I have been watching with interest lately several discussions around blog collectives and the way they operate. In addition, my personal observations of blogs who are represented by collectives recently has led me to question: do blog collectives do us any favours? Read More >
Entries from February 29th, 2012
Posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Posted on: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Welcome to today’s Creative Crush Stuart Ruel, a very talented illustrator who is holding his first solo exhibition at The Book Club in Shoreditch, entitled Recto/Verso…..take it away Stuart!
Illustration. I deal with a lot of likenesses, so a fair bit of portraiture. I get to work on a lot of things that I’m actually interested in. I like my music and I am able to work on record cover art and comics, so I’m dipping my toes into strips and covers, I couldn’t ask for more really. The illustration community is a welcoming one, they’re generally a nice breed and I’m grateful to be a part of it.
Human beings, the stupid things they do, weird faces, Americana, breasts, hardship, mild racism, nice shoes, too many things. My work is figurative most of the time, so I normally use people to illustrate a concept or idea. There’s nothing like seeing someone you have to draw, because of their face or the way their dressed – like being a photographer – one day there’s a Buddhist monk, tomorrow there’s a Neo Nazi, people are odd and full of complexes and I’ll document them anyway I can. I think emotion is a quite a big part of what I do as well, in personal work anyway, thankfully not so much client based work. I’m kind of a sensitive guy, if real men are the ones that aren’t afraid to cry, then I’m one of those real manly men. I read a fair bit of literature and a lot of objects or devices from prose end up in my work and are used to similar effect. A shoelace might become relevant in illustrating my point for example, but it might be a reference to a shoelace written by Fante or Bukowski or whoever. In terms of art, I look at a lot of fifties and sixties illustrators, before style becomes more important than content; Bernie Fuchs, Robert Fawcett and Dean Cornwell. Those guys were incredible and most of their work still holds up today.
From home for most things. In Croydon, just outside of London. I suggest everyone visits there at least once in their life, beautiful scenery and the people are really friendly. Being comfortable in your working environment is a great thing because you can do what the hell you want, but it also means you can drink as much tea as you want, make as much mess as you want, have a little nap. I’ve had two cups of tea and eaten twice through the course of this interview alone. For personal work, I’ll crack out a drawing anywhere. I carry a sketchbook everywhere with me at all times, just in case.
Usually in pencil and digital colour. I’m not too concerned with process or style and only am when I feel it’s fitting for an assignment. At night is better than day, no interruptions and I listen to instrumental music only when I work, because words interfere with the drawing process and confuse one’s brain.
Recto/Verso launches on Thursday 8th March and is free entry from 6pm so check out his work! Thanks Stuart
Posted on: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
This week I am loving ❤ Jamie Hewlett’s (of Gorillaz fame) design for ABSOLUT with an all-about London bottle concept. On sale at Harvey Nic’s and Selfridges on March 1st, 50 bottles will be given away through an Instagram competition on Facebook ❤ Inspiring images from Hollywood Costume at the V&A, announced for 20 October 2012 – 27 January 2013 ❤ Jovannista Tash Skirt in shades for Spring 2012 is about to land online and in Topshop at £45 I may have to get all the colours….❤ I am off snowboarding this week with the Mini Divas and family, so I am taking my HotSquash easy elegance heat technology top…this genius range of clothing is easy to pack, wash and dry, with special thermal technology, but looks like normal clothing – genius!
Credits: The Birds: Universal Pictures/Photofest/The Kobal Collection
Elizabeth: The Golden Age: Universal/Working Title/The Kobal Collection/Greg WilliamsThe Wizard of Oz MGM/The Kobal Collection Titanic 20th Century Fox/Paramount/The Kobal Collection
Posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This has been a subject leading to much gnashing of teeth lately from reading my Twitter feeds.
Social media has allowed designers, writers and bloggers who charge well below industry rates, or even rates for juniors/newly experienced etc to be widespread and vocal. Blog designs for peanuts, social media management for way below minimum wage, design for paper boy pay. I work across graphic design, copy and editorial writing and blogging, and have a weekly rant to myself about some of the prices I see bandied about online.
So, what does it have to do with me? Surely people can charge what they want? Read More >
Posted on: Sunday, February 19, 2012
This is probably my only London Fashion week mention on the blog, but I LOVE these PPQ RULE Supreme Style Bikes which appeared on the runway at PPQ on Friday. Stick one on my Mother’s Day wishlist, I can definitely see me cycling around Cambridge on one of those! ❤ Penguin 75 is a beautiful book of the journey a book cover goes through before being approved, with comments from Art Editors, Designers and Authors. Stunning imagery and witty responses, excellently curated by Paul Buckley, long time art editor of Penguin. ❤ The Design Museum’s Designs of the Year expo is a must-see, (the comedy carpet by Why Not Associates shown here), and contains 89 nominations for cultural icons of design from 2011. Patrick Thomas, Heart Roundel #01 appears here just because it’s beautiful and caught my eye this week. Available on Outline Editions.
Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2012
A huge welcome to today’s Creative Crush Diane Faye Zerr, a very talented tattoo-style designer and illustrator. To hear how this original, quirky, fabulous work is created, come and meet Diane: take it away!
I’m a graphic designer and illustrator with a liking for tattoo art. This lead me to create tattoo-inspired stationery for those looking for something a little more unique!
I’m inspired by so many things. Illustration, art, design, other artists, designers, and illustrators. And my 8-year old son Cody, draws the most imaginative things that keep me going.
I work out of my home studio. It’s 250 sq. ft. pure creativity for me, where I can get anything and everything done.
I love to sketch, and always begin with smaller sketches. Those small sketches and preliminary drawings become my blueprint for a larger drawing which I then ink and scan to take it to the digital file. I love making color choices, and enjoy the finished piece almost more than the initial idea, knowing it’s all come together.
Oh my gosh, you can find me everywhere! Twitter, Dribbble, and Pinterest you can find me as fayeandco. Facebook; My website and blog; my online shop and Etsy. I’m also a contributor for Handmade in Pa, and Quipsologies. Thanks so much Diane, we love it! Remember, to share your work and your ways, fill out this form and send in some pics.
Posted on: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Posted on: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Playing with my letterpress type from ebay ❤ writing in pretty inks with Campo Marzio ink pen from Kate’s Paperie ❤ falling in love with my new Zatchels distressed leather satchel, a beautifully crafted bag and perfect for the essentials including JOTTR pad, pens, Korres lip butter and iPhone.. ❤ being housebound with chicken pox twins and playing with hairdryers, this one of course the beautiful GHD air ❤