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Published Portraits: Paddle Against the Flow

Super detailed portraits for Huck Magazine’s first publication, movie book, ‘Paddle Against the Flow’.

Faberge Event stand storyboarding

I really enjoyed working in a mix of mediums for a very short turnaround project for presentation use. My brief was to create an opulent dining midsummer’s evening storyboard illustration for a proposed stand for Faberge. Note the birdcages and jewels dripping from the trees. Sketches and work in progress on my BEHANCE  page

FASHION ILLUSTRATION

I’m slowly updating my portfolio after working flat out on Eye Candy Festival and my first solo show, Intimate on top of juggling client projects for the past four months.

I’ve enjoyed some quick turnaround projects for agencies on a presentation basis. So here’s a quick composite of some recent line and colour work.

MISS LED WORKSHOPS IN SEVILLE THIS MARCH

Miss Led Workshop: My next workshop is happening in Seville, Spain over the 20, 21st & 22nd March. It will be hosted by The Red Gallery, La Galería Roja, who have presented workshops with Conrad Roset, Laura Perez, Steve Simpson and so many more incredible artists.  For further information and reservations: info@lagaleriaroja.com

More information from me coming soon!

DER SPEIGEL FRONT COVER ILLUSTRATION

So thrilled to know that my artwork made the front cover of Der Spiegel, the prominent weekly German news publication.  After working on the design and making many changes over December, I was pretty happy to learn that my artwork, which was pitching alongside 6 other illustrators, made it to print. Very happy

The cover article Nachts im Gehirm, which translates as, At night, in the brain explores why we dream.  The commission required a Dadaesque approach a visual dreamscape.  This piece was a completely new challenge for me, as I hadn’t created illustration work to integrate with photography.  I started by drawing each element individually, then played around with compositional lines on many print outs of the original photograph.  Photoshop was used for final over layering and decision making.

You can see below the two different versions.

My Edit:

Magazine’s Edit using earlier sketch versions of the piece :

 

EYECANDY FESTIVAL 2014

They invited me back! Blimey…. And I went even bigger this time around. What a week! More pictures and video coming soon!

MISS LED : INTIMATE SOLO SHOW AT THEPRINTSPACE GALLERY

So, my first solo show. Something of milestone I guess.  I’ve been talking about showcasing my work for some time. But after 6 years of being Miss Led, the time arrived. On an unplanned afternoon,  as I walked into theprintspace gallery to pick up my giclee orders, I’d decided that this was exactly the place, right for the debut event.

The relationship: After the successes of Drawn, in Summer 2013 – where I painted live, Bitter Sweet, and ran my first Miss Led workshop – it seemed perfect. Not only had a great relationship formed with theprintspace but their shows, awesome location and top notch printing service left them second to none when it came to choosing a gallery.

Sponsorship: After a few conversations I was thrilled to receive an offer of full sponsorship for a solo exhibition. The condition was, however to present this event in the last month of the year.

No limits: A winter show, however was never something I’d envisaged, especially being such a hibernator myself.  And coming off the back of a big project at Eye Candy Festival, I wasn’t left with much time to pull this off.  But predictably defiant I didn’t scale down any of my ambitions and still remained my original aims to fill the space with as much new, large scaled work as possible, even if I killed me*

The Concept:

To create a relevant show encompassing the different areas of work I produce. From the mixed media live painting and workshops, to mural and boutique paintings where my collaged portraiture were pivotal.  Over the last 6 years, there has been a strong celebration of female creativity and identity, so there was my starting point. Find strong, expressive and creative women, and the rest will follow.

The Processes:

Photoshoot: I conducted photoshoots in my studio shooting each of the models 3 weeks prior

Interviews: after the shoots interviews were created for imagery and text content for each final painting

Artworking: The original drawings were created then from the edited files 2 weeks prior

Digital work: Scans of the original drawings were then cleaned up to be print ready for their final sizes of 155 x110cms

Gallery Walls: Were hand painted over a couple of evenings a few days before the show

Paintings: Were executed over 4 days at the studio before being photographed and then hang at the space

Materials:

A range of materials were implemented – from coloured graphite, acrylic and water colour paint, water colour resist and paint pens.

*For the record, it did nearly did.  Next!!

A huge thanks to Toby Summerskill for his wonderful photographs.

INTIMATE CLOSING SHOW WITH LIVE DEMO & PRINT SIGNING

My solo show, Intimate, at by the Printspace, came to a close on Friday at their Hoxton gallery.  I decided we needed an event

The gallery was packed with a wonderful crowd who listened to me discuss my materials and processes implemented in the exhibited large scaled works.

Following quickly on I presented a live demonstration using my mixed media tools, disclosing tips on how I worked.

 After a fun Q&A session I signed prints previously purchased online and at the evenings event.

Over 90% of those RSVP’d attended the event, making it a resounding success.  Thanks to everyone who came along!

I’m very proud of our gift bags which were handed out to the first 50 attenddees.

Thank you to Liquitex Art Materials for providing the mini acrylic sprays, and paint pens.

These accompanied a Miss Led mini giclee print and my 16 page promo book!

Another huge thanks to the Printspace for their support and sponsorship with the, Intimate, show over the last few months.

 

LIVE DEMO AT THEPRINTSPACE TO CLOSE INTIMATE EXTRA FINAL WEEK

I’ll be running a Live Demo this Friday as part of the Intimate Closing Event.  Be sure to arrive between 5 and 7pm for a free,  *live demonstration* of the techniques used to create the large-scale works in ‘Intimate’ at theprintspace gallery, Hoxton, London.

It’s the last opportunity for those who missed the Intimate show last year as we celebrate the close with live experimentation, print signing and the first 50 people to arrive gets a Miss Led gift bag sponsored by Liquitex Art Materials.

We’re going out with a bang.

Please RSVP here: hello@missled.co.uk

LIVE DEMO AT SHOW CLOSING EVENT – RSVP HERE X

Be sure to arrive between 5 and 7pm for a free,  *live demonstration* of the techniques used to create the large-scale works in ‘Intimate’ at theprintspace gallery

The demo will be followed by a chance to ask questions and discuss Intimate and other Miss Led works.

All attendees will receive a free ‘Intimate’ gift bag with Miss Led gifts and art materials sponsored by Liquitex.   Prints available at the event will be signed by the artist.