The Gallimaufry commissioned an illustration for their weekly rhythm and blues night. Themes of Americana, road trips, musicians and signage were suggested and this was the result. I focused on a limited palette, building the main core of the image as I would when creating a screen printed image.Read More
Another poster image commission from Bristol's The Gallimaufry, this time for their weekly Northern Soul night. I approached the job, again, as if planning a screen print, sticking to a limited colour palette working with simple shapes to get across a feel of the music and emphasis the fact it's an only-vinyl night...Read More
Great to have Young Einstein (Ugly Duckling) take time out from his tour to DJ at The Gallimaufry last weekend. He's quite the gent. Here's the illustration I drew to promote the night depicting the man himself...Read More
It’s been quite a journey over the last two years with local curios bar and restaurant, The Gallimaufry. Right at the start I was invited to create their stage mural, with which I applied some already existing characters and introduced some new ones. At the time I wasn't really aware of how defining of the venue this mural would become, so it only seemed appropriate to create an image for the first year party, featuring all of the characters.
The Gallimaufry is a magical venue - full of other artistic creations from Tom Mead, Lucy Smailes and Josh Owen, as well as carefully curated exhibitions. Add on the delicious food, an excellent drink selection, top-notch live music and friendly staff - and you can see why it's like a second home for me.
As well as being involved artistically, it's been a joy to hold down a regular DJ residency, playing vinyl-only sets to weekend crowds.
To celebrate two years of being open, I've created a new drawing, this time featuring two of the characters on a mysterious journey, one supporting the other.
This drawing will be available as a limited edition, signed print on the 2nd year party night - 16 March, 3pm til late. The originals of both drawings will be on display and for sale in the exhibition area.
Year 2 party details here.
I'll be kicking the proceedings off with a choice selection of soul and jazz.
All are welcome.
The Gallimaufry set me a good challenge last week to design and illustrate a poster advert for their Monday night Open Mic, hosted by the incredible Jay Wilcox.
The challenge soon became apparent when I started to research and think about the various ways to clearly advertise such an evening, that has such a well-recognised premise. Internet hunting quickly revealed that the common-place open mic event has a pretty appalling repertoire of badly designed posters. Perhaps due to quick designs in Word or Paint and possibly on the cheap by a pub owner! Obviously, I wanted to avoid that and any obviously easy solutions.
The Gallimaufry's open mic is open to all manner of musical styles, with the most common place item being the microphone itself. I wanted to figure out a way to integrate the microphone into the text and immediately began to think of the "i" in "mic" being an obvious letter to replace. At first I thought about the microphone being attached to a stand or having the connecting cable coming out of the bottom of it. However, both those options seemed to be quite cold and impersonal.
I'd been provided with a snappy line of copy about the offer for those who take part: "Play us a song or 2, have a drink on us if you do." This informal phrase felt very much like something you might have scribbled down or been passed on a scrap of paper, which led to a thought about bringing the individual directly into the poster design, with one hand clutching such a note and the other the microphone.
After that the rest of the design came together very quickly. I drew out the hands, adapted a standard photo of a microphone, adding a circle around the microphone head to form the 'O' in Open and after sketching out some small design thumbnails composed the final design layout - incorporating The Gallimaufry colour palette, logo and address footer.
Layouts where the text was on a horizontal axis made the composition look stilted and stiff. So, to encourage the interaction between the drawing and the type, I deliberately slanted the key elements of the design within the A-size advert. This also helped add a level of informality - an important attitude for any good open mic to adopt, being as it is often the platform for many a debuting musician.
Doing this job reminded me of this great TED talk I'd listened to recently, featuring a brilliant song to conclude.
For those who may have missed it, I slipped a small collection of new work up at Bristol's curios bar, The Gallimaufry, just before Christmas. The exhibition continues til 19 Jan and is open daily, with all work for sale. Click here for to find your way there.
The new paintings are on wood, referencing mystical tribes, spiritualism, and magic. This, combined with my love of shapes, colour and animals, made this exhibition a joy to put together.
I've also put up some recent screen-printing work.
Bristol's long standing and slightly tired looking 'The Prom' is now but a fuzzy memory. In its place is the much cosier and warm 'The Gallimaufry' (already affectionately known as 'The Galli') with it's exposed rough wooden surfaces, nooks and crannies and off-centre artwork. I was commissioned to produce a mural to run along behind the stage area, reflecting some of the artwork I'd produced for 2011's Deep Into The Woods exhibition. Here are the results...