October Sketchbook 2017 – Improving in Adobe Illustrator
You love tacos, I love tacos, we all love tacos… And after eating aplenty at a really nice place in Bournemouth, I wanted to brush up my skills in Adobe Illustrator the best way I could think to – making myself a street-food taco truck in case I ever fancy a change of career. Trying to combine my painterly approach with clean vector lines is challenging, but this guy turned out pretty well I think!
As a self-initiated project, I created three labels for submission to the Collective Arts Brewing call for entries. Themed around Japan, I looked at using my style of creating artwork to make something non-narrative for a change, and this is what I came up with; red maple, bamboo, and the iconic Mt. Fuji.
Unfortunately, due to timing and conventions I didn’t get this submitted in time for Series 9, so it’s just been a useful exercise for now!
As a part of an ongoing personal project I have started creating maps of the cities I visited whilst backpacking through central Scandinavia in August 2015. The first choices of maps to illustrate have been Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, with Bergen, Malmö, Aarhus and Gothenburg still to go. Throughout our time in Scandinavia my partner and I were lucky enough to have friends to show us great places to see, eat and experience, and by creating these maps I’ve put our experiences and fond memories into something tangible.
Keep an eye out as I carry on illustrating the rest of these wonderful cities! And if anyone speaks to them, tell Norway, Sweden and Denmark that I miss them very much.
As a submission to the Creative Conscience Awards 2016, I created a 24-second animation for the Unilever Bright Future campaign. Although my entry was unsuccessful, this project has been my first longer length animation project and I’ve learnt a lot that can be applied into future projects.
Local Northampton band Jagged Little Thrills commissioned me to work on a t-shirt design and poster for their now-released EP The Last Alibi Part 1, released on 26th February 2016. After completion of the design they very kindly asked me to also create their CD artwork.
You can check out Jagged Little Thrills at the following links:
Back in January 2016 I was invited to speak as part of the Broken Frontier themed Laydeez do Comics evening at Gosh! Comics in London. As one of the ‘Six UK Small Press Creators to Watch in 2015’, I spoke about my work alongside another of the Six to Watch Danny Noble, and Broken Frontier Editor-in-Chief Andy Oliver.
To coincide with the event I approached Gosh! Comics and Laydeez do Comics to create a promotional window display for the event, which encompassed flying comics in the chilly winter breeze, complete with ladies reading comics.
Successful submission for the Art Aid Nepal HOME Anthology, which after a successful Kickstarter compaign raised over £3’000 for children affected by the Nepalese earthquakes in April 2015. Here’s some information from the Kickstarter campaign website;
What does HOME meant to you?
32 talented multicultural artists have come together to explore this and the result is an A5 sized book with 92 pages full of illustrations and comics in full vibrant colours!
The 7.8 magnitude quake created a lot of destruction and loss of life. Even those who survived were not spared the mental trauma and even months later the aftershocks causes our hearts and minds to tremble. Thousands of adults and children lost their homes and are still displaced. The need to help them remains, for their troubles are far from over. The shaking continues, even months later. There have been nearly 400 aftershocks over 4 magnitudes since the first quake.
All funds raised from the sale will be used to support education and art therapy workshops for children affected by the tragedy. Art can help to heal and bring simple joy to their otherwise troubled lives. With many schools destroyed vast number of children are now studying in makeshift structures at the Temporary Learning Centres. Those who have also lost their home and are now living in tented camps. Many of these children had very little access to creative pursuits and now, after the quake, their options are even more limited. The Children’s Art Museum of Nepal have been conducting art workshops in the temporary learning centres in public schools.
Together with Art Aid Nepal, we would like to extend these workshops to the more deprived children in the tented camps. There are currently 30 camps for displaced people in Kathmandu valley. We will be conducting the workshops in the largest of these camps in Chuchepati which has more than 8000 families living and 200 children under the age of 12.