Friday, 26 April 2013

The Poop Deck Project

Hello, chaps! The daily drawing project seems to have consumed my blog somewhat lately, but I'm getting on top of it again and queuing some posts up as a break from it! In hindsight a separate blog/tumblr account probably would have been a good idea...

The most important and pressing thing to share, which you may already have heard if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, is that earlier this month I created a character illustration for a new project run by the rather wonderful Ammo Magazine. (If you haven't heard of the magazine already, check it out - it's a lovely postcard sized magazine on tactile paper, stuffed full of beautiful illustrations by loads of great international artists). The project is 'The Poop Deck Project' - a nautical themed deck of cards featuring 54 illustrators from around the world, with an exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery in London, running from Monday 29th April to Saturday 4th May (next week!). 

There'll be lots to see as the space is also hosting Inkygoodness' Beermat Characters, and the chance to buy some lovely artwork* if you fancy it. If you think you'd like to pop along, there's a Facebook Event page with all the details. 

*hint... my framed character print ;)

I'll be able to share the finished illustration with you after the exhibition, hopefully with some process images if you're interested in seeing a bit of that, but in the mean time here's a [genuinely fascinating!] video about the printing/production process of the deck (with a little glimpse of my card near the beginning...). I don't envy the printers having to use those huge guillotines on such a big project - an immense responsibility!

The Poop Deck Project - Illustrated Playing Cards from Ammo Magazine on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

A Dwarf A Day: Weeks Twelve to Fourteen

Hello! I've been away for a little while on a trip to Northern Italy (more to come on that in another post soon!) so you might have noticed my daily drawing posts not cropping up on your Blogger dashboard/feed reader for a few weeks. Speaking of feed readers, I've recovered from the momentarily horrifying news that Google Reader is soon to be no more, and have jumped ship over to Feedly. It seems pretty great to use so far (Customisable colour schemes? Various category and view options coming out of your ears? mmmm.) and I'm enjoying being able to quickly flick through everything easily on my phone in spare moments... I've even caught up on the thousands of posts missed while we were away in Italy! Do you have any other feed reader suggestions? I've heard quite a lot about BlogLovin', but haven't tried it out yet as Feedly seemed to meet all my needs straight away.

Anyway! Despite the lack of blog posts, I kept up my daily scribbles while away from the studio and have finally got on top of everything enough to upload them all. Apologies for the lack of colour, but it's just too big a task to catch up on in amongst my other work so the backlog is largely coming rough and ready, straight from the sketchbook in black and white until I'm back up to date! Hopefully it'll be nice to have some uncoloured, scrappier sketches for a while (don't judge me too harshly... it's hard to draw daily when you're so full of pasta and delicious cheeses). Sketches are mostly inspired by: Venice, a harpsichord museum, tasty gelato/coffee, some excitingly warm weather, lots of Romeo & Juliet themed goodness in Verona, and too much mascarpone and strawberries. Here we go!

Week Twelve (behind a cut, as it's rather image heavy!)