Bow Arts Open Studio at E3 2012

Giclee prints made for Bow Arts Open Studio
Mantis Warrior and Lift Off prints
Take down
Some quick photo’s from the Bow Arts Open Studio Event held over the last month. For some this is a time to sell work for me it was more a report card and reflection on where my new portfolio is and an opportunity to show some of the work I’ve completed so far.

If I’m still at the Bow studio next year I’ll definitely get some helpers as I didn’t get to see nearly enough of the work on show.

It’s a lot more work than you think and really pushed my practice forward and made me stop and think about where I’m at. A useful point of reflection.


That essential studio space

Sketches to inspire me to find that perfect studio space…

Steaming rocket launch

This one I started to work into a proper Photoshop painted image as I just love the bulky steaminess of it.

Unlike many of my fellow illustrators I find it almost impossible to work at home and not just because I’ve no space.

Bricks, water and sky

Making drawings and paintings with a mixture of digital and traditional methods means I need somewhere I can sprawl and leave it set up.

Stacked spires and brick

These are just a few of the recent roughs I’ve been sketching up – mostly in cafes, on the bus or anywhere other than in the house.


They are a joy but I find the distractions of home too much so here’s to finding an affordable work space for my art.

Emily Barker and Jo at Guildhall June 2011

Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo sketched at Guildhall as part of the City of London Festival  last week, more brilliant Australians.

Sketching people is great and but it was quite a challenge as they swayed and played so it took a lot longer than other public sketchyness does.

Our MA Degree Show

2010 MA Illustration degree show invite

This definitely counts as shameless self promotion but nervous as we all are I think that we all have something to be proud of.

I have not only been working on more work for the final show but also our 2010 MA Illustration blog and promoting the show through the Twitter account I set up.

Lucky me Illustration has 45 graduating students on show and so the blog was a bit of a mammoth to pull together. Sadly WordPress has no easy way to bulk populate pages. Regardless of the difficulties it has been a satisfying process and the results are a showcase of the diverse illustrative styles on the course.

The show starts with a private view on July 13th and finishes on Saturday July 17th. Please come down and have a look.

I’ll be showcasing some of the students work using the MA illustration Twitter account so why not follow us.

Alternative Press Fair 2010

Alternative Press Fair booty

Last weekend (13th of Feb) was annual Alternative Press Fair at the St Aloysius Social Club, 20 Phoenix Road, Euston (London). This year saw the ditching of the entry fee with just a request for donations at the entrance. The space also seemed easier to get round and for someone new to this scene. It’s freshing (and a bit daunting) to encounter all this print work and be unfamiliar with almost all of it.

The standard of work was really high with some excellent hand printed and quality digital piece’s for sale as well as a range of other crafty objects and tasty treats. As someone studying illustration it’s both inspiring and motivating to see what people are self publishing at different level’s.

Here’s a quick review of the things I picked up.

First up was StingRay magazine pushed into my hand for a discounted £1 by two enthusiastic young ladies! The writing is set to a fairly high standard and is definitely worth checking out. Issue two is open for submissions now on the theme of ‘travel’ for those interested.

Next up was Will Morris’s “The Apocalypse Club” containing two comic stories, the title (and first) story is a collaborative effort with Chris Bye the stand out of the two both graphically and from a narrative perspective. The graphic style is drafted to a high standard, with dramatic compositions and well crafted designs.

Then World War 3 – Illustrated issue #39 which is a larger American compilation of political comic work. Interesting and diverse I’ve only skimmed the surface but it looks to provide a solid range of topics and styles and I look forward to a more in-depth read as time allows.

Handmade card by Rosie

Last was this lovely Valentine’s card by Rosie – sorry I can’t read the email address and no web address was listed. Please feel free to comment in the details. I like the whimsical nature of this piece and realistic pencil rendered dogs.

Hopefully next year I will have a few more pennies and be able to afford a few more things and maybe (even) have something to contribute myself!!

I’d love to hear any of your experiences of the fair this year or recommendations for other similar events going on in London so please feel free to add them into the comments!