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The Crafty Pig

Thursday, October 23, 2014

above - the logo

below - photos of the wall murals

Ben Tallon designs the logo and paints murals for the Manchester bar 'The Crafty Pig'.

Ben's drawings bring energy to the walls of this new bar and kitchen on Manchester's Oldham Street who wanted something to 'set them apart from the competition'. Ben says "DV8 Design brought me with Enterprise Inns in to paint and draw directly onto three wall spaces and celebrate the city's architectural gems, plus the music culture, without treading the familiar path of Manchester music legends. I also created the ink drawing pig for the logo."

Beyond Sci-Fi

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Cosmos Magazine commission Klick for their special edition front cover on the theme of Robots.

The image features a fatherly Isaac Asimov walking his toddler robot on his first steps, designed to illustrate the text.. "Robots existed in our imagination long before they appeared on a factory floor. And no writer did more to conjure them into existence than Isaac Asimov with his 1950's I, Robot series. Now reality is catching up with science fiction. Smart robots like Honda's Asimo, 'the world's most advanced humanoid' are here. As smart robots take their first steps, our cover is a nod to Asimov."

Chris Gilleard's SCRAPBOOK

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chris Gilleard's Scrapbook is live!

Chris is interviewed about his work and training, inspirations and favourite stuff - including Loughborough Uni,  Old Vehicles & Outdated Technology, Pixel Tinted Glasses, 1969, the Apollo Launch, Woodstock & the Beatles. Take a look at his SCRAPBOOK.

Illustrator Profile - Miss Led

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Miss Led creates feminine and exotic illustrations celebrating beauty and line.

Her work ranges from packaging to portraiture, and from fashion illustration to wall murals. Her style is feminine and bold, featuring arresting portraiture and adventurous line work. Take a look at more...

Hannah Firmin - Exhibition and Workshops

Monday, October 20, 2014


Hannah Firmin is set for a busy time over the next few weeks exhibiting her work and running workshops.

From Thursday October 30th Hannah is one of the invited artists exhibiting at The Glasbury Arts Festival's 11th Annual Art Exhibition near Hay-on-Wye with some of her gorgeous linocut prints, the entry is free and runs until 2nd November. 

'The Art of Illustration' is Hannah's next project where she'll be running a workshop at Chapel Cottage Studios, Llanddewi Rhydderch, NP7 9TT near Usk on Saturday 1st November 10am - 4pm. The day will involve a talk and practical workshop with guidance on creating an illustration using printing techniques such as lino and vinylcuts .

And finally a series of workshops running on Saturdays From November 8th at Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AA for beginners to experienced artists - aged 10 years upwards. She says "Come and create a linocut print, make a card or simply experiment with various techniques."  See the websites for times and booking information.

Battersea's Affordable Art Fair

Friday, October 17, 2014


Liam O'Farrell and his work will be at the very popular Affordable Art Fair this month.

Liam is no stranger to the Art Fair and loves to mingle with the other artists, clients and potential buyers. With plenty of original art on show Liam is exhibiting at The Habasco Gallery, Stand F2, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ starting on Thursday 23rd October through to Sunday 26th (check the website for times as they vary day to day).

'October sees the return of London’s friendliest art fair, welcoming art lovers, art connoisseurs, and art novices alike to discover affordable art by thousands of artists under one roof. Our 112 participating galleries come from all over the UK and abroad, bringing their choicest selections for you to browse, buy, and enjoy.'

Safeguard your Hands

Thursday, October 16, 2014


above and below - Gails's papersculpture backdrops for the Safeguard Handwash campaign

Gail Armstrong sculpts eleven paper scenes for Safeguard Handwash's ad campaign.

This was a commission from Saatchi Hong Kong and timed to coincide with the 7th Global Handwashing Day. Two celebrity children were photographed in a variety of situations to show where children should wash their hands; from travelling on public transport, before eating a meal and after playing with pets. The children were then placed into the scenes created by Gail. She says "The ad campaign is aimed at educating children on the importance of washing their hands, so creating the environments in paper was intended to be the kind of imagery that children could relate to - real situations but like the pop-up worlds from children's books. In addition, the scenes all work from the same limited palette of blue papers that are in keeping with Safeguard's brand colours, plus 4 pastel colours for added warmth and detail. In contrast the paper bacteria are bright yellow, orange and red to appear more aggressive."

Fantastic Mr Fox at the Opera

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Mr. Fox

Boggis and Badger

Bunce and Bean

the Den


Emily Carew Woodward designs the costumes and sets for an opera of Fantastic Mr. Fox at 'Opera San Antonio'.

Emily's work on this production has been a wonderful experience and she's recently back from the States where the show opened at the end of September. Here she describes the commission and her creations...

"I got a call one day at the end of last year 2013 from Donald Sturrock. Donald is the author of 'Story Teller. The Life of Roald Dahl' and also wrote the Libretto for the opera adaption of Fantastic Mr Fox, he is a good friend of the Dahl family. He asked me whether I'd be interested in redesigning Fantastic Mr Fox in opera, a job previously done by Gerald Scarfe in 1998. My work had been put forward by Dahl's grandson whom had spotted it at an exhibition previously . I was then asked to join Donald and Liccy Dahl for supper, over which we discussed the job and I accepted willingly the task of creating all the costumes and sets for the opera. I then proceeded with designing costumes appropriate for singers, taking into account that their eyes, ears, mouth and nose couldn't be restricted by any masks due to hearing notes and being able to sing without any restrictions.  Spending most of my childhood and adolescent years growing up on, or around farms meant that I have already had the pleasure of meeting real-life Boggis’, Bunce’s, Bean’s, Badgers and Fox’s on numerous occasions in the past. Being asked to recreate the visuals for Fantastic Mr. Fox was not only a subject in my vernacular but also a childhood dream come true. I approached recreating this staged version as if the book had been written yesterday; firstly I refreshed myself of the original story and then the Libretto adaption for the opera, noting down all the obvious character idiosyncrasies and major scene details. Using these notes as my starting block, I then avoided (as much as is realistically possible) looking at any previous artists work for this story, as I didn’t want my creations subconsciously being influenced by former artists work. Staying true to my own design was one of my main objectives; usually my compositions are quite colourful and detailed, I take huge enjoyment in the grotesque and the inevitable humour that comes with it. Creating Mr Fox’s costume was a sheer joy and I was thrilled at how all the other costumes fell into place once I had completed his last whisker. The costumes that were realised by the talented costume and set makers were excellent, and I was astonished at how note-perfect and true to my designs they have kept them".

Read more about the production and see some 'on stage' photos here.


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