So in May I took part in the Illustrated 2015 group show in London’s Brick Lane, and now I’m making some kind of actual effort to put it on here.. two months later.
For those not familiar with Brick Lane (or indeed reading any of this), it’s an über-trendy part of London which used to feature an amazing selection of shops which have all pretty now closed down now. But theres a Rough Trade record store there. The show itself was held in one of the rooms in The Trumen Brewery where a lot of these kinds of events take place.
The outside was provided by Lost Souls crew, who put this piece together.
For the work itself, I had been insanely busy so this was cleverly left at the last minute. So to give an interesting insight into knocked out work, I put a bunch of sketches together.
And then drew and painted them up. I didn’t actually take any photos of that which,m as I’m writing this drivel, would have been a stellar idea in retrospect.Anyway if anybody has actually managed to get this far without killing yourself, I pencilled them up and then painted them with Montana Acrylic markers which a) I haven’t used before and b) forgot how to use effectively. It wasn’t until the actual show that I remembered my technique. Anyway as it all turned out I had one week to get these from my crazy mind to sketchbook and then to cardboard, painted, inked and then finally on the wall.
I bought a whole tonne of cardboard since the stuff I scrounged for free from some TV place in High Wycombe was single layer and therefore useless, so I ordered some double layer cardboard and used that instead. It wasn’t expensive so don’t worry. Additionally, I bought a new Winsor & Newton Kolinsky sale brush which was very expensive and which I have now lost.
Heres how it all turned out. Again in retrospect I clearly should have taken considerably more photos of the venue and perhaps of Marc and Blaine who were behind the whole shindig.
The day was split into two days, the first was the Industry Day where a great many industry insiders like Creative Directors, Record Labels, Magazine Publishers etc, were invited to attend and out of those invited absolutely nobody attended. The second day was the Public Day although since no professionals turned on day one, the public were able to attend and the public were the focus on day two.
So there we go, it wasn’t the most successful show of my career but considerably better than the last, which would not be very difficult. I met a bunch of cool artists, Just, Jenkins 3D, Zhenia Vasilev, Marcus Reed and Anna Rewinska.
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