Sometimes you just come across exciting competitions or come up with ideas you want to put out there. I work on briefs for copywriters, but mainly on projects open to artists and illustrators. I've also launched my own projects, such as editing best-selling Punk fanzines over the years.
Grayson Perry's Art Club
Series 3 - Channel 4
Diamonds are a girl's best friends
Grayson Perry has created the Art Club on Channel 4, a weekly series for amateur artists to showcase their creations around a theme.
For Series 3, I've chosen the theme of Love and illustrated it in a Pop Art style with the iconic Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton couple around an actual quote from Burton. I've tried to convey the many facets and ups and downs of their relationship. It includes large diamonds, copious amounts of alcohol (health warning in French), and stormy arguments.
I also chose to illustrate the Hero theme with Angela Davies who has been a hero of mine since childhood probably due to the fact she attended The Sorbonne University in Paris. It's a mixed media painting and collage of badges representing black power in all its iterations, from black women to the Black Panther.
The Ocean Agency
UN Ocean Decade 2021-2030
The Ocean Agency launched a poster competition to promote careers in ocean exploration for young people. They found that young people get far more excited by space exploration than by the ocean.
This competiton aimed at addressing the issue by designing a poster about what ocean exploration entails and how it could save the planet as well as what can be discovered from antiquities to new sources of energy and much more.
The brief stipulated creating posters with a retro design. I chose the 80s centred around with video games with a mission and matching typography.
Elles font l'art
FUN MOOC - Centre Pompidou, Paris
The FUN MOOC platform has launched a programme about women artists with Le Centre Pompidou in Paris. Its aim is to promote women artists and teach about their historical involvement in the world of art. In the first module, participants were asked to create a poster for an imaginary art museum for women and an exhibition. They were asked to invent a name for the museum and the event. I have used a Jenny Holzer piece as a background for my own creation.
Comment: "Génial l'auto-dérision ! J'adore l'idée, bravo !" - Anonymous
#The6000Project - One Minute Brief
Because letting Covid win wasn’t an option, a family-owned micro-winery in Northeast Italy, with a cancelled order of 6000 unlabeled bottles of Prosecco decided to launch a competition with One Minute Brief #Th6000Project.
Creatives, designers, illustrators or anybody else for that matter had to dress these bottles and design a label in order to help pre-orders bottles via a scheme ensuring these bottles were going to be sold.
I designed a label with a modern twist on Baroque style with neon pink details and gold lettering.
Alexander McQueen for the NHS
During the Covid 19 lockdown, Alexander McQueen asked their Instagram community #McQueenCreators to sketch a dress from their A/W 2019 collection. I participated to the project with an illustration (see left) and they shared some of our creations to be featured on billboards in London Piccadilly Circus, Milan and New York to thank the NHS and frontline workers around the world.
Open Up And Bleed
CD Booklet Notes
I wrote, edited and published a best selling punk fanzine Open Up And Bleed, deposited in the British Library and the University of Arts and Communication. It is also referenced in the fanzine anthology Fanzines published by Thames & Hudson.
I also edited the anniversary issue of the legendary Punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue and contributed to the accompanying book and CD booklet.
I collaborated with various bands on their books, CD booklets and promotion material.
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