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D&AD New Blood 2013

With all the graduate shows going on, it seemed silly of me not to scope out another generation of competition. I chose D&AD New Blood this year, as I haven’t been before and it’s free. Win win. I thought it was a stunning display of talent, in particular the product design (it always amazes me that people can make these actual real things). But I was primarily there for the illustrators. Overall, there was still very much emphasis on hand-drawn, home-made, childlike stuff, and using paper cut-outs. Not new, but done very well. My stand out picks:

Emily Nash

Emily Nash

Matthew Callaby

Callaby

Fionn Jordan

 

Life Drawing, Crouch End

Recently I found out about a fantastic life drawing session that happens right around the corner from my humble abode. And it only costs a fiver. Not that I don’t love my novelty/trendy/costly classes in central LDN, as you can see here, but this is everything I’ve been looking for. They don’t have a website, and most of the artists there have been going for decades, literally. The clas itself has been running since 1985 – that’s longer than I’ve been running as a human! Long story short, it takes place 30 Rosebery Gardens, Crouch End every Thursday 8–10:30, open to all (but don’t take the corner easel IT’S MINE!)


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Buses: W3, W5, W7, 41, 91

 

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