Illustrator, designer, photographer Tim Easley's unconventional path to the creative industry
With the rise in tuition fees proving a gateway for many people who want to study at degree level, there's a bigger question mark than ever before over whether formal education is essential for a career in the arts.
'Where did you study?' is the most interrogation I've ever faced as a freelance illustrator. When it comes to the writing and podcasting side of my work, there was no study, just a passionate interest and the desire to make it happen. Illustrator, designer and photographer Tim Easley did not study at all.
He had no real inclination he wanted a career in the arts until a little later than most. When he felt it, he made the decision, in accordance with his personality, to educate himself.
He now works across a broad range of clients, industries and disciplines with a distinct illustrative style and beautiful, independent books of hhis photography.
Tim joins me to share the whole story, why he chose this unconventional path and why it is crucial to consider the character when navigating our own way through the often confusing arts.
Available now on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Alan McGee: One of music's greatest minds on 'bonkers brave f**k you creativity!
Alan McGee is one of a kind. His tough start in 1970s Glasgow set him up for a tumultuous, glorious and legendary ride at the top of the 1990s and 2000s music scene as the head of Creation Records and the man behind the biggest band in the world at the time, Oasis.
Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine, to name but a few, followed suit.
I sit down with Alan as his movie biopic, directed by Nick Moran and written for screen by Irvine Welsh, 'Creation Stories' comes out to dig into what he describes as 'bonkers brave f**k you creativity.
This is must listen, packed full of advice about making bold decisions and getting behind them, when they feel right, taking risks and not shying away from controversy when it comes to creativity.
The podcast is supported by Illustration X (http://illustrationx.com) and The Association of Illustrators (http://theaoi.com)
Creation Stories is out now on Sky Cinema.
Activism and work that matters. New York design agency ThoughtMatter MD Jessie McGuire.
The times we live in are tumultuous and challenging. The world is changing. We all need a voice. Good design is not enough to provide one. So how do we make work that matters, which we can deliver with results?
ThoughtMatter have built a reputation as a creative agency who not only make thought provoking, meaningful work, addressing issues they care about, but work hard and smart to ensure it hits the spot.
I'm joined by managing director Jessie McGuire to discuss her own journey, the evolution of ThoughtMatter and what it takes to break through the noise of modern life.
Ben Ryan: The Olympic gold medal winning coach on becoming the best version of ourselves
When Ben Ryan, one of the most innovative coaches in world sport left his position as England rugby 7s coach, he was all set to take a comfortable role at a sports consultancy company.
Then he saw a tweet advertising a vacancy for the national Fiji rugby 7s job. With twenty minutes to accept or decline the role, he listened to his raging instincts and set out on one of the all time great sporting stories, taking them, through countless challenges, to an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Ben shares the mind-bending story, his valuable insights to human empowerment, tips for adapting to adversity and why it's vital to establish the right conditions for creativity and happiness to flourish in and around us.
This episode of the Creative Condition Podcast is supported by Illustration X and the Association of Illustrators. http://illustrationx.com // http://theaoi.com
The Ben Ryan Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-ben-ryan-podcast/id1553400216
Ben's Sevens Heaven book: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/39102941-sevens-heaven
The Creative Condition Podcast: Pilot Episode
The Creative Condition takes over Arrest All Mimics podcast. Here's why and what to expect!
Supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Ep 151: Animation and music with George Moir!
George Moir's unusual dual roles of musician and animator make for a wonderfully rounded, lo-fi visual and musical world of his own making.
He joins me to discuss his unusual roots, playing the piano from the age of 2 and the 800 hours graft he ploughed into his animated videos.
It's a brilliant story and a great example of how diverse skill sets can co-exist to forge unique paths.
Episode 151 of Arrest All Mimics is supported by Illustration X and the Association of Illustrators.
YA MUM Bonus Stories Audiobook teaser free gift
A free preview of 'What YA MUM Told Me Last Night': the bonus stories audiobook to accompany YA MUM and Other Stories from the Backstreets of Britain.
A thank you to Arrest All Mimics listeners.
YA MUM and Other Stories from the Backstreets of Britain paperback is out now at http://bentallonwriter.com/shop and bundle offers on both audiobooks are available now.
Full individual e-books and audiobooks are available from all good retailers.
Ep 150: Jenny Robins talks illustrating and writing her new graphic novel. 'Biscuits'.
Biscuits is a slab of brilliantly-observed graphic novel full of poignancy, reflection and black comedy from the mind of illustrator and writer Jenny Robins.
Charting the interlinking lives of London women, this hand drawn story has everything, so Jenny joins me to share the story, her process and how she balances her role as a teacher with her freelance magic making.
The graphic novel is out now on Myriad Editions.
Episode 150 of Arrest All Mimics is supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
YA MUM and Other Stories from the Backstreets of Britain exclusive excerpt
An exclusive 4-story and introductory excerpt from Ben Tallon's new book, YA MUM and Other Stories from the Backstreets of Britain.
You can grab your copy at http://bentallonwriter.com
Ep 149: Indie or traditional book publishing? The ups and downs of two models.
Creating design and written content you'd like to share with the world?
Ben Tallon's accidental author career kicked off when Champagne and Wax Crayons: Riding the Madness of the Creative Industry happened off the back of an angry freelancer blog rant. It was published via a traditional publishing house.
YA MUM and Other Stories from the Backstreets of Britain is his 3rd book, a rancid collection of black comedy and observational stories from Britain's cultural underbelly and this time out, he's going indie.
Here are some thoughts and experienced ups and downs from each model which will hopefully help you work out which may suit your work, schedule and character more.
Head to the bookshop at http://bentallonwriter.com to buy YA MUM now and visit the library section for Ben's bibliography.
Supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Ep 148: The Self-initiated creative projects showcase, part 2/2.
Self-initiated work is vital to forging our own path through the creative industry. Without restriction, the scope to express character, passion, sentiment, to create with unfiltered purity, to explore, chase magic and wonder, is limitless.
In part 2 of the self-initiated creative projects showcase, brilliant work by Jill Gibbons, Raw Studio, Stanley Chow, Hazel Mead, Micah Purnell, Jenny Robins and more complete the lineup of examples of leading their own creative career conversations.
Ep 147: The Self-initiated creative projects showcase, part 1/2.
Self-initiated work is vital to forging our own path through the creative industry. Without restriction, the scope to express character, passion, sentiment, to create with unfiltered purity, to explore, chase magic and wonder, is limitless.
In part 1 of the self-initiated creative projects showcase, brilliant work by Graham Wood, Dawinder Bansal, Adelaide Damoah, Jane Bowyer, Mr. Bingo and more set scintillating examples of what doors making time to create for ourselves can open.
WHAT'S THE F'N POINT? Part 2: The Power of Creativity in a F'd Up World. Dawinder Bansal
What's the f'n point? Is a two-part special podcast in response to the understandable feeling of futility in the creative industry. There's a lot to worry about in the world and when monster after monster keeps stomping over the horizon, 'What's the f'n' point?' is a very valid question.
In part 2, British producer and artist Dawinder Bansal joins me to lay out a powerful showcase of exploring sensitive and often misunderstood topics in a subtle and inclusive way. From the 1st generation of British born, South Asian community, Dawinder uses the personal and uses theatre, film, audio and other media to tell stories in a way that invites the audience to get up close and personal, to experience it for themselves.
We get deep into Jambo Cinema, Asian Women and Cars: The Road to Independence and The Making of a South Asian Wedding, the responses and why it is crucial, during these times, that they provide an interesting, entertaining space for respectful debate and discourse.
The show is kindly supported by Illustration X and The Association of Illustrators
Listen on Spotify, Google Podcasts, iTunes, Stitcher and more, or at http://soundcloud.com/arrestallmimics
WHAT'S THE F'N POINT?! Part 1: Creativity in a F'ed up world. Craig Oldham.
What's the f'n point? Is a two-part special podcast in response to the understandable feeling of futility in the creative industry. There's a lot to worry about in the world and when monster after monster keeps stomping over the horizon, 'What's the f'n' point?' is a very valid question.
In part one, Craig Oldham joins Ben Tallon to discuss his own insecurities and let us in on some spellbinding, vital projects. Craig explains the importance of understanding that we are all a small part of a bigger whole, with limited, but important influence. With passion, drawing upon the personal and wonder, that influence can become unlimited.
Detailing In Loving Memory of Work, his stunning book on the 1984/85 miners' strike and his They Live 'epiphany editions' book, Craig illustrates the unpredictable ways meaningful design can change, enliven and unite in troubled times.
Next week, in part 2, I'm joined by artist Dawinder Bansal who picks up the baton and goes deep into her South Asian heritage. She shows why inclusivity and subtlety in our activism can be just as powerful as any protest or placard.
The show is kindly supported by Illustration x (http://illustrationx.com) and the Association of Illustrators (http://theaoi.com).
Ep 146: Illustrator Dominique Ramsey's stunning, vibrant artworks, animals, Pokemon and more
Atlanta, GA based illustrator Dominique Ramsey shares her story, including Pokemon, animals and spirituality as influences on her vibrant, seductive illustration work.
We talk about the power of visual communication and the fine line between smash-mouthed and quietly effective.
Arrest All Mimics Episode 146 is supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Find Dominique at https://www.dominiqueramsey.com/about
#drawingwhileblack on Twitter!
Illustrator Claudine O' Sullivan, Cabin Cast 6
Claudine O'Sullivan returns to the show to talk about her experience of lockdown. We get into parenthood, changes from Covid-19 and drawing ducks.
You can check out Claudine's free colouring book at: https://www.claudineosullivan.com/shop/colour-for-calm
Show supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Covid-19 Creative Cabin Cast 5: Murugiah
Artist and illustrator Murugiah lets us inside his London spare room, where recent mind-bending surreal canvases stand tall, inspiring and bright. He takes us into the inspiration and this relatively new direction and their South-East Asian influence.
He also explains why the virus has been especially worrying for the family with several family members on the front line in hospitals.
The show is supported by:
http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Stories for the Apocalypse:
Covid-19 Creative Cabin Cast 4: Illustrator Hazel Mead on taboos, WFH tips & changing sex education
Inside the Covid-19 cabin of illustrator Hazel Mead who returns to the show to talk working from home tips, creating work around taboos, finding ways to discover clients with budgets for such work and changing the sex education conversation!
Supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Ep 145: Nick Asbury on self-initiated projects, design writing and perpetual disappointments
Writer Nick Asbury strikes the perfect balance between client work and identity establishing, self-initiated projects as one half of Asbury and Asbury. He works closely with designers and agencies to create striking, impactful, clear, clever copy on campaigns and visual media.
Having worked with the likes of Studio Sutherl&, Johnson Banks, The Chase and more.
His brilliant series of books: Realtime Notes, Perpetual Disappointments Diary and the A6 Notebook are wonderful examples of individuality catching on with larger audiences.
Supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Covid-19 Creative Cabin Cast 3: Rebecca Hendin from home in London
Political cartoonist and illustrator Rebecca Hendin joins us with a hangover, trying to cope with the fear of Covid-19 whilst illustrating political cartoons for The Guardian, New Statesman and staying on top of hygiene.
Supported by illustrationx.com and theaoi.com
Covid-19 Creative Cabin Cast 2: Craig Black
Craig Black, designer and letterer from his home studio in Scotland, discussing how the unwanted situation can lead to rethinking direction.
Supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Covid-19 Creative Cabin Cast 1: Kyla Paolucci, HBO designer/illustrator
Inside the quarantined homes of creators during the Covid-19 pandemic. Kicking off with New York based HBO designer and illustrator, Kyla Paolucci.
Ep 144: Self promotion for creative freelancers with illustrator Dionne Kitching
Self-promotion. It's a monster, unavoidable, integral part of success, or simply survival for any creative freelancer.
It's the old artist adage that you can be the greatest creative talent on the planet, but if nobody knows you exist, it counts for nothing.
But how do we start to break down the issue and find the best way for us as individuals to scream from the rooftops without awkwardness, the heavy kind of rejection and wounds that can become fatal?
I'm joined by illustrator Dionne Kitching to break it all down and we're looking for your feedback @arrestallmimics on social, firstname.lastname@example.org on email.
Arrest All Mimics is hosted by illustrator Ben Tallon and supported by http://illustrationweb.com and http://theaoi.com
For the original Twitter thread by Dionne on self-promotion: https://twitter.com/dionnekitching/status/1093132703409602560
Ep 143: Playfulness v Pragmatism with Playground Design Studio's Carma Masson
Playground is a multidisciplinary design studio focusing on creating engaging and memorable spaces and places for people. Founder Carma Masson joins me to discuss her ongoing battle between pragmatism and playful wanderings.
It's something common to us all and a difficult balance to strike. We get into childhood's role in our creativity, Playgrounds fascinating work to date, VHS tape dens and the tendency to wander away from the thing you love to do.
Get your feedback over on social media @arrestallmimics or to email@example.com
Supported by http://illustrationweb.com and http://theaoi.com
Ep 142: Video Game illustrator, art-director, animator Anna Hollinrake live - D&AD New Blood Fest
The video game industry continues to grow and wow with its sheer breadth of worlds and stories to welcome any imagination. Anna Hollinrake, illustrator, art-director and animator for games joins me in front of a live audience at D&AD New Blood Festival to let us in on how her childhood anime drawing and curious nature lead her to an impressive start.
We discuss why character and passion is just as crucial as the CV and technical skills, how she has danced between many roles, collaborating and asking for opportunities and why your personality is particularly key.
Anna also details her work on Lola and the Giant, a VR game on Dream and what came together to make it the success it has been.
Get any questions or thoughts over to @arrestallmimics on social and hello@bentallon.
Episode 142 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com and http://theaoi.com
Ep 141: Managing our inner voice! Kev House on taking control of the mind, thoughts & direction
People tend to think movies when they hear the 'voice in the head.' But we all have it and for those of us in the creative industry, we spend a lot of time listening to it. Quit that job, you're not good enough, how did you ever get this far without being found out?! When the clouds are grey, the rain hitting the window and we're on our own, that voice can convince us that lies are the truth and we feel terrible.
I'm joined by Kev House who shares his own story of overcoming personal adversity and taking control of the inner voice. He wonderfully explains how we can become the master of our thoughts and exponentially improve our creative careers in the process.
Get us the ramblings of your inner voice over to @arrestallmimics on social!
Episode 141 is supported by Illustration Ltd, Heart Internet, Foilco and the Association of Illustrators
Ep 140: The digital illustration worlds of Dominique Byron
I've long been fascinated by the relationship between digital illustration and the artist's character. Often less immediate than other styles, I was keen to chat to illustrator and manager of Stanley Chow's print shop, Dominique Byron, having discovered her stunning digital art, with all its symmetry and depth.
As with most styles, there are stories, discoveries and ongoing revelations.
Dom shares her love of film, dissertation on Blade Runner, a need for balance and order and a willingness to let creativity take the lead and explore where it leads her.
Get your thoughts over on @arrestallmimics on social and firstname.lastname@example.org
Ep 139: The dangers of online inspiration for creativity. JKR Exec Creative Director Sean Thomas
Sean Thomas, Executive Creative Director of Jones Knowles Ritchie, creative agency joins me on podcast episode 139.
Sean cautions against the dangers of too many people drawing ideas, styles and inspirations from online sources and gets into why it will only help automative 'creativity' become a reality if we do not look up a little more.
We discuss the overhaul at the agency, why listening properly to all the people within and acting accordingly changed their direction for the better.
Does it help to have all decisions going through the person with their name on the tin and how about the importance of balance between big client, longer project and smaller business, more creative freedom?
It's a great insight with much great advice, please send your thoughts to @arrestallmimics on social and email@example.com
Supported by illustration ltd, Heart Internet, Foilco and the Association of Illustrators
Ep 138: A story about youth, young people and creativity. Young Urban Arts founder Kerry O'Brien
According to the Department For Education figures, 70% of youth services funding has been cut since 2010, since the Conservatives came to power.
Violent crime is a regular feature on the news, young deaths seemingly a daily headline.
Kerry O'Brien joins me to discuss the incredible and essential work of Young Urban Arts Foundation, the charity she founded who provide workshops and programs to empower young people to express themselves and develop their talents through creativity.
Her own story of adversity and resolve is powerful and we get into why artistic expression is so important for the fundamental needs of every young person on earth, to avoid mental health catastrophes.
When an education system is ill equipped to cater for individuality, teachers left no choice but to be more stressed about Ofsted visits than the needs of their pupils, police forces whittled down to the bare bones, able only to focus on the end results and not the community and root causes of violent crime, then the support of society and organisations like YUAF becomes the difference between a frightening future and one of hope and positive change.
Get your thoughts on young people and creativity to @arrestallmimics on social media.
Episode 138 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com http://heartinternet.co.uk http://foilco.uk http://theaoi.com
Special thanks to Bayeux photo lab and Fujifilm for support on http://lendmeyourearart.com
Ep 137: Branding taboos! AMV BBDO Creative Partner Nadja Lossgott on vaginas, period blood & change
AMV BBDO is a global communications agency. 289 offices in 81 countries big. That's influence. Their #Bloodnormal campaign for Bodyform was the first to show period blood. Plastic Oceans with Ladbible played a significant role in bringing the plastic problem into mainstream conversation. Both campaigns showcased the power of creativity and visual communication.
I talk to creative partner and a key mind behind both campaigns Nadja Lossgott about her work for AMV, her story, thoughts on branding taboos and the power of our artistic skills to inspire change for good.
We get into the role of consumers and brands in triggering mainstream conversations and we must piss a few people off to make real change.
What are your thoughts on blood in advertising and the role of brands in positive change? @arrestallmimics on social media.
Episode 137 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com http://heartinternet.co.uk http://foilco.uk http://theaoi.com
Special thanks to Bayeux photo lab and Fujifilm for support on http://lendmeyourearart.com
Ep 136: Identity, self-expression, the mind and rock stars with music photographer Andy Cotterill!
Andy Cotterill has spent many years with larger than life characters of all kinds, photographing them for the likes of Sony Music, Dazed and Confused, Mojo Magazine, and Q. It's mental health awareness week and ahead of the launch of our illustration/photography collaboration, 'Lend Me Your Ear,' we sit down to discuss why we wanted to celebrate identity, creativity and self-expression through our skills.
Andy shares some brilliant stories about the likes of Kanye West, Pink, FKA Twigs and Jarvis Cocker among many others and it's a great insight into the warmth that epitomises his work.
We also touch upon why we wanted to shout about the mind and the great work that Young Urban Arts Foundation and CALM do through the project.
Get your feedback over to @arrestallmimics on social media and listen on all good podcast platforms.
Special thanks to Bayeux photo lab, Fujifilm and Stance
This episode is supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk, http://foilco.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
Ep 135: Collins San Francisco Creative Director Ben Crick on inspiration variety and design traps
Collins strategy and brand experience design company Creative Director Ben Crick joins me to share his story, from Australia to San Francisco, via New York City.
Working on projects with clients including Spotify, Vitamin Water and Mail Chimp, he discusses why we must avoid designing for the approval of other designers, but instead listen to the client's needs in order to create the strongest possible solution to brief challenges.
What's it like to work with and learn from Brian Collins, a highly respected and vastly experienced Chief Creative Officer?
Ben explains why he feels it's dangerous and destructive to all share the same inspiration pool in the digital age and offers many more great insights.
Send your feedback on the show over to @arrestallmimics now!
Episode 135 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk, http://foilco.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
Ep 134: O Street design studio on the right balance between fun, hard work and personal passions
Glasgow based design studio O-Street join me to discuss their superb portfolio of work, detailing the balance of play, research, hard work and leading with personal passions.
Tessa Simpson and Jonny Mowatt explain the process of making the new Scottish banknote and why a love of beer has lead them to some of their favourite clients.
It's a great insight into why pleasure in work is crucial, no matter how nuanced.
Feedback at @arrestallmimics
Supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk, http://foilco.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
X5: The internet and the mind. Moodrise founder Michael Phillips Moskowitz on digital nutrition
We spend close on 12 hours a day consuming content and we do not yet know the long term impact on our mental and physical health.
As creative professionals, we are often reliant upon the internet to operate...
Ex Ebay chief curator and Moodrise founder Michael Phillips Moskowitz joins me to talk about the neuroscience of happiness and his hopes for the new Moodrise app.
It's a fascinating insight into the science of our time spent interacting with technology and feeding the mind, its effect on mental health and where we go from here.
Get your feedback over @arrestallmimics!
Episode X5 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk, http://foilco.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
Ep 133: PRICING CREATIVITY! Blair Enns on value, confidence in your worth and pricing the client
Pricing creative work is like a dagger made of ice for many professionals, sending chills down our spine, keeping us awake at night. Much industry talk of late has made it hard to ignore that independent professional visual communicators are underselling their talents and earning too little as a result. Who could blame them? There are many variables to consider, not to mention individual circumstances when it comes to putting a number of creativity.
That's where Blair Enns comes in. Blair's book, Pricing Creativity: Profit Beyond the Billable Hour has been a success and he breaks down the topic in expert style.
Blair explains why a conversation of value is key, why we should price the client and not the work and explains why we should never post definitive prices on our websites.
Get your thoughts and pricing experiences over to @arrestallmimics on social media.
Episode 133 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk, http://foilco.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
Ep 132: Jane Bowyer, designer/illustrator on confidence, comfort zones & the need for weirdness
Jane Bowyer, designer and illustrator returns to the show to catch up on the progress of her wonderful and inspiring 'Women In Print' celebration of creative ladies. Back on episode 35, Jane was in the early days of her freelance career and we have much to catch up on. How has she adapted to the brutal world of flying solo in the arts?
We get into the difficulties of titling yourself, the idea of making it up as you go along and not straying too far from what you like to do, even if it feels strange.
It's an exciting time for a lady on fire right now.
Get your thoughts over @arrestallmimics on social media
Episode 132 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk, http://foilco.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
Ep 131: Chart toppers Ward Thomas on going against the grain - International Women's Day special!
It's International Women's Day 2019 on 7/3 and i'm joined by two women on the frontline of creativity, UK country music duo Ward Thomas.
The twin sisters, Lizzie and Catherine are passionate, hard working and lovely people who open up about their art, from songwriting in sixth form to a UK number one album. How about the art direction of their three albums to date and why self-obsession is so unhealthy on social media?
In the midst of their UK tour, we grab a sit down in Manchester's beautiful Albert Hall and discuss creativity and how it feels to be a part of an exciting time for women as the fight for equality continues.
Get your thoughts and feedback over to @arrestallmimics on social media now!
Episode 131 is supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk, http://foilco.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
X4: Shaun Ryder on original ideas, avoiding trends, Tony Wilson's role and his creativity in 2019
Shaun Ryder is a bonafide rock star with stories to tell. The Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman joins me to share his creativity, his back story and why he feels as energised as ever before with Black Grape due to start a fresh UK tour off the back of returning album Pop Voodoo.
Not one to hold back with the truth, Shaun touches upon why trends are the worst thing to follow, how he learned on the job and the key role played by Tony Wilson who appreciated not just their technical abilities, but the whole aura, attitude and appearance of the band and allowed them freedom to develop creatively.
It's a spellbinding glimpse into one of music's most interesting minds.
Get us your thoughts on social @arrestallmimics, listen and subscribe on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher and more.
Episode X4 of Arrest All Mimics is kindly supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk, http://foilco.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
Black Grape tour tickets at: http://www.blackgrapemusic.com/tour
Pre Order Wrote For Luck at https://www.faber.co.uk/shop/music/9780571330935-wrote-for-luck.html
Ep 130: FOIL! That shiny stuff on your books, mags, posters and booze. Foilco explain it all
Episode 130 of the pod is out Monday. Copy below, images attached - I've included 3 separate images for Instagram stories - please share them on there if you use it!!
We all see it, all of the time and we love it. FOIL shimmers and shines on so many surfaces, adored by designers but shrouded in mystery.
I'm joined by Matt Hornby from Foilco, who takes us inside the work of foil, details the sheer range of creative possibilities within and explains why the design industry is critical to their work.
We find out about their brilliant Multiplicity events, where creative speakers share stories and foiling workshops take place in the UK and overseas.
Get your shine on and share thoughts now @arrestallmimics and hit them up at http://foilco.co.uk
Episode 130 is kindly supported by Illustrationweb.com, heartinternet.co.uk, theaoi.com and foilco.co.uk
Ep 129: Creative trends and trusting naivety with Shutterstock curator Robyn Lange
Shutterstock is a gigantic stock image platform with over a billion images available. But the creative side of stock runs deep. The 2019 creative trends report has just dropped and Shutterstock curator Robyn Lange joins me to break it all down along with her inspiring journey.
Robyn set out from an American farm community, working out of a car and ended up in the Empire State Building curating one of the biggest image libraries in the world.
Join us to hear this inspiring tale and why 80s opulence and zine culture might just be where it's at this year!
Get your thoughts on trends over @arrestallmimics on social now!
Supported by http://illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
Ep 128: Freelance? Small Studio? Big Agency? Raw design Studio's Rob Watson on creativity and size.
Supposed is a dangerous word. Too many of us see what has gone before, what already exists and aspire to emulate it, believing success is achieving that goal.
Rob Watson, one half of Raw design studio shares his story of beginning and growing his agency before realising he was far away from the creativity he cherished. So he downsized and lead with quality work, wellbeing and focusing on what felt right for him and Ruth Watson, the two who now comprise the core of Raw studio.
In today's digital world, the old models can be destructive and we get deep into size and why it matters.
Get us your thoughts over on @arrestallmimics now and don't forget to share a review of the show on iTunes and with a friend!
Supported by http://Illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk and http://theaoi.com
Ep 127: Studio Sutherl&'s Jim Sutherland on importance of personal work, love of process and fun!
Jim Sutherland of Studio Sutherl& is creating some of the best design in the world right now. Since going out alone, he has worked with Royal Mail, Agatha Christie, D&AD and Star Rite among many others to create work that has its roots in the importance of the idea, fun and curiosity.
He joins me to talk about the importance of creating work that matters to you and using it to attract the right clients. We get into Jim's background, why love of the the process will be evident in the quality of good design and how his current practice feels like his own MA degree!
Get your feedback over @arrestallmimics on social now!
The show is kindly supported by Illustration Ltd, Heart Internet and The AOI.
Ep 126: Tash Willcocks on optimal anxiety, doom/delight loops, creativity, illustration and wizards!
Tash Willcocks is many things. Illustrator, Hyper Island creative business school programme leader, thinker, do-er, but most importantly, she's an energetic, highly-creative human.
We discuss a range of topics including optimal anxiety - the 'just outside the comfort zone' space when we are at our best, doom loops, delight loops and turtles on broomsticks.
It's an inspiring chat not to be missed and I want your feedback @arrestallmimics on social.
Ep 125: Superfried Design. Perception of success, childhood logo obsession and type as image!
Superfried is the design studio of Mark Richardson. His succinct, visually seductive brand, identity, design and illustration work covers many disciplines.
We get into his background including childhood logo obsession and wall drawing, the smoke and mirrors that can lead creative professionals into dissatisfaction when it needn't be so and his work with the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation.
It's a fascinating look into the world of one talented man.
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Ep 124: Illustrator Laura Greenan on taking the freelance plunge.
Laura Greenan's bright, fun, psychedelic 1960s inspired illustration hits you straight in the mouth and leaves you feeling slightly intimidated. But don't be fooled. There's a deeper layer at work here.
Laura is new to the world of freelance illustrator after spending years working as a designer in full time employment.
We talk about the fears, the early steps, why this time is critical for establishing your personal style and where she'd like to go.
Get your feedback and thoughts on those first breaks in the professional world to @arrestallmimics
Ep 123: The Walking Dead comic artist Charlie Adlard on 15 years illustrating the undead!
The Walking Dead has become a pop culture phenomenon. Maybe we're all sensing the end and need to find an exciting spin to put on it, or maybe the storytelling is just THAT addictive.
Charlie Adlard, the man behind the artwork for 15 years of the comic's existence joins me at the Lake District Comic Art Festival 2018 to share his story from mesmerised childhood comic fan, to turning the words of Robert Kirkman into hard hitting, dynamic illustrative pieces of magic.
We discuss the origins of his role on The Walking Dead, his first steps into the comic book industry and how he feels about the TV show and seeing his drawing come to life in such blockbuster fashion at AMC.
The fantastic music on this week's show is courtesy of Dirty Freud, 'Jumping at Shadows' ft. Ruby Tingle. http://instagram.com/dirtyfreud
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Ep 122: Dave Haslam, Hacienda DJ, writer & broadcaster discusses creating with passion
Dave Haslam was the last DJ to man the decks at the Hacienda, following an incredible run at the famous Manchester nightclub that was responsible for so much creativity, innovation and fresh ideas in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Following the release of his memoir and 5th book, Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor, he joins me to talk about creativity at large, his 35 years of self-employment and the diverse nature of his work as a DJ, writer, broadcaster and more.
We talk about why local might be important once more with political chaos ahead, why passion has always lead the way in channeling his creativity and reliability.
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Photograph in artwork by Seb Matthes
Ep 121: Alternative conversations in mental health. We Are Willow's 'A Different Light.'
It's World Mental Health Day on 10th October and Manchester based arts and music collective We Are Willow have collaborated with Manchester Mind to create 'A different Light,' a multi-media event and album release to address the male mental health problem.
Chris Butler and Daren Newman join me to talk about their decision to come at the topic through film, music and art and why it is so crucial to empty the mind of issues.
Self-expression, the generation divide, 'getting deep' and music are all tackled in an in-depth talk about how we're feeling.
Ep 120: G.F Smith. Paper, print & tactile w/ Jane Crowther from the UK's biggest specialist paper co
They said print was dying. Remember when vinyl was all but condemned to the memories of another generation and minidisc was the one? Well...
Print is arguably more loved than ever before, but instead of mass and cheap, we're all using it to wow. I'm joined by G.F Smith's Jane Crowther who lets us inside the UK's largest specialist paper manufacturer and we're talking tactile, print, graphic design, paper and the ethics of it all.
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Ep 119: Radim Malinic of Brand Nu talks Book of Ideas Vol 2, indie publishing and Burnout!
Burnout, taking control of the direction of your creativity, indie book publishing and challenging clients is just a flash of this chat with Radim Malinic, known to many as Brand Nu.
Graphic Design, illustration, ideas and writing - Radim's great energy and passion for creativity takes him many places and he shares the story, along with what we can expect from the wonderful Book of Ideas Volume 2.
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Ep 118: OVERTHINKING!!! CK Goldiing joins me to talk one big old issue...
OVERTHINKING. The double edged sword of a an introspective mind.
The kind of mind that enables us to use creativity to forge a career in the arts, but also leaves us wide open to worry, procrastination and vulnerability where others just walk on by.
I'm joined by CK Goldiing, content creator and filmmaker who was challenged to walk from his home in Sheffield, to the city centre and hug 61 strangers in an effort to overcome his overthinking problem.
We get into the thick of that big, nasty word and find out what about his new project.
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Ep 117: Design psychologist and founder of Behaviour Studio Lauren Kelly talks Behaviour Design
Behaviour design is a fascinating concept with many facets. What is it and how can it become an asset individually, or at a bigger creative agency level?
I'm joined by design psychologist and founder of BehaviourStudio Lauren Kelly who breaks it down and discusses practical steps to recognising and actioning negative patterns in our behaviour and allowing the positive habits to flourish.
It's a great eye opener and may nudge some useful introspection!
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Ep 116: Advertising and ethics. Designer Micah Purnell discusses the idea of selling virtues
What if the advertising space in our cities was used in response to what we really need, focusing on happiness, not wants?
Designer Micah Purnell has been working to do that and is developing Selling Virtues, a project looking to work with global advertising agencies and thinkers to consider a more ethical approach.
He shares some scary stories about the impact of much advertising on well being and discusses where the ethical line sits.
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Ep 115: CHANGE! Head of Art and Design at Anomaly London, Clara Mulliganon adapting
CHANGE. It scares and throws us out, but is it such a bad thing? Anomaly London's head of art and design Clara Mulligan joins me to share a wonderful journey full of it, setting out from Rhode Island School of Design for Seattle, via Microsoft, Creature, Sid Lee in Amsterdam and arriving at respected advertising agency Anomaly.
Why is change a healthy thing and how best to manage the fear?
Clara also discusses why she's building a design department at Anomaly and what she looks for.
It's a must listen show with a trailblazer who was deservedly named in Business Journal's 40 under 40 for creative leadership in business.
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Ep 114: Google Creative Lab exec creative director Steve Vranakis & New Blood SHIFTer Nate Agbetu
Last year, D&AD New Blood's SHIFT night school program was featured on the podcast. On the night before the 2017 application deadline, Nate Agbetu was alerted to this by a friend, a listener of the show who felt Nate's enterprising and creativity may suit such an initiative. He applied, made the program and has since gone onto exciting new beginnings with Wieden & Kennedy and Nike in various roles.
I'm joined by Nate to share the story, alongside current D&AD president, Steve Vranakis, Executive Creative Director of Google Creative Lab, representing different levels of industry experience. I sit in the middle and try to keep up with two fascinating people.
Join us as we discuss many aspects of creativity, energy, raw talent and upbringing with some hilarious tales of youthful misbehaviour, incredible young innovation and SHIFT 2018, which is now open for applications.
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Ep 113: Flow's founder and Creative Director Karl Doran shares the story behind the animation & film
Flow is a creative agency specialising in animation, film and video production. I'm joined by founder and Creative Director Karl Doran who shares a great story of yet another unconventional, longer route into the arts.
Karl discusses the recent run of awards, how the work of Barney Ibbotson in the studio windows brought in a crucial job for Arts Council England and why it's essential to create a dynamic environment of respect for all staff at an agency, with space for individuality and ideas breeds great results.
We also discuss the current Manchester creative scene, the city's transformations over the last decade and why growing up on formerly Europe's largest council estate, Wythenshawe wasn't such a bad thing.
Get your thoughts over on social media @arrestallmimics and tell us how you deal with the awkward scenario of not recognising someone you chat to on social media, in real life!
Ep 112: Weird World Cup - the visual side of the world's greatest football tournament
The FIFA world cup is a cocktail of emotions, memories, opportunity and athletic prowess, but without the visual decadence we've had over the years, what would those memories be?
Gordon Reid of Middleboop and Callum Stephenson created the wonderful 'Weird World Cup' following a throwaway conversation in a London pub. 20 visual communicators have designed 20 beer mats with their favourite weird world cup moment, with the proceeds supporting the fantastic Football Beyond Borders charity work and we sit down to discuss it, along with all things world cup design.
It's a shambles, but we cover kits, logos, moments and the awesome response to such a heartfelt project.
Do go and treat yourself to a succulent set of mats at http://weirdworldcup.com and get your own memories to @arrestallmimics on social media now.
Ep 111: Dawinder Bansal, theatre producer and artist takes us to the 1980s and a special celebration
The third and final episode in the collaboration with the National Festival of Making.
Travelling through cultural traditions, time and generations of family members, Dawinder Bansal collaborated with home-based artisans and the small businesses that ensured a 1980s wedding in Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities went ahead with the unforgettable sensations that Bansal remembers from her youth.
Calling out to the Lancashire community, Dawinder rounded up day-and-night samosa makers, stitchers of opulent outfits and intricate mehndi body artists who work together to make everything necessary for a traditional wedding, letting in visitors to the festival.
Hear the full story as I head to the festival and talk to Dawinder, Master Chef finalist Moonira Hinglotwala, the ladies from the Blackburn curry club as I fill my own samosa and people getting a taste of something wonderful!
Supported by http://Illustrationweb.com, http://heartinternet.co.uk and http://theaoi.com and special thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund/Arts Council England.
X3: GDPR Exposed. All you need to know as an independent creative with Silvia Baumgart
You don't need to opt back in on this show.
In collaboration with the Association of Illustrators, I'm joined by Silvia Baumgart who answers many questions from a panicked creative freelancer. Look no further that episode x3, GDPR exposed.
Relax and take a breath.
Ep 110: LJB Studio launches Design Giving Magazine & discusses print/tactile design
The debut Arrest All Mimics video podcast is live and here's a teaser of my guest, LJB Studio's Laura Boast and what you can expect.
To enjoy the full episode and visual treats on offer as we discuss Laura's journey, love of print, childhood art crimes and brand new magazine, Design Giving, head to https://youtu.be/x6jcQSJX4_Y now.
The film is directed and filmed by Jake Powell Videography. Special thanks to Real Junk Food Manchester for the location an set is designed by Igloo Design.
You can help bring Design Giving to life by supporting the Kickstarter at http://designgiving.co.uk/designgiving
Supported by Illustration Ltd, Heart Internet and the Association of Illustrators
X2: Martyn Ware, founding member of Human League & Heaven 17 on creativity, soundscapes & work ethic
Martyn Ware joins me on the second of three special podcast episodes in collaboration with the National Festival of Making. We're waking the ghosts of Tony's Empress Ballroom, home of the Northern Soul all nighter for the wonderful 'Church of Rare Souls' soundscape.
As part of Art in Manufacturing season 2, an electronic music pioneer takes us on a journey, explaining why retaining creative integrity saw him transition from selling over 50 million records as a musician and producer with the likes of Tina Turner, Erasure and his own Human League and Heaven 17 to limitless artistry of his own design, why taking the easy cash can be fatal for our happiness.
Creating sonic murals and exhibitions worldwide with Illustrious Company, he explains why staying true to yourself if critical to progression in the arts and how today, he works with purity.
Join us as Martyn explains why he's been inspired by the work ethic in Blackburn at WEC, Silent Night, Cherrytree Bakery, Graham and Brown and Darwen Terrecotta and how that led him to the weekend, Northern Soul dancing and the haunting Tony's Empress Ballroom.
Kind thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England for the crucial support for this series.
Ep 109: Nicola Ellis, 1/3 special Art in Manufacturing episodes with National Festival of Making
In an exciting collaboration with the fantastic National Festival of Making, celebrating the UK making industry, comes the first of three special episodes covering Art in Manufacturing season 2.
Crossing seven of the UK's most adventurous artists with the machinery of Lancashire's premier industrialists, Im first heading to Darwen's Ritherdon, where artist and sculpture maker Nicola Ellis is collaborating with the staff, inspired by the rich heritage and responding to the workplace environment to create a bespoke artwork in a company with a truly unique history approaching 125 years.
I'll never look at a place of industry in the same way and I hope you won't too!
Special thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England for supporting the series
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Ep 108: Studio DBD founder Dave Sedgwick on honesty in design & creative development
As founder of Studio DBD, Dave Sedgwick joins me to discuss his journey as a graphic designer, art director and creative director. Working with a broad range of clients, Dave details the importance of honesty in design, listening to problems in order to arrive at the best solution for the clients and a philosophical tale of force fed sponge pudding.
Full of insights, tips and hilarious lessons along the way, Dave does not hold back and we get into the fabric of what makes for a sustainable and dynamic creative practice.
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Ep 107: Typographic specimens. The creatures made of type, an adventure at sea & Charles Darwin
On the surface, Typographic Specimens is a collection of extraordinary creatures made entirely out of letterforms, numerals and punctuation marks. But behind this beautiful book is a fascinating tale of the Reverend Jackson Whitehead and his adventure aboard the HMS Pica, sister ship to HMS Beagle, which famously carried one Charles Darwin.
I'm joined by A.W. Bainbridge, a lecturer in Graphic Communications and Creative Thinking at the University of Central Lancashire, who details the story of his eccentric ancestor.
The book is available now via Ammonite Press.
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Ep 106: Jack Renwick Studio on work ethic, new design talent and adapting to challenges
Jack Renwick Studio is an independent branding and design agency in London. I chat to founder Jack Renwick about her journey from Glasgow roots, the challenges she encountered in making sense of the creative industry and her special design shoes.
Now working on major projects worldwide, 'Make It Different, Make A Difference' is more than just a slogan. We discuss work ethic, the traits Jack looks for in new designers and why she continues to support new talent through D&AD and other channels.
Overcoming adversity, the importance of team support, the origin of the red and white stripe identity and special design shoes are also addressed on episode 105.
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Ep 105: Inside the 3D surreal type and illustration of Made Up Studio with Charles Williams
Charles Williams takes us into his geometric, isometric, 3D, surreal type and illustration playground.
His fascinating work tests the mind with its stunning depth, finesse, colour palettes and has graced the likes of Adobe, Wetransfer and The New York Times.
Charles joins me to share the journey, from being, in his own words, 'a clever little shit' drawing 3D type at school, he took an interesting route through linguistics and design before returning to a drawing and type based practice.
We discuss mimicry, the organic process behind his work and the intensity of Cinema 4D.
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X1: Legendary graphic designer Malcolm Garrett
An exclusive conversation with iconic graphic designer Malcolm Garrett as part of the first in the new X series of unplanned episodes.
Released on the day that the 'Orgasm Addict Reframed' exhibition opens at the G.F Smith Show Space in central London, I talk to Malcolm in the midst of hanging the work about his roots, early punk days, work in music and the benefit of restriction.
Malcolm shares his love of Design Manchester and why it's important to share local talent globally.
We talk technology, politics and THAT Buzzcocks record cover!
A big thanks to G.F Smith and Jane Crowther for letting me into their home to make this happen. Orgasm Addict Reframed can be seen from 7-16th March at G.F Smith Showspace, 27-28 Eastcastle Street, London.
Ep 104: Identity and creativity - Photographer Owen Harvey on belonging, demonisation & subculture
Who are you? What do you do for pleasure? What are you drawn to and from where do you get your sense of identity?
It's one of the most valuable things we have, the thing that sets us apart and brings us together for all the right reasons, our armour in the arts.
Photographer Owen Harvey joins me to discuss why his portfolio is 100% personal passion work, how he developed his iconic projects documenting subcultures, groups of often wrongly demonised social circles and intriguing characters.
Is it better to get a bar job to pay the bills, or create work that you do not love?
We go deep on the theme of identity, get us thoughts and feedback over @arrestallmimics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook now.
Ep 103: Gail Armstrong lets us in behind the scenes of her stunning paper sculpture creations
Gail Armstrong's intricate and stunning paper sculptures have formed the basis of many iconic campaigns, editorial features and intriguing artworks.
I visit Gail's studios to see the inner workings and hear her story, from studying in Glasgow to working as a graphic designer and the origins of her unique artwork style.
We talk confidence, quiet spells, Kleenex and befriending Amazon delivery people in a inspiring look at Gail's world!
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Ep 102: Studio Murugiah - from design & architecture to Star Wars & Little White Lies illustration
I'm joined by Sharm Murugiah, London based illustrator. Sharm's journey is an intriguing one and we discuss resistance to pursuing an art or design career path from parents and peers, comic book influences and the surreal aspects of his stunning artwork.
Sharm's Little White Lies cover adorned a D&AD award winning issue and he shares the story.
A longer journey to pursuing his passion of drawing, via architecture brought its own benefits and we muse on the impact of exposure to horror films at an early age!
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Ep 101: Creative Boom's Katy Cowan talks online creative news platforms & the relaunch
Katy Cowan joins me to discuss Creative Boom, the online magazine she founded and has just rebranded.
The platform covers projects, people and news stories right across the creative industry and has evolved over the years to become one of the major showcases for new and established artistic talent.
What makes for a news worthy piece of work? How did the magazine start and grow and how does Katy feel about the state of things in 2018?
It's a must listen show for those looking to get more eyes on their work and connect with the creative press!
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Ep 100 pt 2: Olivier Kugler's reportage artwork in the refugee camps and other adventures
With a kick start by The Guardian assignments, Olivier gets deep into his mind-bending cache of stories throughout his reportage illustration career. What happened when he joined a journalist at the home of a Mafioso supergrass with a contract on his head?
We hear all about his important work in his new book Escaping Wars and Waves having spent time in the refugee camps of Cos, Calais and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Olivier Kugler is one of a kind and his inspirational journey concludes in part 2 of the 100th special episode.
A huge thank you to all those who have been a part of this major milestone!
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Ep 100 pt 1: Olivier Kugler, Reeperbahn to New York, the origins of a unique reportage artist
Olivier Kugler's much loved style of reportage illustration has taken him on an unbelievable ride.
In part one of the 100th special two-part show, he guides us through his formative days of working out his place in the art world, studies in New York City and early people drawing in Hamburg's Reeperbahn.
Olivier details his early work with The Guardian and the impact it had on his creative direction. It's a great tale of making sense of the world, mentorship, taking chances and early breaks as we discuss the importance of the role of those with more experience.
In part 2, on January 2nd we'll hear some intense, heartwarming and scary stories from Olivier's adventures in Africa, the home of a Mafioso supergrass, Calais, Cos and Iraqi Kurdistan refugee camps ahead of the release of his stunning book, Escaping Wars and Waves.
A HUGE thank you to every single person who has helped Arrest All Mimics reach this milestone episode!
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Ep 99: Gary Mansfield discovered art during his time in prison. It changed his life.
Gary Mansfield was sent to prison. It was in there that he fell in love with art. He shares his fascinating journey and we discuss the details of his early life and the dangers of no belonging or identity.
Now, he curates shows and creates his own art exploring themes of identity, understanding others and tells some hilarious tales of how his 'Walk A Mile' project has been received by the younger generation.
Gary is a gentleman and reminds us all to not be so hasty in judging others, also that creativity manifests itself in the unlikeliest of places.
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Ep 98: Sarah Peters' lifelong love of drawing has taken her through drama, directing and media.
Sarah Peters loves to draw. She follows the heart without overthinking and this has led her to creative work in various disciplines, including directing, drama and marketing.
She has aspirations to enter the illustration world and her work is certainly taking her that way.
We discuss why it's important for some people to take the unplanned route, to take time and arrive at places in natural time. Sarah shares some valuable social media advice and a few hilarious tales of drawing in public.
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Ep 97: Graham Wood, founding member of Tomato & ex head of art at JWT New York shares his story
Tomato's creative work is globally respected for its timeless, soulful, forward thinking innovation. One of the key components to their work is Graham Wood.
A graduate of Central Saint Martin's, Graham discusses the benefits of the freedom to explore at art school, how working other jobs before his creative education played a key role in his journey, work with the band Underworld and the beginnings of Tomato.
How does Graham feel about today's creative industry? We talk about his time with JWT New York in the advertising industry and his brand new book, Memory Is The Medium.
Graham Wood is a creative pioneer and this is a must listen episode for all those interested in creative thinking, distinct visual identity and avoiding trends.
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Ep 96: Kate Forrester, hand lettering specialist and prolific book illustrator
Kate Forrester is a hand lettering specialist and illustrator. Her work has graced the covers of many books and many other projects including murals.
I meet her to hear the story, how her distinct and hugely popular lettering originated and developed.
Like many of us in the creative industry, Kate took a slightly skewed route to where she is today and she explains the role her ambitions to be an illustration agent played.
Let us know your thoughts on lettering and book illustration! Send any questions to @arrestallmimics on Twitter and Instagram
Ep 95: Changing creative disciplines - Jay Taylor shifts from a decade in illustration to fine art
Change. It's a frightening word at times. Jay Taylor built a successful career as a freelance illustrator and over ten years worked with The Guardian, Channel 4, Mixmag and many other major clients.
Then he began lecturing at Coventry University and with the financial pressure off, began to explore his personal paintings on a deeper level. After successful shows, he has evolved and committed to a new direction as an artist.
Why the change? What were the motivations and how does it feel to make such a bold step away from something so successful?
What would you like to change, have you changed or are you afraid to change? Get us your thoughts @arrestallmimics on Twitter and Instagram.
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Ep 94: All things Typography and letterpress with Kim Vousden!
Kim Vousden is a typographer, graphic designer and image maker. I join her in her London studio to talk about letterpress, typography and good design practice.
Why is it essential to know the rules before breaking them? How has the analog language of type seeped into modern mainstays like Adobe InDesign and why is process and space so crucial to creating great design?
Kim treats us to the beautiful sounds of a 1950s letterpress machine!
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Ep 93: Maximising YOU. Personal impact specialist Jodi Goldman discusses owning who we are
The imposter syndrome, the week on week confidence rollercoaster, the baggy, knackered hoodie we creep out to the shop in. There are many battles we fight in the pursuit of a creative career, but the biggest of all is against ourselves.
Personal impact specialist, Jodi Goldman joins me to discuss maximising what we already have in our arsenal. In an industry where individuality and character are crucial, it's too easy to hide away the things that will set us apart for myriad reasons and Jodi explains why.
Why is admitting flaws and owning them crucial in order to progress. Which traits are hard wired and what can be changed?
It's a fascinating insight into self-perception, psychology and what we need to do to connect with the right people, clients and peace with who we are.
What are the flaws you love and why? Get them over on Twitter @arrestallmimics and check out the Instagram @arrestallmimics.
Supported by Illustration Ltd and Heart Internet
Ep 92: Ben Rothery's detailed nature illustrations come with a rare tale of clear direction!
Ben Rothery has just unveiled his stunning new collection of illustrations for The Natural History Museum. His painstakingly but beautifully detailed work is powerful and aesthetically pleasing and he joins me to tell me how it all began.
How did his fascination with nature and species come about as a youngster and how does it feel to spend days on a single drawing?
Ben tells me why he was a difficult student, in a rare position of knowing exactly which direction he wanted to take his creativity and what kind of response that received.
How many times have you encountered the rare combination of illustrator and strongman? I know. Not many, right? Well prepare to be wowed by the double life Ben leads...
It's a great insight into dedication, drive and ambition.
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Ep 91: Illustrator & Central Illustration Agency founder Brian Grimwood LIVE with the AOI
The first ever, sold out live edition of Arrest All Mimics, presented by The Association Of Illustrators in Shoreditch was a resounding success and now you can hear the whole show.
Brian Grimwood is an illustration institution. With over half a century of experience and work with two of The Beatles under his belt, he shares the journey he's been on and continues to enjoy with ever evolving results.
How did it feel to start working in a culturally vibrant 1960's London and what were the steps into industry without formal art school/university under his belt?
What's the story behind working with George Harrison and his moustache? Brian is charming and inspirational as he explains why he shifted to iPad work from his trademark energetic, loose organic artwork.
We take audience questions and touch on some of the points in the interview.
A big thank you to Central Illustration for supporting with drinks and Ustwo for the wonderful venue.
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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: Ex Buzzfeed UK illustrator Rebecca Hendin
Illustration doesn't have too many formal, full-time in-house roles. Rebecca Hendin, however, worked as the in-house illustrator at Buzzfeed UK and joins me to discuss her brilliant work with the online news company along with her own projects.
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!
Get us your own examples of negative experiences transformed into positive creative work at @arrestallmimics on Twitter!
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.
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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: Illustrator/photographer Danny Allison's skateboarding injury was his launchpad into the arts
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