Ep 90: Designer Craig Black details his jump from employment to versatile creative freelancing
Craig Black moved takes us on his journey from working full time in a design role to building his own creative business. His work is versatile and ranges across many disciplines. He joins me to discuss the challenges he faced starting out, why London burned him out and how his return to Scotland has done wonders for him
We talk about the lack of room for ego in the creative industries and why people are crucial to your own path.
Craig is lining up more impressive talks and he shares his thoughts and feelings on public speaking and how he's made it happen despite an accent!
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Ep 89: Marion Deuchars, illustrator & author shares the journey so far in her impressive career
Marion Deuchars has been an illustration industry leader for some time. I came across her work in a Jamie Oliver cookbook at a time when I was struggling to establish my own style and took great confidence from her iconic, naive style of drawing and hand lettering.
I join her at her studio to find out about her creative origins, journey into the industry and how her work has shifted from predominantly commercial to publishing with her fantastic Let's Make Great Art books.
Her latest book, Colour with Penguin Books is hot off the press and we discuss the project.
This is must listen for anyone with even the slightest interest in illustration and creativity!
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Ep 88: Ste Johnson's vibrant fashion and lifestyle illustrations were born of an inspiring story.
Ste Johnson is an illustrator and designer who's love of sharp dressing lead him into creating stylish and vibrant fashion and lifestyle illustration. It's London Fashion Week 2017, so I chat to Ste, who shares a his journey.
The fashion world is often criticised for depicting a lifestyle that is false and unattainable, but Ste explains how it was the desire to look good in certain clothes that inspired him to make a personal lifestyle change and subsequently helped him build a career in design and illustration.
So it's time for all you home workers to get dressed and hear from the man behind the suits and dresses!
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Ep 87: Dreams and art - Artist Clare Dudeney has some mind-blowing tales from the sleep world
Artist Clare Dudeney joins me to discuss the themes of dreams in art. In Dreams is an upcoming exhibition exploring the sensory experience of sleep, dream narratives and internal visual landscapes, featuring twenty artists.
Clare went a little deeper than simply creating art representing her dreams - we discuss her work with scientists to get to the bottom of dreams, what they represent and how that has impacted her art work and creativity.
If you're a dreamer like myself, interested in the esoteric, scientific and downright fascinating things, then this is must listen!
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Ep 86: Eye Magazine - 8,000 unique covers and indie magazine culture
Eye magazine is a torch bearer in the creative magazine field. In a thriving indie magazine scene, I join editor John Walters and art director Simon Esterson as they release issue 94, with an astounding 8,000 unique cover designs!
How has such a feat been pulled off and what makes for a successful indie print magazine in the the digital era?
Eye is deservedly renowned for its visual swagger and two of the minds responsible talk about the history of the mag and where it's headed.
Issue 94 is on sale now!
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Ep 85 pt 2: Nina Chakrabarti details her illustration career & book series with Laurence King
In part two of the creative books special episode, I meet Nina Chakrabarti, winner of the World Illustration Awards professional books category for Hello Nature on Laurence King Publishing.
We discuss her route into the illustration industry and her five published, illustrated books. How did the book deal come about? What was it like working with a major publisher and how have the books been received?
Nina's loose, fun style is seen in bookstores worldwide and she gives us a great insight into what it takes to follow suit!
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Ep 85 pt 1: Laurence King & head of children's Elizabeth Jenner on creative publishing
Laurence King is one of the world's leading publishers in the creative arts. I join Laurence and head of children's books, Elizabeth Jenner to discuss the origins of Laurence King Publishing, the market today, what makes for a great book, advice for artists wishing to work with the publisher and much more!
This is the first of a two part special on creative books and we'll discuss recent winner of the professional books category winner at the World Illustration Awards, Nina Chakrabarti's Hello Nature.
This is a must listen for anyone with aspirations of publishing their artwork in book form and next week, I'll be joined by Nina to talk about her own experience as an illustrator approaching her 5th book!
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Ep 84: Creative Review
Creative Review has been a mainstay publication in the creative industry for a long time. Undeniably a beautiful magazine with great journalism, where we do we find them in 2017?
I meet editor Patrick Burgoyne to talk about their transition into a bi-monthly print publication, why that decision was made and how digital plays an important role in them staying on top of the abundance of great work in all disciplines.
We also talk about their first ever course, 'Mastering Creativity' and everything you can expect from it.
Patrick provides many valuable insights and ideas, so hit us with your thoughts on @arrestallmimics now!
Ep 83: HBO designer Kyla Paolucci discusses balancing a full-time creative job & personal work
It can be a tough balance to strike, working a full-time creative role for a company and forging your own independent path. With Game Of Thrones season 7 well underway, I head to Brooklyn, New York to talk to Arrest All Mimics alumni and HBO designer Kyla Paolucci.
Kyla talks about working for the TV network giant and continuing to develop her own portfolio. How do the two benefit each other and what challenges come with double duty?
We also discuss Kyla's work on major movies as a freelancer, including Imperium starring Daniel Radcliffe.
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Ep 82: Bruce Duckworth on creative excellence and the role of awards
The relationship with awards in the creative industry is something of a Jekyll and Hyde one. The buzz of a win and the hurt of missing out. But creative excellence must be rewarded, right?
I'm joined by Bruce Duckworth, co-founder of brand identity design firm Turner Duckworth and 2016/17 D&AD president, to discuss his own background, inspirations and why it's crucial to stand back and allow people to be brilliant in order for them to flourish.
We discuss his time as D&AD president, how he feels about the new generation of creative talent and the challenges that await them in industry.
I also chat to several graduates showing their work at the New Blood awards including 'Ones To Watch' winners and their plans heading out into the creative industry.
It's a fascinating look at experience extremes, Bruce with 32 years and industry wide respect and the new generation of talent with the world and all its possibilities ahead of them.
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Ep 81: Buzzfeed UK's in-house illustrator Rebecca Hendin
Illustration doesn't have too many formal, full-time in-house roles. Rebecca Hendin, however, is the in-house illustrator at Buzzfeed UK and joins me to discuss her brilliant work with the online news company.
Rebecca shares her fascinating journey from Mid West U.S.A to London and how she got into the illustration game. She explains how she ended up at Buzzfeed, what it's like to work in-house at such a company and how she stays inspired in London.
We talk about her illustrations of the many people who had weird dreams about Jeremy Corbyn...
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Ep 80: Do you need to go to university? D&AD New Blood's SHIFT program raises a big question
The landscape of higher education has changed. With student loans said to be every bit as vicious as a mortgage debt and tuition fees bordering on criminal, do you need to go to university in 2017 to make it in the creative industry?
But what of the social and independence aspect of formal education?
I head down to the D&AD offices to talk to Hilary, Steph and Sophie, Jake and Leanne about SHIFT, a new program taking raw creative talent without agency experience or a degree and helping them to make sense of their abilities, passion and ideas. I wanted to find out if we are seeing the beginnings of long awaited competition for the dusty old higher education model, for those who cannot afford to go to university or feel their efforts would be better supported in something else entirely.
We discuss the pros and cons of a different approach, results in industry from the first wave of SHIFT participants and how things might start to move forward.
I'm eager to hear people's views on a big topic, so hit @arrestallmimics on Twitter with feedback to join the conversation!
The deadline for SHIFT applications is 21st July 2017 so hurry!
Ep 79: Digital Arts editor Neil Bennett on getting noticed, diversity in design & digital
Digital Arts editor Neil Bennett joins me to take a look at where the creative industry is today and where it's heading during a time of fast-paced technological developments.
We talk about staying current and finding the right balance of creativity and strong ideas in creative work.
Neil details the magazines transition from print publication to digital magazine and why classic methods of getting your work noticed still hold up in today's industry.
Diversity in the arts and disability first design are two big topics as we address new, old and forward thinking.
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Ep 78: Annie Atkins, graphic designer for film on Wes Anderson, Stephen Spielberg & her journey!
Annie Atkins, graphic designer for film joins me in Dublin to discuss her on and off screen work. Annie has worked on many productions including The Grand Budapest Hotel, with cult director Wes Anderson, Bridge Of Spies with Steven Spielberg and Penny Dreadful.
Her role on film and TV is an incomprehensibly broad one, with fresh challenges on every production. Annie takes me through her industry origins and background in a small village in Snowdonia, Wales.
She discusses ego on film sets, working with various directors and why it's crucial to get off Google and under the skin of the project in order to create authentic work for screen.
Annie also gives us a little insight into her fantastic weekend workshop in graphic design for film!
This is a must listen episode for one revered lady with a growing fan base.
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Ep 77: DixonBaxi, creative agency on staying creative, binning ego & Premier League visual identity
DixonBaxi are a London based brand and creative agency. They work with a broad range of clients including The Premier League, The History Channel, CNBC and Sony among others.
I join Simon and Aporva, founding members to discuss how they've evolved, stayed creative and continued to produce consistently great work over the years.
We talk about DixonBaxi's attitude to shaping your own creative path, designing for people and avoiding ego traps. Their part in rebranding the Premier League was a key one, drawing on latest technologies and we get under the skin of the project along with why they feel it's important to get excited about the next thing.
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Ep 76: Claudine O'Sullivan, winner of the World Illustration Awards advertising category!
Claudine O'Sullivan has just picked up the prize for the advertising category in the World Illustration Awards 2017.
Her distinct, vibrantly coloured illustration crosses many contexts and platforms and her stunning Apple iPad campaign work has landed her the big prize only one year into her full-time freelance career.
The Dublin born illustrator joins me to discuss how her organic style translated to digital, why she's enjoying learning new things on the job and the importance of learning from good art-directors and clients.
Claudine also muses on the benefits of taking your time when taking on professional agency representation.
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Ep 75: Sir John Hegarty on creativity. The advertising legend answers the big questions!
Since it’s episode 75 of the Arrest All Mimics podcast, somebody allowed me to slip through the net to spend an hour with one of creativity’s greatest minds.
Sir John Hegarty is quite simply an advertising legend. He is one third of BBH, advertising agency renowned for their innovative campaigns.
With half a century of work in the creative industry under his belt, John talks about what exactly constitutes creativity. It’s one of the big questions in life and somehow, he manages to make it all sound so easy.
As the creative director behind the iconic Levi campaigns of the 1990’s, including iconic yellow puppet, Flat Eric, John explains how he had to fight for the idea to switch to a puppet hero for a fashion brand. He also made the decision to use vorsprung durch technik in its native German form for Audi’s campaign.
How crucial is positive thinking and turning a disadvantage into an advantage? We break down the fundamentals of creativity and why fun, passion, observation and irreverence play such integral roles in achieving greatness.
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Ep 74: Graduate creative industry advice with Artsthread's Katie Dominy
It's that time of the year where graduates realise that they need to make sense of the creative industry! I'm joined by Artsthread's Katie Dominy to discuss what helps someone looking to make an impact achieve their goals. Artsthread are a graduate platform who provide online and offline support for many artistic disciplines, through events, talks, portfolio surgeries, exhibitions and making those connections with industry.
We talk about common pitfalls, being seen, attractive traits and using your unique personality effectively once in the world of work.
Katie also shares some standout examples of people who have impressed and others who have stumbled.
This is a must listen show to pick up some crucial pointers if you're starting out, or looking to further refine your own path in the arts.
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Ep 73: Character design & development with writer & artist Karen McLeod
Fiction, non-fiction, TV shows, film, stage or real life experiences at the pub. No matter the medium, we all love a good character.
But what makes us engage with them? Why do we loathe a good movie villain? What makes us cry when we know a sad moment in a book is not real and what gives you the best chance of succeeding in the world of graphic novels?
Author and artist Karen McLeod joins me to talk about her alter ego Barbara Brownskirt, who has a series of upcoming live shows and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall. She takes us along on a fascinating journey, which led to her sitting at the bus stop, reading the world’s worst poetry to anyone who’ll listen.
Why is it important to understand the backstory of our creations in order to inform what the reader or viewer will see and how much of yourself should you use in character creation?
This is a fascinating insight with much valuable advice for anyone interested in creating literary, audio or visual characters in all disciplines.
Send us your character ideas and creations @arrestallmimics on Twitter
Ep 72: Andy Council on his mix of illustration & street art, trash monsters and the Bristol dinosaur
Andy Council is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator. His iconic dinosaur and monsters, built from cityscapes and trash are full of life, energy and a dry humour.
I meet Andy to discuss his roots, the origins of his creature creations and the Bristol creative scene. He has some hilarious tales of public interaction with his works, whilst out working live.
We talk about the balance the range of digital and large scale works and the smell of Montana 94. Mmmmm.....
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Ep 71: Lucinda Rogers: Iconic award winning reportage illustration & travel tales
The work of Lucinda Rogers was pasted front and centre in my university workspace. Her expressive, loose reportage illustration left me in awe and eleven years after my graduation, she kindly gives me her time to hear her inspiring journey.
We discuss drawing on location and the challenges, joys and oddities that come along with public working. Lucinda tells some great stories about working in new York City, Marakech and London.
The importance of making sure we have great art directors and protecting London's creative scene are hot topics as one of the illustration industry's greats joins the show!
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Ep 70: Stephen Bliss on his iconic Grand Theft Auto artwork and his fantastic new creative evolution
Illustrator and artist Stephen Bliss moved to America to take on a job with Rockstar Games. Nobody could have envisioned the explosion of controversy that was the Grand Theft Auto video game series. I meet Stephen in Brooklyn to talk about his journey pre-Rockstar, how it felt to be the man behind the cult video game artwork and his fascinating new direction since leaving the company.
New York City and it's wealth of ripped subway posters have provided the basis for his stunning new large scale originals and we talk about what it means to feed off the environment around you and why New York is so unique.
Creating large scale street art is something new to Stephen and we talk about breaking away from screens and how he's successfully transitioned to work on buildings.
Theses are fascinating insights from a man who continues to set trends and move forward fast.
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Ep 69: Fancy a creative role in film/TV? Director David Cohen takes us inside film production
David Cohen, film director joins me to take us through The Lost Sands, his finalist movie in the Sci-fi London 48-hour film competition.
See the film at: http://www.davidcohendirector.com/gallery-3/
In a golden era of television and with mainstream movies reaching new levels of possibility, David pulls back the curtain to discuss what it takes to produce a film. He details the creative roles, what they mean and what is required of that person and the overall team.
Set design, art-direction, direction of photography and sound are all covered and we talk about the advantages of disadvantage where budget and small crew numbers are concerned.
This is must listen for anyone with aspirations of working in film.
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Ep 68: Sandra Dieckmann shares the inside story of her brilliant debut children's book 'Leaf.'
Illustrator Sandra Dieckmann returns by popular demand to talk about her debut children's book, Leaf. The story is an incredibly moving and visually impactful tale of acceptance, understanding, alienation and empathy, published by Flying Eye Books.
Sandra's stunning array of colours, warmth, detail and natural world are showcased in spectacular fashion as we follow the journey of a polar bear who one day arrives unexpectedly in the woods, facing distrust, fear and isolation from the residents.
She joins me to talk about the process of getting the book published, how she created Leaf and what challenges came with writing the story, ahead of its imminent release.
Sandra is much loved in the world of makers and illustration and her second outing on the show gives us more invaluable insights into those industries and children's publishing.
This is must listen for anyone interested in children's literature and conveying an important message through their work.
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Pre-order Leaf NOW!!! flyingeyebooks.com/shop/leaf
Ep 67: From high-street employment to an independent art career. Angela Morris-Winmill shares all
Angela Morris-Winmill joins me to discuss her intriguing journey, switching from a successful career at the forefront of London high-street fashion, to working as an independent multi-disciplinary artist.
Angela took bold steps in leaving the world of full-time employment to pursue her creative ambitions when the time was right. She talks about knowing when to make such a big change, the risks and challenges in doing so and how she went about making the leap.
We also explore the idea that coming from a different background into the art world can be a huge advantage and how to recognise stand out skills leaned in employment. Angela's fusion of fashion, sculpture, painting and drawing has brought about unique results with a sexuality and character and we dissect the eyeballs, torso and anatomy of her brilliant work!
Let us know if you'd like to switch from freelance to employment, vice versa or whether you have done so at @arrestallmimics on Twitter.
Ep 66: Arsenal photographer David Price on being self-taught & maximising your passions
Pricey has been working as a photographer at Arsenal Football Club since 2002. He works in many areas of the club, for both the women and men’s teams and on the media side of the game.
Self-taught, he worked his way up the ranks, beginning with a trainee role at Colorsport.
For a man who admits he never really harbored any serious creative aspirations, his portfolio of football photography is second to none and loved by Arsenal and football fans globally.
We discuss the lessons he’s learned along the way, the magic of the moment, the crucial balance of instinct and technical ability and why former goalkeeper Jens Lehman now refuses to play in goals!
Let us know if you’re self-taught and favourite sporting photograph @arrestallmimics on Twitter.
Ep 65: From education to the real world of the creative industry. Where and how do you start?
The transition from education to the harsh environment of the 21st century creative industry is not an easy one. Few of us know where we want to go or how to get there, even if we do.
Hazel Mead, 3rd year illustration and fine art student at the University of Coventry details the experience, how she’s starting to build bridges into industry, hopes, fears and dreams.
The lack of guidance upon entering the industry can be a culture shock and we discuss ways to help your self, make those crucial early connections and more.
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Graduate portfolio/support site: https://www.artsthread.com/
Ep 64: The iconic film & TV artwork of Paul Shipper!
Paul Shipper’s stunning film and TV artwork began with movie posters on a bedroom wall and inspiring trips to the video library in Manchester. His contemporary twist on a classic era of movie posters has earned him a following comprised of both cinema fans and industry icons alike.
He joins me to discuss the journey, from being wowed by the artwork from such timeless films as Star Wars and Indiana Jones as a boy to joining Simon Pegg for movie premieres!
Paul and I also discuss why digital is not a dirty word, his wonderful Carrie Fisher tribute illustration for Empire and upcoming Star Wars work.
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Ep 63: The weird & wonderful world of Slayzy! South London artist & illustrator
Welcome to Slayzytown, where ice cream eyes and inverted pop culture characters are the tip of the ice berg. I meet the south London street artist and illustrator to talk about the weird, wonderful world he creates.
How does a modern artist try to make a living whilst staying true to the world they wish to create? Slayzy talks about galleries, prints, sharing the inside of his lively mind with fans of his work and influences from the world of Japanese animation among many others.
Come with us on a tour of the town he runs, where anything is possible if you can just pour your mind into a cone and stick a flake in it. Enjoy your stay!
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Ep 62: Smart Up Visuals talk live illustration, words into visual stories and creative instinct
Smart Up Visuals are a visual storytelling agency. The trio of Kristina, Lina and Karina turn words into illustrated stories and join me to share their inspiring story. We discuss the origins of their graphic scribing, which is often carried out live at conferences, events and in animated videos.
How do they manage the pressure of working in front of large audiences, with no margin for error and how have they managed to work with such clients as LinkedIn,Ted x and BBC?
We also talk about tapping into your instinct and learning to trust where it might take you in the creative world.
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Ep 61: Stanley Chow, Illustration heavyweight talks going viral, being ripped off and Man Utd
There are few styles as immediately recognisable as the digital portraits of Stanley Chow.
The Manchester raised and based illustrator is globally recognised as a heavyweight in the illustration industry, his work being seen regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Nike, WWE and Wired among many other high profile places.
Stanley shares the inside story of his success from the roots of his skills, humbly beginning drawing on chip paper at his parents' chip shop, using biro pens to tales of first being in trouble with The White Stripes, then working with them, a job that would play a big part in the launch of his career.
How does he go about fighting the fact that his work is one of the most mimicked and parodied in the world?
We talk about his work blowing up, how he keeps himself hungry and why he continues to create heartfelt personal projects.
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Ep 60: Kerry Hyndman wins the Blue Peter Book Award & shares the story about Survivors & her journey
Kerry Hyndman has just won the Blue Peter Book Award for 'best book with facts.'
The London based illustrator has brought to life David Long's 'Survivors: Extraordinary tales from the wild and beyond' with her stunning full colour illustrations for Faber & Faber.
I catch up with Kerry to talk about the experience of bringing to life such an original children's book with often graphic tales of human endurance.
With a narrative so powerful and evocative that the imagination of young people will likely be consumed by larger than life stories, how did Kerry tackle such a creative brief with her predominantly digital style of image making?
Kerry shares an encouraging tale of arriving in the world of illustration via a fine art degree, working with publishers Faber & Faber and discusses her map illustration work. Join us in quite possibly the first podcast to be recorded in the turret of a library building...
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http://www.kerryhyndman.co.uk/#/survivors/ - Survivors
Ep 59: Mental Health and Creativity part 2: Malika Favre, Ray Richardson, Mark Mace Smith & more!
In the second part of the mental health and creativity special, I'm talking to a range of people in the arts about what their creativity provides on a more human level. We're dropping the client lists, the awards and the shiny Instagram profiles and exploring the mind and soul, how it can be enriched by the act of creating something from nothing.
I'm joined by Illustrator Malika Favre, musician, DJ, producer Dirty Freud, painter Ray Richardson, poet Mark Mace Smith, artist Angela Morris-Winmill and two-piece hard rock band The Hyena Kill.
Please share your thoughts on the show at @arrestallmimics and tell us about your thoughts on the matter, or experiences. It's a big one for open discussion, we need to get this conversation loud and roaring.
Ep 58: Mental Health and Creativity part 1: The male issue
On a very broad scale, we all suffer the down sides of being, in the words of illustrator Ste Johnson, the only animal on the planet with the power to introspect and think this way, don't we? Whether it is depression and unhappiness, or simply occasional insecurity and anxiety, as human beings, life can sometimes give us a rough ride.
But what role can creativity play in preventing, alleviating, coping with or channeling negative emotions?
A few years ago I came across CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a brilliant charity who use the arts in their work to prevent suicide, the single biggest killer of young men in the UK.
In part one of this two-part special, I'll be chatting to Paul Shiels from CALM about some of the issues associated with masculinity and male stigmas that have transcended generations. Three times as many men take their own lives than women and I wanted to explore my own belief that creativity can be a crucial asset in fighting this problem.
I'm also joined by illustrators Danny Allison, Ste Johnson and London based comedian Ian Stone who each have intriguing insights, experiences and thoughts about creativity.
In part two next week, I'll be talking to six creative professionals, Illustrator Malika Favre, musician, DJ, producer Dirty Freud, painter Ray Richardson, poet Mark Mace Smith, artist Angela Morris-Winmill and two-piece hard rock band The Hyena Kill about creativity and human side of their work.
Get your feedback over to @arrestallmimics on Twitter - we really want to hear from you on this one.
http://www.danielallison.co.uk/ - Danny's photography
Ep 57: The creative chameleon! Willkay Oddking discusses versatility in creative style
Would it be fair to say that every creative professional, beginner, student or casual ink head has at some stage struggled to settle on a style? Do we even have to? Why is that so frustrating? Willkay Oddking is a broadly skilled artist, designer and illustrator working with the likes of Adidas, G-Star Raw, Converse, BBC and under his own Oddkingdom brand.
Will joins me at my studio to talk about his versatility and why he's content operating as something of a creative chameleon right now, until a style grabs him and screams 'settle on me!!!.' We talk about London as a creative city, the balance between his work as a graphic designer, illustrator and live artist and where he'd like to head.
This is one show for those who have not yet found confidence in the direction they are heading and offers a nice alternative to working in the creative industries with a signature visual identity.
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Ep 56: What Katie Drew on her humorous, naive illustration style & journey via the advertising world
I'm kindly invited to illustrator What Katie Drew's studio where as you'd hope, sits a desk smothered in incidental ink splats, chance smudges, marks and some smirk raising doodles. With a truly humorously naive, organic style, I talk to Katie about the evolution of it and a journey via the world of advertising.
We discuss how time out and a look into other disciplines can help in the long run, why a talented network can be crucial and Katie's strong presentation of her work.
Moving image is becoming more and more ingrained in our daily lives, the way we digest our information and I talk to Katie about her stunning animated RSA short film collaboration with George The Poet. She also tells me why 5am is a slice of horror in her world right now and how motherhood can impact a freelance creative journey.
This is a fascinating insight into one of the most deceptively simple, yet powerful styles in the game and the lady behind it.
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http://whatkatiedrew.com/intro/ - website
http://shop.whatkatiedrew.com/ - shop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfEF_P73RE0 - A Climate Of Change, collaboration with RSA and George the Poet
https://twitter.com/whatkatiedrew?lang=en-gb - Twitter
Ep 55: The art of the portrait! Beka Smith joins me to discuss the essence of great portraits
What makes a strong portrait? Stylistically, it's wide open to the viewer's taste and use in context. But what is the essence of a great artistic representation of a human being? I'm joined by Beka Smith to discuss personalities, eccentricity, warmth, the importance of how others perceive the subject and other variable factors to consider when creating a portrait.
Beka is a London based portrait artist who's work has been seen in the BP Portrait Award and on Sky TV's Portrait Artist of the Year show. After an uncertain start, trying to work out a creative career path that felt right for her, she found her way into portrait art in an unconventional way, picking up some hilarious and touching stories en route.
We discuss how she attains portrait commissions and the many, many things that a portrait artist has to go through!
http://www.bekasmith.com/ - Beka's official site
https://twitter.com/BekaSmithArt - Beka on Twitter
http://instagram.com/bekasmithart - Beka on Instagram
Ep 54: Design Week & IBM explore design's power to change, shape & improve organisations
I head to the Design Week office in central London to talk to editor, Tom Banks about the brilliant Age Of Design project.
Design is now a key driver for businesses and organisations looking to innovate, differentiate themselves from competitors and get closer to their users.
But what do these organisations mean by design and how are they using it?
Throughout the Age of Design project, we will investigate a series of key case studies of businesses using innovative design – from public sector organisations looking to improve their customers’ experiences to car companies using design to innovate and prepare for the future.
Our panel of design experts will provide commentary and analysis and consider how design thinking could shape our future experiences.
We will aim to analyse, explain and celebrate the design’s power to change, shape and improve organisations.
Welcome to the Age of Design.
How do you integrate design throughout your creative business? Get your feedback over to @arrestallmimics on Twitter!
https://ageofdesign.designweek.co.uk/ - Age Of Design
https://www.designweek.co.uk/ - Design Week official site
Ep 53: Making Use of A**holes! Lisa Maltby turns put downs into cheeky typographic illustrations.
Sheffield based graphic designer and illustrator Lisa Maltby has set a great example of how we can turn negative experiences into great creative source material. Collating a number of breathtaking put downs from both her professional and personal life, Lisa has transformed them into a hilarious series of typographic artworks.
Whilst some defy belief and others are more naive than malicious, Lisa's project won her a great deal of plaudits, creative industry press and new awareness of her work. It's a fantastic example of how we can channel our unique journeys and experiences into our output, forging our own identity and attracting the right kind of attention!
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http://lisamaltby.com - Official Lisa Maltby site
http://www.lisamaltby.com/blog/creative-put-downs-turned-into-typographic-art - Typographic put downs project
https://twitter.com/Lisa_Maltby - Lisa Maltby on Twitter
http://instagram.com/lisamaltbycreative - Lisa on Instagram
Ep 52: Setting up a creative studio space! Rabble Studio founder Dan Spain explains all
Ever thought about setting up your own creative workspace/studio? It's one sexy idea, but there are questions that need answering along the way, for most of us.
Rabble Studios launched earlier in 2016.
At a time when property developers are gobbling up creative spaces for fun, I meet with founder and designer Dan Spain. Rabble houses 24 creative professionals and also functions as a creative events, talks, hub and function space in Cardiff and I wanted to find out just how Dan went about not only finding a place to work to stave off the cabin fever, but took it one step further to self-finance and open a much bigger co-working set up.
What challenges has he faced and how has he linked up with other independent businesses in the area? It's a brilliant and impressive piece of enterprising and a valuable insight into what we need to do to turn the tide against the property virus. In order to safeguard a creative business presence in our towns and cities, much work is to be done by all of us, but this blueprint should be heard by all! Photography by Owen Mathias.
Get your feedback over on Twitter @arrestallmimics
http://rabblestudio.co.uk - Rabble official
https://twitter.com/rabblestudio/ - Rabble Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/rabblestudio/ - Rabble Facebook
https://www.instagram.com/rabblestudio/ - Rabble Instagram
http://twitter.com/dandidthat - Dan Spain Twitter
http://www.thisisdesignstuff.com/ - Design Stuff
Ep 51: Alternative greetings cards design with Lauren Goodland (Dorkfeatures)
It's a very tenuous Christmas special episode and the last of 2016 as Lauren Goodland, aka Dorkfeatures is on great form. The Newport based designer discusses her alternate range of greetings cards, Christmas and non-festive. The range has been very successful early in their existence and we talk about why there is a market for personal, off-beat humour and why her cards have hit the mark thanks to a dash of pop-culture sensibility.
We also touch upon how it feels to be in the immediate graduation fall out months, how Lauren is currently balancing a full-time design role with her greetings cards work, Bebo skins, the origin of the title Dorkfeatures and her effective use of social media.
Get us your feedback to @arrestallmimics on Twitter and subscribe on iTunes now! See you in 2017.
http://dorkfeatures.co.uk - Lauren Goodland official
https://twitter.com/Dorkfeatures - Lauren on Twitter
https://www.instagram.com/Dorkfeatures/ - Lauren on Instagram
https://www.thortful.com/creator/dorkfeatures - Lauren's cards on Thortful
http://www.dorkfeatures.co.uk/blog/ - Lauren's blog
Ep 50: Malika Favre. The talented Illustrator and artist talks creativity, Paris and sexy curves.
There are few bigger names in the ruthless worlds of contemporary art and illustration than Malika Favre. Paris raised, London based, Malika joins me for the 50th episode of Arrest All Mimics to discuss her inspiring journey so far.
Malika's distinct style, utilising beautiful colour palettes and digital techniques to their fullest, has been seen in The New Yorker, Penguin Books, Vogue, The BAFTAs among many other high profile clients. But as ever, Arrest All Mimics is built on insights and storytelling, pulling back the curtain to show that every person has a unique journey and set of life experiences that can be drawn upon to form an individual and striking creative identity.
Obsession, sexuality, openness and fantasy are just a few of the topics covered with a lady who continues to build a well-earned reputation as one of the best in the business!
Get your feedback, suggestions and thoughts over to @arrestallmimics on Twitter as we gear up for another 50 episodes of creative innovation and original thinking.
http://malikafavre.com/ - Malika official
https://www.instagram.com/malikafavre/ - Malika Instagram
https://twitter.com/malikafavre - Malika Twitter
http://handsomefrank.com/ - Malika's agency, Handsome Frank
Ep 49: The modern portfolio. Nick Chubb joins me to discuss multi-platform self-promotion
The image that still tends to spring to mind when you think of what a portfolio is, most probably is a leather-bound one, with a handle. Whilst these still see the inside of the offices of many art-directors, editors and commissioners, what should a portfolio be today?
Industrial designer Nick Chubb recently gave a talk with Artsthread at the V&A discussing marketing yourself on zero budget and Nick raised some great points about self-promotion and portfolios. Coming from backgrounds of illustration and product design, we discuss the modern portfolio, your brand and how you have to be your brand to succeed in the modern era.
How many images? How big? Do I go print or digital? There are many questions that run through the mind of someone tasked with finding work for themselves, be it in employment or as a freelancer and we break it all down on episode 49 of Arrest All Mimics.
As ever, get your thoughts and comments over on Twitter at @arrestallmimics and I'll look out for your feedback, experiences and suggestions.
https://www.nickchubbdesign.com/ - Nick Chubb official
https://www.instagram.com/nick_chubb/ - Nick Chubb Instagram
https://twitter.com/nick_chubb?lang=en-gb - Nick Chubb Twitter
Ep 48: Kerry Lemon on mapping your own creative journey & aggressive ambition
Kerry Lemon is a hugely inspiring example of just how much can be achieved, on your own terms with the correct balance of self-belief, drive, hard work, smart decision making and vision. With an unconventional route into the business, Kerry forges her own path, making smart moves to realise her ideas and project plans.
We discuss how a former planned teaching career just did not feel right and after returning to drawing, Kerry used the urgency she felt to start picking up work before a constant evolution process began and shows no signs of abating. Kerry Lemon is charming, inspiring and driven, making it easy to see why she's building such a reputation in the arts!
Now working on a mural in Japan whilst designing a block of flats in UK, this lady can teach us a lot about the power we have over our own creative destiny.
http://www.kerrylemon.co.uk/ - Kerry Lemon official
https://twitter.com/kerryannelemon - Kerry Lemon Twitter
https://www.instagram.com/kerryannelemon/?hl=en - Kerry Lemon Instagram
Ep 47: La Boca creative studio discuss their Penguin Sc-fi classic book cover designs
La Boca are a London based image-making studio working with a wide range of clients including Penguin Books, Adele, Island Records and Vintage Books. They recently created a set of stunning cover designs for a series of reissued science fiction classic books, a bucket list project for Scot and Richard, both long-term fans of the genre. We discuss what it was like to land such a brief for a client like Penguin, how the work came about and the methods they used to build La Boca into one of the coolest creative agencies in the game.
These guys provide a fantastic showcase of why it's important to lead from the front with the work you would like to do and why it often leads to the clients you would most like to work for. We also cover a few unconventional methods of creating illustration and touch upon why cats in multi-coloured triangles are not cool.
Ep 46: Ken Garland, graphic design legend, author of First Things First Manifesto
One of the UK's most revered graphic designers and creative minds of all time is arguably best known for his 'First Things First' manifesto, published in 1964. Signed by many graphic designers and artists, the purpose of the manifesto was to highlight the out-of-control consumerist society and urge creative professionals to use their talents and free time to work towards more meaningful causes that would build a better society. Books, education, anti-war efforts and charity over advertising of commercial products.
Sadly, in 2016, Ken's efforts are more relevant than ever before as an undercurrent of hate and divisive politics gather momentum, whilst the environment, community and wellbeing are neglected.
Having studied Graphic Activism for my dissertation, leading with the FTFM, I met Ken as part of a later charity campaign, inspired by his work and created to highlight the emotional benefits of creativity on behalf of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and talked about his career, the manifesto, what it meant in the 1960s and what he thinks about the state of play today.
Ken Garland, now in his mid-eighties, is still very fired up and passionate about the creative industry and world issues and serves a great example of what a difference our talents can make if applied to the right causes.
http://www.designishistory.com/1960/first-things-first/ - The First Things First Manifesto
http://www.kengarland.co.uk/ - Ken Garland official site
http://www.thecalmzone.net.gridhosted.co.uk/ - CALM official site
Ep 45: Future Design: V&A curator Mariana Pestana on cutting edge design & technology
We've seen sonic speed developments in technology over the last decade. How do the possibilities impact upon design and its role in the world moving forward?
Last year's 'This Time Tomorrow' exhibition at the World Economic Forum was based on the theme 'The fourth industrial revolution' and curated by V&A museum's Mariana Pestana. Mariana joins me to talk about the work featured, including the much discussed Radical Love by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, a 3d print of imprisoned Chelsea Manning, a transgender U.S. Army soldier convicted of espionage after leaking documents to Wikileaks.
This Time Tomorrow's six scenarios will present a leap into a potential future and foster debate about their consequences as well as posing pressing questions about the future we choose to create.
Mariana Pestana is a fascinating lady with big ideas, working closely with the V&A following her work with The Decorators, a multidisciplinary design practice working with local authorities and public institutions to design, produce and deliver community building interventions in regeneration areas.
Episode 45 is not to be missed for those wishing to feed their creative output with the most cutting-edge ideas and technology.
https://twitter.com/marianapestana_ - Mariana on Twitter
https://www.vam.ac.uk/ - V&A Museum
http://the-decorators.net/ - The Decorators official site
http://deweyhagborg.com/ - Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Ep 44: The Association Of Illustrators. Contracts! Pricing! Drawing!
The Association Of Illustrators join me to discuss where we find the industry in 2016. With a dual role of the trade union for the illustration industry and champions of it too, the AOI are as important as ever before. We enter the digital age and with its arrival comes a whole new host of questions about intellectual property rights, big business bullying and where we are headed.
I head down to the Somerset House home of the AOI to catch new managing director, Ren Renwick and membership coordinator Lou Bones to discuss the new possibilities open to illustrators with accessible technology, how the industry has greatly expanded in recent years and the recent link up with U.S. based Directory Of Illustration to form the World Illustration Awards.
Ren is keen to take the business new places in more ways than one and is keen to break down boundaries between disciplines as the creative industry becomes increasingly amorphous.
Ep 43: Effective social media, website and SEO advice from Heart Internet's Nick Leech
We all need to use it, many of us struggle to get away from it. The internet has become the core of may of our worlds and in the creative industry of today, we have it at our fingertips at all times.
But are we using all this glorious technology effectively? Where do we draw the line between cat video, selfie and portfolio?
Heart Internet's Nick Leech has been heavily involved since the advent of the readily accessible world wide web and he joins me to talk about what SEO is, why it's important and how we can maximise our use of it.
How do we boost our search engine rankings and how do we find the most effective use of social media for ourselves and our unique identity? Do we build a website from the ground up or use a tool such as Squarespace or Adobe Portfolio?
With some great insights, tips and tales, Nick brings A-list internet experience to Arrest All Mimics to break it all down for us.
http://heartinternet.co.uk - Heart Internet official
https://twitter.com/HeartInternet - Heart Internet on Twitter
https://twitter.com/Nick_Leech - Nick Leech on Twitter
https://www.123-reg.co.uk/search-engine-optimiser/ - 123-Reg SEO Optimiser tool
Ep 42: The Psychology of Colour! You'll never choose your palette without thinking again!
Did you ever stop to think about how people perceive your brand, shop, artwork or look? For me personally, colour was always a way of conveying a mood, energy or method of instantly drawing a viewer into my artwork. But if I'm honest, I never truly stopped to consider the deeper psychological impact of colour. Whilst reading Malcolm Gladwell's Blink a few years ago, I was intrigued with a case study in the book. It informed me that 7up carried out a taste testing session as part of a rebrand. After adding 15% more yellow to the packaging, they found that the vast majority of subjects reported that the drink tasted more of lemon, when in fact, no change had been made.
So after a chance introduction to Justine Fox, a colour psychologist and professional colour consultant, I had to find out more. Justine explains why certain branches of high-street stores failures could be linked to the interior design colour palette, how we perceive and digest the colours in the world around us and why Facebook is blue! This is a mind bending insight into just how critical colour can be to creative success, how others perceive you professionally and the crazy science behind one of the most crucial aspects of any creative professional's practice.
https://twitter.com/MaterialColour - Justine on Twitter
Ep 41: The black and white, pen and ink illustration work of Rohan Daniel Eason!
Rohan Daniel Eason's stark black and white, pen and ink illustrations are rooted in the more traditional style of organic illustration. Often found in beautiful books with a dash of fantasy, they inspire freedom of imagination and transportation to a faraway land. But Rohan's real-life story is far more intriguing and inspiring than that. Taking the long road, his musical exploits, not without success, led him back to his childhood pleasure of drawing.
He takes us through that tale, including school artworks sold to peers, open-minded parents not questioning subversive pieces including three girls sat on toilets and a less than conventional method of getting his place at Kingston University.
Rohan's tale is hilarious, a great lesson to people who feel like they're existing down the rabbit hole in this confusing and often challenging creative industry.
We take a look at Rohan's work for Unicef, creating animations for a recent campaign to raise awareness of the plight of child refugees, his illustrations for My First Kafka and discuss how personal work can be the key to not becoming typecast and personal creative development.
http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/RohanEason/view - Rohan on Illustration Ltd
http://www.rohaneason.com/ - Rohan official site
https://twitter.com/RohanDEason - Rohan on Twitter
Ep 40: Drawing on the train with Liz Atkin's Compulsive Charcoal project
When Liz Atkin gets on the tube, pulls out her pack of charcoal and starts to feverishly draw on the free The Metro and The Evening Standard newspapers, there’s a refreshing break in the monotony of tired commuter journeys, littered with people with heads lodged firmly in their mobile devices, disconnected with the immediacy of right here, right now.
For anyone who’s ever felt the self-conscious pinch when opening a sketchbook and getting to work in the public eye, or been overcome by the alarming notion that they are indeed the subject of a creative stranger’s work, Liz Atkin manages to shatter both discomforts.
With energy and an inescapable charm, Liz, on face value, creates vibrant original artworks and hands them to fellow passengers. This alone is enough to snap many from their routine daily slumbers and provide them with an unexpected anchor point to the present moment. Some find it fun, watching with a curious smile and a raised eyebrow, delighted when Liz almost telepathically grows aware of their interest and hands them the piece. Others grumble, accuse her of littering and return, disgruntled to the confines of their mind.
But there’s a deeper story here. Liz suffers from compulsive skin-picking disorder, a surprisingly common problem on a broad scale of extremes. Her drawing is not only a gift for travellers and a welcome break to the soullessness of many London train rides, but also a great way to keep her hands and mind busy in the most productive and fascinating of ways.
I join Liz on platform 2 of Crystal Palace over ground rail station and after hearing Liz’s fascinating journey, we jump on the train to Dalston Junction, where I witness her live in action for one of the most exciting train rides I’ve ever had!
http://lizatkin.com/ - Liz Atkin Official site
https://twitter.com/LizAtkin - Liz Atkin on Twitter
http://instagram.com/liz_atkin - Liz on Instagram
Ep 39: Creative Style v Versatility with Gordon Reid (Middle Boop)
London based graphic designer, art-director and illustrator Gordon Reid (Middle Boop) joins me to discuss the dual sciences of specialist creative style and versatility.
Gordon takes us through his career to date, a journey that has seen him evolve from editor of the magazine he created, via freelance illustration, to a more rounded, versatile role on a range of different projects in advertising, music, editorial design, public speaking with the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi, London Design Festival, Mogwai, Coca-Cola and many others.
As an illustrator who has created a very distinct brand, I wanted to see where Gordon and I crossed over, the methods we’ve created over the years in order to facilitate the work we wanted and how perception and packaging can be the difference between treading water and significant progression.
Episode 39 is a must listen for the modern creative professional who operates in an ever-changing digital landscape where adaptation and problem solving is paramount.
http://middleboop.com - Gordon Reid official
http://twitter.com/middleboop - Gordon Reid Twitter
http://instagram.com/middleboop - Gordon Reid Instagram
Ep 38: Designers Block share an inspiring story ahead of London Design Festival
I'm joined by Designers block ahead of their events at the 2016 London Design Festival. Rory Dodd and Bud Moore take me through the Designers Block story, bringing European design ideas to east London in the late 1990s and seeing the potential of the Old Truman Brewery long before it was hip! As a three-person core, Designers Block carry out huge design and arts events in many unconventional spaces worldwide, from craft fairs to talks and forward thinking projects ahead of time.
The guys divulge the story of the mind-blowing, forthcoming 'Painted Oceans' project, run by Tristan Eaton, involving Shepard Fairy, How & Nosm, Futura 2000 and The London Police, including why the 'James Bond' approach to filming was considered...
This not to be missed insight into one of the creative industry's real gems is essential for all, no matter your position, veteran or student!
http://verydesignersblock.com - DB official
http://twitter.com/designersblock - DB Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/Designersblock/ - Designers Block Facebook
https://www.instagram.com/designersblock/ - Designers Block Instagram
https://billetto.co.uk/designersblock - Creative Matters at London Design Festival
https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/designersblock-london-2016-edition-19 - Designers Block Edition 19 at London Design Festival
http://paintedoceansmovie.com/ - Painted Oceans
Ep 37: Miss Led returns to preview her new video tutorials and review a crazy year!
One year on from her first appearance on Arrest All Mimics, Miss Led returns. In summer 2015, we met in Brooklyn, New York to discuss her creative roots, journey to becoming one of the most recognisable and loved illustrators in the business and plans to expand. (You can listen to that on episode 4 of the show)
It’s been one crazy year and I meet her at ‘Miss Led Towers’ in London to hear all about the imminent launch of her online video tutorial course. We also hear about inspiring adventures to a solo show in Hong Kong, live painting with Escoda Brushes in Barcelona and much more.
We talk about how Miss Led’s evolution from freelance illustrator to functioning as a more rounded creative professional, dabbling in art-direction with Lynx, taking on an assistant and how a huge, hard-earned social media following can bring global exposure and opportunities.
This lady is one inspiring professional and she lays down a perfect example of the commitment, self-belief and individuality required to continue progressing in the creative industry. Take note!
Episode 37 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com http://heartinternet.co.uk and http://printed.com
Watch the video tutorial trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMoRkUTwSlY&feature=youtu.be
http://missled.co.uk - Miss Led official site
http://www.missled.co.uk/news/ - Miss Led newsletter
http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/MissLed/view - Miss Led on lllustration Ltd
https://twitter.com/missledster - Miss Led on Twitter
https://www.instagram.com/miss_led1/?hl=en - Miss Led on Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/missledstudio/ - Miss Led on Facebook
http://www.escoda.com/ - Escoda Brushes
Ep 36: Kingsley Nebechi talks about his artist book 'Tribe Hunters' & working for iLoveDust
Illustrator and designer Kingsley Nebechi joins me to discuss the release of his debut artist book, the wonderful post-apocalyptic illustrated Tribe Hunters. Kingsley’s fascinating journey involved a move from his native Italy to London at the age of fourteen and he’ll tell us all about the challenges he faced, possessing only a very basic grasp of the English language before thriving and embracing the sink or swim nature of the English high school and the cultural differences.
We recount our first meetings through Twitter, when Kingsley came across my angry blog and we connected because whilst my freelance lifestyle ramblings resonated with him, he feared it was getting to me a little too much!
We find out why Kingsley’s mother’s notepad doodles during phone calls influenced him during childhood and became subtle foundations in the beautiful patterns seen throughout Tribe Hunters.
He also tells us why thoughts become things if you believe in the work you’re doing and work hard, how he landed a job with his dream client and favourite creative agency I Love Dust following a degree in Portsmouth and why London’s Liverpool Street being so busy isn’t such a bad thing if you use it creatively!
Kingsley Nebechi’s story shows us why life’s challenges and changes can instil a fierce resolve and work ethic and details a fantastic example of self-publishing success that anyone with aspirations of comic book work, character design or storytelling must hear.
http://kingsleynebechi.co.uk - Kingsley official
http://twitter.com/kingsleynebechi - Kingsley’s Twitter
http://instagram.com/kingsleynebechi - Kingsley’s Instagram
http://ilovedust.com - iLoveDust
Ep 35: Women In Print creator Jane Bowyer talks inspiring women, creativity & feminism
Jane Bowyer joins me to talk about celebrating inspiring women through creativity in her recent exhibition, 'Women In Print.'
The Manchester based show sees 16 designers and artists each creating a piece of work celebrating 16 women from Manchester and surrounding areas.
We discuss Jane's recent shift to freelance design, how she made the exhibition happen and shares some tremendous stories including how a lady from Leigh is revered in Japan.
Episode 35 is supported by http://Illustrationweb.com http://HeartInternet.co.uk and http://Printed.com
http://www.womeninprint.uk/ - Women In Print official site
Support Manchester Women's Aid by buying prints at:
http://bowyerjane.co.uk - Jane Bowyer official site
Eve Warren - http://evewarren.com/
Laura Boast - http://ljbstudio.co.uk/
Anna Mullin - http://sneakyraccoon.com/
Helen Musselwhite - http://www.helenmusselwhite.co.uk/
Tash Wilcocks - http://tashatime.tumblr.com/
Emma Reynolds - http://www.emmareynoldsillustration.com/
Kat Loveday - http://katloveday.co.uk/
Memo - http://madebymemo.com/
Rachael Whale - http://www.rachaelwhale.com/
Nell Smith - http://www.nellsmithprints.com/
Ellie Thomas - http://ellie-thomas.co.uk/
Sarah Cowan - http://www.oneowlplease.co.uk/
Amy Rodchester - http://www.amyrodchester.com/
Angela Roche - https://www.designbyday.co.uk/
Vicky Carr - http://www.textbook.studio/
Ep 34: The 10 year old freelance creative!
It’s funny how we begin creating at a young age, simply for pleasure. Wax crayons, felt-tip pens, glitter-glue, pencil-crayons, all tools that we use to depict something that makes us happy or interests us in some way.
Liam Gall is a 10 year old who freelances as an artist, illustrator and cartoonist at primary school.
The first time I tried to make any money from my creative skills came when I was 14 years old. My friend convinced me that there was money to be made by sketching David Beckham with no clothes on. I panicked and destroyed the masterpiece before we ever found out whether there was indeed anyone willing to pay for such mischief.
Many of us abandon the innocent enjoyment of making something from nothing when adult life starts to come into play. Parental pressure, grades in education, living costs, self-imposed ideals and trends are just a few of the factors, but I wanted to talk to Liam to see how he felt about his creative talent and how going into business at such a young age had happened.
We discuss the lack of tonal range in felt-tip pens, how it feels to know your work is on a girl in your class’s bedroom wall, the difficulties in drawing human beings instead of cartoons, the patience and practice required to develop your skills and what role Disney and WWE’s John Cena play in all of this.
Ep 33: Live Illustration London (LIL), a new collective join me to talk live art and fashion brands
We live in a world of instant gratification, thanks to a world made smaller by technology. Amazon, Ebay, free postage, cheap and plentiful, on demand, next day delivery, you know the drill. The past 10-15 years has been apocalyptic for many high-street retailers and not just the independents. In fact, in many respects, the independent stores have led the way by cleverly adapting the way they provide more than just the goods they sell as part of the shopping experience.
HMV almost went out of business in recent years and the lack of evolution from a simple vehicle of browse and buy seemed to cost them. But we are starting to see change. Perhaps partly influenced by the organic growth of the makers movement in response to the rise of online retail, fashion brands are beginning to think more creatively by utilising visual communicators who can work live in store, large scale and under pressure, giving customers a personal experience.
That's where LIL come in. Live Illustration London are comprised of Willa Gebbie, Emma Block and Miss Magpie Fashion Spy and they join me to discuss the launch of their brand new live illustration collective, why the time is right to embrace the concept, how social media has become a key channel for PR and marketing through customers and the differences between working solo and as a collective.
This eye opening new group have a lot to say and are provide valuable insights into the world of live art in London and worldwide. Do not miss!
http://liveillustrationlondon.com/ - LIL official site
https://twitter.com/LIL_Collective - LIL on Twitter
http://instagram.com/lil_collective - LIL on Instagram
http://www.willagebbie.com/ - Willa Gebbie official site
http://www.emmablock.co.uk/ - Emma Block official site
http://missmagpiefashionspy.com - Miss Magpie official site
http://www.yoillo.com/ - Yo Illo illustrators monthly London meetup
Ep 32: Creative Graduation special - fears, hopes, dreams, freelance, jobs & everything in between!
I could point you to a whole range of post graduation stories. Personally, I found the cut off from seven years in education very tough and in particular, the first six months were a huge struggle.
I felt demotivated, directionless and couldn't see how a BA(Hons) degree in illustration would set me up for the real world. After hiring a tired old garage with several guys in the same boat, it all changed, but it would be two years before I became a full time, freelance illustrator.
Every experience is different, with some flourishing right off the bat, going straight into jobs and thriving, but I wanted to show just how different it is for every person.
Chatting to a wide range of graduates, people one year on from graduating, lecturers and people in industry, this is the graduation special, giving you insights into what people are going through and the tech savvy new breed that we in industry need to keep an eye out for.
Sponsored by loyal supporters http://illustrationweb.com http://heartinternet.co.uk and http://printed.com
A huge thank you to all who took the time to chat to me for this episode, despite the pressures of end of year shows, deadlines and facing up to the real world incoming!!!
http://www.newdesigners.com/ - New Designers official
http://artsthread.com - Artsthread
http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/courses/ba-computer-animation-arts/ - UCA Computer Animation
http://www.dorkfeatures.co.uk/ - Lauren Goodland
http://faithearle.tumblr.com/ - Faith Earle
http://www.louiseperryillustration.com/ - Louise Perry
http://www.rc3.me - Rich Cahill
http://deantaylordesign.com - Dean Taylor
https://www.behance.net/rhyslowry - Rhys Lowry
Ep 31: Seaside Street Art & Creative Regeneration with Deco Publique
The creative industry has an increasingly prominent role in social issues. As a child, I would visit Blackpool, Morecambe and other seaside towns for family holidays. Whilst these towns still have many positives, there has undoubtedly been something missing since the advent of low-cost airlines and cheap access to European countries with better weather.
Deco Publique, a local Morecambe creative company producing project commissions and delivering creative festivals are leading by example with the brilliant 'Street Art' project on Morecambe's Victoria Street. The creative regeneration project is utilising artists and designers to carry out a series of large scale works throughout the town centre.
I head up to Morecambe Bay to talk to all the people involved about what creativity can bring to counter the loss of tourism and inspire both local people and visitors.
Project leaders Deco Publique, Hemingway Design's Wayne Hemingway, 23 time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, local artists and residents join me to discuss.
Ep 30: Adidas illustrator/designer Peter O'Toole on landing a dream creative client
We all have a dream client, don't we? Whether it's Game of Thrones, Vogue Magazine, The Guardian or Grand Designs, there was always that college portfolio project that was a subconscious statement of intent. But how many of us truly believe it? Peter O'Toole is an illustrator and designer based in Huddersfield and he joins Arrest All Mimics at his studio in Bates Mill for the 30th episode of the show to take us on a journey that took him from casual clothing fan to working closely with his dream client Adidas.
Peter is on hilarious form in this open, honest account of the journey we all hope to embark upon one day. He tells us why it's crucial to make it happen for yourself, why hard work is crucial, how Liam Gallagher came to be pictured holding the Adidas book he worked on and why mimicry in any art form will inevitably end in tears.
Episode 30 of Arrest All Mimics is kindly supported by:
Illustration Ltd: http://illustrationweb.com
Heart Internet: http://heartinternet.co.uk
http://www.peter-otoole.co.uk/ Peter O'Toole - official site
http://www.shannonassociates.com/artist/peterotoole - Peter's agency portfolio
https://www.instagram.com/peterotooleart/ - Peter on Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/Peterotooleart - Peter on Facebook
https://twitter.com/peterotooleart - Peter on Twitter
http://www.grammarstudio.co.uk/ - Grammar studio
Ep 29: Adrian Shaughnessy - British graphic designer, writer, lecturer & co-founder of Unit Editions
The word 'legend' is tossed around far too lightly. In the world of visual communication, I have no problem attaching that word to the name of British graphic designer, writer, educator, publisher and creative innovator Adrian Shaughnessy. Adrian co-founded Intro, a design studio, in the late 1980s, steering the company to 40 members of staff and pioneering work in digital media and motion graphics. He is now the senior tutor of visual communication at the Royal College of Art.
Adrian's book, How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul has sold over 80,000 copies worldwide and following this, he became a founding partner of Unit Editions, a publishing company producing books on design and visual communication.
Taking us through his outstanding career, discussing the vastly changed design landscape we now exist in and the challenges we face, Adrian details the brilliant story behind their iconic work with the band Primal Scream and the XTRMNTR album art-direction, his work with British graphic design veteran Ken Garland and his disdain of corporate culture.
An hour with a man of Adrian Shaughnessy's stature and industry respect is rare, so this is a must listen episode for anyone with even the most tenuous connection to the arts.
Episode 29 is supported by Illustration Ltd: http://illustrationweb.com, Heart Internet: http://heartinternet.co.uk and Printed.com: http://printed.com
https://twitter.com/AJWShaughnessy Adrian on Twitter
https://www.instagram.com/adrian.shaughnessy/ Adrian on Instagram
http://www.uniteditions.com/ - United Editions
https://www.instagram.com/uniteditions/ Unit Editions on Instagram
https://twitter.com/uniteditions?lang=en-gb Unit Editions on Twitter
http://www.rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-communication/visual_communication/ RCA Visual Communication programme
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graphic-Designer-Without-Losing-Your/dp/1856697096 - How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
http://www.intro-uk.com/about/intro/ - Intro Design
Ep 28: Post-Brexit society & the role of the arts with workshop leader, Addatif
In a chaotic post-EU referendum political climate, the deep-rooted division in society is plain to see. Blame, insults and criticism flow freely whilst we all try to make sense of the bedlam and prepare to face what comes next.
Shaz from Addatif joins me to discuss her creative workshops at youth centres, Ravensbourne College, National Art & Design Saturday Club and her upcoming workshop, 'Inclusion.'
Addatif produced the 3D print used in the Arrest All Mimics branding and we discuss the great power we have as creative professionals to help bring together people from all different backgrounds, the role the arts will play in healing the damage caused in our society and how we can actively start to make a difference.
Episode 28 is supported by Illustration Ltd: http://illustrationweb.com, Heart Internet: http://heartinternet.co.uk and Printed.com: http://printed.com
http://www.addatif.com/ - Addatif official website
https://twitter.com/Addatif - Addatif on Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/addatif?fref=ts - Addatif on Facebook
https://www.instagram.com/addatif/ - Addatif on Instagram
http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/ - Ravensbourne college
http://saturday-club.org/ - National Saturday Club
Ep 27: The Creative Introvert's Cat Rose discusses the upsides of a quieter creative personality
You wouldn't think that the host of an audio show, a person who interviews a range of interesting characters on a weekly basis would have any self-confidence issues. But I can tell you, each time I pick up the phone to call a prospective client, or head for a meeting in the city, I face a familiar wave of adrenaline, a tiny panic during which I doubt myself heavily.
Despite those moments of crisis, admittedly, I am a social person, I thrive on meeting others and making new contacts all the time, but we all sit somewhere different on the introvert/extrovert spectrum of personalities. Much is made of the need to beat on doors until they open, revealing new opportunities, to attain any degree of success in the creative industries. But Cat Rose admits she is an introvert and begs to differ. She launched The Creative Introvert platform to bring together the quieter personalities and joins me to discuss the many upsides to a introverted personality, ways to own it and the finer details of self confidence.
Episode 27 is supported by Illustration Ltd: http://illustrationweb.com, Heart Internet: http://heartinternet.co.uk and Printed.com: http://printed.com
http://thecreativeintrovert.com - The Creative Introvert official site
https://twitter.com/creativeintro - The Creative Introvert on Twitter
http://www.kylapaolucci.com/ - Printed.com print story feature is Kyla Paolucci.
Ep 26: Illustrator Rod Hunt details his mind-blowing 20 year career & work with the AOI
It almost feels wrong to introduce Rod Hunt. With a twenty year career at the top of the illustration game, he shouldn't need one. Former chair of the AOI, currently working with the ICON illustration conference and turning around a frightening array of high-profile commissions on a consistent basis, Rod is not just an industry heavyweight, but a man who loves, works incredibly hard to champion, protect and develop the business in many areas.
The man behind the iconic Top Gear Where's Stig? books joins us to discuss all things serious, business, hilarious, weird and, well... erotic in this crazed creative world we inhabit. We also learn about the evolution of his iconic isometric illustrative style and the business itself in the digital age.
For anyone with even a passing interest in illustration and visual communication, episode 26 with the I Ching of illustration is an absolute must listen.
Episode 26 is supported by Illustration Ltd: http://illustrationweb.com, Heart Internet: http://heartinternet.co.uk and Printed.com: http://printed.com
http://rodhunt.com/ - Rod Hunt official site
https://twitter.com/rodhuntdraws Rod Hunt on Twitter
http://www.ba-reps.com/illustrators/rod-hunt - Rod Hunt agent
https://www.instagram.com/rodhuntdraws/ - Rod Hunt on Instagram
http://theaoi.com/ - The Association of Illustrators
http://theillustrationconference.org/ - The ICON Illustration conference
Ep 25: Human After All discuss building a creative agency and their iconic work in the movie world
Human After All represent a creative agency with a strong and forward thinking creative identity. With its origins at university, they have evolved to become an agency commanding respect from peers, industry and students alike. Having launched Little White Lies magazine, they have gone on to create striking campaigns for the BAFTAs, Studio Canal and Everyman Cinemas, earning them a strong reputation for their work in the movie world.
Their portfolio reads as a body of work that might have been compiled by a student with ambitious professional dreams.
I meet Paul Willoughby, Victoria Talbot and Angus MacPherson at their London studios to discuss how they have achieved this. We talk about the balance between strong client relationships and creative freedom, the importance of continuing to create personal projects in order to stay fresh and attract exciting client work and why it's crucial to have parameters in place.
http://www.humanafterall.co.uk/ - Human After All official website
https://twitter.com/HumanAfterAll - Human After All on Twitter
https://www.instagram.com/humanafterallstudio/ - Human After All on Instagram
http://weaponsofreason.com/ Weapons of Reason Magazine
Show sponsored by
Illustration Ltd: http://illustrationweb.com
Heart Internet - http://heartinternet.co.uk
Ep 24: Children's book author & illustrator Duncan Beedie on publishing his debut childrens book
Author and Illustrator of the fantastic 'The Bear Who Stared' on Templar Books, Duncan Beedie talks us through the story of how a bear character illustration staring back at him in a moment of reflection would go on to become his debut book deal.
Pulling back the curtain, Duncan details everything from the crucial importance of nuances to tell and effective story, to how he landed a three-book deal with Templar.
This is not one to miss for anyone who has an interest in entering the world of children's book publishing.
The Bear Who Stared is available online at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bear-Who-Stared-Duncan-Beedie/dp/178370375X and at most Waterstones book stores, plus independent outlets
http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/DuncanBeedie/view Duncan Beedie on Illustration Ltd
http://duncanbeedie.co.uk/ - Duncan Beedie official site
https://twitter.com/DuncanDraws Duncan Beedie on Twitter
http://www.templarco.co.uk/picture-books.html Templar Publishing official site
Ep 23: Crafty Fox markets founder Sinead Koehler and the makers movement
One of the big success stories in the makers movement is the Crafty Fox Market. Founder Sinead Koehler joins Arrest All Mimics in the midst of the spring markets in London and Leeds to tell us how she began and established Crafty Fox as one of the world's most celebrated coming together of illustrators, makers, ceramicists, sculptors, fashion designers and more. What sets Crafty Fox apart from high street chain stores and might we be about to see a positive unison between the two?
We're in the midst of a makers revolution. Whilst the digital age is likely to be around for many decades to come, people have started to yearn for something crafted by hand, to hear the story behind a product, gift or moment in time. Online retailers provide us with an overload of cheap global markets, but on the flip side, we have seen the rise of craft markets, beautiful oddities, modern artisans and people informing their ideas with great technology to produce something inherently human.
Sinead details how motherhood has been a key catalyst in the rise of Crafty Fox and explains why it's crucial to be yourself to stand out from a growing competition field applying for limited places to sell their creative wares at the markets.
http://www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk/ - Crafty Fox Official site
http://www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk/marketdates/ - Crafty Fox latest event dates
https://twitter.com/craftyfoxmarket - Crafty Fox on Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/craftyfoxmarket/?fref=ts - Crafty Fox on Facebook
https://www.instagram.com/craftyfoxmarket/?hl=en - Crafty Fox on Instagram
Ep 22 part 2: Electronic musician & producer Dirty Freud on unconventional creative career paths
Electronic musician and producer/DJ Dirty Freud underlines the benefits of having taken a different route into music. Dissuaded from studying music at school by a square teacher, he pursued creative writing, returning to making music with fresh approach to his peers.
Having recently signed to an exclusive roster of artists supported by Jägermeister, Freud details his journey, the importance of embracing all forms of creativity and the value of embracing your inner geek.
His love of science fiction and comic books brought about an alter-ego, Dirty Freud and we talk about the crucial role of his creative identity in establishing that persona, the effect it has on his music making and how his music career was largely down to a big mouth.
Http://dirtyfreud.com - official site
http://twitter.com/dirtyfreud - DF on Twitter
http://facebook.com/dirtyfreud - DF on Facebook
Buy Dirty Freud's music on Beatport: https://pro.beatport.com/artist/dirty-freud/429734
Ep 22 part 1: Music! Art! Design! A DIY band masterclass with The Hyena Kill
The Hyena Kill join us to talk about the release of their debut record, 'Atomised.' They take us through what it takes for a DIY band to record, produce, fund, release, promote and package a traditional album in the modern music industry in part one of our two part special on creative identity in new music.
I met drummer Lorna Blundell and lead vocalist/guitarist Steven Dobb mid tour in camden, five years after we started working together as art-director and band in a sweaty open-mic night in Manchester's Gullivers pub. Having seen the band grow and evolve into one of the UK's hottest artists, I wanted to chat about that journey, their methods of staying alive in a ravaged music industry where the days of signing a record deal and crashing a limo into a swimming pool are well and truly over.
The pressure to be the full finished article is now on the musicians themselves. We discuss the importance of a strong visual identity, clever use of social media, possibilities in crowd-funding and maximising the support network around you. Sound familiar? Yep, it's not just bands!
The Hyena Kill are a shining example of how DIY can still be done effectively in the absence of capital.
Buy 'Atomised' for an adrenaline soaked blast of filth-rock at https://thehyenakill.bandcamp.com/
Keep up to date with The Hyena Kill's gig listings at
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Check out the Atomised art-direction and artwork:
Ep 21: Caroline Hands joins us to talk travel, art, painting and London
Caroline Hands takes us through a fascinating career as an artist and painter in China, London, rural England and many other places. Her solo show 'White Bird Flew to Blue' opens at No Format Gallery, Woolwich from 9th June and I insist that you come down.
When I first moved to my studio at Second Floor Studios and Arts, Caroline was also moving in and as I helped her arrange a massive load of paintings, I realised just how energising she is and her work encapsulates three lifetimes worth of adventure.
We discuss her time living in a Chinese lotus village, her decision to return to London life after a long time in the countryside, her upcoming show and why she ended up front page of a newspaper after jumping from a bridge. Caroline is a truly fascinating artist with much to tell.
http://www.carolinehands.co.uk/ - Caroline's official site
https://twitter.com/BirdsHands - Caroline on Twitter
Ep 20: D&AD Festival special part 2: Grand Budapest designer Annie Atkins, Paul Smith and more!
On location at the inaugural D&AD festival at the Old Truman Brewery, we bring you a series of chats with Grand Budapest Hotel designer Annie Atkins, iconic fashion and housing designer Wayne Hemingway, Little White Lies Creative Director Timba Smits and Lucienne Roberts.
We also chat to guests, D&AD CEO Tim Lindsay and Bruce Duckworth of heavyweight advertising agency Turner and Duckworth and D&AD president elect for 2016/17. Lastly, legendary fashion designer Paul Smith passes his opinion on my rascal shirt...
Whether you were there or not, this show is frantic and a product of a man quickly becoming the ultimate opportunist!
For show notes, see part 1/Ep 19.
Ep 19: D&AD Festival special Part 1: President, Andy Sandoz on the creative & advertising industries
D&AD represents global creative, design and advertising communities and celebrates brilliance in commercial creativity.
I recall D&AD being a big deal when I was finishing up my degree in illustration. Just this rabid buzz about the place, students stressed, excited, dejected and elated in equal measure throughout the whole awards process, like the rest of their lives depended on it. Maybe it did.
Now in 2016, D&AD have launched an inaugural 3-day festival in conjunction with the awards judging process and subsequent decisions. I head down to the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, East London, armed with a press pass and a microphone to make some sense of it all.
Part one of the resultant two-part special is an exclusive interview with the 2015-16 and current president of D&AD, Andy Sandoz. He is also Executive Creative Director of Havas Work Club.
In an engaging and fascinating chat, Andy tells us why technology is not going to shoot us, why we must embrace it and use it as fuel to shape the creative ideas we put out into the world and why it's important and more interesting to fuck up. He tells us what it means to be president of D&AD and discusses the current state of the advertising industry.
A must listen no matter what you do, Andy Sandoz left a real positive impression on me and validated my own love of the mistake and artistic imperfection.
In part two, I’m chatting to D&AD CEO Tim Lindsay, Grand Budapest Hotel designer, Annie Atkins, Wayne Hemingway, Lucienne Roberts and Little White Lies creative director, Timba Smits. You’ll also find out what iconic fashion designer Paul Smith thinks of my shirt.
https://twitter.com/sandoz - Andy Sandoz on Twitter
https://www.instagram.com/sandoz/ - Andy Sandoz on Instagram
http://dandad.org - D&AD official site
http://twitter.com/dandad D&AD on Twitter
https://www.instagram.com/d_and_ad/ - D&AD on Instagram
http://www.thebeautifulmeme.com/ The Beautiful Meme official site
https://twitter.com/beautifulmemes The beautiful Meme on Twitter
Ep 18: Want a creative role in the movie world? Indie film producer & director, Mark Ashmore
The world of independent filmmaking is a chaotic, high-octane melting pot, where hundreds of creative talents clash and click. Often working as part of a small production crew, working very closely with cast, the experience can be a lot of fun, but it can also break those unable to problem solve at a rapid rate.
In a golden age of television, Mark tells us what it takes to work in the harsh environs of entry level film, where little to no budgets mean that organisation, DIY skills and creativity have to meet each other halfway.
He gives us a fascinating account of thinking creatively and acting fast to carve out opportunities and we discuss his projects at length, including his debut feature film, The Lost Generation and Dailymotion's first ever original content, 'Portal.' For anyone looking to find and entry to the film world, indie or Hollywood, consider this your starter pack.
Ep 17: Fashion Illustrator Jacqueline Bissett & Illustration agent Victoria Pearce
I wanted to draft in Jacqueline Bissett and Victoria Pearce to give me, a man preoccupied with televised wrestling, football and zombie fiction, with a very minimal understanding of the world of fashion, a valuable insight from the perspective of two people who have spent over two decades in the industry with great success.
Jacqueline Bissett is a leading fashion illustrator signed to Illustration Ltd, where Victoria is a senior agent. The two take us through an entwined journey that began when Vicky's work as a stylist and then a fashion photography agent led her to Jackie, an exciting illustrator creating striking artworks in fashion. The two found their way to Illustration Ltd where Jackie thrives and Victoria plays a key role in the agency's continued global success.
I meet the two as Jacqueline prepares to work live at the BAFTAs 2016, armed with a client list that includes Louis Vuitton, Selfridges, Kurt Geiger, Atelier Swarovski and Cartier. Where do we find today's fashion industry? How has the digital revolution influenced fashion and trends? Jacqueline and Vickie pull back the curtain on two very successful, complimentary and inspiring careers in a fast paced business that so many wish to enter.
http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/jacquelinebissett/view Jacqueline's illustration portfolio
https://twitter.com/jabissett Jacqueline on Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/Jacqueline-Bissett-Ltd-219624968150694/ Jacqueline on Facebook
http://illustrationweb.com Illustration Ltd official website
https://twitter.com/Illustrationweb Illustration Ltd on Twitter
http://instagram.com/illustrationltd Illustration Ltd on Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/IllustrationLtd/ Illustration Ltd on Facebook
Ep 16 Part 2: Graphic Design on the job with WSC Art Editor Doug Cheeseman
Part two of the 30th anniversary of When Saturday Comes special, with art editor Doug Cheeseman.
Doug takes us through the magazines story, from near cessation to a survivor of the digital revolution. We talk graphic design in sport, in football, publishing in the digital world and the role of an art director.
See part one for show notes
Ep 16 Part 1: Football visual culture: WSC Magazine is 30
When Saturday Comes Art Editor Doug Cheeseman takes us through his journey from a young football fan in Essex to art editor of one of the world's most beloved football magazines.
I remember... During that gut-wrenching time of anxiety, when you’re gearing up for your graduation art show, the real world looming in the all too near future, I sat hidden between two of the floor-to-ceiling shelves in the journals section of the university library. In truth, I was sat there to escape spending more time writing the dissertation I’d lost interest in weeks earlier. Fortunately, where I sat on the heavy footstool that is more often used as a makeshift seat was perfect eye-level with an impressive chunk of the When Saturday Comes magazine archive.
There I sat for the next two hours, thumbing through issue after issue of the fanzine turned magazine, reading past articles and reminiscing about bygone seasons in which my football team, Leeds United was not a circus of marvellous embarrassments. The biggest result here however, was the revelation that each edition of WSC contained 2-3, sometimes more illustrations. The publication was noted, contacts written down and immediately slotted alongside The Guardian, Leeds United and WWE in my dream client hit list. Of course, I had essays and exhibitions to worry about, but two-years later, this moment would prove pivotal.
Then, in 2008, I landed my first client. I’d kept the email address for Doug Cheeseman, art-editor of WSC and after weeks of sending him sample illustrations of football’s current issues created especially for his attention, he called me up and commissioned me. My first professional freelance job triggered an ongoing relationship between art-editor and illustrator, which has taught me a lot and helped me to craft my distinct style.
In this two-part special, Doug takes us on his personal journey, growing up with 1970’s and 1980’s football and his transition from lazy student to graphic designer and art-editor at WSC, one of the UK’s best loved football magazines, now in its 30th year. He also shares the story of the cult-magazine and its fascinating evolution through football’s darker days, to the filthy-rich modern day game.
We discuss art-direction, graphic design and the art of pitching up – a crucial tool in the arsenal of any self-respecting creative. Football’s visual culture is covered in depth and we discuss the role of the printed magazine in the digital revolution.
http://www.wsc.co.uk/ - official website
http://www.dougcheeseman-design.co.uk/ Doug's official site
https://twitter.com/WSC_magazine WSC on Twitter
https://twitter.com/dougcheese Doug Cheeseman on Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/When-Saturday-Comes-The-Half-Decent-Football-Magazine-113835206404/?fref=ts WSC on Facebook
Ep 15: New York photographer, Marius Bugge shares an intriguing freelance success story
New York based photographer Marius Bugge takes us through his fascinating journey from Oslo, Norway, to New York city via Italy, where he works with clients including WWE, PLayboy, Ferrari, Pride and Stuff among many others.
We discuss what it takes to build a reputation and network in an over-saturated market, the importance of learning from others and working with great art and creative directors.
Marius also tells us all about his recent trip to Havana to photograph the New York Cosmos football team and street finds.
For Marius' portfolio, check him out at http://mariusbugge.com and follow him on Instagram at @mbuggenyc
For my WWE Faces of Evil set design, with Marius' photography:
For our 'Angels and Demons' collaboration:
Ep 14: Eden Orfanos, Hollywood Makeup Artist & Art Therapist
Eden Orfanos worked for years as a make-up artist in Hollywood, on a broad range of projects, including blood for TV show, Dexter, makeup on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and cadavers for the CSI detective shows. She also worked with the likes of George Clooney, Jude Law and Kristen Stewart, along with set design, stylist and producer roles.
After growing tired of the more negative tendencies in the Hollywood world, so embarked on a journey to Africa, working with deaf mute children, using art therapy as a form of communication and teaching.
Eden is a rare talent with touching and fascinating stories from her unbelievably varied career and I had to record one of our conversations which I can assure you, are always far from dull! Now getting stuck into an art therapy degree, we discuss the extremes of her journey so far, the unexpected routes it has taken her and how she now starts to see much method to seeming madness with the benefit of hindsight. Eden is a testament to how we all have the scope to shift between the many disciplines in the creative industries with the right mix of personality, patience ability, desire and hard work.
Please sign the petition mentioned in this show to support the arts in our education system: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/111731
Check out Eden's work at: http://edenorfanos.com and also: http://edenmakeupartist.com/
https://twitter.com/EdenOrfanos Eden's Twitter account
Photo: Pablitomas http://pabloaguilar.com/
Ep 13: What makes for news worthy creative projects? Design Week explain
I illustrated on a monthly rotation for Design Week, a heavyweight player in the creative press world, from late 2009 until it's end as a print magazine in 2011.
Shortly afterwards, Angus Montgomery became the editor of it's new online publication format. I wanted to meet Angus and discuss the challenges he faced in steering the magazine from 25 years of print newsstand prominence into an entirely digital existence. Plunged into the ever deeper digital ocean of content, he had to think laterally, tell strong stories to stand out in the face of overwhelming competition for clicks and become very fluid in responding to such a fast moving platform.
We discuss how we as creative professionals can ensure our work is news worthy, what makes an attractive story in the design world, the Design Week Awards, the broad content in Design Week and its mind-bending print archive of the publications history.
http://www.designweek.co.uk/ - Design Week official website
http://awards.designweek.co.uk/ - Design Week awards
https://twitter.com/Design_Week Design Week on Twitter
https://twitter.com/AngusMontgomery Angus Montgomery's Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/DWDesignWeek/?fref=ts Design Week Facebook
Ben Tallon's 'Freelance State of Mind' columns: https://www.designweek.co.uk/author/ben-tallon/
Ep 12: Sarah Beetson, illustrator & head of Illustration Ltd talent recruitment
With a moniker like 'the Rainbow Crusader,' artist, illustrator and head of Illustration Ltd joins us to discuss her signature neon, pop style of image making, fashion design and impressive list of clients in the arts.
Sarah tells us about her role as head of talent recruitment at Illustration Ltd, how she has come to so perfectly embody her creative style through personality and interest in fairground visual identity. Sarah takes us on a journey to her dream project, a crowd-funded residency at Coney Island in New York City.
http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/SarahBeetson/view Sarah Beetson on Illustration Ltd
http://www.sarahbeetson.com/ Sarah Beetson official site
https://twitter.com/sarahbeetson Sarah Beetson on Twitter
https://www.instagram.com/sarahbeetson/ Sarah Beetson on Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/sarahbeetsonillustrator/?fref=ts Sarah Beetson Facebook
Ep 11: Ray Richardson, London painter, described as 'the Martin Scorsese of painting.'
London painter, Ray Richardson has been described as 'the Martin Scorsese of painting.' His filmic compositions of scenes that suck in the viewer, allowing them to envision their own book-ends to the powerful moment depicted as only Richardson can, invite us into his own London.
We talk about his upcoming show, 'London Soul' at Beaux Arts, the strong presence of English Bull Terriers in his work, working in Chicago and his path from Goldsmiths University at a time when conceptual art was becoming prominent, to becoming one of the UK's most respected painters.
http://rayrichardson.co.uk/ Ray's official website
https://twitter.com/RayRichardson1 Ray on Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/Ray-Richardson-Londons-No-One-149640825114988/?fref=ts Ray's official Facebook page
https://www.instagram.com/rayrichardson1/ Ray's Instagram
Ep 10: PR, communication & self-promo insights with editor & former PR specialist David Woods
Humm Media work with a wide range of clients to create striking and unique PR and communications campaigns.
David Woods, one half of Humm, offers us a unique insight into the world of PR, communications and marketing your work in an original way.
We discuss the importance of the personal touch and storytelling when aiming to stand out and reach your target audience and client base. We cover social media, e-etiquette, the importance of the human touch and why many artists, designers and other creative professionals struggle with self-promotion and marketing.
We all face the challenge of channeling our personality and character into our work and we touch upon how others read that as a brand.
Follow David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidpaulwoods
Humm Media official website: http://www.hummmedia.com/
Humm Media on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HummMedia
Ep 9: Sandra Dieckmann, artist, illustrator and maker discusses what makes a creative style
We join German artist, illustrator and maker, Sandra Dieckmann at her fantastic 'Mama Wolf' studio and shop to talk about her popular nature inspired artworks.
Sandra talks about fairytale influences, growing up in Germany and her prominent positioning in the Etsy and makers scene.
We talk about the David v Goliath challenge of making money from hand made goods as an independent maker, especially when faced with heavyweight Christmas competition from the likes of John Lewis, Liberty's and other department stores vying for your festive pennies.
Sandra's official site: http://www.sandradieckmann.com/
Sandra's Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SandraDieckmann
Sandra on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sandradieckmann
Sandra's Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/sandradieckmann/
Sandra's Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/DieckmannSandra
Ep 8: Don Letts, filmmaker, musician, DJ and a pivotal player in the punk/reggae music scene.
Cult UK filmmaker, DJ and musician Don Letts played a key role in introducing reggae music to the punk scene in 1970's London. He lives by the code of 'hustle,' famously sneaking into Bob Marley's hotel room to talk with him and then becoming friends.
Don continues to make films and hosts 'Culture Clash Radio' on BBC 6Music on Saturday and Sunday night.
For a slightly shorter talk than usual, Don packs a lot of audio dynamite into our conversation, discussing what we've lost in the digital revolution and why he still considers himself an aspiring filmmaker.
Don Letts' Culture Clash Radion show on BBC 6 Music: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0072pzt
Ep 7: Kyla Paolucci, Graphic Designer, Illustrator on 'While We're Young' movie.
Kyla Paolucci joins us in Brooklyn, New York to discuss her work with HBO, WWE and her recent work in the production design department of 'While We're Young,' starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.
We also tackle the issue of ageing gracefully, New York Fashion, geriatric starlets and why it's cool to be a weirdo.
Kyla's official site: http://www.kylapaolucci.com/
Kyla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kpaolu
Kyla on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ciaolucci/
Ep 6: Rob O'Connor, Creative Director of Stylorouge (Blur, Trainspotting, Spinal Tap art-direction)
Creative Director of Stylorouge, Rob O'Connor joins us to discuss the fundamentals of the London based creative consultancy company's astounding success over several decades.
Well known for their work with Blur and on the iconic poster designs for Trainspotting, Rob discusses their wider work and the importance of creative collaboration, freedom and why total democracy is not always the best method of running design projects.
Rob also explains why the creative process is a bit like making a cup of tea...
Stylorouge official website: http://www.stylorouge.co.uk/
Ep 5: Art & the education system disaster with John Newbigin, Creative England Chair
John Newbigin, chair of Creative England, who mentor, support and invest in the UK Creative Industries joins me to discuss creativity in education, how crucial it is and how the current system is outdated and cruel.
We discuss what the arts bring to a rapidly transforming society in the digital revolution and break down Education Secretary Nicky Morgan's comments about children choosing arts and humanities limiting their careers...
Looking for feedback on this one guys, big issues and real life content!
Creative England official website: http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/
John's brilliant Guardian article: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2015/jun/17/academic-subjects-alone-wont-set-every-child-up-for-life
https://twitter.com/newbijohn John on Twitter
Ep 4: Miss Led: Illustrator, Artist and Workshop Leader on her unconventional path to success
Illustrator, Artist and workshop leader Miss Led joins us to talk about her unconventional path from a small Welsh town to visual communications heavyweight players. She works with clients including Braun, Clinique, Reebok, Diesel and Vans, creating illustrations, murals and live paintings.
Find out what attracts Miss Led to the idea of solitude and a pet rat. We also discuss the need for early encouragement and constructive criticism in order to develop as a creative professional.
http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/MissLed/view Miss Led on Illustration Ltd
Miss Led on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missledstudio/?fref=ts
Miss Led on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miss_led1/
Miss Led on Twitter: https://twitter.com/missledster
Ep 3: Robert James Clarke: Artist & dog painter
New York based, English artist Robert James Clarke joins us to explain how his signature dog paintings happened. He overcame a fear of them after being attacked by a German Shepherd and has gone on to paint Kate Moss' dog, 'Archie' among many other big names.
We discuss healthy competition being crucial, the difference between art college in the 1980s and the landscape facing graduates now and the minefield that is capturing a dog's personality...
Oh and why we no longer see white dog fouls...
Rob's official site: http://www.robertjamesclarkeart.com/
Rob on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertjamesclarkeart/?hl=en
Rob's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/robertjamesclarke/?fref=ts
Ep 2: New York University professor of theatre Rebecca Johansen
New York University professor of theatre, Rebecca Johannsen joins us in London to talk about storytelling, anticipation and utilising 'less is more' in theatre and it's importance in all art forms.
Rebecca gives us an insight into the role of costume, set and production designers and why fans of the films of Wes Anderson emotionally invest his work in such a big way.
We also get to learn about the height of 'spectacle' in American theatre, including one performance where the stage was flooded and elephants swam in front of the audience.
Ep 1: Danny Allison: Illustrator & Photographer is back from a year working in the Middle East
UK based illustrator and photographer Danny Allison tells us about his year in the Middle-East, gold flakes on risotto, photographing the king of Kuwait by day and illustrating by night. Find out what 'Near Death Freelancing' is all about and how using your personality and passions can lead to those dream clients.
http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/DannyAllison/view Danny on Illustration Ltd
Danny on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannyallison
Danny's photography portfolio: http://dannyallison.com/
Danny's official illustration site: http://dannyallison.co.uk/
Danny's illustration Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dannyallison_illustration/?hl=en