Heres Bedford College’s End Year Exhibition poster again (without the typo this time…thanks Andrew Foster). Come along if you are in the area. x
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Good afternoon. Here is the poster I designed for Bedford College’s Art & Design Degree Show that is coming up. It’s an adaption of an earlier drawing I did…Hope you can attend if you are in the area. : )
Hey check out this great illustration project created by the students of my old Middle School Robert Bruce Middle School. The project was inspired by some of my creature’s and animal illustrations and I get to judge the best ones. Amazing. : )
The show was all about food and there was a giant cake which people ate freely. It was great….anyway, here is one of the visitors I sketched. x
WILD THING’S UPDATE 4 (also appears in the December issue of The Bedford Clanger newspaper)
So, the time is nearly upon us. In just a few short week’s ‘The Wild Thing’s’ Wild Rumpus will finally open at The Place Theatre, Bedford.
It really doesn’t seem that long ago that Cally and Alex from No Loss/Dumbstruck Productions asked me to help adapt Maurice Sendak’s seminal children’s book into a stage play. The last few months have been incredibly exciting, seeing the whole production come together and take shape. The crazy monster costumes have been made, props built, actors cast, music arranged and recorded and full rehearsals are just about to start.
The Marketing campaign has also gone into overdrive with my posters cropping up all over town. There have also been a number of Wild Thing events across the county. Thurleigh Farm recently staged a Hunt for the Wild Thing adventure in the woods and I myself was lucky enough to present a Draw Your Own Wild Thing workshop at Bedford Library. The workshop was great fun and Bedfordian’s young and old came up with some really great new designs for The Wild Thing’s. These will all be exhibited at the opening of the show.
The great thing is that the hard work seems to be paying off with tickets sales already going very well. I really can’t wait to see how the actors interpreted the script and the characters. I tried to instil specific characteristics into each of my Wild Thing designs and from what I have seen the actors have picked this up really well.
I can’t wait to see the final incarnation of the show and witness the coming together of so many talented people. It’s been really great working so closely with the theatre company.
A few people have mentioned that ‘The Wild Thing’s’ should live on past the Bedford show (there has even been talk of turning the show into a full on musical, which would be incredible!). From what I have seen, the potential is there to carry the show on and develop it further.
But, whatever the future lies with the show, one thing is for sure, that come Christmas the Wild Thing’s will roar their terrible roars and gnash their terrible teeth and roll their terrible eyes and show their terrible claws.
And Bedford will never be the same again.
Here is my latest Wild Thing design, soon to be appearing in the stage production based on Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where The Wild Thing’s Are’ book. This past week I was privileged to be able to sit in on a Wild Thing script read through. It was great fun and made me even more excited to be involved in this ambitious show. Not long now until I see my creature designs come to life on stage.
For more info on ‘The Wild Things’ please visit the No Loss Productions website here:http://www.nolossproductions.co.uk/?page_id=136
Also on www.creaturemag.com
Hello everyone. Myself and a bunch of other artists/ illustrators/ designers were asked to create a series of images to celebrate 20 years of Independence and Education at Bedford College.
Here is one of my pieces that depicts 20 years (1992 to 2012) in a life- from 16 year old college student to 36 year old man.
The exhibition opened today and runs until November 30th at Bedford Colleges South Bank Art Centre.
Hello all. Here is my ‘Wild Things’ update article that appears in this Months “Bedford Clanger’ newspaper. Hope that you enjoy. X
By now hopefully a lot of you would have seen my new designs for ‘The Wild Things’ poster and flyer around town. For this months update I thought I would talk you through the images creation and- what us arty types call- ‘my process’.
Most of my designs start out as really scruffy and sketchy ‘thumbnail’s’ that are really quick doodles of the images I have in my head. Using thumbnails are a great way of getting the image on page (albeit a really rough version) and work out the composition and layout. I got the idea for have the tree’s branches form one of the creatures faces from this stage.
Once I was happy that the idea and layout were in place I got straight to work with drawing the image in my A3 sketchbook.
Now, this is the bit I slightly worry about telling people about as it sort of feels like cheating, but I very rarely draw the whole image as one completed piece on one single page. Instead I will draw each element on a separate page (as shown in the photos opposite) and then composite each drawing together on Adobe Photoshop.
There are many benefits to working like this. One is that if I make a mistake drawing one of the elements- the drawing of ‘Max’ for example- then it is not going to effect the overall image. I can just screw Max up and start him again on a fresh piece of paper.
Another benefit is that I can draw each element as big and as detailed as I like and shrink it down on the computer without loosing any of the overall drawn-line quality.
Anyway, once all of the individual drawings where completed I scanned them in to my computer and digitally cut out the background of the page (quite a tricky task with all of those pesky branches) before putting each image together to create one, final design.
The whole process took me around about 3 days (save for eating, sleeping and blinking).
Yikes, that was a little bit technical (apologies to all of digitalphobes!). Next month’s update promises to be more messy and anarchic as I will be creating costumes and sets with the very talented Matt Baker.
Hopefully I will also have some exciting behind the scenes ‘monster’ photos to tease you with as we continue to work away on what promises to be a really fantastic and hugely ambitious stage show.
(See the whole of the October issue of The Bedford Clanger online here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/108697189/Bedford-Clanger-October-2012)
Heres my contributing envelope for Anne-Marie Stijelja’s Mail Art show at 24 Mill Street, Bedford. If you have a chance I highly recommend you see this brilliant exhibition. Theres hundreds of excellent envelope designs on show. x
Hello my friends. Heres a few better pics taken of the open air, cycle powered cinema screening of the magnifique ‘Bellevue Rendez-Vous’ I was blogging on about last weekend.
(Check out my drawing on the screen prior to the film)
Photos by Mr Graham Phillip Watson
“By David Litchfield (Aged 14)”
Today me and my brother cleared out a load of old crap from my mum’s house as she’s moving. I was going through some of my old stuff when I came across this little gem that I hadn’t seen for absolute years.
This is technically my first ever illustration commission I did for the local comic shop when I was 14 years old. I say ‘technically’ because I was actually payed in Star Wars Comics and not money (I believe it was the Dark Horses mini-series of Droids, issues 1 to 6).
‘Mike’ who used to work at Comic’s Unlimited at 4 Clair Court, Bedford (now the cool little Vintage boutique @rosetintedvintage) asked me to draw the flyer one day when I was on work experience there (one amazing week in my life) as they knew I did ‘art stuff’.
I was so chuffed that they asked me to illustrate it, although back then I didn’t really know that I could become an illustrator or care anything about careers or getting paid to draw. All I thought about was how cool it was that I could draw Boba Fett, Mulder and Scully, Batman and Judge Dredd and people would actually see it.
Although, to be honest. the only people who actually did see it where comic fans and Warhammer geeks from in and around the Bedford town radius.
Until now that is. Thanks internet :) x
Oh yes. Just watched the amazing Les Triplettes de Belleville with 150 other Bedfordians in a outdoor, cycled powered cinema organised by School of Us at The Lane…What a great way to watch such an amazing film. Sylvain Chomet is a genius
Great pic of the end result of this past weekends ‘Drawing Room’ adventure. Photo by Andrew Foster.
Blog HERE x
Wow. What a great day drawing with @wearethecircus in ‘The Drawing Room’ pop up shop. We got loads of people- young and old, drawers and non-drawers, to come and draw on the walls, furniture and floor and created a mass doodle of inky joy and goodness…..x
The whole thing is on display at 24 Mill Street, Bedford for the next 8 days. Go and see it. Its awesome. x
p.s. loads more Photos of the event are on The Circus of Illustration Facebook page HERE x