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Bar Shorts are Back!
Bar Shorts aka 12Foot6 & Chris Shepherd are back in London for the brand new international showcase of some of the best shorts on the planet at the brilliant The Book Club in London’s EC2.

Bringing together some of the best in short film and animation, award-winning directors will include Julia Pott, Will Anderson, Jordan Bruner, Chintis Lundgren, Perrie Murphy, Dog Judo, 12Foot6, Sergi Sanchez a.k.a OMBREBUENO, Duncan Cowles, Monika Forsberg, Lucy Izzard & Laura Coates, Run Wrake, David Shrigley and Will Sweeney.

With funny man Phil O’Shea on hand to keep you amused mid-screenings (we break the screenings into three parts) this Bar Shorts is not to be missed!
Tuesday 21st May in The Book Club basement 19:00-22:00pm, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
 FREE but register here!
May 15, 2013

Bar Shorts are Back!

Bar Shorts aka 12Foot6 & Chris Shepherd are back in London for the brand new international showcase of some of the best shorts on the planet at the brilliant The Book Club in London’s EC2.

Bringing together some of the best in short film and animation, award-winning directors will include Julia PottWill AndersonJordan BrunerChintis LundgrenPerrie MurphyDog Judo12Foot6Sergi Sanchez a.k.a OMBREBUENO, Duncan CowlesMonika ForsbergLucy Izzard & Laura CoatesRun WrakeDavid Shrigley and Will Sweeney.

With funny man Phil O’Shea on hand to keep you amused mid-screenings (we break the screenings into three parts) this Bar Shorts is not to be missed!

Tuesday 21st May in The Book Club basement 19:00-22:00pm, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH

 FREE but register here!

Darren Hopes impresses again!
Fans of the prolific Darren Hopes might be aware that he is a keen writer as well as fantastic illustrator. Indeed our Popshot and New Scientist contributor has just the right sort of weird and wonderful imagination ideally suited to short stories, flash fiction and haunting poetry. Here are two stunning examples of accompanying illustrations to his latest written projects. We saw them, we loved them, we wanted to boast about them. Now we’re a bit jealous of him.
Gifted fellow isn’t he? Bah humbug, some people get all the talent….
May 14, 2013 / 1 note

Darren Hopes impresses again!

Fans of the prolific Darren Hopes might be aware that he is a keen writer as well as fantastic illustrator. Indeed our Popshot and New Scientist contributor has just the right sort of weird and wonderful imagination ideally suited to short stories, flash fiction and haunting poetry. Here are two stunning examples of accompanying illustrations to his latest written projects. We saw them, we loved them, we wanted to boast about them. Now we’re a bit jealous of him.

Gifted fellow isn’t he? Bah humbug, some people get all the talent….

May 9, 2013 / 3 notes

Sometimes it’s hard being a mom.

Parenting, it’s a tricky business, what do you do when your darlings refuse to eat their shredded wheat, replace homework with boyfriends and stroppy behaviour becomes way of life not just for Christmas?

Easy! You turn to Essence Magazine where Julene Harrison has illustrated ‘Black Moms Handbook’  -  a guide on dealing with such tricky matters. Clever Julene kept mom in profile and surrounded her with a  jumble of teenage gadgets and bothersome gizmos, we wonder if she feels a headache coming on..?

 

MH takes on the Iron lady!


Strong women work at CIA and even stronger women illustrate for us. Take MH Jeevesfor example, she’s been using the bank holiday weekend to pump iron, ponder and paint! We love this resulting illustration and paid MH a penny to hear her thoughts:
“Perhaps the recent funeral of Margaret Thatcher had something to do with the above. The catalogue from which I borrowed these handbags couldn’t rise to much in the way of fancy names- no ‘Kelly’ or ‘Birkin’ here. Instead, these come under such headings as ‘Useful’ or ‘Capacious’, with the odd ‘Dainty’ and ‘Smart’ thrown in. Those were the days.” (MH).  Well said!
May 8, 2013 / 3 notes

MH takes on the Iron lady!

Strong women work at CIA and even stronger women illustrate for us. Take MH Jeevesfor example, she’s been using the bank holiday weekend to pump iron, ponder and paint! We love this resulting illustration and paid MH a penny to hear her thoughts:

Perhaps the recent funeral of Margaret Thatcher had something to do with the above. The catalogue from which I borrowed these handbags couldn’t rise to much in the way of fancy names- no ‘Kelly’ or ‘Birkin’ here. Instead, these come under such headings as ‘Useful’ or ‘Capacious’, with the odd ‘Dainty’ and ‘Smart’ thrown in. Those were the days.” (MH).  Well said!

@stan_chow needs your help!
May 7, 2013 / 3 notes

@stan_chow needs your help!

Listen up sleepy heads!


Right you lot, bank holiday is over and it’s back to work! Specifically the drawing board! For inspiration look no futher than CIA founder and illustration legend Brian Grimwood, recently intervieweed by AOI’s Varoom magazine. Brian discusses illustration then and now with editor John O’Reilly, hoover up some pearls by clicking on the link below! :
https://soundcloud.com/search?q=Brian%20Grimwood
May 7, 2013 / 2 notes

Listen up sleepy heads!

Right you lot, bank holiday is over and it’s back to work! Specifically the drawing board! For inspiration look no futher than CIA founder and illustration legend Brian Grimwood, recently intervieweed by AOI’s Varoom magazine. Brian discusses illustration then and now with editor John O’Reilly, hoover up some pearls by clicking on the link below! :

https://soundcloud.com/search?q=Brian%20Grimwood

May 1, 2013 / 4 notes

Warning: Sunglasses needed!

Hot off the press! The latest ipad sketches from (annoyingly talented)  Paul Oakley. Yet again he whips up gloriously graphic portraits throughs simple silhouettes, layers of candy coloured slices and rainbox coloured fragments. Surely this spectacled Hoxton Hipster must be chuffed with his poptastic portrait? 

Apr 30, 2013 / 3 notes

Who’s got new shoes? We’ve got new shoes!

'SHOES ARE BORING : WEAR SNEAKERS!' …so say those kids at Converse  and we think they’re right, there’s nothing like a brand new rubber sole to put a spring in your step! And with the nineties back in fashion you can flaunt your grungiest pair all through the summer festival season - hooray!

CIA’s Shotopop are also big fans of the cult label so got seriously scissor happy when creative agency Anomaly asked them to dream up a new version of their All Star logo. Here’s one version in all it’s Hip Hop glory -  good innit’?  

Apr 29, 2013 / 2 notes

Keep your elbows off the table pleeease!

Good Wives & Warriors (aka Becky & Louise) have a really dull life, for starters they’ve just returned from a painting trip to Italy courtesy of Tor Art, a sculpture studio nestled high in the Tuscan mountains overlooking Carrara. Yawn.

Did ya know that Carrara is famous for beautiful blue-grey marble beloved by Italian renaissance artists (Michelangelo built his David from the stuff) and it was here the girls sought inspiration for a stunning monochrome table now living in Tor Art’s main foyer. The two also crossed over into neighbouring medieval city Lucca to sketch it’s Duomo’s 17th century marble patterning. According to local legend several artists were asked to design a single column to win a chance at decorating the entire facade. However the canny people of Lucca liked each design so much they decided to use them all - and not pay the artists anything! This geometric mash-up made fantastic fodder for magpiesBecky and Louise, you can really see the Duomo’s influence in their surface design, Michelangelo would be dead impressed…..

Robert Rubbish Reveals All!


Robert Rubbish is an artist and film maker, part of the illustration collective Le Gun who will be joining the CIA family next month alongside their group member Neal Fox. Since January 2012 Robert has been writing, directing and making his first feature film which will be screened on May 1st at Rough Trade East, the Old Truman Brewery. 
Robert raised funds to make the film through Kickstarter, he describes the film here:
"The film takes reference from writers such as Raymond Chandler and Micky Spillaine, and is also heavily influenced by the eighties TV series Bergerac. Cormac O’Connell is a down-at-heel booze ridden soho detective of Irish and Algerian decent who is hired by a widow to retrieve information on the mysterious one eyed man that resides in the island of Jersey.  He travels to Jersey and so begins a psycho-geographical odyssey in the quest to find the one eyed man unlock the code.”
We’d love to tell you more- but don’t want to spoil the ending. Go find out what a psycho-geographical odyssey is -  and what happens when you have one in  Bergerac’s homeland, don’t pretend you have better plans…
Apr 26, 2013

Robert Rubbish Reveals All!

Robert Rubbish is an artist and film maker, part of the illustration collective Le Gun who will be joining the CIA family next month alongside their group member Neal FoxSince January 2012 Robert has been writing, directing and making his first feature film which will be screened on May 1st at Rough Trade East, the Old Truman Brewery. 

Robert raised funds to make the film through Kickstarter, he describes the film here:

"The film takes reference from writers such as Raymond Chandler and Micky Spillaine, and is also heavily influenced by the eighties TV series Bergerac. Cormac O’Connell is a down-at-heel booze ridden soho detective of Irish and Algerian decent who is hired by a widow to retrieve information on the mysterious one eyed man that resides in the island of Jersey.  He travels to Jersey and so begins a psycho-geographical odyssey in the quest to find the one eyed man unlock the code.

We’d love to tell you more- but don’t want to spoil the ending. Go find out what a psycho-geographical odyssey is -  and what happens when you have one in  Bergerac’s homeland, don’t pretend you have better plans…

Poke The 100 Project For Fantastic Art!


We’re just a bit excited about 100 Project, a brilliant idea started by our neighboursPoke, a creative agency with a conscience! They’ve clubbed together with a bunch of generous illustrators to raise money for a hundred local teenagers. Each week a piece of artwork is auctioned online and the proceeds fund a term at The brilliant Princes School of Drawing, so as buyers invest in established art they also invest in the next generation of talent -  what could be better?  And if you’re quick off the mark you might bagsy a limited edition Kai & Sunny’s Wild Flower Print, so go on -  get your wallet out and set those moths free……! www.the100project.co.uk
Apr 25, 2013 / 3 notes

Poke The 100 Project For Fantastic Art!

We’re just a bit excited about 100 Project, a brilliant idea started by our neighboursPoke, a creative agency with a conscience! They’ve clubbed together with a bunch of generous illustrators to raise money for a hundred local teenagers. Each week a piece of artwork is auctioned online and the proceeds fund a term at The brilliant Princes School of Drawing, so as buyers invest in established art they also invest in the next generation of talent -  what could be better?  And if you’re quick off the mark you might bagsy a limited edition Kai & Sunny’s Wild Flower Print, so go on -  get your wallet out and set those moths free……! www.the100project.co.uk

Slamxhype spends 5 minutes with Kai & Sunny


Posted by Anthony Coleman on www.slamxhype.com.
When did you guys decide to join up as an artist collective?
Sunny and I have been working together for over 10 years, we first met during our art degree and after we graduated Sunny went to work for a fashion brand called Mahrarishi while I went to work at Mo Wax Records designing sleeves. We also joined up as an artist collective and started a fashion label called ‘Call Of The Wild’, the label went on to do well and was stocked in great stores worldwide, including Liberty - London, Selfridges - London and Colette in Paris. The label brought together what Sunny and I had learned in our previous roles: ‘Call Of The Wild’ was an art based label and was all about nature, we would present the label with in-store installations- this is where it all started for the work we do today.
As artist what are your greatest source of inspiration?
 In the early days our inspiration came from surf culture, skateboarding and music. Whilst this is also true today I’d say nature is our greatest source of inspiration. We use nature to connect with people. We use it to provoke thoughts, such as a distant memory. We like the idea of showing something you can’t actually see - asking bigger questions….
Your works unique approach to capturing themes in nature shines a refreshing light on beauty that most take for granted everyday, what does nature mean to you?
Thanks! Sunny and I were both brought up in the countryside. Sunny in the North of the UK, in the Lake District and I was brought up in the South West, in Somerset. They are both areas of natural beauty. Nature was the reason Sunny and I connected and our work evolved from that point. People say our work has an intricate, natural but also a sinister style. We are interested in using nature as a metaphor for other feelings.
Read the  whole interview with our talented duo here!
Apr 24, 2013 / 1 note

Slamxhype spends 5 minutes with Kai & Sunny

Posted by Anthony Coleman on www.slamxhype.com.

  • When did you guys decide to join up as an artist collective?

Sunny and I have been working together for over 10 years, we first met during our art degree and after we graduated Sunny went to work for a fashion brand called Mahrarishi while I went to work at Mo Wax Records designing sleeves. We also joined up as an artist collective and started a fashion label called ‘Call Of The Wild’, the label went on to do well and was stocked in great stores worldwide, including Liberty - London, Selfridges - London and Colette in Paris. The label brought together what Sunny and I had learned in our previous roles: ‘Call Of The Wild’ was an art based label and was all about nature, we would present the label with in-store installations- this is where it all started for the work we do today.

  • As artist what are your greatest source of inspiration?

 In the early days our inspiration came from surf culture, skateboarding and music. Whilst this is also true today I’d say nature is our greatest source of inspiration. We use nature to connect with people. We use it to provoke thoughts, such as a distant memory. We like the idea of showing something you can’t actually see - asking bigger questions….

  • Your works unique approach to capturing themes in nature shines a refreshing light on beauty that most take for granted everyday, what does nature mean to you?

Thanks! Sunny and I were both brought up in the countryside. Sunny in the North of the UK, in the Lake District and I was brought up in the South West, in Somerset. They are both areas of natural beauty. Nature was the reason Sunny and I connected and our work evolved from that point. People say our work has an intricate, natural but also a sinister style. We are interested in using nature as a metaphor for other feelings.

Read the  whole interview with our talented duo here!

Strike a light! It’s Danger Girl!


Who left their GHD’s on this time? Don’t these kids realise you never mix sailing with hair straightning? Foolishness!
Still, the good news is their lovely locks will be ready in time for the next edition ofDanger Girl entitled Trinity, illustrated by our international comic book artist John Royleand out in the shops now! Gladiators get your pennies at the ready…
Apr 23, 2013 / 1 note

Strike a light! It’s Danger Girl!

Who left their GHD’s on this time? Don’t these kids realise you never mix sailing with hair straightning? Foolishness!

Still, the good news is their lovely locks will be ready in time for the next edition ofDanger Girl entitled Trinity, illustrated by our international comic book artist John Royleand out in the shops now! Gladiators get your pennies at the ready…

Good Wives & Warriors- lost in the Italian mountains


Good Wives and Warriors are just back from the birth place of the frescoe - Italy! Our girls celebrated the ancient craft of wall painting with some top notch 21st century graffiti, helping to cover 100 feet of concrete with jewl like decorative motifs and kaleidoscopic prints. The two day event entitled  ’Will of Wall’  took place high up amongst the Massa mountains with stunnign views over the forests below. Culminating in an impressive grand finale that saw hip hop acts perform alongside rap stars, skateboarders, break dancers and local sports stars it was an exhaustingly brilliant success. Well done guys!
Apr 22, 2013 / 2 notes

Good Wives & Warriors- lost in the Italian mountains

Good Wives and Warriors are just back from the birth place of the frescoe - Italy! Our girls celebrated the ancient craft of wall painting with some top notch 21st century graffiti, helping to cover 100 feet of concrete with jewl like decorative motifs and kaleidoscopic prints. The two day event entitled  ’Will of Wall’  took place high up amongst the Massa mountains with stunnign views over the forests below. Culminating in an impressive grand finale that saw hip hop acts perform alongside rap stars, skateboarders, break dancers and local sports stars it was an exhaustingly brilliant success. Well done guys!

Snookered, Marston’s Done it Again!


There not much to say about Mick Marston’s illustration for The World Snooker Championship except : OMG THAT IS BRILLIANT  AND FUNNY AND CLEVER I WISH I HAS THOUGHT OF THAT I WISH I COULD DRAW LIKE THAT I WISH I HAD THOSE TEENY TINY POINTY SHOES I WISH I WISH I WISH!!!!!!
It’s alright, we’ve calmed down and moved away from the Haribo. (Still think it’s the best thing since garlic bread though.)
World Snooker Championship begin tomorrow at The Crucible Sheffield.
Apr 19, 2013

Snookered, Marston’s Done it Again!

There not much to say about Mick Marston’s illustration for The World Snooker Championship except : OMG THAT IS BRILLIANT  AND FUNNY AND CLEVER I WISH I HAS THOUGHT OF THAT I WISH I COULD DRAW LIKE THAT I WISH I HAD THOSE TEENY TINY POINTY SHOES I WISH I WISH I WISH!!!!!!

It’s alright, we’ve calmed down and moved away from the Haribo. (Still think it’s the best thing since garlic bread though.)

World Snooker Championship begin tomorrow at The Crucible Sheffield.