Scottish Mental Health Art & Film Festival

I am massively excited to announce that I will be working in Edinburgh this weekend for the Scottish Mental Health Art & Film Festival. If you’re about and you fancy it, and especially so if you are a mental health service user, I will be conducting a cartooning (in the loosest possible sense) workshop at North Edinburgh Arts (details below).

The workshop is free but places are going fast so if you do want to book, book now! All artists will have to option to display their work in the Festival exhibition and included in a large illustrated book produced by my arts in mental health organisation, Mental Spaghetti.

The workshop will focus on drawing a comic strip of ‘A day in your life’. Artists (no artistic experience necessary) will have the opportunity to work with lots of different pens, inks, paints and styles of drawing. The comic strip does not have to be a literal day in your life, it can be a feeling, an expression of a particular time, or maybe even no time in particular. You can always do a stickman cartoon too. Anything goes. The important thing is you get to have fun, create, and learn something new.

If you would like to take part please book now by clicking this link.

Edinburgh & Lothian

Working with artist Marie-Louise Plum, you will create your own cartoon strip of a day in your life featuring what you think matters. All cartooners will have the opportunity for their strip to be exhibited in the exhibition and/or included in a book. No artistic experience required.
Venue Information
North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ
Event Information
Sat 8th
Booking required – Telephone Kirsten at CAPS on 0131 538 7177 or
11am – 2pm

North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ

Something I am most proud of, ‘Salted Dream’ is a collaborative illustration inspired by and to accompany a poem in the highly glossy, highly slick ‘Heart on Stage’ project book. The project is the brainchild of Luiz Risi and Leena Yiliportimo, an artist and writer duo from Amsterdam. I’m in no doubt that the book is going to look luscious, and am super-excited to announce that the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam will be exhibiting prints from the book from March 5th – April 24th, 2011.

From the ABC Treehouse
“”Heart On stage” is an art collaboration of illustrated poetry. Nevertheless, it’s not just poems combined with illustrations or vice versa. It’s art where these two ways of expression unite, creating a deeper dimension. All the art works presented in the show are also a part of an upcoming art book of the same name. Coming in March, 2011.”

Location: ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012 XK Amsterdam. Tel: 020 423 0967
Email: Opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 13:00 to 18:00. Website: ABC Treehouse.

The following is lifted from Heart on Stage.

Inbox (12) – a fanzine in postcards.

Inbox (12)

Inbox (12)

I was recently asked to contribute to Inbox (12), a fanzine from Spain, consisting of 12 postcards drawn by 12 illustrators. The 12 postcards represent 12 city locations, all of them favourite spots of the 12 illustrators.

I contributed to the London edition, having lived in London for the last ten years. The other currently published city editions are Berlin and Madrid, but with New York and Tokyo also in the pipeline there’s plenty of amazing secret locations for you to discover.

I’d like to extend thanks to the makers of Inbox (12), especially since they have so diligently put together my very own profile on their site. The other illustrators involved in the London issue are all worth mentioning so please do visit the following:Brett Ryder, Chengsi Lu, Christina Christoforou, David Sparshott, Emily Spicer, Florian Meacci, Harriet Russell, Jo Cheung, Katey Jean, Kristopher Ho and Sandra Dieckmann.

If you’d like to see other illustrators favourite London spots buy a copy here(12).

From the Inbox (12) blog…

“A postcard is a trip invitation to visit spots we don´t know yet, to explore those we already know through the sender´s eyes, to imagine everything that is not told and could be happening at that place that someone is drawing for us…

Inbox (12) is a guide of the special spots in one city that a friend who knows the place would recommended to you… and they´re not always in the usual travel guides.

Inbox (12) is a sample of the work of a selection of the best illustrators related to each city all around the world.

Inbox (12) is a project that wants to recover the feeling of opening the mailbox and finding a bunch of beautiful postcards sent from a nice city waiting for you.

Inbox (12) is a fanzine for those who enjoy having a beautiful object between their hands.

Inbox (12) is a publication to collect and last in time…”

Bus Trials

Hello Readers, today’s entry is accompanied by a rather stiff comment on the continuing tedium that is London Transport. Having denounced Tube travel long ago, I had since considered myself forever safe in my chosen method of hot-footing it around the toon: the humble bus.

Not so. It would appear that the along with the fetid tide that has washed in our new baby-chick haired, marshmallowy Mayor (well done London), along came a tidal wave crackdown on ticket-evading youth and thus an army of overzealous (and under-brained) ticket inspectors.

Today’s episode (there are at least 4 per week) saw my fellow bus riders and I forced to endure a fifteen minute hold-up while a rather rugged Napoleonic slug-woman took great glee in liberally issuing a couple of quite disproportionate fines on two young cap-wearing chaps.

While we waited for the slug-woman to write out the tickets with her sausagy fingers, we were also treated to this brilliant bit of dialogue:

“When I was at school I used to have to walk four miles to get there – rain, sleet, snow…whatever. Come on lads, all you’ve got to do is get a ticket.”

“Er, I’m fourteen…I mean I travel for free…yeah?”

“You still need a ticket to say you don’t need a ticket. And now look what you’re doing, holding these ladies and gentlemen up…(to bus) Sorry ladies and gentlemen, these boys must be issued a ticket…yes, they are holding you up but I can assure you we won’t be long. Thank you ladies and gentlemen.”

I really wanted to be the one to tell this moron that since she was the one actually issuing the ticket and never-ending lecture, that perhaps it was in fact SHE that was holding us up, and could she please continue her little tet-a-tet on the pavement outside so we could be on our way. Also, her incomprehensible over use of ‘ladies and gentlemen’ coupled with her nasal, Partridgy tone really put my nose out of joint.

A bigger jobsworth I certainly have never witnessed: issuing a fine of £20 to a teenager travelling without a registered oyster card, because although children can travel for free, they must have a ticket that says so. Nice one Boris.

Of course I only managed to emit a quite quiet grumble to my fellow passengers who obviously, like me, did nothing but tut and tsk.

Here’s my latest SFG submission for you to chew on:

And my latest Illustration Friday submission: