Here’s Elli et Jacno, a French electropop duo from the 1980s with their video for the rather melancholy “Je t’aime tant” (I love you so). It might not quite be our favourite song by the pair but the video is the best one we could find down the youtube goldmine and they are wearing amazing outfits! They released a great bunch of songs but our favourites are “Mains dans la main”, “Oh la la” and “Le telephone”.
Here’s Real Estate – a nice bunch of chaps playing a lovely bit of melodic indie to warm your cockles. Directed by Weird Days, this very tastefully put-together video features a large four-legged animal and a beat that you can’t nod your head to no matter how hard you try. Also, if anyone can explain to us why the drummer keeps changing we’d be very grateful.
Last Sunday we were at Fair Play Brighton, a new illustration and zine fair at the North Laine Brewhouse organised by illustrator Jessica Sharville. The North Laine Brewhouse was a great venue for hosting the fair, with a nice selection of food, a huge variety of beers and a brilliant, eclectic mix of music provided by DJs from FIP. It was much smaller scale than some of the recent events we have taken part in, which gave it a really nice friendly, cosy atmosphere. Here are some photos from the day…
Prints and badges by Billy Mather
Prints and zines by Jessica Sharville
Print by Girl Shit (aka Zoe Bailey)
Pebbles and skulls by Adam Moore
Print by Marcelina Amelia
Prints by Tilly Barker
Our Patrick looking a bit forlorn at the start of the day
Prints by Ben Gore
Ever heard of Soña Lee? Well you should have because her very colourful characters are popping up everywhere – in the usual illustrationy places like magazines but also on the sides of buildings, vans and beer bottles. Soña describes herself as a Seoul-Rotterdam-based artist making illustration, painting, murals, animation and art. She has worked for some very cool clients, collaborated with some other great artists such as Ming Sin Ho and Levi Jacobs and had a solo show (Soñazone – take a look at the photos). We love her amazing cast of characters and her striking choice of colours. She very kindly sent us a load of sketchbook pages (see the bottom of the post) to share and they are super neat and crispy and ooze imagination. Give her a follow on Instagram yeah?
Winter season risograph print
The Beer Pilgrim’s Porter
Painting for “Less Island” group exposition
“Imaginary Friends from my Sketchbook”
Truck Painting with MingsinHo for the flower shop in Rotterdam
Illustrations for the cover and quiz pages for Uitagenda magazine
We love the wall art that Soña makes, we’re really hoping she’ll come to Brighton soon and paint a massive mural.
Mural project – photograph by Montana Spray KR, www.streetart.kr, www.excuzzzz.tumblr.com
Here are the sketchbook pages Soña sent us…
On Sunday we travelled up to East London to take part in Hackney DIY Art Market. It was a gloomy, chilly day but loads of people managed to make their way to the event and we had a great day running our stall. Our pal Tom surprised us with a visit and we all had falafel wraps from our favourite kebab shop on Stoke Newington Road, washed down with Supermalts. Here are some of our favourite things from the other stalls at the market.
Menacing monochrome ceramic figures by ceramist and illustrator Lucy Kirk
Fun patches by Londoner and embroiderer Jess Warby
Cool screenprinted T-shirts by fellow Brightonians Good Day Club
Super cute Pigeon toy by Stephen Glove
Nihilistic tote bags and prints by Gotvitaminc (Jamie Morrison)
Beautifully illustrated and highly amusing books by Stella Salumaa
Fun and colourful ceramics by London-based duo Leah and Andy, aka It’s Alright
A little film of Patrick’s drawings during the day, mostly based on people spotted at the market.
Thanks very much to everyone who bought stuff, people who made nice comments and to the organisers. We will be selling our wares again at Brighton DIY Art Market on 30th April 2017, 11:00-18:00 at The Old Market.
And finally, the award for the most chic dog at the market goes to this little chap.
Woo it’s Friday! Here’s a new music video by Cowtown, an excellent band from Leeds who make “dynamic over-stimulated indie rock”. We saw them perform last year at the West Hill Hall, one of our favourite venues in Brighton (it’s tiny and you can bring your own booze!). Our Patrick remembers watching them play in Leeds back in 2004!
In the video animated by Pstl cstl the band travel through landscapes inspired by old computer games, recognisable to people who will have played on Ataris, Sega Megadrives and N64s. We spotted Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, Echo the Dolphin and Mariokart. We love the animation and we love the music – watch it now!
Hello everybody, here’s Andrea Chronopoulos! Andrea is a Greek/Italian illustrator and is currently based in Rome. He is a member of Studio Pilar collective and has worked for an impressive list of clients including The Guardian, The New York Times and Fred Perry. We have picked some of our favourite work from his website to show you as well as some great sketchbook pages (at the bottom of the post) that Andrea kindly sent us. We love the way Andrea uses clean lines and warm colours to create images that are often humorous and also seem to hint that something else (something mysterious?) is happening behind the scenes.
Poster for Gelati Fanzine Festival exhibition “Latte+Ghiaccio”
“Think You’re Ready for Kids? Get a Dog First” illustration for GQ.COM
Cover and some illustrations for the book “Brutti Sporchi e Gentili” by Guillaume Guèraud, published by Biancoenero Edizioni
Two of a four page story for “Me ne stavo seduto forse fumavo” by Perropanda edizioni
“Scratch, then sniff, then sip…” illustration for the June 2016 issue of EasyJet Traveller magazine.
“The blind community has high hopes for self-driving cars”. Illustration for January/February 2017 issue of MIT Technology Review
Illustration for the September/October 2016 issue of Planadviser.
Illustration for The New York Times Op-Ed
Illustration for the September 2016 issue of Plansponsor
Alone in Memphis
Illustration for RadioLuiss program I Gettoni
Here are the sketchbook images that Andrea sent us. It’s interesting to see his work pared down to just black ink on paper, we especially love the fashion man with his “What is Fashion” book. If you want to see more of Andrea’s work (and some cool gifs), have a look at his website. He also has a Tumblr and an Instagram account.
I like to look at you card by Laura Berger
Oooh it’s nearly Valentine’s Day!
Here’s our top favourite Valentine’s cards from some awesome illustrators available on Etsy. We’ve picked cards that are cute, sweet and a little bit weird. Feel free to send YUK FUN a card!
You’re sweet card by Asking for Trouble
You’re HOT like a curry by Hello DODO
I could eat you by The Nosuch Disco
I love you this much by Studio Boketto
I will share my nuts with you by Vicky Ramsey
LOVE YOU TO DEATH by Gillian Wilson
Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
In December 2016 we ran a stall at the very wonderful and inspiring Hastings Illustration Festival. The best thing about taking part in an event like HiFest is that you get to see brilliant artwork and illustration by the other exhibitors. In amongst the stalls we found artist and illustrator Stephen Fowler and his wondrous book about the art of rubber stamping. The book is worth having just to look at and enjoy, even if you don’t actually want to do any of the practical stuff inside – there are examples of work by some amazing artists, such as Jeremy Deller, Rob Ryan, Natsuko Oshima and Zeel. However, if you’re after exciting new ways of making images then there are lots of easy to follow instructions on printmaking. The techniques demonstrated in the book cover everything from printing edible images on to cake icing to faking Bigfoot’s tracks. The book has clearly been very carefully put together over two years, with most of the illustrations and diagrams made by the author with his own stamps.
Rubber Stamping is published by Laurence King and there are lots more pictures of the book, plus some interesting thoughts on the content by the author on his blog.
Stephen will be running a rubber stamp passport project at Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) at Arnolfini, Bristol, 1st-2nd April 2017. He is also making a limited edition rubber stamp book for Craig Atkinson at Café Royal Books, which will also be launched at BABE. He will be running workshops with The Idler on the 22nd April.
Lucy bought the book for me as a Christmas present and Stephen very kindly stamped the book with some of his stamps as well as writing a personal message.
Repeating designs to create texture
Rainbow printing is definitely something we could get in to!
I love the alphabet by Zeel on this page
Spooky vegetable prints