Thursday, 18 April 2013
10 Days till The Shoreditch Fashion Show hosted by OffBeat live! Here's a second peek at a 'Shoreditch Scenester Pattern' I put together with the evenings hashtag #TSFS. The night is going to be amazing, and if you're a fan of fashion illustration you'll be in heaven with our wall of fashion doodles! JUST ADDED the very talented Amanda Bailey ( http://thefashionsuicides.blogspot.co.uk) to the mix. Take a look her strong lines, clashing colours and expressive strokes over at her blog. How good is she?!
Tickets are available here
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Explaining the premise of this book is quite hard as everyone has their own ideas and views of what it will be inside. The book is essentially a gift book, one to buy for a loved one, friend or yourself when you're feeling shit, or happy, or really shit. I wrote a huge posting about The Making of Batter My Heart a few months ago which pretty much sums up the premise. It's a compendium for adults on relationships, dating, break ups and getting yourself out there. By no means is this a cheesey book, this is a book of tough love but YOU the reader complete the book.
-WHAT'S NEW -
While I loved Batter My Heart as I felt it hit the right tone, we decided Map My Heart worked better. Mainly because the format of the book is tweaked, I'm adding more pages for you to scribble across, doodle on, rip up, cut out, wipe your bum with. There's going to be loads added to it to really beef up each section on dating, being single, breaking up and more. If I had a load of dollar, I would have produced a huge book on my Masters but due to time restraints and the fact I was ermmm skint, I couldn't. However now I can, so seeing as more interactive elements are being added (trust me there's some crackers going in there) the title needed to change to reflect that.
-DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT -
Book is aiming to be around September this year, yes in 6 months. I'm currently locked away working on it as I type! It will be available in a number of high street stores which I aim to reveal closer to the time! For the time being here is a pic of the book's mock up cover at the London Book Fair on the Summersdale stand and a few spreads from the original Batter My Heart.
STAY TUNED KIDS :)
Since finishing my Masters at Brighton and moving to London, my main aim was to either A) get a book deal for Batter My Heart b) get an agent or c) get famous and join Atomic Kitten. Thankfully sometime in February, I had a meeting with Summersdale Publishing and I can now announce that I'm getting published y'all! Though the book WILL change the basic format and style won't. I'm going to do a post summing up everything about Batter My Heart for those that still haven't had a chance to read it. I can't really put into words how much in shock I am about this whole thing, it's still sinking in and I'm so thankful for this fantastic opportunity to get my book out there and in your hands...
Trust me, this was no easy slog getting published, there was a lot of rejection and at times I thought it would never happen but now it has and with SUMMERSDALE (who are the nicest group of people ever. We bond over biscuits, a biscuit bond is unbreakable people). So for those of you who have a copy of the original self published Batter My Heart, hold onto it, it will at least fetch you £1.80 at the local car boot!
To cut a long story short, I googled myself. Not in a narcisstic way but to see if my doodles were anywhere else on the web. Low and behold, Dom&Ink had been featured on typography and hand drawn text blog BeType. BT is a fantastic place for any kind of word or text related inspiration. Even more shocking is that the heart illo had something like 475 notes and repins! If anyone has any idea how I can get alllll those people onto my Twitter and Facebook pages, that would be great as I'm currently building an audience.... All will be revealed in the next post...
Heart Illo on BeType
Rejection Illo on BeType
Thanks to my brilliant friend Becca, she linked me to the online retailer Motel Rocks about entering their fashion contest. I love drawing me some edgy looking,slightly bunny boiler, crazy dancing women. I had to choose six outfits off the site and then illustrate them for a chance to win. I came in the Top 10 which I was really surprised about as some of the talent was astounding. I want to do a mini review of my favourites on here soon so stay tuned. Also, I won some PENS. And a £50 Motel Rocks voucher, which I gave to Becca and my friend Kelly as I figured while I have a cracking set of pins, there's no chance I can pull off floral printed lame leggings. No chance.
CHECK OUT THE TOP TEPN FINALISTS HERE:
There's a mini tease of one of 10 illos for The Shoreditch Fashion Show Event on April 27th at Hoxton Docks. You may recognise him from an earlier drawing for the Joseph Turvey write up at Amelia's Magazine. I basically traced him and then sexed up with a dinosaur printed suit. Oh and purple hair, cause he's from Shoreditch and he's kinda trendy, most likely has 6 blogs, rides a bike and runs a club night in Dalston. On the downside, when will Topman start making this kinda shit for me?!
Back around January time I was contacted by the Off-Beat collective (http://off-beat.co/) on producing some illustrations for The Shoreditch Fashion Show. For me it was a no brainer. YES times a flipping billion!
The event showcases up and coming independent fashion designers who have been had picked for the show. Even better there are celeb judges like Ollie Proudlock, Mischa Barton and Eliza DooLittle and EVEN better than that there's a whole HUGE WALL of fashion doodles that is being put together just for the event.
Illustrators from across the globe have been whittled down to a handful to have our work featured on an illustration wall. I've already had meetings with OffBeat and the ideas they have for it are really exciting, I think it's going to be like a fashion show that no one has ever seen before!
Tickets are £13, which may sound steep but seeing as you're getting designers, cheap drinks, illustrations, competitions, live music and (if you're lucky enough) the chance to see me in person most likely with a cider in one hand and doing the Macarana in the other, it ain't that bad really.
Book some tickets to partayyyy like it's 1998 here: BUY ME