I've been working on an exciting project for Data Discs records. They are a company who are releasing video game soundtracks on vinyl. They have had a great response from the gaming community which I have to admit I know nothing about (with the exception of Tetris, the only video game I can play!). Its been a fun project especially being able to use some fantastic illustrations from the Sega archive. If you're a fan of gaming and vinyl you need to check them out.
Wondering around Soho recently I decided to visit the comic book shop Gosh, a place I used to frequent in my student days. As I browsed the comics I was amazed by the variety of design, illustration and printing techniques used. It was also nice to see a mix of people and genders buying comic books - when I first walked in 15 years ago the clientele were mainly men! I suppose we have to thank the big hollywood movie franchises that have increased the popularity of comics and have made so many more people aware of this art form. I for one am not going to leave it so long before stocking up!
Here is a selection of the comics I bought on my recent trip. They are all worth checking out:
Jungle Night by Renata Gasiorowska
Pages On A Theme by Kristyna Kaczynski
Treasure Island Part 1 by Connor Willumsen
Dumb #1 by Georgia Webber
Traditional calligraphy has never been to my taste but I've been coming across some great examples of 'modern calligraphy' on social media. Trying to teach myself has not really worked so I booked a place on a workshop and spent a couple of hours along with a gang of women learning the basics. This has been a challenging process (who knew!) and is going to involve a lot more practice but here are a couple of shots of my work so far.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery is well worth a visit. Each portrait tells a different story but what really came across to me was the trust that each sitter had for the photographer. I cannot choose a favourite but here are a few of the shortlisted portraits.
On a quick trip to Berlin I visited the Pergamon Museum which is currently under going major refurbishment work so only a small section of the museum is open to the public. The small part of the collection I viewed was amazing and I can’t wait to go back when it’s complete in 2020.