Hand painted mural for Hanbao. The whole mural was 25 metres (80ft) long and was designed to celebrate the build of their next site. For more information and an interview, see the feature on US based Good Type <click here>
Hanbao was one of those projects that hit a real ‘sweet spot’ - a great brief and scope for creativity. I was called in initially earlier in the year to create a screen printed artwork that would be displayed through the restaurant (this also became the foundation for the ‘All Beef No Drama’ wall painting).. As the process continued Sebastian and Alexander, the brothers behind the brand came up with more requests to get further involved and the initial screen print turned into almost a ‘residency’ - spending more and more time moving from one artwork placement to the next - floors, walls, toilets etc etc. Including some additional process shots - The large ‘H’ started as a quick idea in my sketchbook that developed into a 6ft high concrete statue that took 5 men and an industrial ’skateboard’ to move into place.
The ‘All Beef, No Drama’ prints were signed and limited to 150 each colour way and given out on launch night.
I’d really like to thank Sebastian and Alexander from Hanbao for the opportunity to work on the project, Greg from Design Religion for initially bringing me in and DJC building for all the help, in particular managing to not even flinch when I proposed making a 6ft concrete statue of an ‘H'...
Last week was a great week, It involved the usual mix of ink, work and coffee but I was also invited to the the launch of something pretty special. Launched on September the 1st 2016 the Karlbox is a collaboration between Karl Lagerfeld and Faber Castell. The Karlbox is limited to 2500 sets worldwide and features a lot of stuff - a real lot of stuff...
In fact if you want the full story... <click here>
…and heres a piece in this months Vogue… <click here>
The Karlbox was simultaneously released around the world to be sold exclusively at Karl Lagerfeld boutiques worldwide, Faber-Castell stores and Harrods London and it was great to be invited to the launch at Karl Lagerfelds Regent Street store in central London to first-hand see the level of detail and quality throughout the entire product which is outstanding.
One of the things I really enjoy as part of my work and travels is meeting other creatives and finding what drives them and where they want to that drive to lead them and the launch was a really good opportunity to meet some new artists and creators and catch up with some old friends (more on that in a minute...).
Some of the guys I met with on the night were…
Wanted to say a big thank you to all the family at Faber Castell and Karl Lagerfeld for taking care of every part of my trip and letting me see such a unique, special product.
Secondly, the trip was a great chance to catch up with an incredibly talented friend, Kelvin Okafor. Thats Kelvin and Carlotta from Faber Castell below. If you haven’t seen his work, have a look here… www.kelvinokaforart.com
Kelvins takes photo-realism with a pencil to the next level. (actually, the next-next level) and he’s been working for the last 12 months on a solo show called ‘interludes’ which is on from 14 September to 1 October at Albemarle Gallery on Albemarle Street in West London. I’ve seen some printed copies of the works which will feature in the show and can’t wait to see the real thing when the show opens. If you get the opportunity, go along as this will be an absolute essential visit….
I've mentioned it before and get asked about it quite often but I get through a lot of pens. A real lot of pens. Over time the nibs grind down a little so they lose the 'sharpness' a little but still have lots of life (or ink) left in them so they can be relegated to filling in, or as trial pens for the drawing on food which is an absolute pen killer.
It can get really confusing as I can have tens and tens of them around me so have taken to marking up the caps as a new batch comes into circulation rather than take hours taking and putting caps back on looking for a fresh nib!
This week I had the pleasure of speaking at The Kiln. The Kiln is an enthusiastic, collaborative community supporting creative, craft and tech small businesses in Worcestershire and I had been asked to speak at the event based upon the theme ‘How to be Innovative’.
The title of my talk was 'How panic, necessity and coffee found me in the Daily Mail’ and discussed a particular aspect of what I do, why I do it and where it all came from. It was a great opportunity to meet part of the ever growing creative and tech community and to catch up with some old friends and I wish the guys at the Kiln the best of luck with securing a permanent co-working creative hub space.
All photography of the event covered by the excellent James Greenoff
Experimenting with lettering on a continual loop for a project...
Really pleased to finally announce these. Its a range of double walled ceramic cups with silicon lids. These are now available across Europe and will be launched in the USA and rest of the world in January.
This also seems a really good time to thank you all for your support. Seeing the cups grow from a quiet day doodling alone when I started freelancing and had no work on to this range being produced is amazing, and the project has largely been spurred on from the feedback I get. The support I've received has been incredible from every corner of the world, so sending you all a big thank you. Many more pictures of the range on the To Go? gallery. Please contact Lifeofjay.com for any sales enquiries.
I really enjoy putting these together, watching how the layers and layers of detail come together to create the final piece, walking the line between just enough and too much detail....
Last week was a funny week. I've been a big fan of the Faber Castell PITT series of art pens for a long time so when Faber Castell contacted me with an invite over to Nuremberg as a guest to their International Drawing Awards and to visit the production processes and team behind the products I jumped at the chance. It was also a great chance to draw on some coffee cups and abandon them around Germany to run the gauntlet of claimed and taken home or trash bound.
It was a creative fuelled adventure that the Faber Castell staff organised and made me feel like a PITT pen carrying pop star. One thing I did pick up from talking to all the staff, from the web manager, the PR team all the way to the guy who is responsible for the pigments and testing how much pressure to put on the pencil lead before it breaks (yep - they even do that) was a passion for the heritage, the company and the products they create.
An added bonus was the company Faber Castell had put me with. Worldwide talents such as...
...which made me realise, after some time spent together how important (and how hard it can be at times) to follow your passion. We all had different paths, struggles and goals but there were many parallels that ran through us all, truly inspiring people.
Big thanks to Carlotta, Sandra and Teresa and all at Faber Castell.
Will hopefully see you again soon...
More fun with the process and paper plates, everydays aim....Create.
Starting to have some fun with these now and hopefully helpful to the feedback I get to highlight my process and how some of my designs come together.....
See below, in response to feedback and requests some 'stop motion' style animations of how some of my pieces come together...
I get a lot of great emails, calls and requests for videos and to see my 'process'. The truth is, I don't have a strict process I work to, often the lettering i'm drawing and the surface I'm drawing it on end up dictating the process and time always plays a key factor too but I thought i'd create some 'stop motion' style videos of how some of the finished pieces come together to hopefully give you an idea.
Hope you enjoy....