Thank You!

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Hello everyone! Just to say a massive thanks to everyone that pledged to the Kickstarter, we managed to raise £11,000. If you did miss out it’s not to late to get one as Amelia (the person who organised the whole colouring book) is offering a 25% when you use the code LAUNCHSPECIAL:

http://ameliasmagazine.bigcartel.com/product/amelia-s-colourful-colouring-companion

Unfortunately it’s going to be a very short one as I’m sure like you, I’m busy getting ready for Christmas and New Year’s! Hopefully I’ll post before then so I won’t say my ‘Merry Christmas’ just yet. I’ve also only just realised that I’ve forgotten to post my End of Year Exhibition, so I’ll rectify that as soon as possible.

Till then.

 

It’s Live! The Colourful Colouring Companion

It’s here, it’s here! A little while ago I was pleased to announce that I was selected to take part in Amelia’s Magazine Colouring Companion and that a Kickstarter would appear soon after. Well, it’s live now and you can check out the project in this neat little introductory video!

For those that don’t know what Kickstarter is, it’s a place where various creative projects are put up and people from around the world can ‘pledge’ a set amount of money towards the project. Depending on how much money you pledge it can entitle you to many juicy rewards like prints, books, back issues of magazine etc and the project will only get funded if it reaches it’s total goal. You can read all of the information on the Kickstarter before you pledge if you are unsure (link below).

Anyway, I’m digressing, I’m super excited for this project and if you’re looking for something unique for Christmas (either for yourself or for someone else) then this would be it. Check it out, there are 40 other illustrators and there are a bunch of interviews on them on Amelia’s website.

If you just want to just straight into the Kickstarter (you eager beavers) the link is here.

Till next time. (More exciting news on the way!)

DefinitelyJenny Loves: Toby Rampton

Hello, hello! This time on ‘Definitelyjenny Loves’, I’m going to talk about a real cool cat, Toby Rampton. Based in Norfolk, his expertise is in the silk screen process, creating interesting colour schemes and marks within his work. He has had his illustrations featured in a wide variety of places, such as The Guardian and M&S. I’ve always loved his creative use of composition and mark marking, which produces quite distinctive and recognisable work. Today I’m going to focus on two of my favourite pieces by him, the first a wordless children’s book: The Mambo.

Highly commended in the Macmillan Children’s Picture Book competition 2014, The Mambo explores a ‘jazz milk bar for cool cats and Jivin’ Jimmy’s bestselling performance’. As with most of his work, I loved the colours and composition, particularly the way it shows light. It’s all silk screened too! You can also buy your very own copy here.

The second project is his self-initiated book jacket for Alice in Wonderland. I love this! The design, the colours, the typeface, it’s all quite lovely and it’s a nice take on something that has been done to death. It also looks pretty damn good printed too:

So, that’s it for now, all these images were taken from his website, so do check it out. Before I leave we actually did a bit of collaboration together a while back. We swapped hand-made postcards with each other; the car with movable wheels is Toby’s to me and the boar pin puppet was my postcard to him. What was such a delightful surprise was that he actually went and animated it! 

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Amelia’s Magazine | An interview with Jenny Tang: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

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Hello everyone! It was a little bit of a hush hush, but I think I can finally reveal that I am going to be featured in Amelia’s Magazine! It was a to create a colouring page spread (half coloured, half to be coloured in) for an upcoming adult’s colouring book. There will be a Kickstarter coming soon which I’ll post when it comes, but in the meanwhile I did an interview with Amelia which is now live on her blog. Go check it out! (Extract and link is below):


Jenny Tang contributes a vibrant image to Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, featuring loads of excitable dogs chasing some sausages, I love it! Jenny is a recent graduate of Bucks New Uni with a degree in Graphic Arts and would one day like to get into publishing and editorial…

Source: Amelia’s Magazine | An interview with Jenny Tang: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

DefinitelyJenny Loves: Wintercroft


Hello again! So, in this ‘DefinitelyJenny Loves’ I decided to shine the spotlight on Wintercroft, a tag team business of husband and wife based in the UK. Whilst they are now currently expanding into other areas like jewellery and clothing, Wintercroft first started by selling their instructions for nicely designed low-poly 3D masks which you, yes youcould download and make yourself. As a person who loves papercraft, design, animals and recycling, Wintercroft manages to roll it all into one and I have become a big fan of them. I love the emphasis they place of re-using, often encouraging crafters to use materials/card stock they would already have at home such as cereal boxes.


Some designs are more streamlined and simple (but nonetheless visually appealing) like this beagle mask above, to more complex and intricate like the elephant (which comes with an articulated trunk!).


I love the versatility of the designs and have seen them used at festivals, political protests, costumes and in retail. I already have a growing list of which masks I want to make and plan on making some when I get my own space! Who knows, maybe I’ll post the results if they’re good enough. Please do check out their website as I’ve only just scratched the surface of the choice of cool designs that they offer. So for now, I’ll leave you my current favourite design (I keep changing my mind which one I like the most), the dragon mask which you can also make articulated claws to match!

All images were taken from the Wintercroft website which can be found here.

D&AD New Blood

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Hello! It’s been a long time I know, for that I apologise. I’ve recently graduated and it’s been a whirlwind of ceremonies, celebrations and CV’s. So, whilst I need to play a bit of catch up first; I have a lot of ideas for future blog posts, so as always I appreciate you patience. Anyway, first catch up, back in July I had an amazing experience exhibiting at this year’s D&AD New Blood. For those that don’t know, D&AD is an organisation which promotes Design and Art Direction usually with a big focus on branding. Every year it hosts ‘New Blood’, a big event where live briefs from various companies are posted out to all students. The select few who have fulfilled their chosen brief most creatively are awarded the coveted ‘Yellow Pencil’ award. I didn’t enter this year, but as a part of the ‘New Blood’ season it hosts a sort of ‘trade fair’ style exhibition which universities can partake in.

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The best of the best from the universities are put forward in their stalls, hoping to attract potential new students as well as showcase new talent. There are many articles which better articulate the sheer amount of talent and creative work (I will post these articles at the end) than I could, so instead I’m going to focus more on the range of exhibits, some interesting observations and our own stall. (Also because I’m an idiot for not taking down names so I can’t credit them.)

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Firstly, the amount of people that pass through those stalls are incredible, some are just curious passer-bys and others are no nonsense industry people, perhaps looking to snap up the next hotshot creative. Even so, one of the undeniable benefits is having the opportunity to talk to a range of people as well as fellow students. Of course, despite these large numbers, each university is continually vying for attention; months of preparation is put in layout, concept and content of the stall all in the hopes of getting as much of this short and fleeting attribute as possible. Unfortunately, as is with competitive environments like these, there are always many students that get left in the dust. The stalls are small and some universities excel at making it work, utilising the space really well. Others go for a strong and eye-catching theme like the fish mongers (see below).

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However most students never get the light of day, which is a shame and it had a tendency to pit student against student. There were a fair few internal conflicts in regards to whose work was to be shown in many institutions.

It is also interesting seeing the bigger universities, who have more money/resources and comparing them with the smaller universities. The usually buy up multiple stalls, putting up a lavish display of Macs and printed brochures whilst smaller ones just put up some work and leave. Talking to one student, they were told by their tutor that they were only allowed to bring what they could carry on the train, as they couldn’t afford van transport. Which brings me to another downside; unless your university is close to London or mega-rich you’re going to have a hard time at D&AD. Not saying it’s their fault at all, but as I was walking around, the further away universities got from London they were usually simpler and unmanned. Which makes sense, to transport everything from say, Wales, must be a hell of a lot more expensive and time consuming, even getting students to man the stalls is harder. Who is going to cover the cost of travel? Where would they stay?

Despite this, it is an amazing experience, which provides a steep but enjoyable learning curve for those that partake in it. I’m glad that there is networking opportunities like this and it’s an interesting place to observe the politics behind trade fair shows. As a bonus there were also lots of competitions, freebies and talks throughout the day.

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However, I suppose you’re curious to know what our stall looked like, so without further ado, our stall:

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We designed our own hanging system; the peg boards we created and drilled ourselves, and we were fortunate enough to have had a glass table which one of our tutors designed specifically for D&AD in the previous years. Luckily we were a smallish group so we tried our best to represent as many of us as possible. A lot of people commented that our stall was different which was nice and received great feedback, although many thought we were an illustration course. It’s interesting, as I was in a multi-disciplinary course but according to our tutors, this was the year most of us chose a more image-based final outcome. In the end, we didn’t win any ‘best stall’ awards but I was proud of our stall and the work we put into it. It’ll be interesting to revisit next year’s D&AD…

So that was a brief overview of my experience at D&AD and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you like trade fair style exhibitions? Were you in a university that exhibited? What were your thoughts on it? Until next time!

Extra reading:

Digital Arts D&AD overview/highlights.

Creativebloq D&AD overview/highlights.

Inkfo D&AD overview/highlights

Digital Arts New Blood Winners

Definitelyjenny Loves: ELCAF 2015

Hello everyone!  So, a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to attend this year’s ELCAF. What’s ELCAF you say? Veterans of my blog will recongnise it from my post on it last year, but for all you newcomers it stands for ‘East London Comics Arts Festival’. Hosted by Nobrow Press, the festival brings together comic artists/illustrators/traders/lovers all under one convenient roof. Whilst I will try not to make too many comparisons between this year and the previous, it’s undeniable that the event has gone from strength to strength. No longer just a hidden gem awaiting to be discovered by comic connoisseurs, it’s looking set to be a must-see summer event.

Enough blabbering though, onto the images! This year the event was held across two venues, The Laundry and SPACE in Hackney, with the bulk of it featured in The Laundry. The day was warm and bright and it was already buzzing when I arrived. However, down the side of the building was where the real party started…

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Underneath the building was a fantastic large industrial space which held a wonderous collection of exhibitors. As with the previous year, ELCAF features a nice mixture of independent publishers and household names as well as emerging new talent and international comics.

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There was plenty of great work and novels to see and the place was certainly expansive, I always have to be careful and set myself a budget, otherwise I’ll easily blow a sizeable amount of cash within the hour.

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It was good to be able to speak to the artists and illustrators directly as many of them were there in person, it also gave me a chance to get everything signed which is always a nice bonus!

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Another thing which I really enjoy is the different treatment of stalls from each exhibitor, some are quietly efficient, letting the work speak for itself. Others go nuts and add their own creative flourishes, there were definitely stands eyeing each other up, particularly ones that channeled strong team spirit with matching team outfits. It was hard to choose, but I have to say my personal favourite stall was PEOW! Studios, lovely work, lovely people and lovely outfits!

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I also found a nice little interactive activity at the Jonathan Cape stall, I couldn’t resist and quickly scribbled a doodle. There were plenty of other activities and workshops going on, such as dry clay making and toy hacking. Unfortunately I ran out of time for the activities so I don’t have any pictures, however, you can see my Jonathan Cape doodle below:

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Most of the other activities such as guest talks and painting were situated in the SPACE annexe, also home to Steven Guarnaccia’s exhibition, Fatherland. Exploring themes of childhood, father-son relationships and family heritage, the simple presentation of mudane objects created a more sombre affair than the feverish atmosphere of ELCAF, but nonetheless striking.

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It was also here that I had my meeting with Sam Arthur, co-founder of Nobrow. The ‘Springboard Meetings’, which are new to this year’s ELCAF, allows people to book spaces to meet various people from industry. I was lucky enough to grab a space with Sam and was a complete nervous wreck when it neared my time. However, he was super lovely and gave me great feedback on my work, I hope they continue doing Springboard Meetings in the future.

So, I believe that’s it for now, I would like to thank Tim Stevens from Anti-Ghost and the guys from PEOW! Studio for letting me take their picture, all the kind exhibitors for spending a bit of their time talking to me, Angela for inviting me down and Ashley for taking the photographs and enduring my vague, erratic art direction. Next week I hope to put up some images from my time at D&AD New Blood, but before I leave you what would a trip to ELCAF be without a shameless ELCAF haul photo?

Until next time!

My process through dinosaurs

Hello everyone! So, I’m currently going through the fear-inducing process of arranging my portfolio and I found a stack of sketchbook work for a project I did not long ago. It was speculative submission for Okido Magazine. The brief was to create a ‘spot the difference’ page based around the theme of dinosaurs. I though it would be quite a nice project to show my general process for my illustration. So, without further ado, here is my work progress for my illustrations, first I’ll show you the finished project:

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Every illustration starts with sketch and depending on the job, the sketches can range from ultra detailed to fairly loose and quick. When I sketch it’s usually to work out composition, colours and content. As you can see below, it was a loose sketch I did.

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I then used a lightbox to neaten up the sketch. For those of you who don’t know what a lightbox is, it’s a piece of equipment (usually taking the form of a table or large box) that emits light from underneath, making whatever you’re drawing translucent, similar to when you hold a drawing up towards a window. This is good for creating layers and why it’s become a staple item for animators. For me though, it gives me a chance build upon my first drawing.

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I don’t know if you can tell but the underlayer is the first sketch and the second layer is my more refined drawing. Sometimes I like to seperate the elements a bit more as this makes arranging in Photoshop much easier.

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After I’ve scanned in my drawings (at 600dpi usually, slightly excessive but it suits my needs) I then arrange and colour in Photoshop, making further changes and adjustments. BlogBlog-1

At this point felt it was getting there, but needed more colour or something to make it look less empty. I also saved a second version and designated that as the ‘different’ image, erasing certain elements etc. After many different trials and variations I finished on this final image:

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Add in the other elements such as the handwritten text, title…and hey presto! You have a finished illustration. Well, I hope that informative, I know I skimmed over a lot of stuff so any questions, feel free to post it in the comments section below.

End of Year Show: Pinpoint Exhibition

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Hello everyone! It’s been a very busy time for me as offically I have handed in my final projects for university; however I haven’t had a break yet as I’ve jumped straight into organising my End of Year Show. I’d officially like to present to you: Pinpoint! If you look above, you can see my other lovely peers whom I’ve grown fond of in the last three years. It’s coming very quick and I’m never short of jobs to sort out, however whilst I won’t show you what work I’m exhibiting (I’m saving that for a later blog post) you can have a little sneak peak and some behind the scenes stuff on our website:

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Alternatively, if you are about the area either in Wycombe or in London feel free to pop down! There will be free flowing alcohol and some very relieved graduates…


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So that’s it for now, short but sweet and hopefully I’ll be back for more regular posting when exhibition season is over. Till next time!

DefinitelyJenny Loves: Lorna Scobie

Hello everyone! So, continuing with the animal themed posts, I’m going to show another much loved illustrator of mine. Lorna Scobie is a freelance illustrator based in London who loves drawing animals (a girl after my own heart!), using a variety of media to create spontaneous marks and drawings which often befit the subject matter.

Scobie does draw humans but my personal favourites are always her animals, what amazes me is her work ethic and speed of drawing. For example I was lucky enough to participate Scobie’s ‘1 Day’ event in which she challenged herself to draw as many animals as possible in a day. She took open requests from people suggesting what animals to draw (I said polar bear) and then at the end of the day she sold them for £6. And boy did they go quick! I didn’t mange to get the polar bear, but I did manage to grab myself an adorable otter, which I’ll post a picture up soon. For now, I’ll leave you with the digital version:

Pictures taken from Lorna Scobie’s website and Instagram.

UPDATE! Here’s the picture of Lorna’s art next to my Valentine’s Day card from the other half and our little otter, Tarka as promised:

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