Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

TEX Comics – my new zine!

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I have made my Tate Exchange 2018 comic strips project into a new zine – TEX Comics!  I will be releasing it at Counter Art Book Fair this Saturday 17th March at Ocean Studios, Plymouth.  The fair is open from 12-6pm and is free and open to all so come along!

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Professional Work

My Project for Tate Exchange 2018

Towards the end of 2017, all students at Plymouth College of Art were given the opportunity to submit ideas for projects for a collaboration between PCA and the Tate, called the Tate Exchange 2018. The theme for this exhibition was “Factory Settings“, and we had to come up with ideas based around production.  I had an idea to produce collaborative comic strips working with groups of other students, where each participant would give me one frame to draw to build a series of stories.  The projects selected to be part of Factory Settings would take place at the same time in London and Plymouth.

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A comic strip I produced with students and staff from PCA Tavistock Place

My idea was selected as one of the art events to take part, and I requested to have my project based locally, partly because of my age. I’m fifteen, so that places some restrictions on my ability to travel – even with supervision and safeguarding from PCA.  I also think it is important to support and create more art projects in Plymouth.

The next stage was for me to plan out my project and what resources I would need for it.  Maddy Blythe, the Curriculum Manager at PCA Pre-Degree, suggested that I work across three separate venues, spending one day at each – PCA Tavistock Place, PCA Palace Court, and Plymouth School of Creative Arts, and where in the buildings I should set up. This gave me the chance to work with three different age groups, and see the differences in narrative and content between them.

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A comic strip I produced with students from PCA Palace Court

I decided to carry out my project in an A4 landscape sketchbook (mine was produced by Seawhite of Brighton) and black ink fineliners (I used Sakura Pigma pens) and a brush pen (Pentel), as these are materials I am used to and are good quality, and will keep in good condition for a long time. I supplied myself with the materials (bought at my local specialist art shop The Art Side), but the different venues I went to supplied the chairs and tables!

I visited PCA Palace Court on 31st January, PSCA on the 1st February, and worked in The Warehouse at Tavistock Place campus on the 2nd February.  For each comic strip I began by marking out the frames (each strip has four frames, all on one page)  For the first frame of each story I asked a participant to give me an idea for the beginning of a story, such as a character doing an action or an event.  Then I asked the next two participants what happened next, letting them refer to the previous frames in that story, and then asked the final participant to provide an ending for that story.  The next participants would start, continue, and finish the next story/stories.

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A comic strip I produced with students from PSCA

I didn’t limit people to just giving one idea, as several people had gotten really interested in the project!

In total, I worked with around 38 participants – students, staff, and visitors at the venues from primary age up to adults of between 50-60, and we managed to produce twelve different comic strips.  Some of the results were wacky and action-packed, and others were more sweet and thoughtful.  The themes ranged from rockets in space, to an elderly couple breaking the fourth wall, and duels between unicorns.  Each strip fills an A4 page and consists of images with no description, and so the theme of production is able to continue in the reader as they must interpret the story themselves, so each story can have multiple meanings depending on the interpreter/reader.

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A comic strip I produced with students and staff from PSCA

My plans for my sketchbook of comic strips is to make it into a new zine, which I hope to release at Counter art book fair in Plymouth on the 17th March.  I will also have the original artwork with me for people to look through.  After that, I will be making it available for galleries and exhibitions interested in art books, comics, or work from young artists.

If you are interested in viewing the original art for this project, please come along to Counter, or contact me.

UPDATE (11/3/18)! My new TEX Comics zine will be available at Counter! See this post for more info!

 

Professional Work

More patterns

This is a continuation from my blog post Pattern Design, where I went into a small amount of detail behind my intentions and reasoning for the patterns I’ve used in my posters for the YEA PAC workshops.

As the project has progressed, I have made my patterns more intricately-drawn and busy.  I think this may be because some of these workshops have intertwining elements and can branch from one specific technique, art form, or artistic job role.

From left to right, poster and meanings:

1 – Comics and Character Creation – I made two main illustrations for this. First I drew a Godzilla-like monster holding onto buildings, and second I drew a robot running away from an explosion.  I tried to make them seem as “cartoony” as possible while still staying within my style of drawing, and emphasise the connection between comics and the characters they may contain.  The smaller doodles are similar to the ones in a previous poster (Creative Writing), which still fit with the story element of comics.  Dirk Gently (Netflix) fans may recognise one of the elements I threw in there as a cheeky nod to that series.

2 – Zine Making – For this pattern, I created four different fictional zine covers.  Instead of lining them up neatly, I wanted to create the effect of zines and zinemaking equipment scattered all over a messy bedroom floor.  Some of the little circles and swirls are inspired by an illustration I did for Gurt Noodle #0, which gives examples of types of zines and what they could cover.

Below are my workshop poster designs in their final colour scheme and scale.  Photoshop lets me make colour and scale changes to my patterns really quickly, so  in the future I could use the patterns I’ve made during this project on fabric, decorative paper, sketchbook covers.. all sorts of things!

Again, you can read about my other designs in this series in my earlier post Pattern Design and you can read about how I made my patterns in Photoshop here.

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Give Up Your Day Job

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Me at Give Up Your Day Job!

On Sunday 10th December I had a table at Give Up Your Day Job, which is a D.I.Y. art fair “and punk rock flea market kinda thing” held at The Junction, Plymouth.  This event is really focused on Plymouth’s indie and punk makers, with stalls selling t-shirts, zines, embroidered items, ceramics, cards, prints, and lots more.

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Zine by South Coast Rats

I like this event a lot, the diy giveupcommunity seems really close and friendly and there was a great atmosphere all day.  Dan of Il Pleut Screenprinting and South Coast Rats, who was one of the organisers of the event, came over and gave me a copy of this zine, full of photography and collage, which made me feel very welcome.  There was even a stall selling fresh homemade vegan cakes and snacks where my brother got a chocolate brownie which he says was really good.

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Embroidered t-shirt by Jasmin Griffiths

I was offered the opportunity to exchange art with my table neighbour Jasmin Griffiths which I was pleased about as her embroidered t-shirts are really cool.  I like her sweet but sour minimalistic designs.

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Zine by Paige Nicholas

My neighbour on my other side was Paige Nicholas, an illustrator who draws punk inspired portraits, and I got a copy of her zine.

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Rachel Hall’s table

Rachel Hall is a Bristol based illustrator who makes prints based on lyrics, space and science fiction.  I thought her postcards based on Star Wars and The X-Files were adorable and quirky.

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Lalala Pompom comics

Benjamin Wright and Isaac Lenkiewicz from Lalala Pompom comics were also there.  Ben is an illustration tutor in Plymouth and one of the team behind Drink and Draw Plymouth and Tiny Mart, and he and Isaac publish lots of funny but twisted risograph comic zines.  This time I got a copy of Turtles Fighters Live to add to my growing collection of their work.

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Comic zine by Isaac Lenkiewicz and Benjamin Wright

My dad was helping me out on my stall, but I only live around the corner from The Junction so the rest of my family also came down for a visit.  My mum bought herself a book from Blind Spot Distro, who specialise in vintage sci-fi and fantasy, which she was quite pleased about.

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Book from the Blind Spot Distro stall

I took my badge maker with me so visitors could create their own badges, here are the ones I managed to get photos of.  The top left one is one of mine.

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Badges created at the event

This was my second time at Give Up Your Day Job, but my first as a table holder.  I came earlier this year and met Max from Shake Bristol and Lize Meddings from The Sad Ghost Club, so I felt proud to be able to take part myself this time.  It is a really chilled out event, small in size, big in heart and full of independent and alternative local makers.  Watch their Instagram for details of the next one!

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Tiny Mart

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Me at my Tiny Mart table!

On the 7th December I had my own table at the Tiny Mart Xmas Fair, where local maker-sellers gathered to offer their zines, comics, art prints, and more.  The event was organised by the Plymouth Drink and Draw team. Drink and Draw is a social drawing event which happens monthly on the first Thursday of every month in Boston Tea Party, Plymouth.  This is the second Tiny Mart event they have organised this year, I went to the first in May as a visitor and was really excited to be able to take part in this one as a table holder myself.

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Casting Call zine by Alice Kensington

There were lots of awesome illustrators there who I admire, including Alice Kensington, LJ Durose, Cath Garvey, Adam Endacott, and the 2 Plums collective.  Check them out (the links are to their Instagram accounts).  I wasn’t able to buy much this time as my funds were short and I was busy at my own table, but I did manage to get the newest zine from Alice Kensington, Casting Call.  I really wanted to offer swaps at the other tables but was too shy, I really need to work on that next time!  If you see me around and want to swap anything, please ask me because I’m really up for exchanges with other artists!

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My haul of zines from May’s Tiny Mart!

Make sure to take a look at the #tinymart and #drinkdrawplymouth tags to get a sense of what Tiny Mart is all about, hopefully there will be another one soon, and if you like to draw and illustrate then I really recommend coming along to Drink and Draw, it is a lot of fun and a really friendly environment.

 

 

 

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Events this week!

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Some of my badges
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My Gurt Noodle zines

 

I will have tables at two events next week in Plymouth so come along and say hello, check out my zines and other cool stuff and see what other unique items are on sale from lots of local artists and illustrators!  Both events are free entry and there will be lots of awesome things to look at and people to talk to, more details below:

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Tiny Mart Maker-Seller Xmas Fair is on Thursday 7th December, 4.30-8.30pm at Boston Tea PartyFollow Drink and Draw Plymouth who organise Tiny Mart on Instagram.

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Give Up Your Day Job DIY Art Fair is on Sunday 10th December, 12-5pm at The Junction.  Follow Give Up Your Day Job on Instagram.

Creative Writing workshop poster

We (YEA and PAC) have also been able to open a couple of extra spaces at the Creative Writing workshop for 11-19 year olds on Saturday 9th December so book a place quickly if you haven’t yet and want to!

 

Professional Work

I won a Design Competition!

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My entry for the Design Competition

My local art shop, The Art Side, opened a competition last month to find the new design for their shopping tote bags. After finding out all of the details I needed and what my limitations were, I drew some sketches for different ideas, mostly based around art supplies and local landmarks. From those sketches I chose to do a selection of artists materials because (a) their previous bag (by Diana Mazuru Hooper) was illustrated with a picture of Plymouth’s beloved turtle Snorkel so I didn’t want to do a lesser local-based idea and (b) because I’m always looking for accessories that are decorated with illustrations based on illustration as a topic. 

Because I wanted to do illustration as the theme, I thought it would be great to use a hand-drawn rather than clean digital style.  I drew lots (and I mean lots) of different individual materials, from spray cans and markers to sharpeners, erasers, paints and glue.  Then I scanned and cleaned up my images a little, keeping the sketchy style.  I played with my images and came up with different compositions, sketching thumbnails as I went along to find balance and a good assortment of items.

Finally I found an arrangement I was happy with, and I entered it into the competition.  I waited for the results with excitement and nerves and guess what?  I WON!  (Slight spoiler in the title there..)

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My prize, as well as being the designer of the shop’s new bags and getting to see my work being carried around by people (and I will definitely get one for myself!) was a Daler-Rowney Screenprinting kit.  I have tried screenprinting before at a short Saturday Art & Design Club workshop and have wanted the chance to try it properly by myself for a while, and now I can play with my kit at home and learn more about the process.

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Collecting my prize from The Art Side!

I have also been wanting to get some of my designs screenprinted for a while but haven’t had the money to do it, so now I can practice and make test versions at home which will help me to make better decisions about whether to get any designs printed professionally.  I have tried lino printing on bags before but the results didn’t last well through washing, unfortunately.  Now I just need a couple of days in a row free to play with my new kit..