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!

Personal Work

Midnakit’s posts from 2017

This is a masterpost of all my posts here in 2017!

January 2017

Block printing cotton bags – with my Plymouth Pilgrims linocut

The Science and Technology Showcase at Plymouth University

Global Game Jam 2017 – making ‘Quake Rescue

February 2017

Talk from Jack Gill at Central Library – listening to Jack from SoGoodStudios

EpicMakeTime with MESH – working on the Shrimp

Titanic Exhibition – at the Duke of Cornwall, and the plaques on Millbay Pier

Anatomy for Figure Drawing & Comics – working on an Udemy course

100 Ways To (be) Home Ed – a post I wrote for the #100waystohomeed bloghop about what it is like to be home educated

March 2017

My Gallery – I added a Gallery page, which really needs updating now!

The House of Marbles – in Bovey Tracey

NatSatClub Devon Dialect Project – illustrating “zart”

April 2017

The Art of Truth In The Digital Age – week 1 of ‘Home Grown’ at Ocean Studios

Emerging Natural Beauty exhibition at Ocean Studios – week 2 of ‘Home Grown’

Radius: 50mi at Ocean Studios – week 3 of ‘Home Grown’

May 2017

Here and Now Exhibition – week 4 of ‘Home Grown’ at Ocean Studios

Plymouth University Illustration Years One and Two Shpw at RWY

Uptown Junk at Studio 102

June 2017

Land/Sea Exhibition – at Plymouth Arts Centre

Game Arts at PCA Summer Show #BreakingThrough17

Animation at PCA Summer Show #BreakingThrough17

Illustration at PCA Summer Show #BreakingThrough17

About Zine Workshops and Gurt Noodle – video of Gurt Noodle #0 originals, and some minizines and flyers

July 2017

Bratpop gig poster design – my design for a poster for a gig I played

YEA Plymouth – introducing the YEA Plymouth project

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 1

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 2

July Zine Workshop

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 3

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 4

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 5

August 2017

Graphic Communication with Typography at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017

September 2017

NatSatClub Summer Show 2017 – visiting Somerset House to see my work alongside other young artists! Glass houses, beach glass jewellery, and collaborative work with Barnaby Barford

My new flyer for the next Zine Workshop – also starting college and my Kitwatch design!

Plymouth Art Weekender #PAW17 – my YEA ’17 cover and info about PAW

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 1 – We The People Are The Work at Peninsula Arts, PCA, PAC, the Council House, and Karst

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 2 – Tabling with YEA Plymouth at the Athenaeum and distributing our zine YEA ’17!  Also making an art book with Muster Press.

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 3 – Papier mache and monoprinting workshops and exhibitions at Ocean Studios, Inkblot workshops and the exhibitions at PSCA, the Union Street Party, the Athenaeum, Studio 102, and PAC.

October 2017

Happy Inktober 2017! – the prompt list

I.Am.Not.A.Robot – at Radiant Gallery

We The People at PAC – update!

My latest poster design, for my October Zine Workshop

November 2017

Workshop poster designs – my first two pattern designs and posters for the YEA/PAC workshop project

Poster for Creative Writing Workshop

Pattern design – a post about how my pattern design process for the first three YEA/PAC workshop posters

I won a Design Competition! – my design for the Art Side tote bags

December 2017

Events this week! – my badges and zines in photos

Illuminate 2017 and a Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl workshop – at Ocean Studios

Tiny Mart – my table and day at Tiny Mart maker/seller Xmas Fair

Give Up Your Day Job – my table and day at the Give Up Your Day Job DIY art fair


That’s it!




Personal Work

Midnakit’s posts from 2016

I have been keeping this blog since June 2016!!  Hoo boy!  I have been thinking for a while about making a masterpost of links to all my posts so far, so here are the first six months!

June 2016

First Post – original characters, self portrait

Art Cards from May – original characters, Luke Skywalker, self portrait

New art cards – original characters, a self portrait, and Godzilla

Graduate Show at PCA – including some badges I made of me and J

Today’s sketch (19 June) – Link

Watercolour drawings – Link, The Last of Us, Fox (Ptolomy Elrington), original character

Today’s sketch (26 June) – Kyary

Keys to Drawing Chapter 1

Sketching Skateboarding

Today’s Sketch (30 June) – “Peppy” original character

July 2016

Today’s Sketch (2 July) – Kyary

Today’s Sketch (4 July) – “Roses” original character

Digital Futures & Dataplay – Plymouth Cubed watercolour

Today’s Sketch (6 July) – Kyary watercolour and Plymouth Cubed sketch

Today’s Sketch (10 July) – “Berry” original character

Keys to Drawing Chapter 2

My PlymouthCubed art inside PlymouthCubed!

Sketches from the past fortnight.. – Bigbury beach and fan art (My Hero Academia, Colour Catchers (Alice Kensington), One Punch Man, Gutsie (Ghoulkiss), Attack on Titan, Undertale, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time

Art Cards (24 July) – original characters

Plymouth Young Contemporary Open

August 2016

New things! – some new things I had got

Recent sketches and activity – original characters and Kaguya

September 2016

Daily sketch – Kitchen

Comic strips and my zine – Monster Hunter and Journey comic ideas, writing about MACS Issue 1 (2014)

Young Arts Club at Plymouth College of Art – screenprinting, sewing, KitBIT fashion designs, animation, plaster and wire sculpture, seahorse t shirt design, millinery, self portrait

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 1 – including Dog Show at Radiant Gallery

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 2, Part 1 – including PCA and Plymouth University

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 2, Part 1 – including Prime Cafe Bar and PCA

Plymouth Art Weekender Day 2, Part 3! – at Ocean Studios

October 2016

Plymouth Art Weekender Day 3 – including Union Street Party and Royal William Yard

Games for Better Game Jam – Infection!

November 2016

On Shaky Ground at At-Bristol

Plymouth Cubed Talk at Central Library

Inktober 2016 – all my Inktober 2016 sketches and original characters

National Saturday Club Part 1 – self portraits, figure sketching

December 2016

NA&DSC London Trip – original characters, Quicksilver and Thor, visiting Central Saint Martins and the Tate Britain

Glass Fusing Workshop – Zelda fairies and other things I made by fusing glass


Events and Exhibitions, Personal Work

Illuminate 2017 and a Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl workshop

Last Sunday I went to Ocean Studios for the Illuminate 2017 festival.  Local artist Rosie Drake-Knight of Native Makers led a workshop on making a reflective heat transfer vinyl t-shirt and I was able to have a go.


First I had to sketch out a design.  I chose the Junkrat symbol from Overwatch which is one of my favourite games.


Next I copied my sketch on to the back (the matt side) of a reflective vinyl sheet, with the design reversed.


I cut out the individual pieces and arranged them on the t-shirt shiny side up.


Rosie worked the heat press for safety reasons.  She had to hold it down for a short time.  The heat press has a heated plate on the bottom and the top, so it is like being sandwiched between two irons.  Apparently you can use a dry iron instead to do this at home.


The last stage was to peel the shiny plastic off the top of the design.  Underneath was the reflective design permanently sealed to the t-shirt fabric.


Here I am wearing my new t-shirt!  I have hand painted and stencilled t-shirts before and this seemed to take less time and was a much easier process (as long as you’re only using one colour and the design is simple, like this one).  Here is how the reflective vinyl looks using flash photography:


I am going to research using an iron to do heat transfer vinyl to see if I can make more things at home.  The heat press was actually borrowed from my college so I am also going to see if I can access it or maybe one of my tutors would let us use it one day.


I had a look around some more of the work on display for Illuminate 2017 at Royal William Yard.  It was really impressive, there were light shows and huge animations projected on the buildings.


There was a DJ playing music to match the beats of the show on the walls.  It was a freezing cold late November evening but the atmosphere was upbeat and exciting.


Inside Ocean Studios was this Ray Of Light installation by Paige Alexander.  This was my favourite piece on display and it is made from ultraviolet string that glows different colours under ultraviolet light.

Illuminate is an annual event to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago.  There will be lots of other events happening in Plymouth over the next few years linking up to the Mayflower celebrations and I’ll try and visit as many as I can.

Events and Exhibitions, Personal Work

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 3

Today my plan was to visit as many of the Plymouth Art Weekender events as possible before the festival ended.  I wanted to make sure I took part in some of the different art workshops around Plymouth, so finding venues with workshops happening was my highest priority, and I had two boxes left of zines to take with me.  I sat down with my family and we made a plan together.

Our first stop was Ocean Studios.  I dropped off some YEA ’17 zines in the cafe area and had a look at the portrait exhibition U + ME = US by Jojo on the way to the Made In Plymouth Maker’s Table, where we created papier-mache people for a family sculpture.  I haven’t worked with paper-mache much before, and though gluing layers and layers of paper over each other was messy and fiddly, I had a really good time.  While I was there, lots of families and young children came and had a go at making the sculptures, and the atmosphere was friendly and active, but also relaxed.  We left our paper people with there to be arranged later into the bigger sculpture.

Making papier-mache people at the Ocean Studios Maker’s Table
Me with my papier-mache sculpture

I wanted to see Laura Edmunds’ drawing and sound exhibition A Soft Introduction upstairs, so I left the workshop early to check it out.  I spoke to Laura and learned that the sounds had been recorded on very sensitive microphones placed around her body while she drew and painted her pieces.  There was a circle of speakers and I stood in the centre to listen, the sounds were soothing and mysterious, and reminded me of the sea.  On display were around 69 of Laura’s drawings, and she described drawing them as almost like making musical notation.  I thought they looked like a visual representation of her subconscious train of thoughts, and the overall feeling was serene.

A section of nine of Laura’s drawings from A Soft Introduction

I made my way back downstairs to join Sue Lewry’s monoprinting workshop.  I was given a small rectangular plate which I inked with a roller, then I arranged pieces of textured wallpaper, cardboard and other materials on top of it, and each piece I inked with a different colour.  I placed it carefully for registration with a piece of paper on top then it was put through a rolling printing press.  This workshop was more quick paced than the earlier one as lots of people were around the table using the inks and press, but it was still a lot of fun.  I like monoprinting and would like to try incorporating it into my illustration work in the future.

My monoprint from Sue Lewry’s printing workshop

I headed off from Ocean to my next destination which was to Plymouth School of Creative Arts (PSCA).  I delivered the last box of YEA ’17 zines here, and went up the stairs to visit the exhibitions.  First I looked at Three In One, an exhibition by Janet Sainsbury, Andy Coldrey, and Charlie O’Sullivan.  Their art worked well together, and I liked Charlie’s sculpture of paper houses and paintings made on a long scroll of old book pages.

Sculpture by Charlie O’Sullivan for Three In One at PSCA
One of my favourite paintings in Three In One, by Janet Sainsbury
My favourite piece of Andy Coldrey’s in Three In One

We then headed up to Janine Rook’s inkblot painting workshop.  Janine was one of my art tutors during my first Saturday Arts Club at Plymouth College of Art, so it was good to see her again and tell her about my new college course.  This workshop was also popular with families, and there was a big display of inkblot paintings from lots of children that had taken part as well as more paintings on all the flat surfaces around.  I used pipettes to carefully place a small number of coloured ink drops on my paper and then folded it down the middle to create patterns.  I learned that inkblot painting is called klecksography and enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere with even the smallest children very quietly concentrating on their pieces.

Inkblot paintings by Janine Rook
Several families enjoying the klecksography workshop with Janine Rook

On the same floor as the inkblots was one of the highlights of the day, Funny Blind Date, an exhibition of collages sent to Plymouth from around the world that has been collected together by Object Recordings.  Everything in the collection is an analogue collage, meaning it was put together physically using magazines, posters etc, and scissors and glue, rather than being produced digitally.  There was work from eleven different artists and I was surprised how each one had a very different style and mood to their work.  Some of the pieces were very humourous or witty, and others were more serious or political.  I have never been to an exhibition of collages before and Funny Blind Date was inspirational, showing me that collage can be just as visually interesting and meaningful as drawing and painting.

This collage from Funny Blind Date made me think about city life and our aspirations
This collage from Funny Blind Date is interesting because it is made of one full poster, with the pieces rearranged

I had to move on but I paid a quick visit to the Union Street Party just around the corner.  It was smaller than previous years and the road hadn’t been closed off, but even the rain hadn’t stopped people gathering to play drums and dance.  I was disappointed that I didn’t find any participatory art projects here this year as in previous years I have really enjoyed that element of the Party, but it was good to see that even in the rain Plymothians can have a good time!

It was hard to get a non-blurry shot because everyone at the Union Street Party was so energetic and active!

I also stopped to have a look at Bouys and Girls by Mary Trapp in PSCA’s playground.  This installation features wire and foam sculptures of children wearing lifejackets, suspended over water alongside orange buoys.  It made me think of public information films, on first look the figures look like they are having fun, jumping or dancing, but as I spent more time looking at them they looked more like they were struggling against currents or trying to escape.  I thought it was a really interesting piece of art and I would like to see where Mary takes it next, as she suggested that she would change the arrangement when she moves it to new locations.

Bouys and Girls by Mary Trapp

My next stop was to the Park Bench Reader by Bram Thomas Arnold, who was going to read from Jurassic Park, but unfortunately my family made a mistake and went to the wrong location so I missed this event.  I was disappointed as it sounded like a fun piece but I am going to look out for Bram’s future projects.  I then went to the Athenaeum to take part in a zine workshop from Make Stuff/Drink Stuff, but unfortunately that had been cancelled!  I think I need to pay more attention to messages on social media next year so I can keep up with the changes that can happen in a big event like the Art Weekender.  Fortunately there were other things to do at the venue so I watched some of Rhys Morgan’s video and sound collage Platform, revisited the Handling Collection, and listened for a while to some poetry on stage (about pants!) for Tears In Rain.  There was a real variety in the building!

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The Travel Wallet by David Shrigley, my favourite piece in the Penryn Handling Collection at the Athenaeum

I was feeling quite tired by now but I really wanted to see some more of the things on my list.  I headed for Studio 102 which had a really interesting sounding exhibition in the PAW programme, I Don’t Believe Birmingham Exists by Adrian BishopI am really glad that I decided to keep going because as soon as I entered I felt energised by Adrian’s paintings.  This is a collection of absurd beliefs illustrated in ink, and the paintings are colourful and energetic and got us all talking and really actively engaged by the work.  Adrian’s exhibition is on until the 8th of October and I would recommend everyone interested in illustration or political and satirical artwork visits the gallery to experience it.  (I only just realised I have seen work by Adrian at Studio 102 before and wrote about it here)

Ink painting for I Don’t Believe Birmingham Exists by Adrian Bishop in Studio 102

Our last stop was Plymouth Arts Centre as it was just around the corner and I wanted to have a better look at the Dwell installation upstairs.  There was a peaceful tented area with cushions and books by Niamh Lily Wimperis, and a quiet and contemplative arrangement of a dresser with items on top where everything was painted white, by Megan Kathryn Heywood.  I have a copy of their zine (also called Dwell) which I plan to read later.

Niamh Lily Wimperis’s peaceful interactive installation in PAC
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Dwell, the zine

I had another look around PAC which has been repainted for Ciara Phillips’ work which is ongoing and will be added to over the course of the exhibition.  I plan to visit regularly to check on it and see how it grows as she works with local groups of people.

That is the end of my Weekender posts this year!  I didn’t manage to get to all the things I wanted to, but some exhibitions are still available to visit so I will try to get to them.  I wish the Weekender was on for longer, some of the things I missed but really wished I’d had a chance to get to were Rosie King’s G O N E (preserve us) and the Flameworks Open Day.  I also missed Sketch 2017 at PCA but luckily that is on until 6th October so I will make sure I go before then.

I hope everyone else had as good a Weekender as me and I hope to get even more involved in PAW 2018!

Here are my previous posts about PAW 2017:

Day One

Day Two



Events and Exhibitions, Personal Work, Professional Work

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 2

This year was my first year taking part in the Plymouth Art Weekender with my own art project.  I worked with other young artists from YEA Plymouth to put together a zine, YEA ’17, full of our art and interviews.  I was the project manager and zine editor and we have been working on the project for the last couple of months.  We applied for funding from Vital Sparks and Horizon and we were able to create 200 copies of our zine, including handmade badges, to give out for free for PAW17.  We numbered all the copies because they are limited edition and exclusive to the festival.  We delivered small handmade boxes full of YEA ’17 zines to some of the Plymouth Art Weekender venues this morning, including Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, and Plymouth College of Art Pre-Degree Centre (my own college).

Our zine YEA ’17 in a handmade display box at PCA


Our group was also offered the opportunity to have a table event in the Plymouth Athenaeum.  So today we made up our table, then we spent the day giving away copies of YEA ’17!  We also sold solo zines (including my Gurt Noodle #0) and YEA Plymouth badges to raise money for future projects and materials.  We put a section of our Zine Library out on display for the public to have a look through and brought a typewriter and zinemaking equipment for people to play with.

YEA Plymouth members Daisy and me at our table, Jenson in the background with my little sister

This was the first time we had ever had our own table at an event/fair, and even though there weren’t many of us to share the load we still had an amazing time.  It gave me an idea of what manning a stall is like, which I really needed since I have my very own stall at this October’s DevCon!  We had to sit and wait for visitors, and when they came we had to talk about our group and our project.  We met some interesting people and they had a lot of questions for us, especially about how YEA Plymouth began.  I was also interviewed by Eleanor (Ellie) Burfitt for her film about the Weekender.

Also in the Athenaeum, there were tables for the board game Flikkin, which has been invented by Plymouth artist Holly Knowles, tables for a book-making workshop by Muster Press, and a table for the Penryn Handling Collection.


The Penryn Handling Collection table

The Penryn Handling Collection is a “collection of objects made by artists, using traditional and modern craft skills in untraditional ways”, and was developed as part of the Penryn Arts Festival (2017).  Visitors were allowed to touch, play, read and talk about the objects on the table.  Some of the most interesting pieces on display were a giant blue plywood hand by the Juneau Project and a travel wallet by David Shrigley.

Some of the objects on the Handling Collection’s table

The book-making workshop was organised and led by Muster Press.  A few YEA Plymouth members (including myself) took part in this.  Our theme was ‘trees and growth’, and we created stamps of trees.  We made the stamps by carving stamp foam with scissors, pens and scalpels.  We then stamped our creations into books in arrangements, to seem as if we were “growing” a forest.

Muster Press book-making workshop (Jenson and Jake from YEA Plymouth are behind the plants)

It was refreshing to try work on objects normally seen in backgrounds, as I struggle with drawing backgrounds and need practice.  We sat round the table and formed a production line, which was fun to work together with other people I had never met before, and the books we created are really beautiful.  We weren’t able to bring the books home as they needed some finishing but the guys at Muster Press are going to send them to us later and I will post pictures then.

The tree stamp I designed, cut and carved

Flikkin is a ‘Flicking Counters’ game, and the first to three goals wins.  Lots of people (even complete strangers) played together and bonded over it.  Some interesting facts about Flikkin are:

  • There are only six boards in the world (so far) and the creator Holly Knowles brought three along today.
  • As well as being the creator of Flikkin, Holly is also the current world champion!
  • My dad, brother, and little sister loved it!
Flikkin matches with Holly Knowles (top left)

Jenson (my brother and another YEA Plymouth member) demonstrated how to use one of our typewriters to lots of people.  Younger children were really fascinated by it but lots of people had a go.  One of the people there put together all the words and phrases that different people had written into a minizine of found text.

Typewriter demonstration with Jenson

YEA Plymouth members also helped visitors to create their very own minizines, and we added photocopies of them to our Zine Library.  We have eight new minizines from this event.

The minizines made during the event

It was a long day but a really good experience being part of the Weekender as an artist and as an organiser.  I got to participate in a workshop and meet a lot of people.  We sold a good number of Gurt Noodle and Sweet Tooth zines and our badges and I feel that the event was successful!

Three of the YEA Plymouth members: Me, Daisy, and Jenson!

Find out more about the Plymouth Art Weekender here.

My blog posts from this year’s PAW event:

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 1

My previous PAW blog posts:

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 1

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 1

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 2

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 3

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 3