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Apr 5, 2013

Cop a tote of that!

What’s in a tote? That which we call an environmentally friendly bag? Well, quite a lot actually! According to CIA illustrator Jitesh Patel they are a new type of ‘social code’ and reveal more about your character than the shopping inside. Jiteshstarted collecting the bags back in 2007 whilst travelling around Asia and now owns over 200 of them- many of which you can see his book ‘The Tote Bag’ out now, published by Laurence King. 

Not content with being a busy member of the CIA illustration family Jitesh also wanted to showcase how artists are using the cloth as canvas,'totes are a good way for us illustrators to sell their work, I try to pick totes up to support struggling artists- we've got to stick together.' Too right Jitesh! Visit www.laurenceking.com to pick up your copy today.

An interview with the artist can be found in the April edition of  Lifestyle magazine The Simple Things, available from www.myfavouritemagazine.co.uk

Apr 4, 2013 / 21 notes

Spellbound in Soho

We’re picking our jaws off the floor this morning having been to see Kai and Sunny’sdazzling diamond dust designs  at the Pertwee, Anderson and Gold Gallery Soho. Their intricate textured screen prints have gone down a gilttering storm,  we saw more than a few red dots winking back at us from the gallery’s dark grey walls. Well done guys, give yourself a big fat pat on the back, 'Diverse Elements' is a beauty!

Please email for more info on the show and a buyers guide info@pertweeandersongold.com (www.pertweeandersongold.com)

Pertwee Anderson and Gold, 15 Bateman Street, Soho W1D 3AQ.

Last night a DJ saved my social life!


The kids at 12foot6 are not content churning out award winning animation after award winning animation, hell no, they like a knees up, a dance, a sing song- the craic…so lies the reasoning behind 'Bar Shorts', evenings dedicated to showcasing the best in international music, art and film. Now the famous night is moving north to Manchester where resides CIA’s Stanley Chow, brilliant illustrator, amazing caricaturist and…..part time DJ! Yes, he’ll be moving from desk to deck, swapping the mac for some old skool vinyl and dancing round his man bag. OK, maybe not the last bit - but he will be getting the party started so pencil Tuesday 30th into your diary and keep an eye on the Bar Shorts home page where the evenings full line up will soon be revealed. It’s gonna be goooood, don’t miss out!
Apr 3, 2013 / 2 notes

Last night a DJ saved my social life!

The kids at 12foot6 are not content churning out award winning animation after award winning animation, hell no, they like a knees up, a dance, a sing song- the craic…so lies the reasoning behind 'Bar Shorts', evenings dedicated to showcasing the best in international music, art and film. Now the famous night is moving north to Manchester where resides CIA’s Stanley Chow, brilliant illustrator, amazing caricaturist and…..part time DJ! Yes, he’ll be moving from desk to deck, swapping the mac for some old skool vinyl and dancing round his man bag. OK, maybe not the last bit - but he will be getting the party started so pencil Tuesday 30th into your diary and keep an eye on the Bar Shorts home page where the evenings full line up will soon be revealed. It’s gonna be goooood, don’t miss out!

Apr 2, 2013 / 2 notes

Perfect Pedigree from Simon Spilsbury

Bespoke paper manufacturer James Cropper in partnership with artist Liam Hopkin’shave commissioned 105 artists to customise their design classic 'Gerald' in time for a New York Exhibition and book launch.

Hopkin’s studio 'Lazerian' have won critical success for ground breaking paper engineering work and wanted to push the playful sculpture further through innovative surface design, “We created Gerald as a challenge to ourselves and to challenge paper as a material. It stood up to the test and became a blank canvas for us to start adding elements of colour and more intricate design.”

CIA’s Simon Spilsbury, Stanley Chow and Tatiana Arocha are amongst those selected to take part in the project opening on Friday 17th May. Here’s a sneak peek ofSpilsbury’s DIY below, our scribbling misfit commented: “You don’t get to draw on an origami dog very often, so that was inspiring enough. I used spray paint and stencils to start, adding character detail later. I think I painted it out twice and started again before settling with the madness you see in front of you.”

Of course if you’re too tied up to board a jet plane you can lay your paws on a limited edition hardback copy containing snapshots of 120 paper Geralds, just log on towww.lazerian.co.uk from Thursday 16 May.

Gerald and James Exhibition, New York. Curated by Liam Hopkins Presented by LAZERIAN in partnership with James Cropper Friday 17 – Sunday 19 May 2012, 10am – 5pm daily, 60 READE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10007

You Cannot be Serious?! Yes actually, we are.


Game, set and match to Shotopop, they’ve won Every Damn One of us over with this Tennis Typographic and put a Spring in our step despire the arctic temperatures! You can rely on our London Fields collective to turn up the heat with neon graphics and incredible draftsmanship, so pour yourself a pimms and watch this space for a flurry of new Shoto work, it’ll be hittin’ ya next month
Mar 28, 2013 / 1 note

You Cannot be Serious?! Yes actually, we are.

Game, set and match to Shotopop, they’ve won Every Damn One of us over with this Tennis Typographic and put a Spring in our step despire the arctic temperatures! You can rely on our London Fields collective to turn up the heat with neon graphics and incredible draftsmanship, so pour yourself a pimms and watch this space for a flurry of new Shoto work, it’ll be hittin’ ya next month

Blow me down- there’s a Beatle on the Blog


Why is there a photo of Paul Mc Cartney on our blog you cry? Why laddie, that’s no Beatle, that a Brian, a Brian Grimwood - and today we’re celebrating his birthday!
Our multi talented founder/ international artist/ jazz musician/ McCartney doppleganger has been shaking up the illustration industry since the sixties so we hope today he takes a breath, puts down the pen and pencil and picks up a glass of celebratory fizz! Here’s to you Brian! We hope you have a fantastic day!! 
Mar 28, 2013

Blow me down- there’s a Beatle on the Blog

Why is there a photo of Paul Mc Cartney on our blog you cry? Why laddie, that’s no Beatle, that a Brian, a Brian Grimwood - and today we’re celebrating his birthday!

Our multi talented founder/ international artist/ jazz musician/ McCartney doppleganger has been shaking up the illustration industry since the sixties so we hope today he takes a breath, puts down the pen and pencil and picks up a glass of celebratory fizz! Here’s to you Brian! We hope you have a fantastic day!! 

Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. Oh, sorry. It is…


Looking for something to replace that flock wallpaper? How about a feature wall dressed by an apocalyptic mural, maybe a few deep sea creatures, murderous beasts and fire breathing dragons?  Up your street? Then look up CIA’s Good Wives and Warriors, they’ve just completed ’Der Anfang Des Endes’ roughly translated as ‘The beginning of the end.’
This alarmingly titled painting is the latest in a round up of award winning live pieces commissioned by brands as big and shiny as Absolut Vodka, Tiger Beer and Chevrolet.Good Wives nightmarish vision was unveiled last friday at the Salon Renate in Neukolln, Berlin and will remain on the walls for the public for the next month - so why not check it out? Sweet dreams everyone:)
Salon Renate, Weichselstraße 65, 12043 Berlin 
Mar 27, 2013 / 4 notes

Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. Oh, sorry. It is…

Looking for something to replace that flock wallpaper? How about a feature wall dressed by an apocalyptic mural, maybe a few deep sea creatures, murderous beasts and fire breathing dragons?  Up your street? Then look up CIA’s Good Wives and Warriors, they’ve just completed ’Der Anfang Des Endes’ roughly translated as ‘The beginning of the end.’

This alarmingly titled painting is the latest in a round up of award winning live pieces commissioned by brands as big and shiny as Absolut VodkaTiger Beer and Chevrolet.Good Wives nightmarish vision was unveiled last friday at the Salon Renate in Neukolln, Berlin and will remain on the walls for the public for the next month - so why not check it out? Sweet dreams everyone:)

Salon RenateWeichselstraße 65, 12043 Berlin 

Brian Grimwood & Rose Blake meet Design Brighton


Writer Amy Rogers updated us on the latest new from BIG:
This month’s Brighton Illustrators Group meeting was held in conjunction with Design Brighton’s Illustration event. The Old Market’s bar was full of intrepid designers and artists despite carnage on the streets caused by snow. A ‘Fargo of a night’ is how the evening’s chair, Alex Leith described it! Brian Grimwood was one of the nights key speakers, the other was illustrator Rose Blake.
Rose has already achieved much since graduating from the Communication Design MA course at Royal College of Art in 2011. Interested in conveying different moods, feelings and memories, she likes to make personal work that ‘doesn’t shout about it’. Two or three characters constantly recur in Rose’s work, two of them look like a couple of her  friends and one of them looks like her. Using a limited colour palette, Rose enjoys simplifying things until they are as bold and graphic as possible.
Brian Grimwood says his job is ‘to excite the eyeball’. He has been working as an illustrator for forty years and makes a conscious effort to stay enthusiastic and excited about his art. Stylistically Brian doesn’t believe much has changed since his childhood when his trademark was a bold, quirky line and draws to communicate ideas. Often his quickest creations work out best but he says there’s a fine line between looking naive and looking badly drawn.
Brian believes you can transcend illustration to make ‘high art’ and if you believe in yourself enough others will take you at your own estimation. 
Thanks to Alex, Rose, Brian and everyone at Design Brighton for a fantastic evening!
Read the article in full here!  
Mar 26, 2013 / 1 note

Brian Grimwood & Rose Blake meet Design Brighton

Writer Amy Rogers updated us on the latest new from BIG:

This month’s Brighton Illustrators Group meeting was held in conjunction with Design Brighton’s Illustration event. The Old Market’s bar was full of intrepid designers and artists despite carnage on the streets caused by snow. A ‘Fargo of a night’ is how the evening’s chair, Alex Leith described it! Brian Grimwood was one of the nights key speakers, the other was illustrator Rose Blake.

Rose has already achieved much since graduating from the Communication Design MA course at Royal College of Art in 2011. Interested in conveying different moods, feelings and memories, she likes to make personal work that ‘doesn’t shout about it’. Two or three characters constantly recur in Rose’s work, two of them look like a couple of her  friends and one of them looks like her. Using a limited colour palette, Rose enjoys simplifying things until they are as bold and graphic as possible.

Brian Grimwood says his job is ‘to excite the eyeball’. He has been working as an illustrator for forty years and makes a conscious effort to stay enthusiastic and excited about his art. Stylistically Brian doesn’t believe much has changed since his childhood when his trademark was a bold, quirky line and draws to communicate ideas. Often his quickest creations work out best but he says there’s a fine line between looking naive and looking badly drawn.

Brian believes you can transcend illustration to make ‘high art’ and if you believe in yourself enough others will take you at your own estimation. 

Thanks to Alex, Rose, Brian and everyone at Design Brighton for a fantastic evening!

Read the article in full here!  

It’s all Greek to me….


Well, it is to Harriet Taylor Seed who skipped passed Moaning Lisa on her recent outing to the Louvre and made a beeline for their ceramic collection. The textile designer turned illustrator is rather partial to a pattern, particularly one that comes in the form of an ancient artefact -  after all, you’re never going to find those unique spots and squiggles down your local blue cross sale are you? Here’s a sneak peek at just one of her lovely Louvre designs, simply divine…:
Mar 26, 2013 / 3 notes

It’s all Greek to me….

Well, it is to Harriet Taylor Seed who skipped passed Moaning Lisa on her recent outing to the Louvre and made a beeline for their ceramic collection. The textile designer turned illustrator is rather partial to a pattern, particularly one that comes in the form of an ancient artefact -  after all, you’re never going to find those unique spots and squiggles down your local blue cross sale are you? Here’s a sneak peek at just one of her lovely Louvre designs, simply divine…:

Enter 3x3’s competition before you turn into a Pumpkin!


Last warning! Illustrators wanting to submit their work for 3x3 Magazine’s tenth exhibition have until midnight this friday to upload their work. This year several new categories have been added in order to allow a more level playing field for entrants, no there’s no excuse not to give it a whirl! As always the 3x3 show is a truly international affair-  including the judging panel itself which boasts none other than our Jakob Hinrichs from Germany! Hooray!
Don’t be shy, check out the 3x3 website and read all about it.  And in the meantime on this Snowy Spring day (is it nearly the end of xmas yet dad?) lets sit back and enjoy a bit of frost n’ ice Jakob style, over to you Mr Hinrichs:
Mar 25, 2013 / 3 notes

Enter 3x3’s competition before you turn into a Pumpkin!

Last warning! Illustrators wanting to submit their work for 3x3 Magazine’s tenth exhibition have until midnight this friday to upload their work. This year several new categories have been added in order to allow a more level playing field for entrants, no there’s no excuse not to give it a whirl! As always the 3x3 show is a truly international affair-  including the judging panel itself which boasts none other than our Jakob Hinrichs from Germany! Hooray!

Don’t be shy, check out the 3x3 website and read all about it.  And in the meantime on this Snowy Spring day (is it nearly the end of xmas yet dad?) lets sit back and enjoy a bit of frost n’ ice Jakob style, over to you Mr Hinrichs:

Pull up a Pew, it’s nearly the weekend!


'Live' specialist Simon Spilsbury is a man who rarely sits down -  so it’s ironic he was asked by Bath/Bristol Council to graffiti their furniture in time for MIPIM, a property conference hosted in Cannes. 
After preparing a number of Vitra Chairs at his studio Simon travelled with them to France for a three day live draw. This very un-corporate venture paid off for the Council as Simon’s frantic scribbling attracted a crowd of curious onlookers to their ‘Spilsburied’ stand:  ”Bath and Bristol are cities where the creative industries thrive - this event went to showcase my council’s support. They’re a brave client and I hope they will now enjoy reaping rewards for investing in the artistic community." (S.S) 
Well said Sir, we concur!
Mar 22, 2013 / 2 notes

Pull up a Pew, it’s nearly the weekend!

'Live' specialist Simon Spilsbury is a man who rarely sits down -  so it’s ironic he was asked by Bath/Bristol Council to graffiti their furniture in time for MIPIM, a property conference hosted in Cannes. 

After preparing a number of Vitra Chairs at his studio Simon travelled with them to France for a three day live draw. This very un-corporate venture paid off for the Council as Simon’s frantic scribbling attracted a crowd of curious onlookers to their ‘Spilsburied’ stand:  Bath and Bristol are cities where the creative industries thrive - this event went to showcase my council’s support. They’re a brave client and I hope they will now enjoy reaping rewards for investing in the artistic community." (S.S) 

Well said Sir, we concur!

Mar 21, 2013

It’s fashion darlin, innit?

It’s a serious business being a fashionista, never must you smile, always must you pout and forever must you be hungry. Sadness :(

Thank goodness then that for his Autumn Winter collection the British designer Markus Lupfer opted to collaborate with Rose Blake and Andy Baker on a FUN film! Our two pranksters take these beautiful people through their paces, dropping them first into a jungle before sinking them into the sea and finally landing them on the moon. What am I jabberwocking about? Strike and pose and click play, yeah!

Diverse Elements- Until the 6th April


Who the heck are these part timers lolling around drinking beer while the rest of us are tapping into our keyboards? Why they’re guests at Kai and Sunny’s 'Diverse Elements'exhibition which opened with a private view at the Pertwee, Anderson and Gold galleryin Soho. The evening was a rip roaring success - which is what happens when you combine brilliant art with bubbly booze and beautiful people. Don’t be glum you missed it, you can skate down to 15 Bateman Street until the 6th April and join in the larks. Go on…get a groove on!
 Diverse Elements: An exhibition of new work by Kai & Sunny and Leif Podhajsky runs from 15 March – 6 April at 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ
Mar 20, 2013

Diverse Elements- Until the 6th April

Who the heck are these part timers lolling around drinking beer while the rest of us are tapping into our keyboards? Why they’re guests at Kai and Sunny’s 'Diverse Elements'exhibition which opened with a private view at the Pertwee, Anderson and Gold galleryin Soho. The evening was a rip roaring success - which is what happens when you combine brilliant art with bubbly booze and beautiful people. Don’t be glum you missed it, you can skate down to 15 Bateman Street until the 6th April and join in the larks. Go on…get a groove on!

 Diverse Elements: An exhibition of new work by Kai & Sunny and Leif Podhajsky runs from 15 March – 6 April at 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ

This ain’t no slumdog scribbling…


Trainspotted - Sarah J Coleman’s artwork on Danny Boyle’s autobiography! Our professional doodler couldn’t wait to use her wit n’get her mitts on Faber & Faber’s new title - it’s the ultimate read for anyone curious about the maverick British director. 
Edited from many hours of interviews, Danny talks frankly about the secrets behind the Olympic’s opening ceremony as well as the struggles, joys and incredible perseverance needed to direct such well-loved films as Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and Shallow Grave. If you fancy tucking into this little gem simply click on the link below:
http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/danny-boyle-amy-raphael/9780571301867
Mar 19, 2013 / 2 notes

This ain’t no slumdog scribbling…

Trainspotted - Sarah J Coleman’s artwork on Danny Boyle’s autobiography! Our professional doodler couldn’t wait to use her wit n’get her mitts on Faber & Faber’s new title - it’s the ultimate read for anyone curious about the maverick British director. 

Edited from many hours of interviews, Danny talks frankly about the secrets behind the Olympic’s opening ceremony as well as the struggles, joys and incredible perseverance needed to direct such well-loved films as Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and Shallow Grave. If you fancy tucking into this little gem simply click on the link below:

http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/danny-boyle-amy-raphael/9780571301867

Darren Dazzles Again!


Now and then an illustrator comes along able to interpret editorial so beautifully it needs no words at all. Here is one such example, a moving painting by Darren Hopes for a fostering article published in this month’s Telegraph. Simply stunning…say ahhh…..
Mar 14, 2013 / 4 notes

Darren Dazzles Again!

Now and then an illustrator comes along able to interpret editorial so beautifully it needs no words at all. Here is one such example, a moving painting by Darren Hopes for a fostering article published in this month’s Telegraph. Simply stunning…say ahhh…..