Kolektiv Gallery

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I’ve recently become part of an amazing group of Brighton-based artists and makers called Kollektiv Gallery. We have launched a Kickstarter project to get funding to open and run a gallery space in one of Brighton’s empty shops.

The exhibition space will be used by 15 artists, including myself, who will be: giving workshops, selling artwork, using the space as a workspace, having open discussions, and getting involved with Brighton’s community.

There are some fantastic incentives up for grabs on the Kickstarter page so please support us and get yourself some fantastic artwork in the process. Visit this link to donate – http://kck.st/1cwbrFk and please share.

You can also visit the Kollektiv Gallery website and like Kollektiv Gallery on Facebook.

Ground Hove Exhibition

I was lucky enough to have to opportunity to display a selection of my work at the wonderful Ground Coffee House in Hove this September. Here are some pictures of me and my lovely helpers putting up the exhibition!:

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Northern Lights Private View

Here are some lovely pictures of the Private View taken by the wonderful Emma Bailey Photography.

Burnham Niker

I’m really happy to announce that Burnham Niker, the very well known photography agency, are now also representing 2 illustrators: me and the super talented James Benn.

Burnham Niker represents nine photographers, and now 2 illustrators, each with a very individual visual perspective, working on advertising, editorial and music commissions as well as various personal projects and gallery collaborations.

With their help I’ve also acquired a brand new portfolio case, custom made by the wonderful Cathy Roberts, which I think is very lovely indeed! :

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Check out the Burnham Niker website for more details – www.burnham-niker.com.

April and July Exhibitions

Throughout April I was given a lovely space to exhibit and sell some of my work at the wonderful Lewes Print Centre (on Station Street- just up from Lewes Station). It was really fantastic to see all of my work printed, framed and displayed in the window with passers by having a good look as they commuted back and forth.

Here are a few pictures from the exhibition in Lewes:

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However, you missed out on this one, I’m putting on another one at the fabulous Northern Lights Pub in Brighton. The exhibition opens on the 4th of July from 6pm. I will be selling prints and there will be wine for those who get there early. You can join the Facebook event here and here is the advert:

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Swirly Curly Fonts

I decided to change my logo recently and I didn’t want to use another font, instead I designed my new logo based on the style of handwritten lettering taught in French schools. My Mother got a job in Paris when I was in primary school and I went to school there for a while. I remember being fascinated by the contrast between the way you are taught to create beautiful joined up writing at school in France, and the incredibly dull way you are taught to write letters in England! This is the cover of one of the books I was given to help me learn what the names of objects were in French, and one of the resources I used to create my new logo:

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Here are a few of the variations that I ended up with:

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And this is the final logo with favicon:

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I chose to use all lower-case letters, as I prefer the look of them, especially the lower case l.

To finish up, here are a few examples of some of my favourite fonts, including Lobster, used for my old logo (I do tend to favour swirly serif fonts). Enjoy! :

Free ones:

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Paid ones:

Hipster Script

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Thirsty Rough

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Inspiring Mid-Century Graphic Artists – Hervé Morvan, Tom Eckersley, Saul Bass, Olle Eksell and Alvin Lusitg

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I’m influenced and inspired by so many artists, past and present, but here are a few major ones from the past who have really opened my eyes and got me excited about making work.  All of these artists worked throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, a period I find very inspiring to look back on.

Hervé Morvan was a fabulous French poster and commercial artist who I have recently discovered through this book:

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He created poster adverts throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s. His ideas are incredibly clever but yet he managed to retain a playful/child-like aspect throughout his work. He called his advertising posters “optics of the street”.

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Tom Eckersley was an English poster designer and lecturer born in Lancashire. He designed posters, magazine covers and original artworks from 1934 though to 1995. His style is, again, wonderfully playful but also very graphic, with a bold simple style, using shapes and flat colour.

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Saul Bass whose movie posters are legendary and include Hichcoks’s Verigo and Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm, amongst many others.

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I recently discovered that he also illustrated a children’s book called “Henri’s Walk to Paris” – (Thanks to Brain Pickings Weekly), that I need to get my hands on at some point.

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Olle Eksell was an artist and designer born in Sweden who later moved to the USA. I love his use of colour and shape. His work is a bit more detailed and subtle than the other artists listed here but I think that you can really see that Scandinavian influence on his work.  His character design is also exciting and playful, slightly reminiscent of Dr. Seuss at times.

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Alvin Lusitg was an American artist and designer. His graphic shapes are incredible.  I bought this book recently, I confess, just for the cover:

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Here are a few more examples of his incredible work:

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Topsy Turvy Upside-downers

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Following on from my Upside-downers portfolio post , I’m putting all of the images I’ve created up here. They are all inspired by the work of people such as Rex Whistler, who created lots of upside-down faces as part of a Shell Oil advertising campaign in the 1930′s, and the American Illustrator Peter Newell who published two volumes of upside-down drawings called Topsys & Turvys in around 1890. Although, these types of reversible illustrations have been around for hundreds of years, with some found in books dating back to before 1600AD.

Here are the ones that I’ve created that are downloadable as a theme through the Bambu App:

Spaceman / Alien

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Pirate / Parrot

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Magician / Rabbit

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Lumberjack / Bear

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Indian / Eagle

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Fisherman / Fishy

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Explorer / Baboon

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Diver / Octopus

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Cowboy / Cow

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Caveman / Dinosaur

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Sketchbook Project 2013

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This is my first time completing the Sketchbook Project. I’ve entered into it a couple of times in the past but sadly I’ve always been too busy to complete it and send it off.  For these of you who don’t know what it’s about, basically you got here – http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject ,pay a small fee, pick a theme from a list and  get sent a sketchbook. You then have to fill it up with drawings and send it back by a specific date.  Your book then gets to go on tour with all of the other sketchbooks across the USA-pretty cool huh?

Even though the deadline for the Sketchbook Project 2013 is long gone, there are loads of other free projects run by the group to have a go at.

I picked the theme of Dinosaurs for my sketchbook. I’ve always held a fascination for the creatures since watching Jurassic Park in 1993 with my Dad.  Archaeology was my back-up plan. Anyway, I did some research and cracked out my inks and (very old) letraset for this one. Enjoy!

Unstruck – An Experiment

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Approximately 2.5 years ago, Alex, my housemate at the time told me about a new project he would be embarking upon and asked me to be a part of it. He had been chatting with our friend Anna-Kaiser in the pub about ways to be more creative. Between them they conjured up an idea for a blog to help him write something every day. And it went a bit like this:

  1. Get someone to write a set of questions for the week and split them all up into text files.
  2. Open each question on its allocated day and write an answer to it using 500 words.
  3. Pass the question and answer on to an illustrator who would make an image for it in 30 minutes or less.

To be honest, when he told me about it I wasn’t expecting it to be something that lasted. I mean, for a start, who has the stamina to find someone to write a set of questions every week, and then to write a 500 word response to them every day, as well as find and illustrator who would be willing to give up their time for free?!

But somehow he managed it. And I applaud him and everyone else who contributed.

I think I managed about a year or so, illustrating every week, before it got a bit too much with studying and working. I was responsible for the first and last illustrations though.

The last one (shown above) is a double image inspired by the infinite monkey theorem that is mentioned in the answer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_monkey_theorem) – Do good things always have to come to an end?.

There’s so much great work on the blog so please do check it out. You can start with the first post that I illustrated, for the question: What colour is happiness?.