Death by pencil

It’s not funny I know but Bob London just sent me this story:

‘Window cleaner killed himself with giant souvenir pencil, inquest hears’, Daily Mirror

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Could this be the kind of pencil?

Bob London pencils Ian Stevenson at the very first Heavy Pencil.

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Count down to tonight

Can’t wait until tonight, it is going to be fluffing great!  In the lead up to the evening’s proceedings I’ve asked the Jiggery Pokery ladies two questions.

What can people expect at tonight’s Heavy Pencil?

So tonight people will have a glimpse into what life would be like on the tour bus with Jiggery Pokery and Psychologist (ed. the boy in the pic below). People can expect a Trinny and Susannah meet Neil Buchanan for Jiggery Pokery’s very own Vegas-style Art Attack makeover.

If you were a pencil what grade would you be?

We’d be a scented,  stacked, interchangable multi-colour glittery pencil with a novelty rubber on the end.

This Thursday!!

flyer by Anthony Burrill

more details here

Andy Potts post pencil interview

What did you think Heavy Pencil would be like?

Like having a very public mental and creative meltdown…with a few pints.

What was it like?

Like having a very public and mental creative meltdown. No, It was a lot of fun, really enjoyed working with John and mixing up our styles to our selected playlist…with a few pints. A really good crowd turned up and there was a great atmosphere.

When do you work best?

I’m a bit of a morning person so earlier in the day after a healthy injection of caffeine jet fuel.

Pen or pencil?

Both. Although I relied on my brush pen a little more on the night.

What did you draw as a child?

Usually spaceships, future cities and Indiana Jones.

Do you work to music?

Yes, headphones on means I’m going for it.

Can you play an instrument?

No, never felt I had a musically creative bone in my body, although I love music…hmmm.

Who are your favourite artists this week?

This week I’ve been looking at the work of illustrator Nick Dewer, who sadly passed away last week, and good ol’ Van Gogh, the Royal Academy exhibition was impressive.

Is studying at the right place really important for illustrators/
designers?

I think the ‘right place’ can help you make headway in the industry but it’s more important to be in the right place with the approach to your work and enthusiasm to succeed.

What’s the best thing you learned at university?

I learned that I really wanted to be an illustrator. I got excited about using different approaches and styles and found a new way of looking at my work. It was the basis for a visual language I’ve since continued to develop.

Interview with John Slade

What did you think Heavy Pencil would be like?

A really disastrous evening of drinking and drawing with friends and family….

What was it like?

A really pleasent evening of drinking and drawing with friends and family….

When do you work best?

When I’m alone.

Pen or pencil?

Pencil

What did you draw as a child?

self portraits, exclusively.

Do you work to music?

if silence is music then yes.

Can you play an instrument?

No, tho I do have Grade 6 violin.

Who are your favorite artists this week?

Me and Andy… no, just me.

Is studying at the right place really important for illustrators/designers?

Yes, in terms of getting yourself in the right position, meeting the correct people and being presented with the ‘shiny doors’ to the industry, that said there are never any guarantees so it’s all hugely subjective.

What’s the best thing you learned at university?

How to settle my burning teenaged brain.

Tom Bunning took some lovely photos

These are much better than the photos I took! Thanks Tom.

Last Week at Heavy Pencil

Thanks to John Slade and Andy Potts for making it such a great evening last week and bringing such a lovely crowd with them!  I had an excellent time. They worked with the colours used for their flyer which gave it all a really nice coherent style but even better they played music exclusively from film sound tracks which gave the evening a strong theme and made for an atmospheric set of pictures and sound.

Andy has also blogged about it here and John here, where he lists which songs were playing for each of the drawings.