It has been wonderful to be part of Wild Woods Bradford with the lovely folk at The BrickBox . Initially I was commissioned to create a playful hand drawn image on 4 large windows of the ex M&S building on Darley Street in Bradford (see here), and was then asked to create live and in the moment projections on the front of the building during a series of events in October and November. Top full-on animated fun! What a blast! Photography by Yvonne Roberts.
I try to update this often with images, projects pics and adventures in drawing.
Working as part of 154 Collective is always a blast, and even though our approach can appear haphazard, even chaotic or bonkers, the methods often spit out unexpected outcomes. Simone is one of those outcomes. The 'visual script' (below) for our show Cardboard Joe contained a character that I named Simone the Dancing Cat. She cried out to become a puppet, and as discussions around story ideas developed she managed to secure a central role in the piece.
Below is a gallery of images tracking the making of Simone. Her blue colour developed out of the Cafe Nero bags used as collage elements in the early sketchbook ideas. She is constructed mainly from cardboard and gum tape, and finished off nicely with a fleece fabric body and limbs. She is painted with acrylic paint and posca pens. In the show she busts a series of startling moves under the guidance of Cardboard Joe (Dan Mallaghan).
I have been commissioned to deliver a series of family learning workshops in Kirklees libraries with a sci-fi theme. Really exciting!! Check out the poster for dates and info!
Great to be invited to run a couple of short family workshops with Birkby Infants as part of the 'Tell Me A Story' project today. It was top fun working with parents and children, and I just love those Posca pens on cardboard!
During a recent short and very hot camping trip this image evolved on my iPad.
This is a new painting called 'Danger in Numbers'.
Over the past 5 days I have been supporting a group of Hearing Impaired students at Newsome High School in the making of an environmentally themed animated film using recycled cardboard, paper, and a couple of iPads. The group were incredibly industrious, and along with very enthusiastic staff, worked solidly over the 5 days to carefully craft stunning artwork and a beautifully evocative soundtrack (working with Musician Nick Lewis). A big thank you to Katrina Whale for managing and supporting the delivery of the project. The project was made possible with funds from the Ernest Cook Trust.
Walking and drawing in the woods with Anna.
A lovely bright early morning in the studio this morning, complemented perfectly by the visit of a rather splendid squirrel. I managed to grab these 2 drawings. Super Fantastic!
Continuing with the WE ARE THE BIRDS series is proving to be lots of fun using ink on paper and a variety of tools, inks and pens. Having recently discovering that the Big Pitt Brush pens have been discontinued, I am really cherishing every mark that I get to make with them. Such a lovely clean and expressive line that works a treat on the Pink Pig cartridge paper that I am using at the moment. Continuous and spontaneous lines are still at the forefront of my mark making, but the use of traditional bamboo dip pens is pushing me towards a different way of drawing too.... where more of a stop-start-stop approach is needed. Other favourites that I am using are the Pentel Brush pen and a range of acrylic and indian inks. More to come....
Here is a 5ft tall cardboard bear I made in a day for an exhibition preview in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Cardboard, glue gun, acrylic paint and Posca pens. More about Bolivia very soon.
I recently exhibited work as part of the Holmfirth Arts Festival (and my Totemic Gargoyle Trail) at Up Country in Holmfirth. A great white space with quirky elements, nice lighting and 3 wooden beam pillars that i transformed with interlocking totemic imagery using my old favourite Posca pens.
All images by Yvonne Roberts.
It was really fantastic to be able to commission Allen Stichler to carve a couple of oak panels based on my totem / gargoyle sketches. The completed panels form part of the Totemic Gargoyle Trail at Holmfirth Arts Festival which runs until 20th June 2015.