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Life as a Creative

Friday, April 24, 2015




Ben Tallon's eagerly awaited book on the highs and lows of working in the creative industry is just a few days away from its official launch.

We're excited to get our own copy of Champagne and Wax Crayons  -  a guidebook following the ups and downs of a creative career -

"This is the story of Illustrator and art director Ben Tallon’s journey from his childhood hobby of drawing, to a freelance career working with the world’s most glamorous clients in illustration, graphic design, music, film and television. Detailing highs of securing dream client World Wrestling Entertainment and lows of unconventional methods  f paying the tax bill, this humorous, brutally honest documentation of navigating  the art world alone and breaking into new markets introduces the real side of the creative industry and what you need to do to make your way to the top.
The creative industry is built on opinion, ideas and ever-changing trends.  Individuality is everything and how each person responds to adversity, triumph and  disaster especially in the freelance world is impossible to teach or understand.  This original and engaging book contains savvy advice from someone who  has survived the unpredictable and often surreal world of the creative industry."

With many great reviews so far, including editorial and TV art directors and lecturers of Illustration, Ben's book will be an aid to young emerging talent, aswell as a reminder to the established.

Read Ben's interview with Digital Arts about freelancing here. 

You can get the book here.

A Botanical Collection

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rosie Sanders exhibits two paintings in the latest exhibition at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery.

The paintings exhibited are 'Work from Botanical Artists in the Collection from Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE'. Dr Sherwood is celebrating 25 years of collecting and supporting botanical art and this selling exhibition of new works unites 18 outstanding contemporary artists selected by the lady herself. Opening today and running til May 30th, you can visit the gallery at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 0AQ.


An Urban Potager

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Alexis Anne Mackenzie  is one of the contributors in a new quarterly culinary magazine called In Search of Taste.

The first issue is now published and sees Alexis bring her collaged elements together to illustrate 'An Urban Potager' - a feature that will evolve seasonally for this high quality ad-free magazine .

Illustrator Profile - Señor Garcia

Monday, April 20, 2015

Señor Garcia is a Madrid based collage illustrator combining vintage prints, drawings and swooshes of colour.

Based in Madrid - the city of his birth, Señor Garcia's artwork reflects his lifestyle and interests. Often Sr Garcia's work has a strong retro feel to it, using a mixture of materials printed decades ago and brought together in new ways in his artwork. Irony and touches of humour are important to him. Sometimes it's an elegant feel he aims for, sometimes it's more poetic or even shocking.  Take a look at more...


The Azealia Banks Coachella Backdrop

Monday, April 20, 2015


Lauren Carney designs the backdrop for the Azealia Banks Coachella performance. 

Lauren created just what the singer requested - that the illustrated background for her second weekend would be 'dark, psychedelic, pastel, full of mushrooms and a rainbow. It's great to see the set come alive with the lady herself in the photos above.

A Blooming Book

Friday, April 17, 2015


'Uberwaltigende Bluten' (Awesome Flowers) is a splendid book full of the paintings of Rosie Sanders.

Published by Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag, the book is exquisitely printed and designed and shows around eighty of Rosie's large flower paintings. There is also information on the flower written by a botanist in German, with a Spanish edition out soon. Rosie will be travelling to Berlin at the end of this month to launch the book.

Elephant Dreams

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vicky Scott submits a design for the Elephant Parade Bangkok.

Vicky was inspired to create something brightly coloured, tropical and exotic, so came up with the idea of using lots of lush flowers and butterflies. She says "However there is a twist, these butterflies are actually little elephants. The design is called 'An Elephants Dream' as the main little elephant, asleep in a flower, is dreaming about what it would be like to be able to fly around like a butterfly!" A beautiful idea and we wish her lots of luck for next month when she'll find out whether it's selected for the parade.

Hula Hula

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


 above - Jacqueline's Hula art

below - the products for sale from George at Asda



Jacqueline Bissett completes a Hula Ladies range for George at Asda.

The duvet set and bathroom accessories are for sale now bringing beauty and sophistication into your home - gorgeous for your room and at a fantastic price!


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