At the start of this year I came across the work of a very talented bunch who go by the collective name ‘SOYU‘. Some of my most admired artists and designers are part of it, like TADO and Andreas Preis, so I wasn’t surprised by how impressive the range of t-shirts and prints were. What caught my eye at first was their original concept, of a ‘Creative Zodiac‘ – artists had created beautiful images for each year of the zodiac. I seriously love all of them, but some of my favourites are:
My pics don’t exactly do it justice but I can assure you the quality is fantastic, and it came with some stickers and a card with the quote: “Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend…” which I love. So I suggest you check out the wonderful SOYU and all the artists involved.
I can’t remember quite what jogged my memory of the Wuzzles, all I know is that a frantic googling of ‘Bumblelion’ secured my decision to pay homage to this awesome Disney creation.
The wiki article is brilliant: “Wuzzles features a variety of short, rounded animal characters (each called a Wuzzle, which means to mix up). Each is a roughly even, and colorful, mix of two different animal species (as the theme song mentions, “livin’ with a split personality”), and all the characters sport wings on their backs, although only Bumblelion and Butterbear are seemingly capable of flight. All of the Wuzzles live on the Isle of Wuz.”
How was this not a winning formula? It was cancelled after 13 episodes, the shortest running Disney animated series ever.
My chief memory wasn’t the cartoon though, but a toy my sis had. It looked something like this:
Anywho, back to my homage. What would happen to the Wuzzles if Disney had allowed John K (Ren and Stimpy creator) to take over? I’d like to think something like this would happen:
I’ve done my fair share of life drawing in the past – at college we used to go every week, and I had a couple of intensive days of it on my foundation course at Wimbledon UAL. I really believe it’s the best way of improving drawing skills, working under different time constraints and challenging my sense of perception. So, with plenty of reasonably priced classes and drop-in sessions (some free!) I scoped one out and gave it a go. It’s been far too long.
I found Central London Life Drawing Society on Meetup, and went along to a session in Camden. It was above a pub and only cost £11 for 2 hours – win win win! It was great, super model and Tony, who led the class, was never obtrusive and gave great feedback if asked.
Website for a children’s bookshop based in Sussex. The client wanted to be able to update the site and manage content easily and quickly, so I used WordPress to build it. They also wanted to maintain their existing logo, and show the shop and it’s interior. I drew inspiration from a silhouette of a child reading they had on their previous site, and created a scene for the site’s background.