Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
Earlier in the week, the plan was that I would go and sketch during Adam Ant's York gig- and possibly get a more detailed drawing of him backstage. Sadly, on Thursday night, I got a message from Vicky, the editor of 'One and Other,' to say that Adam Ant had declined being sketched- even a very quick doodle.
In order to compensate for the lost Adam Ant 'sting,' I was assigned to go a sketch the Mayor of York during interview.
Friday afternoon, I met writer Ben Osborne from 'One and Other,' in front of the mayor's smart Georgion home, 'Mansion House.' Ben and I waited outside the tradesman's entrance, down the side of the mansion, nervously expecting a snooty butler. Instead we were greeted warmly by the mayor himself, who led us up in the lift, to his 'granny flat.'
It felt a little like going to visit your grandad. The mayor chatted amiably about sports he likes, how he's not really into all that art, that gallery stuff.
After a generous amount of time alloted for interview plus sketching, we were given a tour of his extensive house. The moment that will stay with me forever, is when we were shown down the grand staircase, lined with portraits of mayors from hundreds of years past, I reached the bottom step, and tripped on half a jug of orange juice, which had been left there by a servant or steward in absent mindedness. I cringed and apologised in embarrasment, but The Mayor dismissed it with a wave of a hand, and said he'd send someone round to deal with it.
Once we left the sturdy, elegant house, steeped in history, and left the friendly down to earth host, we were back into the street, with throngs of schoolkids from Middlesborough, and day trippers from Toledo and Texas, ambling the gamut of tourist-traps.
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
I made this image today.
It is my entry for the Stylist Magazine competition to design their 100th issue front cover.
I have used imagery from New York one hundred years ago- from the year 1911. The style from that year was phenomenal, and the early skyscrapers from that early era were the most graceful and elegant. My piece is a tribute to that age, and as an Illustrator, I owe some gratitude to the artists, filmmakers, fashion designers and Illustrators from the 1910s.
Yesterday I started my first day as an Illustration Intern at the media organisation 'One and Other York.' Once I had found out that the post was assigned to myself a few days before- I got a selection of papers inks and paints together- and placed this essential desert island collection into a small suitcase. (I am obsessed about being prepared for a new scenario.)
I arrived an hour early near their offices in the new section of York University 'The Ron Cooke Hub,' a large wooden beamed echo chamber moated by a duck pond. My feeling was one of disbelief. I had applied for the intern post a few days before, and hadn't believed I would be accepted. To steady myself, I took an espresso crashed on a couch and glanced through a newspaper.
Eventually I went up to the office- and spoke to the editor Vicky Parry. After a short amiable chat, I got assigned some killer tasks. This Friday I will have a press pass to Adam Ant's York comeback gig, where I will produce some sketches to coincide with the written review of the night.Later on I will sketch the mayor of York and the musician Mark E. Smith during their respective interviews, to fit with the written articles.
I am exited about the other people involved, particularly the Illustrator Michaela Meadow, who will be my colleague over the next three months. It turns out I am already familiar with her work and magazine, which is a bonus(check out her wonderful magazine here: www.magpiemag.net)
Anyhow, Michaela and I were given a handful of venues in York to go out and sketch- to use as images to illustrate 'One and Other's' venue guide.
The sketches above are the results of yesterday afternoon- an amble round sunny York, until gales started blowing in front of the Minster and foiled my attempts to continue!