Personal Work

Comic Diary

I have started keeping a (mostly) daily comic panel which is a sort of diary. I am uploading the panels to my Instagram most of the time. I hope to improve my visual storytelling and comic art by making the panels, and I might use them also to try different drawing and inking styles. I also hope that people find the comic interesting and relatable!

7th January
7th January
12th January
20th January

Go to my @midnakit Instagram to see more!

College Work


Persephone poster, hand drawn and digitally painted, Nov 2018
Persephone poster, hand drawn and digitally painted, Nov 2018

For  my most recent college project I chose to design a poster themed around the story of Persephone, which I would then have printed and be able to sell. Above is my final design.

I wrote a small piece of text to introduce the story:

About Persephone, text to accompany my poster, Nov 2018
About Persephone, text to accompany my poster, Nov 2018

Here is the poster on display at the Game Over art fair at my college:

Persephone poster at the Game Over art fair, Nov 2018
Persephone poster at the Game Over art fair at PCA, Nov 2018

Throughout the project I wrote posts on my college blog about the different steps involved in producing the poster, below are links to all of my posts specifically on my creative process:

Changing my project

Inspirations for my new project

Art Nouveau Research

Research – Persephone

Sketchbook pages

Digital work so far

Process sketches for my decorative elements

Digital editing and colouring

If you would like your own copy of the A3 poster, contact me!

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Native Makers, 8th – 9th December

One of my new Christmas cards!

I’ll be at tomorrow at bringing some new hand drawn Christmas cards with my little dudes characters on and my Persephone posters 🙂 Come along from 10-5 all weekend!

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Zine Workshop coming up this month!


Open to all, but under 16’s should come with an adult. Learn to make a minizine or work on a more substantial project (Halloween themes encouraged!). I’ll be bringing useful DIY zinemaking equipment like pens, old magazines, glue, scissors, paper, a large paper cutter/guillotine and a booklet stapler.  I’ll also be bringing the Plymouth Zine Library collection, and books on making zines and comics.

Anyone can have a go at making a zine, you don’t need to be the world’s best artist, or photographer, or writer. If you have something you want to say or ideas you want to work through, zinemaking is an ideal way of doing it. You can make a random collage zine, a humour zine, a comic, a culture/music/film fanzine, a personal zine, a political zine, an art zine..

Come along and if you’re new to this I’ll get you started. If you’re not new, bring a project or start a new one with company and free tea and coffee!

When: Sunday 28th October 1-5pm

Cost: £2 per person towards rent and materials

Where: Union Corner, Union Street, Stonehouse, PL1 3EZ


(Cross posted to the YEA Plymouth blog)

Events and Exhibitions

PAW18 – Studio 102

Studio 102 is an independent studio and gallery space near The Barbican at 102 Vauxhall Street, primarily focusing on creating a space for student, graduate, and emerging artists.  The artists featured in Studio 102 display exciting and innovative work, and the shows I’ve seen at the gallery usually encourages the artists to work with new media and push themselves to experiment.

Work in progress at the Paint Jam at Studio 102 on Sunday afternoon

This year for the Plymouth Art Weekender, Studio 102 hosted a live Paint Jam.  Over the whole weekend, visitors could come in and watch different artists painting large square canvasses based on spontaneous concepts they had for the event.

Outside the studio was a temporary wall where graffiti artist Yannis Nicolaou was leading drop-in workshops for visitors to try spray painting for themselves.  The wall had been painted over throughout the weekend, layer upon layer, so it was colourful and fun yet chaotic!

Yannis Nicolaou (centre) working with a young girl, I’m on the right

I’ve seen work by Yannis at a previous exhibition in Studio 102, and really enjoyed his work, which was inspired by science fiction and horror films. He handed me a can of paint and told how to do a few basic strokes, then let me experiment for myself.  Spray painting is more difficult than I expected, as you need quite a lot of control, it’s so easy to put too much paint on and make it drip. Though it was hard, I still found it to be really fun, and plan to try again with some paints I was given some time ago.  Yannis also sprayed up my little sister’s name, which made her happy!


The wall at the end of Sunday afternoon, covered in cartoons

I visited Studio 102 several times over the weekend, and so I managed to see how some of the paintings progressed.

Farrah Seyedi is a textile designer/maker who worked in a different paint each day, layering ready mixed paint with acrylic and finally oils.  She was still working on her painting when I took the photo below on Sunday afternoon, creating a bright playful pattern with a lot of texture that I can imagine printed on fabric.

Farrah Seyedi’s piece on Friday
Farrah’s piece on Sunday

Steve Pinchess completed two seperate pieces in the span of two days.  I watched him brush on his first layer of oil paint in the painting below and then came back and saw the finished painting a few hours later.  It was amazing how he could complete this piece so quickly, it is definitely inspiring to see what can be achieved in such a short time.  The final artwork looks alive and I can imagine it animated for a movie.

Steve Pinchess working on Sunday morning
Steve’s piece later on Sunday afternoon

John Chan (Swolf) also did his entire painting on Sunday.  He usually works in acrylics but this time he did his work in oils.  He said he was in “a Bill Murray mood” so chose to do this portrait based on an image from Lost In Translation.  I watched him creating Bill Murray’s face from a blank oval as he added highlights and shadows, and as he built on the canvas it was almost like watching magic happen.

John Chan adding highlights to his painting of Bill Murray
John’s finished painting used blur to focus on Bill Murray’s face

Nona Finne was also experimenting with oils in her painting of a woman rising from a mountain range.  Between Friday and Sunday she added lots of layers and texture, and the sharpness on the woman’s face and mountain peaks contrasted with the blur of blue and orange surrounding them to create this dreamlike painting.

Nona Finne working on Friday
Nona’s finished painting on Sunday afternoon

I was lucky to be able to be able to speak with Tomhas Rayment as he worked on his piece with Tombow brush pens and water.  His work was expressive and open, and he knew exactly where to put each stroke intuitively and how the colours would blend.  He showed me his technique and it was fascinating to watch him work.  He talked to me about his career so far as an artist and designer and gave me a lot to think about.

Tomhas Rayment working with pens

Some of the other paintings I liked but wasn’t able to see in progress included the ones below.  Unfortunately I don’t know all of the artists’ names but I am happy to add links if anyone reading does!  The first canvas here was covered in glue drips then painted over to give a three dimensional effect that looks like rain streaming down a window.  I spoke with the artist but unfortunately didn’t get her name, I really like her work here.

Paint over glue drips


The milk piece on the left below is by graffiti and community artist Jon Lilly, but I don’t know who did the work on the right.

Jon Lilly’s piece on the left


Studio 102 is one of my favourite places in Plymouth to visit, as it is always unpretentious and playful.  It is just around the corner from all of the Plymouth College of Art campuses and I really recommend that everyone who likes art and illustration visits their exhibitions, you can follow their Facebook page for regular updates.



Events and Exhibitions

PAW18 – Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art (or PCA) is a local art college thats spans across three campuses, each with a different set of courses – Tavistock Place (Undergrad and Postgrad), Palace Studios (Foundation Diploma), and Palace Court (Pre-Degree).  PCA always has really interesting and innovative projects for Plymouth Art Weekender, and they have almost always featured their own staff and students to show off their artwork.

Palace Studios

Letterpress poster for It WILL Change

For PAW ’18, in Palace Studios there was an exhibition of work made by Foundation Art & Design students called It WILL Change!.  For this project, all the participating artists had to base their work around the theme for the exhibition – protest and activism.  They had an extremely short amount of time to produce this work as a challenge, but were allowed to submit recent artwork that did play into the theme.  I was really impressed about how well it came together and the variety of artwork.  Here are a few of my favourites:

“Our perfect world – Polluted.” A submitted piece based around pollution and garbage
A satirical project about train ticket prices and travelling to and from work


Emily Warren’s piece on “the identity of the modern woman”

There was also a long piece of paper (called a “colouring wall”) stretched out on the floor that was filled with black and white doodle drawings to colour in.  The project was intended to draw attention to how tools like colouring books are promoted as forms of therapy, but that they can’t be a substitute for professional care, which is difficult to access.

My little sister with the colouring wall

Tavistock Place

Dr. Antigoni Pasidi is a lecturer in Fine Art at PCA, and is also a visual artist herself.  Her piece, Self Made Structures, is a sculptural installation incorporating screenprinting of photography and text on tarpaulin.

Self Made Structures
Self Made Structures – photo detail
Self Made Structures – text detail

YEA ’18 visit from PCA Young Arts Club!

My group YEA Plymouth had our own event on Saturday comprising our exhibition of work by 11-19 year old artists YEA ’18, and also a workshop space with different creative activities.  I will be writing all about this later, but for now I want to say how cool it was to have this year’s PCA National Saturday Club visit our event with their tutor Kate Marshall, especially as I am an alumni of NatSatClub myself (2016-17) when Kate was my own tutor.

PCA’s National Saturday Club at the YEA ’18 exhibition

It was really good to see her new class and to think they might enjoy or be inspired by the work I am doing now with other young artists.  I hope some of them consider joining YEA and taking part in our future projects with us.

More photos from other PAW18 venues to follow!