Thursday, 16 January 2014
This was a right treat. I got to illustrate some of the lovely Topman Design product showcased at the LCM show (which included real rain. yep. humidity is rising people). The full write up Matt Bramford is now live, his photos are right pretty. HERE
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Tabby over at Spindle Magazine has put together a fantastic list of beauty do's and don'ts. From gone off creams to evil sponges, she's got it all covered this one. We're doing a series of these through January so keep your eyes peeled for the full set! Go and have a read and learn something about make up expiry dates and proper dirty sponges.
It's LCM which means if you're an illustrator, you'll not see daylight for about three days. I was approached to come up with some hair styled illustrations for Chris Maul's write up on the top 5 hair trends of A/W 2014. I love what I do and this was proper good fun. Check out all the runway shows online so you can see the luscious locks in motion! Head to Spindle Magazine for the write up here
Saturday, 4 January 2014
I've finally put together my list of resolutions for 2014 for Dom&Ink. In a years time you can find me and slap me in the face if I don't fulfill these bad boys:
1 - BLOG MORE
I admit it, I have blogging issues. I have enough trouble forming a sentence about my work let alone a blog. But with all these tweetin, twerkin and instagrammin, a blog is essential in kick starting your name, portfolio and business out there! So I intend to blog MORE. I was gonna say once a week, but between a part time job, regular commissions and getting 'Map My Heart' out there, I barely have time to upload my ramblings. I do however always make time to do my quiff, cause hair is super fun.
2 - INSPIRATION
I get inspired by the most random things ; comics, people in Bolton Superdrug, clothing etc. One thing that inspires me and always gets my brain thinking, 'National Geographic' magazine. Why? I have no sodding clue. But after reading about the mating cycle of a water buffalo, I'll sit up and think 'ooooh I should do a comic on.....'. I think it's good people share what inspires them, because you can see the method behind the madness. And with me, I quite literally am borderline insane.
3 - METHOD
I thought it would be useful doing posts on the materials I use to create ma doodles. Or even HOW I put my pictures together or books etc. I haven't ever really explored that route on here and it's something I want to develop.
4 - FINALLY WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY
I have never watched it. However I did catch a clip on Christmas Day and I must say a)Lady Mary looks fierce. Love her. And b) I like the wallpaper they have in the house. I'm just gonna watch it for the wallpaper.
5- FIND HENRY CAVILL AND MAKE HIM LOVE ME - rather self explanatory
6- A WEB COMIC
Storytelling is a massive part of my illustrations. This sounds rather arsey but every illustration I do I like there to be a character or story behind it. When I was younger I used to bash out self made comics like no tomorrow. In my early teen years I produced such hits as horror comic, 'Slasher', 'Godzilla In New York' and who can forget the thrilling 'The Dead Cellar' about a woman with short term amnesia who is trapped in her cellar but keeps forgetting why and how to get out. Just call me Jane Austen. So yes, 2014, keep your eyes peeled for the first ever Dom&Ink web comic. Or web soap opera?
7 - MERCHANDISE
I keep being told to produce prints, t-shirts, cards, cushions, gift wrap etc. It is something I am dying to do, at the moment it's just working out how, when and what. If anyone can think of any of my stuff they think would suit a certain product then drop me a tweet @dom_and_ink...
8 - MORE EXHIBITIONS
I get asked to do them and sometimes I have to say no as I'm busy. This year I am determined to do more. Anyone for a 'Map My Heart' book exhibition down Brick Lane? HIT ME UP
9 - RE-WATCH SUNSET BEACH.
10. WORLD DOM-INATION
And that's it...for now :)
So this year, aside from unicorns, snow queens and disco Rudolph, I thought, 'Let's do a Mean Girls Christmas doodle'...So I did. Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas!