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Mind the Gap No 78

London Transport Museum and The AOI often run a competition culminating in an exhibition at London Transport Museum. I went to the exhibition last year, and decided to keep an eye on when the next competition opened. I have enjoyed illustrating London in the past, because it's a topic that's so familiar to me, and it's easy to go and find inspiration. The brief for the competition was 'London Stories'. The story could be true or fictional, big or small. Whilst looking online for interesting facts and stories, I started looking at old newspaper articles. I found a story about a man who drove his double decker bus over the gap between Tower Bridge. This story stuck in my head and so I decided to illustrate it. Telling a whole story in one image can be a challenge, so I wanted a story that wasn't too complicated, and this seemed right. 

I used my iPad to make some quick sketches to work out what kind of composition I wanted, and collected some images for reference.…

Creative Media Camp 2018 - Canon and Ideas Foundation

Whilst working as an outreach ambassador for UAL, I was fortunate enough to get asked again to make a short film for Canon and Ideas Foundation, showing some behind the scenes footage of the Creative Media Camp hosted at Chelsea. I worked at the 2017 Creative Media Camp, and it was a great experience to be able to return again this year and make another film. 

I spent the whole week filming and taking photos, and by the end of the week I was the photographer at Canon HQ for the pitches and the announcement of the winner. I really enjoyed being able to practice editing a film.

It was rewarding to be given so much freedom and trust. The mentors running the workshop gave me complete creative freedom, and trusted me to be able to get it done in time to show at the end of the week. Once the film was completed, they wanted to be surprised and so didn't watch the film themselves until it was shown to everyone at Canon HQ. It was amazing to be trusted so much with it. I really enjoyed the p…

World Illustration Awards 2018 - Somerset House

The World Illustration Awards is always an exciting exhibition to see, and it came at a time when I was in need of some inspiration. 

Here are some of my highlights:

Owen Davey - 'Facebook Fundraisers'













Magoz - 'Do you have questions? Ask!' and 'Fishing'

I always like looking at how illustrators approach animation. These gifs created by Magoz are creative but convey a simple idea. They inspire me to try creating more short animations, keeping them simple. 












Anthony Zinonos - 'bigSWELL'
His work showed me how powerful collage can be, and the importance of decision making. It made me consider the difference between ripping and cutting paper, and the strength of negative space. 

















Loris F Allessandria - 'Adobe - Education Exchange'














Cinyee Chiu - 'Acknowledgement'
I really like the use of texture in this animation. It reminded me of the kind of work I want to create. I enjoy using texture in my work, and creating animations is something that I am enjoyin…

PITCH

PITCH was an inter-disciplinary design event at Old Spitalfields Market, curated by first year design students from Camberwell. It focused on environment, narrative, interaction and exchange, attempting to reimagine the marketplace. 

This event is a result of a growing relationship between the market and Camberwell College of Arts, which was established from the event we organised and ran last year, Spitalfields Illustrated. I really enjoyed being a part of the organisation of the event last year, and it taught me a lot about how to plan events, sell work and how to collaborate and lead a team. It was a great experience to be able to return to the market as part of this larger event, organised by first years. It was nice to take a step back on the organisation side, and just enjoy selling work and interacting with the public. Although, I did get involved with the running of the outlet stalls at the event, and organising the money after. I always enjoy this part, and it was rewarding to…

Sketchbooks and Postcards

My final products for the Sell Yourself event are some handmade sketchbooks with unique covers, and some postcards (2 designs). The brief asks for an edition of at least five. I was a bit unsure about this because I wanted my sketchbooks to feel handmade, and so I wanted each cover to be different, but using the same shapes and colours. I liked this idea because I wanted the customer to look at them all and have to choose their favourite, or even buy more than one. I wanted them to feel as though they are getting something unique. 

To make sure I definitely fulfilled the brief, I decided to print some postcards. I handprinted them using foam stamps, however I chose two designs and tried my best to reproduce the same design each time. It was more difficult than I thought it would be to get them looking as close to the same design as possible. Each one is slightly different of course, but that is the nature of printing by hand, but I managed to make them as similar as I could by using a …

Sell Yourself at Artist Run

The build up to the event was busy as usual. There were so many things to organise and check, and we wanted to make the event as good as possible! 

Setting up in the venue went well, with the curation team organising it. They had decided the layout of the space the day before, which made it so much easier. Of course there were a few last minute issues, like going out to buy a few things we suddenly needed, or more people arriving with work. It was great to finally see the space (other than in photos), and see everyone's work together. Promotion in the surrounding area seemed strong and we noticed quite a few posters on the way to the venue. And whilst setting up, we already had people passing by, asking what was going on. 

The event was incredibly busy, and the weather stayed nice! There was a moment mid afternoon when it started to get quiet, but as soon as the free drinks appeared we got very busy again. It was much busier than we expected, and we made more money than expected too…

Frumpy Monkey - A Peckham Tale

The film for the performance we filmed in the studio using the green screen is finally done! It is interesting to watch the film after not having thought about the project for a long time. I found it really funny, and I think it's a great thing to be able to look back on. We all enjoyed the project and working together, and the film is almost like a celebration of that. 

Using a green screen for the first time was exciting, but I was also a bit apprehensive. Having not planned to use a green screen, of course some of our props might not have been the most suitable - especially the bright green TV!! But it was fun to experiment and try something new. And we do have the film from the venue as a back up option. Yuzhen kindly edited the film for us, and she did really well. The quality is a bit lower, because when the green is picked up, it picks up some noise too. However, the lower quality is quite nice, and the large, bold backdrops work so well to bring the colour and fun to the fi…