• Marks & Stencils: Dran vs Blimpy

Marks & Stencils is a new pop up shop / gallery showcasing work from a number of street artists including Banksy and Dran. If you're in London during December you should go along. It's open until the 23rd of December.

I paid the pop up shop a visit during my lunch break on the opening day with the silly idea in my head that I might actually buy a Banksy print. If my bank balance would allow it that is. I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that the only print of his for sale was his latest piece 'Choose Your Weapon,' for the grand sum of £450. Maybe it was silly not to? However I couldn't justify to myself, spending nearly the equivalent of a months rent on a piece of art at this stage of my life. As much as I would really love to have it hanging in my bedroom.

There were only a few Banksy pieces and the whole downstairs section was devoted to the artist Dran. As I walked around this section I came across a wall covered in customised Dran postcards by the general public. His piece 'I Have Chalk' was for sale at 50p a go and a bunch of markers and pencils were to hand. Now a few of you reading this might have noticed that a couple of weeks ago I posted on Facebook that I was looking for artists and graphic designers to design a customised 'EggMan' postcard for The Be Nice Project Part II's online gallery. I couldn't help but laugh and feel slightly gutted that my idea was already taking place right in front of me. Although I guess it probably has already been done before.

Anyway! I bought a couple of postcards and got scribbling:
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I couldn't resist scanning the postcard in and having a go in Photoshop. There are hundreds of possibilities for this, so here's my own. Dran vs Van Gogh
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Here's the original.
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• Robot City Rampage

I've been working on this sketch for the last few evenings.
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Here's the original.
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(Yes I do realise it's not completely to scale.)

• Fonica Magazine

Fonica is a web based, indie, art and design magazine based in Leeds. Fonica editor and university friend, Richard Chappelow, was kind enough to feature some of my work in their second issue. Here are a few screen grabs containing work for Alberg & Austin and my photo montage of Paper on Robot Fire. You can the read the rest of the issue at: www.fonica.org.uk
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