RCA Secret…….The Return……and 20th Anniversary

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Its that time……..RCA Secret 2014 has just concluded and I’ve had the honour of participating once more among the hoipaloi of the art world………both the famed and those wanting to be discovered…………its been a hard one for me this year……….I’ve had a lot happening and I wasn’t finding inspiration that easy when it came to making my postcards……………that’s part of the jeopardy of having to do my art work part time rather than being able to dedicated my time to it fully – got to be able to pay those all important bills. But anywho, that’s a distraction from what this post is all about………..I had 3 postcards in this year’s auction and the ideas for what I created came very late to the sketchbooks………a little surreal-ness, a mysterious masked figure and a trendy unicorn with a little twist.

Here are a few of the work in progress shots for the pieces……..I will be honest, I don’t always follow the same sketching style when I start off…….some of the time its done in basic, single colour drafts and other times I go straight to pen and ink……Its an instinctive thing and depends on what I’m in a particular mood for

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Some of the finished products were barely altered from the original sketches and were left as slightly minimal pieces; apart from the collage piece of the corseted man and horses.

I love getting to take part in this event………..its a strange experience and sometimes chaotic,  making the final postcards, waiting for confirmation your cards have been received, all in a month and a bit. Followed by the press coverage, artists thank you party and the dedicated, camping buyers.

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Be sure to look at the full site for RCA Secret 2014  at http://www.rca.ac.uk/secret


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The official link for my postcards is here –  http://home.secret.rca.ac.uk/netpub/server.np?find&site=RCA_Secret_2014&field=Document%20Title&op=matches&value=AA6953&sorton=Ref&catalog=catalog&template=aresults.np



London Fashion Week pieces and others

As I’ve already mentioned on the update, I have continued my contributions to Amelia’s Magazine, I’ve taken part in quite a few callouts over the last couple of months on and off. I enjoy doing these pieces and I’m still learning what my style might actually be but its enjoyable doing something quite different to my usual pieces. I would love to get the opportunity do more of this illustration and I’m trying to get into freelancing as soon as I have that chance.

These are some of the pieces I’ve produced for Amelia’s Magazine and some of its associated writers, many of these have been music or fashion associated illustrations to accompany articles. These have included singer, Bishi, along with several pieces for London Fashion Week 2013.

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pam hogg for lfw

I’m a little lurgied but I’ve chosen to do some updating in the meantime as I have been doing a number of callouts including a couple for Amelia’s Magazine, this time it was for Pam Hogg’s catwalk star studded catwalk show at London Fashion Week. As I may mentioned before, I am now trying to also post work in progress photos of my drawings as I invariably just carry out one main sketchpiece when I’m doing these fashion pieces…….so they are quite spontaneous as a result…….here are the most recent one’s. The finished article along with more photographs of Pam Hogg’s amazing and cheeky future punk catwalk show here: http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/fashion/pam-hogg-london-fashion-week-ss-2013-catwalk-review/2012/09/26/