Crufts, for those who don't know, is an annual dog show in Birmingham, England. It started in 1886 and according to The Guinness book of World Records, is the largest dog show and competition in the world today. Competitors come from all over the world, it is usually held in March and it is run by The Kennel Club. It has just finished and the Best in Show has been awarded. I thought these photos taken from the four day event were pretty terrific!
This is Green Eyes. He is another pussy cat to add to my growing range of pussy cat prints. I now have five pussy cat drawingsavailable in a set! The set includes Green Eyes and the following four furry people:
It's just so much fun drawing cats I can't tell you! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've always kind of avoided drawing them too seriously because I had this idea that it would be way too hard and it should be left to professional cat drawers and that I couldn't possibly do them justice. I think this just illustrates what a crazy pussy cat nutter I am and what a strange way the brain works! I think it also shows that you shouldn't just "accept" what you say to yourself and that you should test out your own beliefs. I mean who knew drawing cats was so much fun? I certainly didn't!
I hope everyone had lovely weekend and here's to a super great week ahead!
Awww! People! What's going on here? Well, it is in fact a baby owlet that apparently fell into a lion enclosure at a zoo in England and just hung out with the lioness and then wandered off three days later - unhurt! Full story here!
Secondly, I ordered this brand new cartoon/ comic book story on line after seeing it reviewed on Book by it's Cover the other day.
It's the first comic book by Blaise Larmee and it's a dreamy tale of parties, motel rooms, mysterious projects and night time swims. I couldn't put it down! I also feel hugely lazy because this young person has written and illustrated an entire book in the sweetest soft drawings ever! It's inspiring stuff!
If you would like to order a copy for yourself you can go here to do so!
I'd also like to mention that my prints are now available on the beautiful WallSpank art shopping site too!
I couldn’t believe my luck
late last week when the gods smiled upon me and granted me an interview with
the uber magnificent designer, illustrator, silkscreen printer and cake aficionado
Kate Banazi of Alyoisus. However, not only was I to get an interview but also a
giveaway! Rapture! So, after you discover the inner workings of Kate and luxuriate in her posters, make sure you enter the competition at the end to win one of her magnificent posters!!
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Kate and I'm fully grown in height, so now I'm only growing in girth and gobbiness (I think I just made that word up). I was born in London and moved to Sydney three years ago. I am only just starting to settle down and properly explore this city. I still haven't driven myself over the Sydney Harbour Bridge as it scares me, plus I don't know how to get back, because generally driving is quite difficult with your eyes shut.
I did a fashion degree at St Martins which was an incredible experience and I had the privilege to be taught by and work with some amazing people. Without doubt some of the best tutors in the world. I wish I could go back and do it all again, and possibly listen a bit better.
I loved doing fashion illustration and design, and my illustration tutor showed me that it was possible to earn a pretty good living out of doing what I enjoyed. My college peers were and still are amazing, and some of the most famous names in the industry which often begs the question "what happened to you then?" but that's another long and tedious story which involves a thief, a coward and 25 waitresses. Really.
After I had my son I was taught to silk screen print by the talented Kate Gibb and worked for her for many years. I still freelance in menswear every now and then which I really enjoy as it's purely design, none of the tough stuff like manufacturing and sale, but I mainly work as an illustrator and silkscreen artist which I love.
I'm incredibly lucky to be self-employed in work that really challenges and stimulates me and which of course, I enjoy doing. I have a brilliant husband who is supportive of me, my decisions and is just an all round top bloke. It can't be underestimated - the power and influence of positive relationships around you.
When did you first decide to become an artist?
There was no decision made to start as both my parents are creative types and they come from a long line of creative types and much to their chagrin they begat a creative type. Secretly, I think my parents wish my sister and I had broken the mold and were accountants or brain surgeons. Which is laughable really, as if you knew me as the truly messy person that I am, as a brain surgeon, it could be quite a dangerous but possibly interesting combination. Possibly more Dr. Moreau than Mr. Fixit.
One of my favourite books though is Saturday about a brain surgeon and my home city of London. I'm rambling now.
So really, I was always geared up to doing it, as for generations on both sides of my family its been seen as a legitimate career choice. I am still surprised when I hear stories of my peers who have not had the support of their parents growing up and of being told to get a "proper" profession and that any form of art is a hobby.
Who are your favourite artists at the moment?
There are way too many to mention so I'll keep it completely nepotistic. The people whom I used to studio with...Zakee Shariff, Kate Gibb, Justin Hibbs, Toby Zeigler, Dinah Dufton, Tommy Penton, Lisa Jones...and now my friends form my illustration agency...Marcela Restrepo, Matt Huynh, Kat Macleod, We Buy Your Kids.
...and of course there's my son...Moofus. I have to say that, he'll be choosing my nursing home.
What are your top five favourite movies at the moment?
I'd find it hard to choose my top five so I'll tell you the last ten movies I've watched instead. Please don't judge me harshly: Footloose, Dr. Strangelove, Sherlock Holmes, A Room for Romeo Brass, There will Be Blood, Black Hawk Down, Wolverine, Zoolander, Burn after Reading and Holes.
Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
I really haven't got a clue. If you'd have told me ten years ago that I'd be living in Sydney there's no way I would have believed you. Also, in the last ten years two of my closest friends have died suddenly, so I try and live day to day and enjoy them the best I can even if it's super mundane stuff like washing the families knickers or cleaning up the dog's poo (I make it sound like we all share knickers, just to clarify, we all have separate underwear although there's a rumor going around that one of us is wearing the others).
Obviously that's easier said than done, so if I'm still lucky enough to be knocking around in a decade, I won't be doing any of our washing because everything will be self cleaning.
I'll also have honed my amazing teleportation powers to be able to transport me between London and Sydney on a whim - although it does tend to give me a mild headache.
Thank you so much again Kate! ...and now for the FABULOUS COMPETITION!
I've actually got the day off today (sounds of crowds applauding and cheering off screen) as it's Australia Day. Helicopters are buzzing overhead shooting footage of the harbour races and festivities and the crickets are singing in the trees obviously enjoying the heat and humidity (blergh!) we are already experiencing at 11AM.