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

 

 

RCA Secret …..the grande reveal……

Welcome back to the update………. after the hullabaloo of the build up, tease and crazy queues in tents at RCA comes the grande reveal of the artists involved with RCA Secret 2013. It was an amazing event again and has had great coverage as always. I’ve been lucky this year and my cards were really well placed compared with other years. Here are some of the prep sketches, final postcards and press shots……enjoy and thank you for one of my buyers for contacting me, its always great to hear from those buying your work especially when they like the piece…..with RCA Secret we only know whats happened with the postcard if buyers choose to contact the artist. I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets curious about where the postcards new homes will be and twitter is helping more this year at linking buyers and artists up.

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Press from RCA Secret can be found here:

http://www.thejournal.ie/rca-secret-displays-2500-original-postcard-sized-artworks-pics-830927-Mar2013/?utm_source=shortlink#slide-slideshow9

http://home.secret.rca.ac.uk/netpub/server.np?find&site=RCA_Secret_2013&field=Document%20Title&op=matches&value=AA6953&sorton=Ref&catalog=catalog&template=results.np

RCA secret and so the countdown begins

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Well as you’ll probably guess I can’t put any pictures on right now except for this. Today, I did my colour copies and filled in my artist information. It’s hand in day for me for the RCA postcard auction http://www.rca.ac.uk/secret and its celebrating its 18th birthday. Im more than happy to be taking part and wondering who else will be on the giant A0 lists. I know at least one who will be…..Stevyn Colgan, who will be contributing for the first time and is well known for his illustrations for QI.