INK & PAPER BRISTOL – May 16-17

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Bristolians! There will be a positively grand exhibition happening in your city THIS WEEKEND, organised by the UKPA, and hosted by the warm and wonderful folk of Jacknife Studio.

It features work by some of the best gigposter and print artists in the UK today (and a rather special US guest artist) – and even some of my own work to boot. If you were present at the first Ink & Paper exhibition, which was hugely successful, then you’ll know the sort of quality to expect. If you’re around the Bristol area, definitely try and make the trip and enjoy some of the fine hospitality of the Jacknife guys and gals.

See the Facebook event page here.

Giclée Prints Now Available!

I’ve been overwhelmed with the kind words about my ‘Work Hard & Be Humble‘ screenprint. I’ve also had quite a few inquiries as to whether I have smaller versions of the design, as the original is a fairly large print at A2 size.

I am now happy to announce I have a few Giclée prints of this design. These are printed on 255gsm Somerset Velvet Enhanced lightly textured paper to a Fine Art Trade Guide approved standard, and at A4 size they’re easier to frame and a little more affordable for those on a budget.

Obviously this doesn’t quite have the unique, hand-crafted aspect of a screenprint – and it’s actually taken me a while to find a fine art printer able to produce the quality I wanted  – but it’s a different item and as such I think these came out beautifully.

They are priced at a very reasonable £15+postage and are available on my Etsy shop now.

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Fantastic Mr Fox – 2nd Edition

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Very happy to announce that a second edition of my Fantastic Mr Fox print is now available. This is an edition of 60 in a new set of colours, hand printed on 260gsm Context paper, which is a high-quality recycled paper with a really nice natural colour and fiber to it.  They are £50 + postage and are available on my shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ArmyOfCatsPrints

Work Hard & Be Humble

I’m very pleased to be able to show my latest print, entitled ‘Work Hard & Be Humble’.

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This is an A2 sized, 3 colour hand-printed screenprint, in an edition of 45.  I’ll write a little more about the idea behind the print and share some of the process when this goes live on the shop on Monday.

Laynes Espresso – Leeds Coffee Shop

 

Fans of great coffee may be pleased to know that a small selection of my framed prints are now on the walls of Laynes Espresso, in Leeds. It’s run by some great guys and gals, who really know their stuff, and they serve the best coffee you will find in Leeds — if you’ve not paid them a visit before, they are very close to the train station – have a look at their site for the address which you can no doubt convert into an interweb-magic-map.  www.laynesespresso.co.uk

The prints themselves are all for sale at very reasonable, ready-framed prices. Interested parties should simply get in touch with me and swift arrangements can be made. Cheers!

Fantastic Mr Fox – sold out

Both versions of my Fantastic Mr Fox print are now officially* sold out.  A huge thank you to everyone who picked up a print either from myself or from Galerie F in Chicago, or from Outre Gallery in Australia, as well as for the very kind words – it’s genuinely appreciated.

People have been asking if there will be a second edition of this print. I generally don’t like to do this but in this instance there has been so much interest I am considering a small extra run. If printed, the 2nd edition design will differ slightly in some way to the 1st edition.

* I may have a couple of each print remaining in my archives. If so these will go up on the shop at a random day and time on a first-come-first-served basis! Sorry I can’t reserve anything or do special, secret deals – I have to try to be as fair as possible!

Thanks so much once again for the support.

Stay Fantastic!

Fantastic Mr Fox prints go onsale today!

Friends! Just to let you know my remaining Fantastic Mr Fox prints will be going onsale in my shop at 1pm GMT today*:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ArmyOfCatsPrints

I have been both humbled and overjoyed at the amount of interest in these prints. As a piece of art, it’s something I’m very proud of and into which I invested a lot of thought and energy in order to try and capture the right mix of Roald Dahl magic, storytelling, and Englishness.

I’m really pleased that this seems to have resonated with so many folks. The prints completely sold out at the exhibition in Chicago and I expect the remaining prints to fly out also — I hope everyone who would like one for their wall can get one, and thanks once again for the very kind support.

* EDIT — this will be a limited number of prints initially, so I can re-stock the shop later in the evening when US and other far away dwelling friends can have a fair chance of picking up a print.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Print

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My Fantastic Mr. Fox print is done! This was one of those projects where I felt like I had to discard a lot of ideas and start down a lot of dead-end paths before ending up with the right idea in the end. It can sometimes be hard work but I’m really pleased with the final result so it was worth it.

Some thoughts on the decisions I took during the process: I knew I wanted the print to feature the famous tree which has graced the illustrations of both Donald Chaffin and Quentin Blake. Mr Fox under his tree is just one of those enduring images which rather beautifully crosses over from the book into the Wes Anderson film adaptation — it was also a real tree near where Dahl wrote his books, so I knew it had to feature prominantly in my illustration.

My initial composition sketches were just a bit too stiff and ‘designy’ – I really wanted to capture some of the looseness and painterly style of Quentin Blake’s fantastic watercolour work. I also came across a rather wonderful bit of writing by Dahl himself on what makes a good children’s book and I wanted this ethos to apply to my own illustration. Essentially, it had to bright, colourful and engaging.

I initially had the title text on there as part of the design itself but removed this as I wanted the image to be less like a poster and more like a page from a picture book. This approach also informed my decision to make these prints smaller than my usual A2 poster size – I’ve noticed people are drawn to smaller prints more frequently these days as they are easier to frame. At A3 size, I also feel like these are more ‘child friendly’ in order to be framed in a kids’ room.

This is an A3-sized, 4 colour screenprint; signed, numbered, and titled, and available in two variants: 40 in warm tones (as above) and 20 in a cooler colourway.

These will be available from Galerie F in Chicago when the exhibition launches on the 18th July, and also from my Etsy shop.

You can also see more sketches and process images on my Flickr set here.

The Fantastic Mr Dahl

 

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I grew up with the stories of Roald Dahl and they were a huge influence on me as a child. As an author Dahl knew exactly how to capture a young reader’s imagination and hold their interest.  Of course I cannot think of his work without picturing the wonderfully expressive illustrations of Quentin Blake, who was also a big influence on my own young artistic endeavours.

So it is with a great deal of excitement that I can announce my involvement in ‘Fantastic Mr Dahl’ a group exhibition celebrating the stories I grew up with. The exhibition is being curated and held by Galerie F in Chicago, and has the official endorsement of the Roald Dahl Museum.

The exhibition launch also coincides with the gallery’s one year anniversary, so to celebrate there will be a grand opening reception on the evening of Thursday July 18th from 6pm to 11pm.

I’m currently working on two pieces of art for the show, both based on one of my favourite stories Fantastic Mr Fox.  Hopefully I can share some of the progress as I go along.

Screenprint Workshop

Hey you, would you like to learn how to screenprint your own prints and posters in a fun and exciting environment?  Well I have just the thing!

2 Day Screenprinting Workshop – 15/16th June 2013

The 2 day course is held by myself and fellow print artist Cameron Steward, and covers the entire process of getting your design ready for print, preparing and creating screens, and screenprinting prints and posters; specific topics to be covered will be:

- Designing work using graphics software or by hand
- Making your design ‘screenprint friendly’-understanding the pros and cons of the medium
- Registration tips and tricks
- Using such techniques as trapping and overprinting
- Screenprinting accurately and at speed
- Paper types and weights

The course takes place at the West Yorkshop Print Workshop, in Mirfield (easy to get to from Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford, Wakefield, etc.).

We’ve had some great feedback from previous course attendees so it is as educational and it is fun.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE!  And please spread the word!

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