Monday, 14 December 2009
I was asked by Holland Diep to draw a comic strip based on a short passage from any book I loved. I chose this bit from Roald Dahls, 'My uncle Oswald', I was asked some questions about it, incase you cant read the dutch article here are the answers I gave....
I read all of Roald Dahl books when I was a young boy, as everyone does (or should), so i feel a good bond with his stories. I read this book on holiday in spain with a group of friends this summer, and everyone loved it so much. We all thought it would make a great film, and we tried to imagine who would play all the different characters from the book (there's so many !) The story is wonderful, and made me laugh alot, Roald Dahls writing is brilliant and it lends itself so easily to visual media. There were so many scenes to choose from, so i reread it and highlighted bits that i thought would make good visual statements. The first sketches I did were from a scene at the Ambassadors reception, where Oswald is being introduced to all the ambassadors from around the world, i thought it would be good to draw lots of ambassadors, but in the end it didnt have very much narrative and was a bit plain, so i scrapped that idea and looked for something else with more of a story. There's some really funny scenes so it was hard to choose, but in the end I chose the bit when Oswald sneeks down the corridor of his Parisean landlords late at night to their daughters bedroom for some sexy times. This scene didn't really pose a challenge as the sentence structure lends its self so well to comic book format. The dialogue is word for word from the book, and its broken up into short visual sentences with enough scope to draw funny things. I love Roald Dahls dark sense of humour, so maybe there are parallels in that way. I didn't think about Quentin Blakes illustrations when I was doing this project, I mean, the story speaks for itself and could be illustrated by so many different styles. Quentin Blakes drawings are iconic and so linked to Roald Dahls childrens books, so i guess it was nice to take something that Roald Dahl wrote for grown ups.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Hand printed 2 colour screen print edition of 35 avaible from the Monstertruck gallery in Dublin
OFFSET2009 kicks off today in earnest with a sexy little group show in Monster Truck.
We’ve asked the sauciest creatives around what turns the on for an X-rated gallery show. The walls of the intimate Monster Truck Gallery will be filled with images exploring their darkest, erotic, sexy thoughts and weird fetishes. Be warned this will be a strictly over 18 show and not for the faint-hearted.
Featuring work by Tim Biskup, Tara McPherson, Gaetan Billault, Jon Burgerman, BRENB, Airside, Serge Seidlitz, Micheal Gillette, Steve Simpson, Mike Perry, Chris Judge, TADO, Brian Cronin, Jeremyville, D.A.D.D.Y, Richard Hogg, Nate Williams, Richard Gilligan, Scalder, Asbestos, Conor & David, Aisling Farinella & Cliona O’Flaherty, M&E, Alan Clarke, Brian Coldrick, Phil Dunne, danleo, Ana Benaroya and more.
The exhibition will open Monday 2nd of November at Monster Truck Gallery on Francis Street, Dublin 8 at 7pm and will run until Sunday 8th of November.
MONDAY 2ND-8TH NOVEMBER @ MONSTER TRUCK GALLERY
FRANCIS STREET, DUBLIN 8
Drinks Reception supplied by the good people at Heineken.
Monday, 2 November 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Im off to Dublin tomorrow for the first time to take part in this event -
"Heineken Expression - the unmissable UV art and music experience. It's like nothing you've seen or heard before.
We've really gone all out for this one, pulling together some incredible acts including The Juan MacLean (DJ Set), Dancepig and The Field to name but a few. The UV Art Off is definitely not to be missed, with a choice selection of the finest illustrators battling it out to the backdrop of some top-notch tunes."
Sounds fun! http://expression.heineken.ie/
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
The Doodle Bar presents PARTY by Tom Basden.
A pre Edinburgh Festival show Starring Tom Basden, Anna Crilly, Tim Key, Katy Wix and Jonny Sweet.
PLUS a special solo performance by Tom Basden afterwards.
Tickets £5 prebooked or on the door.
Box office: 0207 978 7788 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In a humble garden shed in deepest Suburbia, four young idealists have decided to form a new political party to save the world from itself. The new fifth member, Duncan, sets about saving the world from them. Party is a new comic play about coffee, whether to call the party 'The Friendly Party' or 'Gladios'. And when exactly, they should break to eat cake.
Two years after he stormed the fringe, picking up the 'if.comedy Best Newcomer' award, a raft of glowing reviews and enjoying packed out shows, TOM BASDEN is back with a solo show and this; his beguiling and startlingly accomplished debut play. Displaying the same deft wit that brought him into the public eye at the fringe and the subsequent success of the BAFTA nominated 'The One and Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island', as well as BBC4's 'Cowards', Basden's astonishing new play is by turns hilarious and incisive, poignant and tragic.
Basden is joined by a cast of the boldest and most imaginative comics on the fringe; ANNA CRILLY (British Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Nominee 2008, star of BBC2's Lead Balloon), TIM KEY (BBC4's Cowards, We Need Answers, Screenwipe - BAFTA nominee) KATY WIX (Extras, Time Trumpet), and JONNY SWEET (Writers Guild Nominee) and directed by Fringe First winner PHIL BREEN.
it starts at 7.30 pm
Friday, 24 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
The Raphael room at the V&A provided an amazing backdrop for a 90 minute drawing battle between Debut artists ; Craig Ward, Chris Price & myself Vs Dutch Uncle illustrators Noma Barr, Kustaa Saksi & Dermot Flynn. We were the winners based on the volume of the audiences reaction to the final drawing.
Last week Iris organised a debut art pictionary type battle between Harry Malt and myself. We had two minutes to interpret phrases drawn randomly from a hat. Thanks to Adrian for organizing it all, its was loads of fun...
Check out Iris' 'Under the Influence' blog for more pics from the evening....
...and Harry's blog for a lots of good stuff. I definitely want one of those oujia board posters!
Monday, 22 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Chris Price, Craig Ward and myself will be drawing, painting, and collaborating in creating a live artwork at The V&A on the 26th of June 2009.
The event, Pen-Paper-Scissors, is part of their ongoing Friday Late events programme.
The night is devoted to the crossover between Illustration, Graphic Design and Animation in celebration of the V&A Illustration Awards 2009. The key emphasis is on the multi-disciplinary nature of illustration. Hence our involvement.
We will be joined by 3 of the best illustrators from Dutch Uncle, and will be pitting it out for 90 minutes in a live Secret Wars "battle" in the John Madejski garden. The collective artworks will then be judged by 2 appointed judges, both from the V&A, with the additional final vote coming from the all important crowd via a decibel reader. Yep, a decibel reader.
Harry Malt will also be running a drawing workshop in the garden. All artworks created at the workshop will be exhibited on the night, with the best pieces (judged by all the competing artists) being given signed sections of the final Secret Wars artworks. Not sure how many sections will be up for grabs but should be a very cool prize.
Other goings on on the night include, talks with Julie Verhoeven and Graham Rawle. As well as screen-printing workshops, live animation and Peepshow creating a live stop motion film during the course of the evening. It's free to get in, and there are bars running all night so please do come on down.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Print Club presents Secret Blisters.
35 Illustrators.35 Edition and hand signed prints.35 Pounds each.
We are bringing together a mixture of 35 emerging and established illustrators from pen to mouse to those who cover walls, for another summer bonanza of hand pulled, screen printed posters.
Here’s a sneak preview Miles Donovan, Anthony Burrill, Kate Moross, Jody Barton, Eine.....
To add to the excitement we are also launching new illustration book 'For love and Money' featuring several artists from our show! BUT this year we are making it a little bit harder.
All artists signatures will be a secret, so no buying for 'namesake' just the ones you love!
Like last year all prints (signed and numbered) can be on your bedroom wall for £35 each.
Our only rule is that you can only purchase one of each artist’s posters.
Secret Blisters will run from 26th to 28th June 2009 at MC Motors, Millers Avenue off Arcola Street, Dalston, E8 2DS.
Friday night opening 6 – 10pm (Please RSVP)
Saturday: Pull a 'Pure Evil' Limited Edition so first come first serve!
DoodleBar is a blank canvas waiting for guests to get creative, and even Vivienne Westwood is popping in for a scribble
by David Vincent Friday 5 June 2009/ The guardian website
Finally, a pop-up bar with some credit crunch cred...instead of rip-off prices. Tonight the DoodleBar opens in Battersea, London, with beers for £2.50, and bottles of wine for a tenner. The events café-cum-bar, built through bartering and sourcing furniture from the giveaway website Freecycle, is a low-cost, high-concept sort of place intent on spurring creativity in the community.It will host exhibitions, screenings, classes and workshops throughout the summer. Many will be in collaboration with Onedotzero, the digital arts organisation that provides educational outreach to young children and teenagers. Forthcoming events include monthly film screenings hosted by Vivienne Westwood, and US filmmaker Jamie Johnson giving a free talk and screening of his new movie Sounds Like Teen Spirit. But the DoodleBar, as you might surmise, is also designed to be a haven for - doodlers. The walls, chairs, tables and even waiters are all blank canvasses, waiting for some creative types to come scribble, sketch or plain graffiti them. "The waiters will be wearing white jeans and shirts," says Jules Cocke of filmmakers Squint/Opera, who along with illustrator Serge Seidlitz, came up with the idea for the bar. "You can doodle anywhere you want on their clothes. It's up to the waiters where they draw the line." There's a VW Beetle, a Seventies chaise lounge, a sled and a ping-pong table in need of a little colour. And there's a basic mural of London mapped out and people can add whatever they like – the Thames and Big Ben are already in situ. During the day, the bar will turn into a café, serving salads and sandwiches. There's also free Wi-Fi. "The aim is to make The DoodleBar into a walk-in, constantly evolving work of art, created as a collaboration between all those who visit," says Seidlitz.
• The DoodleBar, Ransomes Dock, 33 Parkgate Rd, Battersea, London; thedoodlebar.com; launch party 5 June, 6pm-12am. Café: 9am-6pm. Bar: check calendar.