to do it like…everyday?
Nope! The beauty of this is that it’ll help you to understand how to work a considerable amount of art into your busy lives. You could –and I know people who do- fill a sketchbook in a day and slack off for the rest of the month. But learning a healthy pattern of when to do art is something only you can know how to do. This is a time to really experiment with a fresh new start to the year.

What do I do with it/Why am I doing this?
Well no one is forcing you to do anything and sadly I haven’t trained a group of singing monkeys to spring from your sketchbook on completion and juggle for you. What you’ll have is a record of a lot of thoughts and feeling in your first month of 2011 and I think that’s exciting enough!!! …I know, I know….I’d prefer the monkeys too…

Hey, how does this fit into the Journal Challenge/Is the Journal Challenge happening this year?
The journal challenge is DEFINITELY happening this year by all means. But I’ll focus on that a little more after January. You can do one and not the other but you can also do both! What I’m hoping will happen is some people will be pleasantly surprised by how much they can achieve within a month and therefore be encouraged to draw a lot more over the next year. If you want to talk to me about your thoughts then I’m easily contactable by email; indievisual@live.co.uk

No idea what I’m talking about? Check the FAQs!

Derp. There’s no way I can do that. How else can I help?
As I’ve said before, sketchbooks are all about ideas! And to fill an entire sketchbook? You need LOTS of ideas. If you’ve got thoughts or ideas on what you want others to be drawing (including me obviously) share them with each other! You can even collaborate with friends to create one whole awesome sketchbook. As long as you fill a sketchbook, the rest is yours to decide.

I hope this helped. If you have any more general questions or suggestions then don’t hesitate to ask me (emailling is good) but this little challenge really isn’t about me. It’s about developing your own skills and making sketchbooks something personal to you.
I wish ye the best of luck with all your creative endeavours!
Oh and Happy New Years and stuff.


Wednesday, 15 December 2010


I think I've lost my camera and I'm trying to win it back. :[

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


Gosh gosh gosh, long time no type!

I have a video for you.

Then come back here an we’ll have a good ol’ chitchat.

So the indieVISUAL Sum-Up My Summer project has been unleashed unto the world! But chances are, in order to make the video fast-pace and entertaining (-ish), I didn’t clarify a lot of things so you’ve probably got a ton of questions. Please browse through this to see if I’ve cleared up anything at all. This may be added to if other questions persist!

Pre-emptive Frequently Asked Questions based on the ones people had for the Journal Challenge. :]

How long does this go on for? 1st June – 1st September 2010 is how long I plan to do mine for, however I’m not going to get too violent if you start earlier. Finishing by September 1st would be helpful if we want to have a big showcase!

What is a disposable camera? Disposable cameras are cameras that have a set number of photos to take (around 20-30 standard), then developed (more on that later) and then never to be used again. They may also be called ‘Single-Use’ Cameras. Because of this, they are fairly cheap.

Do I HAVE to use a disposable camera? Just like the Journal Challenge, nothing is obligatory. If you like this idea but wanna run free on your own turf than absolutely do so! Another alternative is if you have any analogue cameras (the old type with film) they work just as well but I wouldn’t suggest investing unless you really know what you’re doing.

What price are the disposable cameras? This does depend on where you get them from.(more on this later) Here in England, a standard one will cost anything from £3-£10. Even higher depending on what you want it to do (I would suggest you get one with Flash). If you don’t mind splashing out, I’d suggest a £5 camera WITH FLASH is a safe bet. I’ve had cheap ones be a little unreliable but that’s more to do with my luck than anything. For other parts of the world you might wanna do research.

Where do I get the disposable cameras from? In England, they’re everywhere in the Summer! Supermarkets, Boats, Pharmacies. If you’re in another part of the world and you’re finding it difficult to get hold of one, I’d definitely suggest cruising through Ebay! I’ve seen some pretty cheap ones. God bless the internets.

Where do I get the photos developed? In England (sorry, I am in England though) most Boots stores have a place to get photos developed as well as the usual camera stores like Jessops and Kodak. Sadly things in life aren’t free and you have to pay a little bit of money. In other parts of the world, I’m sure camera shops do similar deals. I also saw in a film with Robyn Williams that they do that sort of thing at Wall-mart? Creepy film though.

Are you getting paid by any camera manufacturer?/ ARE YOU A MAJOR CORPORATE COMPANY?!

I wish! ;P But no, this is just a simple idea that I had one day and wanted to share it with you guys./I am a 17 year old girl.

Why are you doing this? I’m not a photographer and I’m not particularly good at using cameras because I have been somewhat spoiled by the use of digital photography being care-free and easily delete-able. With a disposable camera you can really take time to think about your shots and by summing up your summer you know you want to capture a moment.It's just to improve and have a little fun too, really.

Is this a competition? Is there anything I get from this? This is a ‘project’ and because its ‘indieVISUAL’/individual you get your own sense of self satisfaction! I simply don’t have the funds to give out prizes right now and this is all about your own development in photography! :]

So what are we doing after September 1st? In September I want everyone to go get them developed and then? It really depends on how many people get to this stage. More information will be released when the project is underway so hold onto your hats!

How do I keep in-the-know about this project? I’d say follow me on Twitter if you don’t mind getting bombarded with other updates about my life too (I try to keep them interesting!) You can also follow my Journal Challenge Tumblr or of course Subscribe to my YouTube and I’ll put any changes etc in a bulletin.Wow, quite enough self-whoring I think!

I have another question that has not been answered! Cool! You inquisitive little mole, you! Feel free to email me (this blogs commenting system isn’t great for replying) @ indievisual@live.co.uk! I also have a formspring because I am down with the kids!

That is all for now folks. I am excited to hearing responses from you! :]

-Bai bai!


Monday, 8 March 2010


Hullo popsicles! Some genuine news for you. Unlike all that FAKE news that infiltrates the media these days. Sorry, writing a political play at the moment and it’s hard to keep it out of ordinary writing-ma-goos. So WHAT is this news, you ask avidly? The news that I finally got a video up on that there site called YouTube! Yup, it’s finally happened! In my spare time recently I been figuring out a whole LIST of videos I want to create for your peepers –that on a completely unrelated note look absolutely beautiful today and subscribe. :] This video isn’t really very exciting due to it just being me explaining a few things and I like to remind y’all that it’s my first video I’ve made so sometimes it doesn’t work as smooooth as I want it. But hopefully I shall soon inject hypothetical Poly-filler into those gaps and have something joyous to watch throughout the Summer. Joyous and creative! So enjoy, until Summery time acomes.
Thanks for watching! Until some other time when I have something mildly amousing to say. :]

Sunday, 21 February 2010


Right, here’s the deal-i-o Beanie Babies,

My submitSUNDAY may have to be a thing of the past.

No no, don’t cry! I know it’s devastating and only lasted for a month. So, I’m not gunna pretend like I’m particularly busy on Sundays because it’s just a blatant LIE. But my internet connection is being SUPER fail right now. Like it takes me atleast 5 attempts to upload daily onto tumblr! But my blogspot literally REFUSES to upload images. It has a massive toddler-like tantrum and I simply can’t go through the pain every week!
So for now anyway, if you want to check out my drawings, you go to my tumblr! Doesn’t mean I’m not daily checking out everyone’s art though! :]

And then there’s the prospect of managing this stuff on a YouTube level. I wish wish WISH my internet would upload the videos. I just don’t know what’s wrong. I’ve tried, literally, EVERYTHING. And so I have no drive to film anything else before I’ve got more up!

There’s also talk of a Wiki-group so we can keep track of who’s definitely in the project and who’s not. And then if you decide to quite you can just delete yourself off the list. Sound like a good idea? Thanks to SquiggleTag for setting that up. Hopefully we can get something sorted in the near future. I’ll keep you posted!
I suppose that’s what this account will be for, for a while. Important notices and what not. When I’m not drowning in schoolwork maybe I can get some interesting entries here too. :]

So hope you're all being creative!
Keep drawing!

Sunday, 7 February 2010


Guys, I've been trying for the past 6 hours to upload the damn images to this page but my internets giving me a lot of grief and I think I'm finally going to give up for now. I'll try to do a submitMONDAY tomoro even though that doesn't have ANY ring to it!
The internets been very bitchy this week. For those who don't know I've edited my first video for Youtube but it will not let me upload and I've been trying all week.
Internet....you're....you're mean! ;____;
Lovingest regards, Maddyx