I have thoroughly enjoyed learning new and different printing methods, but I think above all else I enjoyed filling my sketchbook. Drawing has always been a huge passion of mine, but for one reason or another it has slowly diminished, not in terms of passion or enjoyment but just taking the time to do it. So getting myself back into the routine of drawing and sketching was hugely gratifying and has allowed me to develop my skills and individual style massively. In terms of final output however I believe my time management has let me down, with better organisation I believe I could have created a final outcome of a much higher standard. Especially when it came to screen printing, if I had given myself more time I believe this particular method would of been the perfect platform to translate some of my illustrations to grander dimensions and outcomes. I believe the overall theme and aesthetic I have created does work on an aesthetic level and above all else I am happy to know that I can take the skills I have learnt throughout this year to help me expand my portfolio and show that it is not just digital design and editorial design that I am passionate about or capable of creating.
Since moving to Manchester Common has become on of my favourite establishments. The food is impeccable, the ale selection superb, the atmosphere and interior is fantastic and to top this all off they routinely display artist’s work and launch exhibitions. As it is only around the corner I try to visit these installations as often as possible. Most recently was the Rob Bailey Exhibition;
'It’s been four years since Rob Bailey‘s last show here ‘You’, and six whole years since his first ever solo show ‘Hello World’ (the one with the huge dinosaur archway). We’ve been asking Rob to finish the trilogy for years now and he’s finally succumbed to the pressure / found time to drag himself away from ‘real’ work to give us a brand new show, ‘Above & Below‘.
In the years since his last show at Common, Rob has cemented his place in the illustration world, he’s joined the London agency ‘Outline Artists’ alongside illustration greats like Mr Bingo, Hvass and Hannibal. Rob has worked on projects for Google, Ford, The New York Times and the New Yorker to name but a few and he’s even won an award at Cannes Lions. But all work and no play make Rob a dull boy, so he’s coming back to where it all began to have a little bit of fun for a change and hopefully give us all something beautiful to look at while we eat, drink and be merry.
‘Above & Below‘ is a collection of all new work from Bailey. There’ll be original collages and limited edition prints for sale, but not satisfied with just covering our walls with his inimitable stylings he’s ‘branching’ out this time, what does that involve, we hear you cry? He’s keeping his cards close to his chest so you’ll have to come and see it for yourself, but we guarantee all the colourful and deceptively simplistic charm we’ve come to expect from one of our favourite illustrators.’
Baileys work is excellent and the aesthetic style he implements in his designs are right up my street. I love the minimalistic contemporary aesthetic created by the simplistic geometric nature of his illustrations and the colour palettes are excellent. Similar to 2022, Common gives you the opportunity to network with people with a similar mindset and communicate your ideas to other people working the same field I intend to involve myself in.
Thursday 3rd April - September 2014 Sailing Through The Trees An Exhibition by Caroline Dowsett and Alex T. Frazer
Recently made another visit to Common for their new exhibition, Sailing Through the Trees by Caroline Dowsett and Alex T. Frazer. There is some fantastic work on show displaying beautiful craftsmanship, combining illustrative skill with a masterful ability and knowledge of print and printing methods.
Graphics on Cigarette Rolling Papers: This is a fantastic resource which i picked up in a second hand book store whilst down in Brighton (no i wasn’t there for pride). It has been a great influence for my Print module as cigarettes and smoking is the theme I have running through my sketchbook and my prints.
This illustration as you can see below was originally drawn in my sketchbook. I then transferred it onto the computer to create a digital illustration. This is something I have never done before with a drawing of this complexity. It’s definitely something I would like to progress with and develop my skills in illustrator to create cleaner designs that could then be screen printed and printed en masse.