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The London Illustration Fair 2014

After a good month of preparation, The London Illustration Fair 2014 finally exploded into the Hoxton arches and seemed to be over all too quickly! The fair ran for 3 days over the weekend and saw huge numbers through the doors (Saturday was absolutely manic). Most of the illustrators (including myself) spent most of their time at their stalls, but we did all get to meet each other and geek out about all things illustration (As well as doing print swaps at the end of the show)

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“I felt truly honoured over the weekend, when people told me that my work was an inspiration to them.”

Highlights for me included being interviewed by a young journalist student by the name of Max Gayler who had a very natural interview technique which made him a pleasure to talk to. I also quite like a talk, so it is no surprise that over the weekend I had chats with literally hundreds of people. Many of these were illustration students/practitioners asking advice about being a freelancer. I felt truly honoured over the weekend, when people told me that my work was an inspiration to them.

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However, after all that and more, my main highlight has to have been the moment I was interviewed by a Turkish news channel. Who knows if I will ever see that footage, but hopefully I might get a few fans of my work from Turkey! A big thanks to all the organisers of the event and all the people who came down to visit. Also, lovely to meet so many amazing illustrators all working hard at what they love.

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I exhibited and sold a range of different work, including pieces from my Typog-RAP-hy series, Common Homonyms and also some original Mayan Skull Wizard paintings on buckram book covers.

Outlook Festival 2014 Site Art

After a successful artistic proposal to Outlook Festival 2014, I was selected as one of the artists who would paint site art for the venue before the festival started. I was given a good sized wall which was located on the main gate between the campsite and the festival entrance.

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The painting was a mix of both playful lettering and figures with subtle references to Croatian culture. The characters themselves were loosely based on Zvoncari, Croatian bell ringers who ward off evil spirits.

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I had great fun working alongside the Outlook Festival art team and thanks to everyone who helped me out with logistics and made my stay “comfortable”. When I wasn’t busy painting I was soaking up the beautiful sites, sipping on a little bit of rum and listening to some amazing music.

Like most Hip-Hop fans I’ve been listening to the beats of DJ Premier for a long time now. That’s why it felt great to finally see him perform live and the fact that it was a result of my own hard work made it even sweeter. Other highlights for me included seeing Action Bronson’s electric performance, classic UK Hip-Hop from Sonnyjim and a feel good beach performance by The Mouse Outfit.

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Elmwood Studios Window Mural Video

International design agency Elmwood Studios invited me to take part in their amazing Windows Project. I was asked by Elmwood to paint the windows on the front of their Leeds studios, with the Le Tour Dé France as the theme. The full brief was “Yorkshire Welcomes Le Tour” as a celebration of Le Tour Dé France and Le Grande Départ coming to Leeds.

The process video of how I painted the window mural is jam packed full of concentration faces… You can see more images of the project on the Yorkshire Welcomes Le Tour project page.

Le Grande Départ Mural

As part of Le Tour De France visiting Yorkshire for Le Grande Départ in Leeds, I was commissioned by East Street Arts in partnership with Leeds City Council to paint a mural on the first leg of the route.

I wanted to capture the element of struggle which is fundamental to Le Tour Dé France race. I also used this as an opportunity to create a stronger relationship between my illustration and my painting. You can see more images of the painting on the Le Tour Dé France Mural project page.

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Illustrated Guitar Charity Auction

Love Unplugged invited me to be one of their artists for their charity guitar auction. The project invited 10 artists to each create artwork on a replica cardboard guitar. The illustrated guitars were then auctioned off at the opening night, with all the money raised going to the Brains Trust charity.Read More