On the 8th of July, I’ll be at Give Up Your Day Job at The Junction on Mutley Plain! Give Up.. is an alternative/punk/DIY event where you can get a drink, a doughnut, and find cool artwork, clothes, books, badges, zines, and more, created by independent artists and makers including The Sad Ghost Club, Steph Parnell, Think Like Bas, Il Pleut, and Benjamin Wright! At my table I will have hand drawn greetings cards, each one is totally unique, so for the price of a regular mass produced card you can get something noone else has. I make cards featuring completely original characters as well as fan art cards in my own style.
Some of my ‘little dudes’ cards, each one is a unique illustration of an original character
I’ll also be offering hand drawn cards on commission if you want something specific and personal, including portrait and fan cards. If you don’t have my zines yet I will also have those there, full of my illustrations and comics, alongside prints and badges – and I’ll have my badgemaker there so you can even make your own badge if you like!
Sombra postcard, Chloe card and a commissioned portrait card
This weekend is Small Press Day so celebrate on Sunday and come down to Give Up Your Day Job, 12-5pm at The Junction, Mutley Plain, and support your local artists and small press comic creators and zinesters!
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.
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.
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.
My neighbour on my other side was Paige Nicholas, an illustrator who draws punk inspired portraits, and I got a copy of her zine.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
I’ve been making badges and hairclips from craft foam today. It is a quick and easy way to make a unique accessory which shows the kind of things I like, for example videogames and manga. I thought I’d write a tutorial in case anyone else wanted to try it. These are good for cosplay and everyday wear.
Craft foam sheets – I got mine from The Range, A5 size, 40 sheets in different colours for £2.99.
Cold glue gun – again from The Range, £6.99 plus £1.99 for 12 refills.
Scissors and/or Craft Knife and Cutting Board.
To make hairclips – Hairclips (mine were 6 for £1 from Wilkinsons), embroidery thread and needle, and small pieces of felt sheet.
To make badges – I used some left over blanks from a broken old Badge-It machine.
Ideas and a pencil and paper!
Step 1: Draw your idea with pencil and paper. Research online or on DVD, book covers etc. This example is the symbol from Fairy Tail. When you are happy with your picture (make sure it’s the size you want) copy it onto a sheet of craft foam and use scissors or a craft knife to cut it out.
Step 2: Your shape will likely be quite flimsy on its own so reinforce it with a contrasting background. Choose another sheet of craft foam and cut out a background.
Step 3: Carefully follow the instructions on your glue gun and stick the two pieces together.
Step 4: Attach a hairclip or badge to the back.
FOR HAIRCLIPS: I found that the metal hairclip didn’t glue well to the craft foam so I used embroidery thread to sew the clip to a piece of felt, then glue the felt to the craft foam. Make sure to check it is facing the right way if you prefer to wear clips on one side.
FOR BADGES: I used leftover blanks from an old broken Badge-It. I filled the back of the badge with a couple of layers of craft foam and made sure they were all glued securely together.
Below are a couple more examples that I made today, a pokeball hairclip and a Korosensei badge to which I added a small tassle, with a bit of fabric paint to define the teeth:
This is a really easy project and I hope somebody else finds my tutorial useful to make something perfect for them! :3
I’ve been to the Graduate Show several times this year, partly because I have something on display in the Young Arts Club section. I’ve been really interested in the Illustration and Game Arts exhibitions, because those are the areas i’m hoping to study and work in, but I had a good look around the other galleries too.
This year I met Elena O’Neill and Lorna Davey who are graduating in Illustration. They showed me around the exhibition and talked to me about their course. Elena had some beautiful patterns on display and had pencil cases and pouches made from printed fabric of her work. She also had really cute tiny clay(?) birds scattered around her section. Lorna had an amazing self portrait up on the wall in a comic style. She also had a book of other portraits there and I love the details in the hair and how her portraits have loads of character. Lorna is staying in Plymouth after graduation, so i’m really hoping we can meet again to do some sketching.
I bumped into Alice Kensington, who is also graduating Illustration, on opening night. I’ve met Alice a couple of times before at DevCon (the local science fiction/comics convention) and we are both into cosplay, cartoons like Gravity Falls and Steven Universe and games like Zelda. The first time I saw her she was in costume as the Other Mother from Coraline and I was Mabel Pines, the second time she was Scarlet Overkill from the Minions movie and I was Frisk from Undertale. I really like her illustration work, which is so colourful and soft and curvy. Alice is really sweet and i’m definitely going to meet her soon to buy her a piece of cake and do some drawing together :3
There was a badge making machine in the Illustration shop and I made three custom badges with my own quick sketches. One was for a friend and I didn’t take a photo, but here are the other two, one is a picture of my brother and the other is the character Ellie from the game The Last of Us:
There were so many amazing things in Illustration and I got a zine called Floating Around by Cameron Williamson. It’s about someone who’s anxious about going to the Art College, but makes a decision to give it a shot. In the center theres a great picture of him staring out to sea on Plymouth Hoe. It reminded me of what it felt like when I started at the Young Arts Club. I also fell in love with the work of Emma Baker for zines, fanzines and the characters she designed to illustrate phobias. I wanted to buy one of her zines but it wasn’t on sale, so i’m going to contact her about it to see if she has any copies.
I’ll do another post about the rest of the exhibitions another time.