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!!
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
Brian Grimwood & Rose Blake meet Design Brighton
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…:
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!
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!
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:
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…..
Crofts alive! Lara’s gone for a deep sea dive!
The most recent member of CIA’s family whipped up some epic prints for pop up shows in New York City and San Fran-let-me-take-you-to-the-cisco-baby! Yes, it’s the dreamiest of dream jobs - so thank Playstations above Matt made a marvel of it. If you like the look Lara deep sea diving why not visit their Facebook page and make a print purchase, you know you want to….
Game of Thrones anyone?
Fans of cult series ’Game of Thrones’ must make sure they check out Tom Bagshawe’slatest work, his beautiful surreal portraits featured in a group exhibition at Mondo Gallery, Austin Texas - sponsored by HBO them very selves! Tom produced eight limited edition designs to honour the series attention to visual detail and the imagination of George R R Martin. Those of us not lucky to be Texas based need just visit Mondo’s website where two posters will be released each week leading up to the premier of the third series on March 31st, so get shopping!
Spirograph a load of this!
Pertwee, Anderson & Gold gallery, in association with Daydreaming Projects present Diverse Elements, a group exhibition of work by Kai & Sunny and Leif Podhajsky, whose artistic practice straddles the increasingly unstable boundaries between fashion, advertising, graphic design and fine art.
The idea for these kaleidoscopic studies emerged whilst the duo were at Art Basel with their Flower Show: ‘Diverse is nature-based using geometric forms- although we don’t want to be too prescriptive. Some of the ideas are really an abstraction from ‘Flower’, there is an emotional quality……we want to show you stuff you can’t see - and ask bigger questions.’ Kai Clements.
Girls are Best. Yes.
Man, today CIA Feels Like A Woman, which is useful - because today isINTERNATIONAL WOMANS DAY! Yes, back off boys, we’re bigging up the ladeez starting with GoodWives & Warriors ( Becky and Louise). Last night the girl’s groundbreaking work for Swarovski won Haygarth ’Best Illustration’ at the MAA awards! During the olympics they worked live for the creative agency’s client, filling Swarovski’sRegent Street window with iconic images of London chosen by the brand’s fans. Suggestions arrived via Twitter and Facebook resulting in a dazzling display, just click below and you’ll see our international women working at high speed!