Skip to content

Modern Publicity 1955-56 Part 6

August 28, 2015

Welcome to the sixth and final collection of adverts, posters and packaging taken from the annual publication called Modern Publicity. This ensemble covers work from around 1955-56.

Fishinkblog 8866 Modern Publicity 1955-6 32

A few mid century record covers.

Fishinkblog 8860 Modern Publicity 1955-6 26

A selection of adverts that featured in the back of the book to attract it’s audience to their companies products.

Fishinkblog 8868 Modern Publicity 1955-6 34

Fishinkblog 8867 Modern Publicity 1955-6 33

Wonderful packaging that makes me smile. I’d buy these products even if I didn’t want their contents lol !

Fishinkblog 8869 Modern Publicity 1955-6 35

Fishinkblog 8870 Modern Publicity 1955-6 36

Just look at this amazing 3-D Schweppes promotional display material for it’s Squashes. It not only does it provide a clever way to display it’s products but it also gives some indication of what is contained in the squash itself. Brilliant thinking.

Fishinkblog 8871 Modern Publicity 1955-6 37

You can find more similar posts by typing the words Modern Publicity in the search function on my blog. Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to share my posts, thank you.

Mid Week Mix

August 26, 2015

Since about 2008, I’ve been collecting images from the internet that have caught my eye. Way back then, I wasn’t so diligent in keeping records as to where images came from, or who had painted, photographed, illustrated or indeed created the artwork in the image. So I apologise in advance for their lack of referencing, but to be honest, it was purely about seeing groups of imagery together, that for whatever reason, I enjoyed. As I have managed to amass quite a few of these ‘collaged sheets’, I thought I would share them with you, in the hope that they may also provide some inspiration to you the readers, from their shape, colour, texture or out and out randomness : )

Fishinkblog 9490 Mid Week Mix 107

Fishinkblog 9489 Mid Week Mix 106

Fishinkblog 9491 Mid Week Mix 108

Fishinkblog 9492 Mid Week Mix 109

Fishinkblog 9493 Mid Week Mix 110

Do let me know your thoughts and which images catch your eye for whatever reason. Also I’d like to mention that I’ve recently started an Instagram page for Fishink Blog. The link is (https://instagram.com/fishinkblog) or you can click on the button on the right of my site. I am building up the collection every week, so if you lovely folk would like to follow me, or leave a comment or see more of my artwork, then please pop on over and check it out today. I’ll look forward to sharing more of my own illustration with you.

Fishinkblog Instagram

Have a great Mid week and please share Fishink Blog with someone new today, thank you.

Tim Budgen Superhero Art Teacher – Illustrator

August 21, 2015

Fishinkblog 9419 Tim Budgen 8

When Art teacher Tim Budgen isn’t teaching, he’s busy working his artistic freelance fingers to the bone, as a Children’s Illustrator. I caught up with Tim to ask a few questions and find out what keeps his mind happy.

What’s your first memory of drawing ?
My great Grandfather was an artist for Punch magazine back in the 50’s, so art and particularly drawing, has been in my veins since I was very young.  It seemed a very natural thing for me to just pick up a pencil, or some paint brushes and start mark making. Watching cartoons, which my Grandfather used to record on Saturday, triggered my enthusiasm. I used to love watching Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Dungeons and Dragons, King Rollo and Pigeon Street on television after school. I recently found an old sketchbook. You might be able to spot the date I did these. Thank god for parents who keep ‘old stuff’ in the loft ! 

Fishinkblog 9477 Tim Budgen 9

Did you do any other jobs before becoming an Illustrator ?
As I grew up Art was my ‘thing’ in school, in fact I really didn’t do a lot else, break times were spent drawing caricatures of friends or making up little stories. I took Art at GCSE and ‘A’ Level and then studied for a Bachelor of Education at University.  I have been teaching Art to different year groups for the last 15 years.  It wasn’t until I completed an on-line diploma in the Summer of 2012, that I considered children’s book illustration as a serious ‘alternative’ career path, or at least something I could do for myself alongside teaching.

Fishinkblog 9413 Tim Budgen 2

If you weren’t so good at drawing, what do you think would be your second choice profession ?
 
Gosh, I can’t imagine ever not being able to draw.. but when I was younger alongside the desperation to work for Disney, I quite liked the idea of being a professional golfer!  I took it quite seriously for a while, although I think the odd ‘hack around’ with my Dad is all I’m good for these days!

Fishinkblog 9415 Tim Budgen 4

Fishinkblog 9412 Tim Budgen 1

How do your ideas for an illustration come about ?
 
Most of my ideas usually hit me at about 4 in the morning, when I’m reading books, flicking through magazines or when I am out visiting places. Something might catch my eye and I think to myself that that particular image might make a good illustration.  I also like to use a sketchbook every now and again. My work has been described as ‘story telling with whimsical charm, warmth and humour’ and I’d like to think that is still the case. 
For my most recent illustration ‘Fishermen’s Friends’ I saw an old image of two fisherman who were taking their crabbing pots off the beach. I liked the story that this image was giving so I grabbed my sketchbook to create my idea of what an ‘old sea dog’ might look like. I then set about thinking of a story for my piece and then developed that into what you see below. For my illustration I liked the idea of lots of seagulls impatiently waiting for the catch to be brought up.. and the fisherman suddenly realising what’s in front of them! 
Fishinkblog 9478 Tim Budgen 10
Do you like the idea of collaborating with an author to create a book or would you prefer to create the whole things from start to finish ?
I would certainly love to create my own ‘written and illustrated’ picture books one day.  I have a number of stories I’ve written but I feel my writing skills need refining and my stories need polishing before I share them with the world!  For now, my immediate aim is to illustrate a picture book for a writer… something that involves dinosaurs.. or jungles, or robots, or fisherman… or spaceships…. I could go on, haha!
Do you work from set briefs from publishers or suggest ideas and images to them as well ? What are you currently working on?
Yes on both counts. Usually I get sent the brief with some quickly scribbled suggestions as to where the designer would like the illustrations to go.  I then go away and produce some roughs which are then picked over. If the roughs are accepted, I then go on to final artwork. It’s during the ‘roughs’ stage where the fun can happen, ideas are formed and extra fun touches are added. I am currently working on two educational titles for Oxford University Press involving rainforests and Mammoths and a short story involving a family of Whales for Little Tiger Press.
 
What subjects do you most enjoy illustrating ?
 
Ha, I love illustrating most things! Its probably easier to say what I shy away from… namely horses.. cars (transport), buildings.. I’m slowly tackling these subjects one at a time but let’s just say they are not the easiest.

Fishinkblog 9414 Tim Budgen 3

I know that you are also an Art Teacher, do you do this full-time and if so when do you get time to illustrate ?
Yes, as I mentioned earlier,  I teach Art full time and have done for the past 15 years. I love my job. If I have a deadline I will usually do an hour before school and then two or three hours in the evening. I get the chance to really sink my teeth into a project at weekends and holidays. It can be tricky juggling school, illustrating and home life but I guess if you want something badly enough there is usually a way!

Fishinkblog 9416 Tim Budgen 5

Here’s a few favourite characters that maybe familiar to you.

Fishinkblog 9417 Tim Budgen 6

Do you work with sketchbooks, how important is working in this way for you ? Can you tell us a little about how you prepare illustrations for a new book idea (i.e. with a list of words, looking up related images on the internet, brain storming with your cat… Action Alf !)
 
Yes I do use a sketchbook when I want to rough out character design as I showed with the ‘Salty Sea Dogs’. I also use one when just sitting in front of the T.V, usually there is nothing on to watch so I will draw instead. It can be anything that pops into my head ! When creating a new character, especially when I am drawing an animal, I will usually write a list of it’s main features. For a lion perhaps I’ll write – big mane, sharp teeth, big nose, etc.  I will then try and make sure I include these features in my drawings. I will then use google to reference what lions look like. Sometimes I will draw the true form and then play around with it to fit my style. Action Alf, (my cat) always comes in at the most inopportune times offering his words of advice !!
Fishinkblog 9479 Tim Budgen 11
Can you please share with our readers your studio ? What are on your walls?
 
I’m lucky enough to have my own little studio at the back of my house , my ‘Man Cave!’ as my wife likes to call it! 
I work in photoshop using a 22HD Cintiq with a lightbox to the left and a scanner on the right. On my window sill are all the books I love and on my shelf are all the bits and bobs that I love collecting and aid my creativity. I have been lucky enough to have met some amazing illustrators over the last couple of years and they have been kind enough to swap their artwork with me. I wonder if you can spot who they are? 
Fishinkblog 9480 Tim Budgen 12

I can spot a few that I know here by Penny and Karl, and it’s great to see where you work and a selection of the treasures that live there too.

Which artists / illustrators work do you find most inspirational and why ?
Ooh there have been lots over the years! Growing up I was lucky enough to be given a lot of Richard Scarry, Maurice Sendak, Quintin Blake and Judith Kerr books. During my teens and early twenties it was Raymond Briggs and Axel Scheffler, both of whom who I have been lucky enough to meet. More recently I’m inspired by a whole wealth of talent. Marc Boutevant, Nikki Dyson and Jim Field are current faves.  I will always read the illustrations of a new picture book before actually reading the words. What excites me most is the composition and character design and I often think about how that illustrator has taken those words to add another dimension to the story. For me, there has never been a better time to be involved in illustration and Picture books.
Are there any projects, artistic areas or ideas that you have bubbling away in your mind for a rainy day, that you can perhaps share with us ?
I’m always thinking up new little stories and illustrations, its a side effect of not being able to sleep that well!  I do have something bubbling away actually and this is a little exclusive… For the last few months the ‘Creative Attic’ has been developing illustrations with verses to accompany them. The ‘Creative Attic’ is made up of myself, Karl West and Karl Newson. Karl Newson has the most amazing writing ability and one day over a twitter chat between the three of us ‘CA’ was born. It’s just in its infancy at the moment but hopefully we will be able to share more over the coming months.
Also as you may (or may not know) I love taking part in a weekly illustration challenge on Twitter created by the fabulous Penny Neville-Lee (www.pennynevillelee.com) called #colour_collective ( you can read more about it here www.timbudgen.com/colour-collective )
The ‘Creative Attic’ sounds an exciting collaboration Tim, I’ll look forward to seeing more.
 Fishinkblog 9481 Tim Budgen 13

Above are a couple of pieces Tim illustrated to wet the appetite, ‘The Hip Hop Swingers!’ & ‘Slow Moving Heavy Load!’ (words by Karl Newson).  A slightly different style below and a beautiful rendition of the Northern Lights too.

Fishinkblog 9418 Tim Budgen 7

There’s more info about Tim on Karl Newson’s wonderful Mudwaffler site and more illustrations on his agent’s site Good Illustration. You can also find him on his website timbudgen.com or on twitter  – twitter.com/timbudgen .

Great to ‘meet’ you Tim, thanks for contributing to Fishink Blog, I really look forward to seeing some of your books come to life and hope to catch up in ‘the real world’ sometime soon. Flippers crossed!  : )

Mid Week Mix

August 19, 2015

Since about 2008, I’ve been collecting images from the internet that have caught my eye. Way back then, I wasn’t so diligent in keeping records as to where images came from, or who had painted, photographed, illustrated or indeed created the artwork in the image. So I apologise in advance for their lack of referencing, but to be honest, it was purely about seeing groups of imagery together, that for whatever reason, I enjoyed. As I have managed to amass quite a few of these ‘collaged sheets’, I thought I would share them with you, in the hope that they may also provide some inspiration to you the readers, from their shape, colour, texture or out and out randomness : )

Fishinkblog 9482 Mid Week Mix 101

Fishinkblog 9483 Mid Week Mix 102

Fishinkblog 9484 Mid Week Mix 103

Fishinkblog 9485 Mid Week Mix 104

Fishinkblog 9486 Mid Week Mix 105

Do let me know your thoughts and which images catch your eye for whatever reason. Also I’d like to mention my Instagram page for Fishink Blog. The link is (https://instagram.com/fishinkblog) or you can click on the button on the right of my site. I am building up the collection every week, so if you lovely folk would like to follow me, or leave a comment or see more of my illustration artwork, then please pop on over and check it out today. I’ll look forward to sharing more of my own drawings with you.

Fishinkblog Instagram

Have a great midweek and please feel free to comment and pass my blog onto your friends. It all helps : ) Thank you

Becky Crow Silver Story Teller

August 17, 2015

Fishinkblog 8707 Becky Crow 7

Talented Jeweller Becky Crow‘s work has always had a strongly illustrative leaning. It grows out of drawings and sketches some observational, some imagined.  She is a wondrous link between the world of illustration and silver smithing.

Fishinkblog 8701 Becky Crow 1

Becky says “I work with sheet silver, and copper with some small amounts of gold for detailing. The metal is pierced out, I will then apply textures or patterns to the surface using a rolling mill and templates. These components are then layered together and soldered. The pieces are finished with a mixture of matt, oxidised and polished surfaces to add depth and tone”. These forests are beautiful.

Fishinkblog 8702 Becky Crow 2

Perhaps inspired by “Where the Wild Things Are ” ? What do you think ?

Fishinkblog 8703 Becky Crow 3

I’m always drawn to collections of animals in silver, these make me smile.

Fishinkblog 8704 Becky Crow 4

Something for the gardeners in your life …

Fishinkblog 8705 Becky Crow 5

The explorers, the worldly and the wise, something for everyone.

Fishinkblog 8706 Becky Crow 6

There’s an old, but interesting article, about Becky’s starting out days here. Check out the rest of her wonderful work.

Paul Evans Painting the Landscape

August 14, 2015

Fishinkblog 9276 Paul Evans 7

Paul Evans is regarded as one of the leading landscape painters working today. He is widely known for his highly individual watercolours, acrylics and etchings inspired by East Anglia’s landscape and coast, Sussex Downland, the Kent Weald, Cornwall’s rugged coast and moorland. His painting explores only a few locations in detail through all times of the year to convey a deep sense of place. He constantly experiments with techniques and materials – finding new ways to reflect the changing light and seasons in his work.

Fishinkblog 9278 Paul Evans 9

Fishinkblog 9277 Paul Evans 8

Paul studied illustration and printmaking between 1972 and 1976 at Eastbourne College of Art and Design, with tutors Robert Tavener and Trevor Kemp, and has been fortunate to make his living solely from his painting since graduating. He started to show his work at the Ralph Lewis Gallery in Brighton’s Lanes, and immediately started to sell everything that he could paint.

Fishinkblog 9273 Paul Evans 4

Since 1976 Paul has had some 65 solo Exhibitions and numerous group shows, usually attended by large numbers of collectors, quite often selling out within hours of the opening.

Fishinkblog 9272 Paul Evans 3

Fishinkblog 9270 Paul Evans 1

Some 500 images have been used for greetings cards, calendars and limited edition prints with several large publishers including Aquarelle, Kingsmead Publications, Royle Publications and Royal Doulton.

Fishinkblog 9271 Paul Evans 2

Work has been bought by collectors and buyers worldwide – America, Japan, Australia and Europe – as well as by a large and loyal following closer to home.

Fishinkblog 9275 Paul Evans 6

Fishinkblog 9274 Paul Evans 5

In 2014 Paul turned sixty, and celebrated the event by one painting for each year of his life, naturally he called the exhibition 60 at Sixty !

Paul recollects “As a child, my parents took me to a bluebell wood every spring – a tradition I have continued wherever I am, and a subject which I return to many times in my painting. I was shaped and influenced by these early experiences: my grandfather worked on a farm near to where we lived, and he taught an interested small boy about the flora and fauna to be found around the hedgerows and farmland. I spent my young years drawing and copying pictures of birds and butterflies, unwittingly developing my early eye for colour, anatomy and composition, and from about the age of 8 or 9 I decided that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I have never wished for anything else since then.”

Discover more about Paul and his beautiful landscapes here.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 685 other followers