Get ready for a Gripping Read!
Monday’s big reveal comes from science fiction and fantasy publisher’s Angry Robot.This is the second instalment from author Emma Newman’s popular series 'The Split Worlds' and yet again relies on Sarah J Coleman’s skilful blend of personality packed typography with symbolic decorative motifs. Just one look at those grizzly gargoyles makes us want to hide behind the sofa! You can find out more about Emma here and order a copy from Angry Robot here, just remember to read it with a Mum and a Comfort Blanket.
We’re seeing Red, and it’s just Gorgeous…
This was the week that saw the start of Mad Men series 6, hooray!
Not only is Mad Men the best looking series EVER made, it also boasts the slinkiest, sexiest, smooothiest characters on TV right now. Don, Betty, Roger and of course the fabulous Joan have been become regular household names ( be they chain smoking, womanising, martini guzzling ones…).
We’re chuffed that CIA’s Radio had been maraschino cherry picked to design the series’ posters, and as it’s friday, and we think you’re O.K - we’re treating you to a bit of Red:
Strike a light! It’s a lovely painting!
Exhibitions, they’re like buses - nothing for ages and then a load of magical mystery machines come along at once. Take the Pertwee, Anderson and Gold Gallery. Not content with championing super heroes Kai and Sunny they’re now showcasing Chris Gilvan- Cartwright’s evocative oil paintings. Get lost in this moonlit sky and ride the milky way to ’Masters of Reality’, 15 Bateman Street, Soho W1.
What’s the time Mr Wolf?
You fool! Don’t ask that hairy beast- he’ll eat you. Instead ask Harriet Russell, she’ll offer you a jelly sweet and invite you to 121, a charming book shop in Milan where her ‘Grafici Mobili’ poster is on display! Yes my little foxy friends, this is no ordinary solar system but an interpretation of George Nelson’s 1948 ball clock. Harriet was asked to re-think a modernist classic in time for Milan Design Week, and we think she did a marvellous job of George’s knobbly tick tock - bravo Russell!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a big rock!
Cripes, Shotopop have surely been sniffing the gin in Imagination. How else do our award winning collective keep dreaming up epic landscapes like this? Unbelievably their Rocky Owl emerged from sober scribbling and now we earthlings can enjoy it by ordering a copy of fantastic arts publication Istanbul Review! It’s packed with the latest in film literature and fine art - starting with Shotopop’s front cover illustration. So don’t be dull, be clever, order a copy today! www.theistanbulreview.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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!
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
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: