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First things first.

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It’s a little bit late, but happy New Year guys! Mail Me Art: Open All Hours (MMA4) is still going strong, although we’ve been a bit lately quiet on that front. We’ve decided to delay the exhibition and latest book for the minute and start the ball rolling on them again in late 2016 which will be followed by the launch of Mail Me Art: Apocalypse (MMA5). However, this does mean that MMA4 is now open again for submissions and all you need if you’d like to take part is the Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet (MMA3) book. The reason for the delay is that the LCS is currently working on a complete redesign of the illustration promotional service Hire An Illustrator and it’s no small feat. Once that’s complete we’ll be fully updating Mail Me Art’s website and social pages and further integrating them into the Little Chimp Society to turn the LCS into the creative community hub we always intended it to be.

The awesome bit of mail art above was sent to us just before Christmas by our friend Beach and I’m sad to say today… RIP David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), legend.

The London Illustration Fair 2015

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Taking up residence in the Bargehouse, a four-storey warehouse on the heart of the South Bank, The London Illustration Fair 2015 will showcase the work of 50 young, emerging illustrators, selected by an esteemed judging panel made up of some of the UK’s leading figures in the illustration and graphic arts. – The London Illustration Fair

December 4th-6th… More information.

Carlos Garde-Martin‘s newly formed collective Hip! Hip! will be there exhibiting and doing live Gocco printing with bags of quality art related stuff to buy. The video above is from Carlos’ Brighton Cityscape Mural. It looks like the Illustration Fair is going to be an awesome event.

Introducing Comic Artist Brendan Purchase

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The man, the myth… Nah only kidding! Brendan’s only been working professionally as an illustrator and comic artist for 3 years now. But what makes him worthy of a mention on the LCS is that we’re really digging his style and the offbeat look of his character work. It’s a refreshing change to the over-polished work dished out by the House of Mouse and DC these days. The organic feel and obviously hand drawn look in my opinion (when it comes to comic work) gives the reader more opportunity to use their imagination and really get into the story. Brendan’s style of work only tends to be seen in indy comics, which is a shame really. It’s not as if bodies and the human figure aren’t distorted beyond nature in the mainstream comics and graphic novels, so why can’t comic artists be a bit more loose with their artistic interpretation instead of perpetuating a distorted view of beauty? Anyway! That’s another topic for a whole other conversation. Brendan’s figure work looks bloody awesome and you know the work was done by someone with talent that cares about art.

Check out a bit more of his work below and have a gander at his full portfolio at brendanpurchase.co.uk. He specialises in horror and dark imagery and is currently taking on new commissions.

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Art Business Bootcamp with Marc & Lauren

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Marc Scheff and AD Lauren Panepinto of Drawn + Drafted and Dear AD are now accepting sign ups for their Art Business BootCamp! It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic program with invaluable advice for professional freelance illustrators of all levels. Registration closes on the 30th November.

An art career is about more than just making art, it’s about creating a successful business around that work. But the landscape is foggy. There’s no single path. Success looks different for everyone, and we often feel like we’re just spinning our wheels. It can be confusing and emotionally draining. We’ve been there… – Marc & Lauren

You can find out more about the bootcamp at artbusinessbootcamp.com or you can SIGN UP NOW and invest in your future today.

An LCS interview with Paul Shipper

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Darren Di Lieto: Paul Shipper is an artist inspired by old school theatrical posters and the movies of the 70’s and 80’s… The hair rock years! Paul’s illustrations have been praised by the likes of J.J. Abrams, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Tom Hanks, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s. Now we are delighted to ask him anything we want!
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A Scribble of Illustrators Exhibition

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Eleven of the west-country’s finest children’s illustrators will be showing their diverse range of techniques and skills, as well as hosting various family events, readings and workshops over two weekends at Walcot Chapel, Bath, during the Bath kid’s literature festival.

Participating artists: Joe Berger, Paula Bowles, Jo Empson, Yasmeen Ismail, Sean Julian, Steven lenton, Henning Löhlein, Gwen Millward, Donough O’Malley, Lauren Tobia and Sarah Warburton.

Workshops for children (3-8years old), book readings and signings will be announced soon. Exhibition open from 12am to 5pm. More info: A Scribble of Illustrators Exhibition

How to Approach US Art Directors

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Words of wisdom from 3×3‘s Charles Hively, the Jedi Master of working with art directors and quality illustration. Charles is going to be running a 3-hour webinar which will be a bitesized version of the full-day workshop he held in London, October 2014. It’s $50, but worth every penny and they’ll be a Q&A.

We’ll discuss the most important times of the year to send out materials, and the months that are a waste of time and money. We’ll talk about the best day and time of day to contact a prospective client. We’ll explore what to put in a subject line that will get an art director to open your email. And what months you should plan a visit to New York and how to set up appointments. And we’ll share with you the materials that come across our desk from both photographers and successful illustrators. Learn from their success. – Charles Hively

The webinar will be on the October 24th, 9am-12pm EDT and you’ll find tickets via Eventbrite at http://tiny.cc/3x3webinar.

Presenting the MMA4 Submission Gallery

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The deadline for sending in a submission for Mail Me Art: Open All Hours has now past, but we will still accept late submissions until the New Year. It’s just submissions that arrived before the deadline will get priority if there ends up being a lack of space at the exhibition or in the next publication. All you need is a copy of the Mail Me Art 3 book if you do want to take part. We will do our best to accommodate any late submissions that do arrive, but as mentioned we can’t make any promises.

If you’d like to check out all the current submissions, we’ve just put up a gallery of all the Open All Hours mail art. Visit the Mail Art Gallery for Mail Me Art: Open All Hours, it also includes a list of all the MMA4 contributors.

Saltopus x Andy Smith Impending Doom T-Shirt

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Saltopus and Andy Smith have teamed up to create this iconic t-shirt! Andy Smith is a hand lettering supremo and Saltopus sell awesome t-shirts and apparel which means them working together is a match made in heaven.

If you weren’t aware Saltopus is run by the same people who run the LCS! We love Andy’s work and we have done for years, so being able to work with him on this t-shirt was a dream come true. You can buy the tees directly from saltopus.com and they ship internationally. Available in sizes S-XL and you can pay with most major credit cards via PayPal. What are you waiting for?!

Buy Now: Saltopus x Andy Smith Impending Doom T-Shirt

The Captivating Art of Jason Limon

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We’re always happy to see Jason Limon‘s work pop up in our Facebook feed. He’s a very creative and talented artist with an unbelievable consistency. I think we’ve been following his work since 2007, when he took part in the first Mail Me Art. We’ve still got his mail art in storage… I think. We might have to fish that out. :)

His weird and furry creatures are awesome! I’d really love to purchase two or three of his original paintings, but I might have to settle for prints, as is normally the way when you’re a minor league art collector. And don’t even get me started on how amazing his sculptures are!

Check out the rest of Jason’s work at… limon-art.com.