Come to Lineup on Saturday 4th May and make a felt character with Jayde and Jess.
Animals, monsters, dinosaurs, mythical creatures – everyone's welcome, there aren't any rules; just let your imagination run wild.
Create a beautiful masterpiece, or mix and match heads with bodies, we'll provide split pins so your character can have movable limbs and a life of their own. The more weird, wonderful, colourful, fun and mysterious the better.
We do ask for a small donation to help us finance our costs – but we'll leave that up to you.
Nadine Faye James will be at Lineup on the Saturday with her trusty Olivetti typewriter, offering typed portraits of visitors for just two quid.
The tiny price doesn't reflect the genius of these portraits, which are quite, quite brilliant. WIth just a few key strokes, Nadine can capture a fantastic likeness; anyone who knows me will recognise me up there on the right and Matt has been using his portrait as his Facebook and Twitter profile photo for years.
As far as we're aware the event is the first time that the Book Fair, which serves the whole of the publishing industry, has aimed an event specifically at illustrators. The general idea is to provide an opportunity for practicing illustrators and students of illustration to meet with art directors from leading publishing houses.
We're thrilled to tell you that, from 30th April – 4th May, we will be taking over the Mall Galleries in Central London, a stone's throw from Trafalgar Square. We'll be mounting an exhibition of work by our talented illustrato.rs artists, as well as throwing the space open to other individual artists and collectives.
There will also be other exciting events happening in the space over the week, but we're keeping schtum about that until the end of this week when we will also be announcing our initial lineup of artists. Follow us on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook and we'll keep you up to date.
Each week our new feature, Watch This Space, will focus on new illustrations or work in progress from a different illustrator. This week we're featuring Canadian illustrator Chad Geran.
With over ten years of illustration and art direction experience, Chad has worked on a wide range of projects from branding to animation, from greetings cards to web design.
Bringing it a little closer to home, Chad created these valentines cards for his son to give away at preschool:
2012 has been an action packed year for Natasha, seeing student life end with a Best of Year win at this year's D&AD Student Awards. She has also recently finished an internship with YCN and is now looking forward to 'making it' as a freelance illustrator.
You can usually find her working with a mixture of charcoal, ink, pencil and paper cut outs, using the computer as a final editing tool. Vibrant colours reflect the playful side of her work which often celebrates the natural world, landscapes, botanical oddities and science.
Do you keep your style consistent or is it something that is always developing?
I try not to stick to one way of working in order to keep things energised and fresh. This enables me to experiment and keep my eyes peeled for interested new approaches. I think style is a more intuitive thing, like handwriting or a preference for colour. It probably develops over time, according to changing interests but its not usually a conscious decision.
Rose grew up in France and returned to England to study illustration at University College Falmouth and in 2009 she was awarded a grant from The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to further her studies.
She currently lives in Cornwall by the sea, exploring new directions in printmaking and the presentation of illustration in unusual contexts.
Her clients include: Port Eliot Festival, A-Side Studio, QEST, Waitrose, Origin Coffee, Country Living, The Independent on Sunday, The National Maritime Museum, The Guardian, Garden illustrated and the Woman's Weekly Magazine.
Can you describe how you make images?
I use a printing process called collagraphy to create my images. I have worked long hours bending this technique to my will and making it my own. I can often be found knee deep in scraps of mount board, shavings of pva glue and discarded scalpel blades. Collagraphy is a time consuming and imprecise art and the imperfections can disappoint or delight.
The real joy comes from creating a truly unique, strong and graphic image.
Lucy Driscoll is an illustrator and collage artist, graduating from U.W.E. Bristol in 2009. She creates collages using old annuals and encyclopaedias, heavily influenced by an artist's residency she undertook in rural Finland last December.
Can you describe how you make images?
I start by rummaging through car boot sales and flea markets looking for old magazines and encyclopaedias, and I then compile ideas in my sketchbooks with the images I've found.
Once I've got a composition I'm happy with on a page, I scan it in and begin enhancing it digitally. The amount of work I do in Photoshop varies from image to image, but I usually overlay flat simple shapes.
Where do you take inspiration from, beyond the work of other artists and illustrators?
Graham Carter is one of the most exciting illustrators currently working in the UK, and has worked at the forefront of his industry for the last 15 years. Graham's client list is extensive and he has enjoyed successful campaigns with Aviva, Bupa, Orange, Waterstones, Visa and Monster.co.uk. His illustrations can also be spotted in a wide variety of editorial publications such as The New Scientist, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
Graham currently lives in Seaford with his wife Alice, baby son Noah and Mr Bojangles the cat. He can often be found printing, sketching and making a mess in his studio in Brighton.
What are you working on at the moment or what's preoccupying you at the moment?
Since leaving The Royal Academy Schools in 1987 Martin has painted and exhibited extensively. He has screen prints in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, The House of Commons and University College London Hospitals and paintings have been selected for The Royal Academy Summer Show on numerous occasions.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working towards an exhibition 'South London Purgatory System' that I have organised at Le Garage Gallery 115 Dulwich Rd SE24 0NG, from the 19th of October to the 1st of November.