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OH GOLLY

 Cor blimey – it’s been a year since my last post!

(Hopefully that won’t happen again)

So what have I been up to this past year?


There was another show with The Drawn Chorus Collective I’m a part of, check us out on facebook and on twitter @drawnchorusers! This time it was all about the circus, freak shows and the weird and wonderful, with the rather suitable name of ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’!

My pieces were a set of three clowns, this was my favourite of the three.

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I think it’s safe to say I was feeling very very sad whilst illustrating it pft. I recall I was rather charmingly asked, ‘Where did all the colour go?!’ ahaha it will be back.


After this show, I was also fortunate enough to be a part of another show ‘Beer, Tea & British Folklore’ run by BakToBak held in Full Stop in Brick Lane, alongside fellow Drawn Chorus illustrators Eileen Kai Hing Kwan (@whereiseileen), Alex Moore (@notanotheralex) and Octavia Austin.

The theme was ‘British Folklore’ and I focused on the poem of ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’. I drew three pairs of the two in different bodily forms, as humans with animal heads, as beasts and as headpieces.

BakToBak is all about up-cycling and being eco-friendly, right down to the recycled frames. So all of my pieces created for the show were drawn on 100% Recyclable Cotton Rag and most significantly for me, all done in just pencil – nothing digital allowed. Here’s a few of the six pieces.

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The pair of headpieces

‘The Unicorn’ (Left) and ‘The Lion’ (Right)


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One of two beast pieces

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In brief, the completely-opposite-of-how-I-would-normally-work nature of the pieces thankfully didn’t leave me in a pool of tears on the floor, though that’s not to say I didn’t miss all the handy tools in Photoshop…Overall, I was really happy with what I illustrated, and I think some are the best line work I’ve done yet.

The show will be re-exhibiting soon with even more artists, so more info to come on that!


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In the most recent of news, I’m working on an illustrative Anthology of tales of the sea (official title in the works) with 10 or so other members from The Drawn Chorus. The stories will be written by chorus member Fred Campbell (@freddraws) and I can tell you already, they are very very good. Above are character design sketches for my part in the book. More on that to come with my next few posts.


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Top left: ‘A Study in Scarlet’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Top right: ‘In the Miso Soup’ by Ryu Murakami

Bottom left: ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Bottom right: ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Talking about books, I’ve started reading again and needless to say, I have missed it. It is something that unfortunately got put on hold during Uni, unless you include the lecture readings which, though interesting, didn’t quite fall into the category of ‘fun reading’.

I also rediscovered the joy of book covers and how gorgeous they are! I’m slowly reading and buying my way through Penguin’s edition of Sherlock Holmes (yep, I was rather late in reading this classic), and the covers (by Mike Topping and Coralie Bickford Smith) are a real pleasure to hold and read from – just look at themmmm (aboveee).

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(My charming trusty bookmark, courtesy of Eileen)

I’m no Book Reviewer! However, I may every now and then post up a few random scribbles or illustrations I do inspired by the book I’m on. Please do enjoy, and let’s see how that goes haha.


Just a quick note, I tend to be more active on twitter @completelycathy. So swing by there to see more regular updates on illustration, life and stuff I’m preoccupied with! And if you’re so kind as to follow me, oh my, thank you very muchhh.


Is that all for now? Most likely.

Cheerssssss

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M-m-m-m-m-m-may!

Wow, May already! First off is a nice proper show of my Royal Navy Commander for Ammo Magazine’s Poop Deck Project. I’m really happy to also say that he sold on the Opening night – yeahh! The Opening night was PACKED, rum-filled and abundant with talent (check them all out HERE).

Highlight – you’ve got to have a look at fellow Poop Decker Oat Montien‘s art, it’s crazy good, really beautiful yet slightly creepy – he has a show running currently in The Book Club until 14th July. He’s created some rather unique eerie illustrations intertwined with literature.

Not to forget, here’s my card:

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And now, I’m working on the next art show held by the art collective that I’m a part of, The Drawn Chorus Collective. So, hopefully I’ll be putting up posts of art and other things about that at some point.

And I leave you with a photo of me and Alex Moore from Poop Deck!

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Hahaha. Swing by her pages (this one and that one) to have a look at her character and her work. Her pieces for Rumpus are def worth a look at!

Onwards!!

End of April…

Yeah, great blog title…

First off, Ammo Magazine’s Poop Deck exhibition is just around the corner! The exhibition consists of over 50 Illustrators (including the rather crazy Alex Moore), where everyone has put together a deck of cards with an unusual twist to the normal Heart, Spade, Diamond and Ace, by replacing them with maritime characters, myths, legends and popular culture.

Here’s a preview of my card, The Redcoat Commander.

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Left shows my initial sketches – mainly working on his face and on the right is the final sketch I based my final drawing on. The Opening night is next Tuesday 30th. Come check it out! Here’s the facebook event page, can’t wait to see all the art and everyone there!

Hope the weather stays warm now…

Cheers.

March marching on…

It was my birthday (and my twin, Eileen‘s) a few days ago. I went Korea Town in New Malden with friends, it was my first time out there, and wow, it was confusing working out which trains to take…”Strawberry Hill” what an awesome train stop :-V

Anyway, I got a fabulously big cookie with my name on it (alongside other things, thanks guysss)!!! -which was pretty special and a great eat haha we ate it on the train, to the amusement of many.

Here’s a photo

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   Tadah!

In terms of art, exciting news! I’m going to be a part of an upcoming show by the Ammo magazine (cheers, Alex Moore - check out her page!). YEAH! Below are some illustrations showing my character designing-ness that I sent along to the organiser haha I drew a chauffeur and a Japanese Fisherman…yes. Quite happy actually.

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And I’ll update again with more info on this project as it comes along.

‘Til then.

Curiouser and Curiousererer er

Just recently, I was a part of an art show called ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ at The Curious Duke Gallery with 18 other artists, which ran from 24th to 30th January 2013.

Here’s my piece for the show and myself below

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Yah. I wanted something psychedelic with loads of colour, people and stuff flying about. Thus, this Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – “No room! No room!” was created.

It started off on A3 paper, but it just got bigger and bigger as I wanted to add in more and more. So in the end, it became A1! I then coloured it digitally in Adobe Photoshop using a tablet.

Here are some work in progress screenshots

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ImageMy work space here on Photoshop. The final had over 40 layers…

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And here are a few detail shots of the final piece.

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To spice things up, here’s the initial design of the Hatter ↓

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(He originally had fairly big eyes and wore a cardi)

The frog footman I drew for the show’s gorgeous window display

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And an unfinished piece of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, which I scrapped ↓

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You can find other artists’ work at the official page of the show, and at the Facebook album. Check it out, some works are still up for sale, including mine !

Hope that this got some people excited! Cheers for reading and lookingggg.