#imaginedCities last day tomorrow at @higginsbedford x #illustration #wallart
Maurice Sendak on what being an illustrator means
This week has been a really mad week with lots going on and lots of new and exciting things going through my brain.
I went to the YCN awards last night and let my hair down a bit with some Bedford College staff and student winners.
And I just thought that the world deserved to see the above photo from the night.
Phew, what a few days. On Thursday I spoke at Creative Bedfordshire (in a massive scary room) about being a freelancer and setting up a studio. On Friday we opened the said studio (Animal Studios Ltd if you fancy it) with a big party. On Saturday we went to the Bright Agency picnic in the beautiful Battersea Park and had a really lovely time. And today I have been having a right old laugh at the Potton show :)
Drawing more pages tonight until the wee hours. All is good.
p.s. I will post some actual illustration on here soon :)
Thanks to all of you who came along to our opening night last night. It was a fantastic evening and we are really pleased that the people of Bedfordshire are liking the look of Animal.
Alison Goodyear’s fantastic exhibition 'Wild Things' officially opens to the public today at 10am. Our gallery is an artist run space and we will be looking for new exciting shows to host there in the future, so if you are a visual artist, designer, illustrator, animator etc looking to exhibit please do get in touch.
good night last night :)
Bedford’s growing art scene has a new studio offering a workspace and a gallery.
Heres me talking about #animalstudios in todays local paper :)
Our studio is officially opening this week. I put a sign up. It felt good
#throwbackthursday….1 year ago :)
New Work.Hello everyone. Here is a drawing I completed recently for CIAN Public Forum Series/Cambridge University. I’ve just found out its also going to used on the cover of a book too. Whoop….! x
katya-szew asked: I'm quite picky when it comes to modern-day illustrations, but the second I started browsing through your work I was completely awed. A better term would be mind-boggled. You're a fantastic artist and have inspired my own works of literature. My compliments shouldn't flatter you because I'm someone who can only sketch stick-figures. Have a wonderful day.
Well you bloomin’ well absolutely did flatter me! Thanks so much, what a lovely, lovely message. X
I didn’t want to waste any more water so I drew my Ice Bucket Challenge. If anyone wants to buy this original sketch ITS ON EBAY NOW!!!!!! (link link link) All proceeds will be split between the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association and Macmillan Cancer Support. 2 very great causes.
Ok…shameless bit of gloating alert.
About 7 years ago we were on a break in Paris and I bought the very first Illustration Now book by Taschen. I bought it from one of those cool roadside bookshops that are everywhere in Paris. They sell amazing comics and art books and they are just brilliant.
So, we went to a cafe and I flicked through the book and I was in complete awe of all the really fantastic artists who were featured in the pages. I remember saying to Katie how out of all of the things I wanted to do at the time -music, writing, film- it was always going to be drawing that I loved the most and once I get all of that other stuff out of my system that being an illustrator is what I would seriously pursue.
Anyway, this morning I went in to Waterstones up the road from my house to buy the latest volume (volume 5) of Illustration Now and I’m so honoured to have my work featured in its pages.