Thursday, 29 October 2009

Great advice

I just came across this. It's not particularly pretty but i'm going out drawing tomorrow and this is great advice.

Letterpress loveliness

I had an induction to the Letterpress workshop at uni yesterday. I love the smell in there and all the precision involved - it's a real labour of love ♥ I was mooching around on ffffound earlier and saw this work by a guy called Mikey Burton who does a lot of letterpress. Can't wait to try it...

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

A B C D E FFFFound

I'm always amazed by creative alphabets. Just found this one on ffffound.

Lots more here too:

Reminds me of some photographs I took at the
Reina Sofia in Madrid in September:

Bye for now.

Monday, 26 October 2009

ffffound on ffffound

I just found this photo of Keith Haring painting on ffffound.

I saw more of his work in the Pop Life exhibition at the Tate Modern on Sunday. His Pop Shop was ace, in fact, I was pretty impressed by the whole exhibition. I'm not normally much of a Damien Hirst fan, but I was intrigued by the recreation of his work from the 1992 Cologne Unfair Art Fair, where a pair of identical twins sat beneath 2 of his spot paintings. I'm not sure if it was the fact that they looked at you but didn't speak, or that whenever I looked at them, they looked up at me, but it was a pretty disruptive experience in the show and one i'd recommend going to see.

Best Client Letter Ever

Just in case you haven't already seen it...

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Book by it's cover

Just discovered this lovely blog by Julia Rothman, an illustrator and pattern designer from New York. It's a collection of books that Julia has collected over the years. My favourites are the sketchbooks and Children's Books. Immerse yourself in loveliness...

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Wednesday lectures

Most Wednesdays we have a lecture in the afternoon, usually from a practicing illustrator.

The first week's lecture was from Alexis Deacon. He talked about his books 'Slow Loris' and 'Beegu' (amongst others, but these are my favourites). His voice when speaking Beegu's language was hilarious. Alexis explained a few really simple things that should be glaringly obvious (but weren't - to me anyway) for example, drawing smaller and the fact that if you can see the whole drawing at once, you'll find it a lot easier, especially on location. Simple when you know!

Our second lecture was from Morag Styles who is a reader in Children's Literature and Education at Cambridge University. She talked about Anthony Browne's book ZOO and the research she did in schools using the book. The drawings that children did of the book after having read it showed amazing empathy and understanding of the subtleties of the book that I doubt would be so obvious to an adult reader.

The third lecture in the series was from John Lawrence who talked about his illustrations for Treasure Island. He also layed out all of his previous books and his sketchbooks for us to look through after the lecture. Amazing. And such a sweet man.

An exhibition of John's work for Treasure Island is on show at the Illustration cupboard from the 27th October to the 15th November. Check the website out here.


My Mum has been retiring for many years now but never quite manages to. Her latest venture is making and selling beautiful scarves with her friend Julie. They unexpectedly sold a batch to a local shop and needed to come up with a name for their scarf company quickly. My Mum's name is Viv, so that combined with Julie, and they came up with 'Juvi'. My Mum made me promise not to laugh when she told me the name, but quite to the contrary, it reminded me of a Paul Arden quote from 'Whatever you think think the opposite'.

'In 1881 George Eastman, a junior clerk, left his safe job in a local bank to start a photographic company.

But here is the interesting part.

Seven years later he changed its name to 'Kodak', an odd choice since it was meaningless and in those days nobody gave random names to serious products. Eastman's reasons for choosing the name were that it was short; that it was not open to mispronunciation; and it could not be associated with anything else.

Even today, corporations cannot think like that.

Only entrepreneurs can'

Pigs Might Fly

Pigs might fly from Claire Fauché on Vimeo.

Saw this on Swissmiss and absolutely loved it... Pigs might fly/quand les poules auront des dents (when chicken got teeth). It's a personal project by Claire Fauché for Eurostar.

Monday, 12 October 2009

My Beautiful New Camera

We went to Chatsworth at the weekend to see the Beyond Limits exhibition - i'd forgotten my Lumix and my iPhone quickly ran out of battery. However, the camera I did have with me was my beautiful new AGFA Isolette II that my Mum picked up at a car boot sale for me. It's in perfect condition as far as I can see, i'm just not sure sure any of the pictures will be any good having only used digital cameras for the past few years! Anyway, if any of them come out i'll post them on here and Flickr. The pics I took on my iPhone before the battery went dead are here. Unfortunately, there are none of the exhibition but I did fall in love with this wallpaper...