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Zombie Playing Cards Kickstarter Project

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I’ve recently launched a KickStarter campaign to produce a fully illustrated deck of playing cards with a zombie theme running throughout. Each suit contains a different set of the living dead representing the King, Queen and Jack as well as a skull motif for the Ace cards.

External Link: Zombie Playing Cards Kickstarter Project

ThinkVisual & WeForest e-Calendar: Call for Submissions

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Cork-based company Think Visual (the company I work for :) ) are helping produce a lovely desktop wallpaper e-calendar for WeForest, a charity who do amazing work enabling women to plant trees at the equator. Inspire people around the world with your beautiful tree-inspired art! Full details on the link.

External Link: ThinkVisual & WeForest e-Calendar: Call for Submissions

Win A Cintiq Companion With Draw to Score!

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Wacom Australia is giving away a Cintiq Companion to one lucky artist in the Draw to Score competition. They are partnering up with illustration studio, The Drawing Book & The Loop to bring this awesome offer to artists around the world. Anyone can enter and all you need to do is create an illustration, artwork or animation and record your process. If that doesn’t sound enticing enough the winning work will also be exhibited at the prolific Affectors Melbourne Event, October 31st. Submissions close on October 20th and the winner will be announced October 24th.

External Link: Win A Cintiq Companion With Draw to Score!

Steve Stone’s Picture-Book on CBeebies – Cantankerous King Colin

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I completed a picture book for Maverick Books, which was published this year. The book is written by author Phil Allcock and is called Cantankerous King Colin. I received the wonderful news that the the book was to read by actor Tom Hollander on CBeebies Bedtime Stories (most recently known for his role in TV series Rev and character Cutler in Pirates of the Caribbean) The story is about a King who does exactly what he wants, because he can, because he is King. But there is someone who can tell him what to do… The reading was first aired on Monday 15th of September and can be seen on BBC iPlayer until Monday 22nd September.

External Link: Steve Stone Picture-Book on CBeebies – Cantankerous King Colin

MTWAPA DAYS | A SKETCHBOOK JOURNAL

In 2009 I went to Mtwapa with my niece, who is the founder of a non-profit called Reason 2 Smile. We went there to check out a school she wanted to support through her organization. This journal is more about the overall feeling of a place I’ve always wanted to experience rather than a documentation of what we did in Kenya. It’s what the people looked like to me and what the environment felt like to me. I keep these kinds of journals because they inspire future work when I get what is equivalent to a ‘writer’s block’ for an illustrator. It helps me remember what had inspired me about a certain piece at the time, and that memory recollection always brings back my flow. Some of these drawings were done during my trip – in the aeroplane, others in Mtwapa, and some I completed when I got back home.

Gobblynne: Brand You Triple Award Winner!

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I went along to Bordeaux Quay in Bristol last night to watch the Brand You Awards ceremony, celebrating the work of individuals and freelancers within the SW’s creative sector.

I had been nominated for three awards, and was absolutely blown away (and actually a little embarrassed) to win each category!

The categories I won were:
ADVERTISING
This category invites entries from individuals who have created great advertising including ambient, art direction, charity, copywriting, consumer advertising, direct mail, illustration, outdoor, press ads, recruitment, self promotion and typography.
ANIMATION & FX
This category invites entries from individuals who have created great animation or FX and should include examples of the finished product and the story behind the project.
VIRAL CONTENT
This category invites entries from individuals who have created great online advertising, video or viral projects or campaigns. The content itself can be an article, a picture, or a video, but it must be very funny, controversial or information so that people feel an urge to blog about it, to tell their friends about it and to forward it on.

I’ve only been living in Bristol for just over three years, so this accolade means a lot – to be selected among many of the fantastic creatives in the South West of the UK. I’m part of the SW crew, yip yip!

External Link: Brand You Triple Award Winner!

Quirky Map Illustrations by Elly Walton

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It’s been a busy year and many of my recent commissions have been fun little maps for the likes of Waitrose Weekend and UK business magazines. Here are a couple of the new pieces, illustrating an area of Tuscany for a feature about a business conference weekend and the activities available to the conference attendees, and a map of Barcelona for a feature about making an eco-friendly trip. There are lots more little n large maps on my site, do take a peek!

External Link: Quirky Map Illustrations by Elly Walton