Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Green Man Ramble!!

This year I was surprised and chuffed in equal measure to be invited to the Green Man Festival to run a daily hour long SketchCrawl (like a pub crawl except no pubs and drawing instead of beer!) around Einstein's Garden -  the fascinating area of the site dedicated to all things science .

I love the Green Man Festival, so this was a real dream gig for me... so I had to do something good in return. I'll confess to a slight dose of nerves beforehand... There's no shortage of amazing things to draw in Einstein's Garden. But how many people would come; would I get mostly adults or children and how could I appeal to them both? And an hour..that's no time at all for a SketchCrawl but a potentially a very long time in festival land...

Whilst hatching a plan I printed up a tonne of sketchbooks, went silly buying up pencils (including watercolour ones in case of rain!!) and made a silly hat.

We'd do a whistle-stop tour of Einstein's Garden, stopping for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes to take in everything from dragon sculptures to leaf patterns, ducks to skeletons, to guys singing about squirrels to... well you get the idea.  People could stay for the full hour or just for 5 minutes, but when they left they were politely asked to draw like a fiend for the rest of the weekend, and told they could keep their sketchbook and pencil to do it with. Did it work?

Thanks to the lovely people who joined me each day - hell yes!

I need to apologise at this point for the fact that I captured only a fraction of the pictures and locations drawn...I didn't have much snapping time!  Also the grown ups don't really get a fair representation artwork wise... if I can I will rectify that!

I'd like to thank everyone who came along with me for being ace.  Gold stars go to the pair top right in the pic above - they were my first punters and they came back the next day..with a new sketchbook needed to replace one that had been filled!  

I would also like to thank the lovely crew, performers and punters of Einstein's Garden and Green Man in general for one of the best weekends I've ever had. 

I should mention that anyone can organise a SketchCrawl anywhere anytime - to find out more look here: http://www.sketchcrawl.com

Finally -it's all very well getting other folks to draw, but did I practise what I preached? Well yes I did (after a sit down) - I'll post some scribbles on my blog soon...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Brillustrator of the month .. Luella Jane Wright.

Every month or so we will be encouraging one Brillustrator to take over the blog and put up a post ...

OK, so the school holidays are here and if you have little ones you'll be trying to figure out how entertain them for the 60,480 minutes of the holidays (I did have to google that) or at least for half an hour so you can have a quick spritzer (or is that just me, my mum is from Essex after all).
Well I've been working with the Jungle Group on some illustrations for a series of children's apps for the lovely Justin Fletcher. This next lot is due for release in time for the holidays.
They're made for ages 5 and under and are a combination of puzzles, colouring in, videos, songs, games and loads more. 

So while you sit back in the sunshine, you can relax, knowing that your little ones are not only having fun, but learning things too. Just don't let them drop your iPad in the swimming pool!

If however, like me you don't have an iPhone or iPad you'll have to entertain them manually, I find pens and paper are quite good for that. Here's some of the images from the new lot, and from previous apps. Bottoms up!

luella jane wright - animator/illustrator

tel - 07968 737752

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Lauren and Sarah get down with Peppa!

On June 28th Brillustrators Lauren Tobia and Sarah Warburton took their pens and got involved in the fabulous launch event for Routes to Reading http://www.educationumbrella.com/r2r/reading-with-children which is a baby book club aimed at first steps in reading for 0 - 3 year olds. There was lots going on - Lauren and Sarah set up camp by the windows and spent the day surrounded by children. Many of them were more than keen to get involved and draw their own doodles on the window 'wall'. We had lots of colouring in, lots of sticking, reading and lots of fun!

Ready, Pens….Go! Note the sticker that says 'No Plan'!

Authors Michelle Robinson (Goodnight Digger, Goodnight Tractor and 'How to Find a Fruit Bat' with our own Lauren Tobia) and Paul Stickland (Dinosaur Roar! and Dinosaur Stomp!) gave readings and workshops, also Esther from Bristol's well known 'Rhymetime' gave us all a musical session. Towards the end of the day Peppa Pig herself turned up to a raucous reception (including Lauren and Sarah!)

Michelle Robinson reads to an attentive audience.
Paul Stickland works his magic.

It was such a great day, with a huge turnout that didn't seem to tail off at all during the day. It was great to see so many children and parents having so much fun surrounded by books they knew and new titles they didn't. Well done to everyone involved.

a seagull doesn't think much of Lauren lovely white pen doodles.
Sarah meets a 'Dinosaurs in the Supermarket' fan.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

New Facebook Page

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Brillustration at the Hungry Caterpillar

Brillustration took over the lovely Hungry Caterpillar play cafe on saturday as part of the Southville Arts Trail (which was robot themed, hence lots of robots being brought to life in the windows)...

The Hungry Caterpillar is a play cafe in Bedminster, Bristol. Specially designed with lots of space for little ones to run around and play in a safe environment, whilst catering for adults with Clifton Coffee, wifi, newspapers and stylishly decorated, including beautiful murals and designs on the walls by talented Brillustrator Sam Church who also organised the event.

Brillustrators drew in the windows, and on the walls inside the cafe with the children. 
 Lauren Tobia started us off in the window with lovely lacey plant life and robotic butterflies and bees.

The robotic mastermind Rob Starling hard at work.

Louise Cunningham, Jenny MacKendrick and Paula Bowles adding their robots, including a 'Plant Sale' robot!

June Goulding added robotic birds and flying robots.

Meanwhile, inside the cafe, the walls were taking shape. Being scribbled on by the children, as well as Brillustrators:

There was even a screen printing workshop by the Happy Inkers:

Paula read her new book 'Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth' to an audience of little ones who giggled in all the right places!

Overall a lovely day was had by everyone, including the Briswool Knitbot! Well done folks!

http://www.inkybeak.com/ ....Rob Starling

and hats off to Sam Church for organising the day, thanks Sam!