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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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.

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!

New ETSY Shop

Slightly delayed announcement as it’s been up there a couple of weeks now, but I made the switch from a Big Cartel store to an Etsy Shop.

To celebrate the opening I added some rare and out of print stuff – some of which has gone already!

Swing by and have a look: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArmyOfCatsPrints

 

 

Thought Bubble Recap

Thought Bubble Festival was great fun! Thanks so much to all the nice folk who bought some of my stuff or just took flyers or asked questions. Considering I didn’t fully know what to expect, as to whether comic event goers would be aware of screenprinted work or understand what makes it so lovely (especially compared to boring old digital prints), but I was pleasantly surprised at the interest people had, and I even had some great chats with other screenprinters.

Overall it was definitely worth my time and hopefully I’ll be making appearances at future Thought Bubble events!

Huge thanks of course go out to the OK COMICS Team who made me very much feel part of the family.  Give those guys some love.

PS – Thanks also to the lovely House of Betty peeps for their kind mention in their TB update here: http://blog.houseofbetty.com/moar-hob-at-thought-bubble-2012/

Thought Bubble 2012 – Leeds Royal Armouries

Thought Bubble is probably the best event of it’s kind in the UK – not just a comics convention but a true celebration of sequential art and culture of all kinds.  It’s taking place this weekend and I’m delighted to say that I’ll be present selling some of my printed goods at the OK COMICS stand.

I will have a selection of my screenprinted posters for people to browse and buy, including a few choicely framed items, and I’ll also have notebooks, sketchbooks, and a few other things.  If you’re going to be in attendance please come by and say hello – we’re right by the entrance!

Where I been / Where I’m goin’

EXHIBITIONS:

Well it’s been a whirlwind past month or so. As usual Flatstock in Hamburg, Germany was a blast, and it was great to be a part of the Coloured Gigs exhibition in Dresden. Since then my work has also been shown at an exhibition in Rome, Italy called Posters Rock which you can see a little more about here.



WORKSHOPS:

Last weekend I taught a 2 day Screenprinting Workshop at the Bluecoat Studios in Liverpool which was a lot of fun.  There has been a lot of interest in the printing workshops I’ve been involved in and further workshops held at the studio where I print, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, are in the pipeline.  If you’ve like to be informed of when future workshops are confirmed then drop me a line using the contact form and I’ll keep you in the loop.

OTHER STUFF:

I’ve created a TUMBLR account as an easier way to update the progress of new work as well as share other stuff I find interesting on the web. This main blog you are reading now will still be used for more formal news and events.

Finally, in case you haven’t visited in a while, there’s lots of new stuff in the Shop please take a look.

Until next time, stay warm friends!

ARTCRANK London 2012

ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. Since its 2007 debut in Minneapolis, ARTCRANK has held shows in bike-friendly cities in the US and UK, including Portland, San Francisco, Austin, St. Denver and London.

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with the London ARTCRANK shows for the past few years, and the 2012 show features poster artwork from 27 UK artists.

The opening night party will take place on Friday 7th September at:

plain wall projects
2A Corsham Street
N1 6DP
London, UK

The exhibition will be on extended view from 8-14 September with posters on sale from 10:00 am—5:00 pm.

If you can make it down to the opening night, you absolutely should — previous exhibitions have had an amazing atmosphere and been rammed to the rafters with bicycle folk.
Those who follow me on Instagram or Twitter will have seen some of the print process for my Artcrank 2012 print, but for those that haven’t yet seen it, here’s a sneak peak:
These will be available from the Artcrank exhibition and also from the AoC shop afterwards!

Of Monsters and Men concert poster design

Of Monsters and Men screenprinted poster

Screenprinted poster design for Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men‘s appearance at the Into The Great Wide Open Festival; commissioned by Push&Pull who are curating the festival posters.

In the gallery above you can see the process of building the image in Photoshop, the four colour seperations, and my initiall sketch and hand inked lettering.

I’ve designed the poster in such as a way to be able to print a few ‘art print’ variations without any of the text.

I’ll be printing these this week and as always will document the process.

Finding the perfect sketchbook…

OK, let’s talk about sketchbooks!

For a long time I would use the basic and functional hardbacked A5 sketchbooks you’d typically find in art shops. I ended up getting a few spiral bound ones, which became annoying when storing my completed sketchbooks as they wouldn’t quite ‘stack’. Lesson learned.

At some point I got taken by the idea that I wanted the ‘tools of my trade’ to be nicer, slightly more deluxe items, since I used them regularly, and so I moved onto the popular Moleskine sketchbooks. Most of the time my sketches are really messy, ugly little scratchy things, just enough to record an idea and some notes to help me decipher it – it’s been a while since I actually illustrated anything nicely in a sketchbook. Because of this, I failed to notice that despite their popularity, Moleskine sketchbooks aren’t all that great for drawing – the paper is certainly heavyweight enough but it’s yellow and has a slightly waxy coating to it which doesn’t always make for the best lines.

Then the great Moleskine Spec Work Scandal of 2011 occurred. I wasn’t really impressed with how they responded and handled the whole thing, and so I knew that I’d bought my last Moleskine.

I was purchased an EcoSystem sketchbook as an xmas gift, which is very similar to a Moleskine but with a refreshingly green ethos – each book is 100% recycled and has it’s own special ID number. Great! The only problem is that the paper isn’t quite heavy enough, and I was getting a lot of bleedthrough into multiple pages, especially when using my Pentel Pocket Brush.

The other issue is the number of pages – I can’t seem to find a page-count, but there are a lot. Easily a couple of hundred I think. Why should that be a problem? Well, for two reasons: firstly, I actually quite like the ‘clean slate’ feeling that comes with starting a brand new sketchbook, and find it a good excuse to set goals, or try and sketch every day (at least for a little while); a sketchbook with a huge page count simply means it’ll be longer before I get that new sketchbook feeling.

The second reason was the amount of work/ideas which would be lost if I misplaced the sketchbook – the more a sketchbook is filled the more valuable it becomes as a personal resource, and I didn’t like the idea of potentially losing easily a couple of years’ worth of content in one fell swoop. On a more practical level, it also makes it more difficult to find and refer back to older sketches and notes. Ah, EcoSystem, you were close but still not the one..

After asking for recommendations on Twitter, I was contacted by John Rainsford of The Bleed Edge, who very kindly sent me a couple of his SKTCHBKS brand books to try out, and the gridded green book quickly became my go-to book for writing notes and lists. I actually found I preferred the ‘slim’ thickness to the typical hardback A5 books I was used to and it also solved the issue of minimising the lost resources if it was misplaced or lost. However, while perfect for notes and writing, the paper just didn’t quite have the weight I needed for sketching and drawing…

Then I came across the really basic A5 sketchbooks made by Seawhite in Brighton. The paper is exactly what I was after, the right weight and thickness, un-coated, and a pleasing amount of tooth to the texture. All my drawing implements take to the paper perfectly, and to top it off they are very afford-ably priced. I promptly bought some in bulk!

These are the sketchbooks I now use and am happy with. I created a cover for my own book and liked the way they looked so created a few more to put up in the AoC Shop. The books are very cheap to purchase from the many Seawhite stockists but if you’re interested in picking up one with a unique and hand printed cover, swing by the shop and have a look.

What’s your favourite sketchbook brand, and do you over-analyse these things as much as I do?!

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