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Chris Haughton’s Illustration Masterclass at Blank Media Collective

March 18, 2013

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What a weekend it’s been. Fun and busy at the same time, always a great combination!

Friday evening, I went to Blank Media Collective to listen to a talk by children’s Illustrator Chris Haughton. Here’s Chris doing much pointing and explaining.

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Apart from his amusing books, Chris is also working with a couple of Fair trade organisations. People Tree for clothing and more recently Node, which was based in Nepal.

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Chris created with Node, a range of toys and products to go with his books and a beautiful collection of rugs, which other illustrators designed, helping to expand Chris’s own range. You can see some of the rugs below and get an idea of how complex the weaving work really is, from the video.

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On Saturday I was lucky enough to be selected to attend a days Illustration Masterclass with Chris and 8 other artists, held at Blank Media Collective again. The brief was to bring along samples of two different styles of work that we liked and one folk story. During the course of the day we had to mix the two styles together into a scene from the folk story and illustrate it. Here’s a few images of the artists in action.

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With Chris overseeing and tutoring, we gained some great experience and shared stories with one another about illustrating books in general.

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Here’s some examples of the different artists work produced during the day.

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For my inspiration, I chose Pacific Island designs and combined them with a little 1950’s and textures that I’d previously created. I think you can guess the folk story.

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The leaves on the trees and the swirls on the fox, derived from this inspirational source. This was my finished piece.

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A little more Pink than Red Riding Hood, but no one seemed to mind. I called it artistic licence !

I was pleasantly surprised with the results as I haven’t tried much collage work previously either. All in all a thoroughly productive and inspiring couple of days.  I wish to say a huge vote of thanks to the peeps at Blank Media Collective for giving me the opportunity to get involved and to Chris for being so informative and chilled in his approach to the masterclass. Smiles all round.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2013 9:44 am

    Looks brilliant and inspiring. Really like Red Riding Hood. The rugs are lovely too

    • March 18, 2013 11:55 am

      Thanks for the Red Riding Hood feedback, might be a new way to for me to illustrate that I’ll investigate in the future.

  2. March 18, 2013 11:11 am

    Looks like a really excellent day. Love the rugs.

    • March 18, 2013 11:57 am

      Thanks Ms 54Paintings, It was such a breath of fresh air. We often forget how much we can recharge ourselves by just being around the right kind of artistic minds.

  3. March 18, 2013 7:27 pm

    cheers craig. lovely work and great to meet you. cant wait to see more pacific island red riding hoods! 🙂

    • March 19, 2013 12:35 am

      Thanks Chris, I can’t wait to see them either lol Hope to catch up with you in the old smoke or ‘up North again soon.

  4. Sarah permalink
    March 18, 2013 8:13 pm

    Craig, wonderful wonderful new work…….yes do develop this x

  5. March 20, 2013 11:36 am

    Looks like you had a fantastic & inspiring day – what a fab opportunity! Definitely loving the direction the collages are taking!

    • March 20, 2013 12:32 pm

      Thanks Sarah, inspiring and informative too. Great to mix with creative minds again. Missing our cuppa and creativity sessions ; )

  6. March 20, 2013 11:56 am

    Looks like an excellent day. We love Chris Haughton’s work and I imagine a day with his guidance would be wonderful.

    • March 20, 2013 12:33 pm

      Hi Tasha. A great day and experience for sure. Hope to create more days like this in the future in Manchester.

  7. March 20, 2013 1:59 pm

    The rugs are lovely and I am in awe with the sheer amount of work into it. Love everything else in this post too, the toys and of course pink riding hood!

    • March 20, 2013 2:30 pm

      Cheers Rusty. Looks like Pink Riding Hood was a lucky mistake after all lol

  8. March 21, 2013 12:57 pm

    Really love the blog! Thank you for documenting the master class.

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