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.
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.
The pair of headpieces
‘The Unicorn’ (Left) and ‘The Lion’ (Right)
One of two beast pieces
‘The Lion & The Unicorn Fig.2’
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!
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.
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).
(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.