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    Artist Spotlight - Matty draws

    Artist Spotlight - Matty draws

    Matty draws creates beautiful, folky illustrations, taking inspiration from Ghibli movies to create dreamy landscapes and charming characters. 

    Matty draws is a 23 year old illustrator from Scotland, he often uses references from nature, in a really fun and fantastic way. Taking images from life, colour picking, and digitally creating a palette from the image.
    His illustrations have a wonderful earth toned palate, and we also love his pokemon inspired pieces too!
    His Characters are often top heavy, with large heads and long legs. His lines are well defined with describing shape.
    They also look as if they've just got back from an adventure, or they're just setting out on one! 
    So what did Matty make for us?
    Matty has designed an amazing postcard pack! Each pack has four differently designed postcards. We love how he's interpreted the sad ghostie falling from space <3
    You can find Matty draw's postcard pack HERE!
    You can see more from Matty via these handy links:

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    Here's Matty's Q&A!
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?

    A tough question!! It’s most likely between ‘Hi-Five Ghost’ from Regular Show and ‘Ghost Man’ from Adventure Time S2 E4. They are equally, both my favourite fictitious ghosts.

    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?

    Okay, I’m excited to talk about this because I haven’t fully spoken about it yet. So, a few months back I was walking around Glasgow and went to a tiny Japanese art supplies store and came across the ‘OHTO Horizon 0.7mm Pen’ n’ instantly knew I was going to be walking out with it. It’s chunky, has great grip n’ generally functions like a beauty, definitely my favourite item in my pencil case.

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    I think it would be insane for me to settle on just one, my work is an amalgam of traditional and digital workings. The most vital, however, would have to be traditional sketching, so I’m going to go with 'pencil'.

    4. What's your go-to motivational album?

    I guess I don’t have a go-to, but I listen to Animal Crossing mixtapes on repeat for hours which help me focus, ambient beats and instrumentals help motivate me. If I were to listen to anything else, I would end up focusing more on giving the performance of a lifetime instead of drawing, haha.

    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?

    Honestly, I always describe my work as earthy tonal, wizard fantasy-esque with a hint of 90’s nostalgia. Growing up in rural Scotland surrounded by nature, mountains n’ water but also growing up during the boom of technology and video games have subconsciously merged the two together, so I draw a lot of inspiration from my current surroundings, overlaying these two themes (the natural world and digital culture) by creating work digitally but fully inspired by the natural environment.

    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?

    Honestly, I would have to say these postcards are my proudest. I adore the concept of the Sad Ghost falling to earth trying to feel less lonely n’ meeting new beings to fill the sad void, but finding out there’s such a vast difference in scale between the ghost and the beings so the Sad Ghost is still lonely and wanders the world alone. For a long time, I’ve held back from including backgrounds and characters, It’s something I rarely do as it takes too long to draw, through this collaboration I’ve experimented on a way that mixes traditional means of creating and digital, it seems to be effective and fast so I might create more pieces like these in the near future.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    I guess I don’t? I have to have a clean space, so a desk tidy is needed before I want to create, other than that I don’t really do anything remarkable in the run-up to starting my work. Maybe a wee bottle of water, warm lighting and Animal Crossing tunes in the background to get the creativity flowing.

    8. What motivates you?

    Something that motivates me to create is that I can hopefully inspire others with my concepts, work or process in the same way that the likes of Hayao Miyazak & Shaun Tan has motivated me to create. Another is that I come from a long line of artists and creatives, knowing creativity is inherent motivates me too, I admire my old relatives and hope someday down-the-line I will be admired by younger generations in my family – would be very sweet!!

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?

    Like I said earlier if I listen to artists or a band during the creative process; I don’t know if I’m the only one in this boat, but I sing throughout the whole artistic process, for hours - would make working in a studio with others; a ⁿᶦᵍʰᵗᵐᵃʳᵉ.

    10. Who are you inspired by?

    There are many things that inspire me, the natural world, colour, but a go-to source of inspiration for me has always been works published by Studio Ghibli. I first saw Kiki’s Delivery Service when I was 10. Since then I’ve admired the work of Miyazaki – colour, composition, character, layout and attention to detail - all things I take into consideration when I myself, create.

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care? (Especially after a busy week)

    The only self-care practice(s) I really have, are: drawing, long showers and cooking – cooking is so therapeutic and lets me unwind, I only eat plant-based foods so that adds a whole other level to cooking with limited ingredients, It allows me to explore and experiment whilst de-stressing and forgetting about a tough week.

    12. How do you stay focused on your end goal, day to day?

    I guess this depends if I’m working on a client-based project or self-project - I guess I should tackle them both in the same way. However, I think to work on a client project is maybe a little more mechanical, I have an initial idea, development & a final piece, breaking down a project into parts allows me to divide work proportionately through these three stages, ensuring I reach my end goal on time (or as close to deadlines as possible, haha). Working on self-projects can be a nightmare as I work a bit more chaotically, I sketch so much and then make a digital sketchbook page with annotations and explanations, with no clear route to what I’ll make next I often struggle and leave my personal works half-finished, I usually start working on another project entirely and repeat – not so professional but It’s probably because I find the process of creating more enjoyable than final pieces themselves, haha.

    Artist Spotlight - Sophie Robin

    Artist Spotlight - Sophie Robin

    Using magical imagery and muted colour palettes, Sophie creates fantastical worlds full of character and charm.

     

    The awesomely talented illustrator Sophie Robin, lives in Glasgow. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in July 2017, and now works freelance.
    Sophie Robin has the uncanny ability to make her pieces feel like a charm bracelet, that imprints on you'r mind. There's a folky fable element to Sophie's work that's able to tell a story in a single image. Magic!
    Her line work has terrific form, whilst maintaining a softness. Each image is able to feel foreboding, and leave you with anticipation.
    So what did Sophie create for us?
    Sophie has designed a stunning tea towel, featuring beautiful harvest festival imagery! We love how she's draw the ghostie, and we love all the detail she's put into it <3
    You can find Sophie's tea towel HERE!
    You can see more of Sophie's work here:
    Q&A with Sophie Robin:
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?
    I quite like Boo from Super Mario Bros. especially when he gets all shy and covers his face, he’s really cute!

    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?
    I have this nice Japanese fine liner pen that I stole from my partner that I like to sketch with.

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?
    Tablet!

    4. What's your go-to motivational album?
    At the moment I’m into some heavier stuff, I’ve been listening to this album Jord by a band called MØL that I’m really into.

    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?
    Inky lines and images that speak of the darker side of things. I love folk stories, monsters, nature and strong women and I think these themes come out in my work often.

    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?
    I recently finished making my first book with Nobrow about unicorns and I feel proud that I had it in me to make a whole book! I’m also proud of this dragon zine I made with my best friend Ellie. I still really like that even though we made it a few years ago now.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
    Not really, but something I want to start doing more is hand stretches before and after I start drawing, I’m really bad at looking after my drawing hand and I usually work it to death.

    8. What motivates you?
    Making money as an artist so I can do this full time! But less cynically I want to inspire people or at least have people enjoy my work. I also want to keep improving my art skill, there’s always something new to learn!

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?
    I make noises at my pet rats so that they come out of their hammock to say hello but then I keep on drawing. I just like seeing their faces from time to time when I’m working.

    10. Who are you inspired by?
    Loads of artists! I love it when you can feel someone taking risks and learning new things and its really paying off. The work feels exciting and you can feel the fun they had doing it. I find that very inspiring.

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care? (Especially after a busy week)
    Watching anime or movies and drinking beer with my friends! Haha. I also find knitting very relaxing, it gives me some me time and space to be quiet and absorbed mentally. Also going for walks, preferably where there are lots of trees. 

    Artist Spotlight - Wednesday

    Artist Spotlight - Wednesday

    Using bright colours and fun expressive imagery, Wednesday illustrates wonderfully positive art.

    Wednesday is a talented illustrator who focuses on queer art, positive sentiments and supportive words. We were drawn to their use of bright colours and bold figurative illustrations, as well as their focus of positive mental health awareness.

    The positive narrative of Wednesday's work is truly inspiring, giving words of encouragement to fellow lgbtq+ persons. We are all about spreading positive awareness here at SGC, and Wednesday captures it perfectly! 
    So what did Wednesday make for us?
    Wednesday designed a super cute and colourful patch, and we adore it! We especially like the cute rainbow and lil stars dotted around <3

    You can find Wednesday's patch HERE!
    You can find more of Wednesday's work here:

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    Q&A time with Wednesday:
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?

    CASPER ❤ the friendliest ghost.

    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?

    The best I'm in my pencil case is my fluffy rainbow pen.

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    I love working traditionally, but I mostly work on my Tablet now. It's incredible that I can access so many mediums and every colour possible instantly on my iPad.

    4. What's your go-to motivational album?

    Currents by Tame Impala keeps me joyful while I make art.

    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?

    My work is my own colourful world. I use art mostly as a medium to process mental illness and identity. I love using my art to communicate to other people. I love using it to educate other people about what life can be like to live as a queer non binary person. But I mostly use my art to talk to other lgbtq+ people about loving who they are.

    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?

    I was commissioned by Gucci to make a small comic book for their "chime for change" zine. This project was amazing to be part of, and it was genuinely lovely to see so many young leading queer writers, artists and activists get together to speak about our experiences.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    Living as a freelance artist with Bipolar 2, means that my routine is something really important to me. There isnt much distinction between me and my art. We are both the same. This means when I take care of myself, I'm taking care of my art. I like to make sure that everyday, I listen to a happy song, open my curtains, eat, kiss my dog and do my skincare routine. Then I can sit down with my iPad to make some art!

    In general I do lots of things to keep my art moving forward, I'll tell you about a few.

    1. Research - It's really important for me to read queer texts, read philosophy and graphic novels. This helps me to keep it in mind that it is important that my art has a narrative and meaning. I believe it's really important for me to keep researching, in an effort to keep inspired and happy in my work.

    2. I visit art exhibitions to see art I've always loved in real life. Being around art always makes me emotional, and every artist I see ends up affecting my process In some way.

    3. Drawing to "look". This means having a sketchbook and a pen, charcoal and hard pencil with you as often as you can. Having these tools at hand means that I can see something and document it. If you keep looking and looking, you'll get better at analytical drawing. This will help you to feel more comfortable to draw anything you like! I live by this practise.

    8. What motivates you?

    I believe that art can be used as a tool for change. This motivates me to keep making art for myself and for queer people. I know that every piece I make will bring me closer to that truth.

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?

    I'm not entirely sure that I do anything much different than other artists. There are hundreds of thousands of us who have picked up the same habit from art school. I guess it's different that I also take part In queer activism whilst producing art. I use my platform on Instagram to create educational resources in an effort to talk to non queers about being kinder to us. I also use my art to talk to queer people about things affecting our community, and to hopefully help queers to feel less alone. I designed a t-shirt for @voices4_ recently and have raised over $1000 to help queer people flee persecution in Chechnya. There are so many ways that we can use art to act.

    10. Who are you inspired by?

    I'm inspired by queer people. Queer artists, writers and activists. I'm inspired by mind changers

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care? (Especially after a busy week)

    A bubble bath with lavender oil and a face mask! Telling people I love them.

     

    Artist Spotlight - Snacky boy

    Artist Spotlight - Snacky boy

    Drawing inspiration from adorable Pokemon characters, Snacky Boy creates amazing illustrations and enamel pins.

    When we first laid eyes on the wonderful world of Snacky Boy, we were instant fans. So much so that us ghosties in the studio are proud owners of a couple of their magical enamel pins! 
    Snacky boy has great attention to detail when creating their art, and it doesn't just show in their pins, but also the beautiful prints that they create.
    'Get in the bag'
    'Sailor Tokyo'
    We absolutely love the colours and textures used, as well as the use of characters from some beloved animes that we grew up watching <3
    Snacky Boy's pins are easily some of the cutest we've ever seen;
    'Beautiful Blissey'
    'Surfing girl'
    So what did they create for us?
    Snacky Boy has designed us a beautiful ghostie pin! We are blown away by how cute it is <3 Now you can have your very own pack of Sad Ghost Chips on your jacket, bag or where ever you fancy!


    You can find Snacky Boy's SGC pin HERE
    You can see more from Snacky Boy via these handy links:
    Q&A time:
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?

    I'm a huge pokemon fan, So I would have to say Gengar. It always looks so mischievous!

    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?

    Probably my eraser, my sketches are always super messy and it would be difficult to ink anything without getting rid of them first!

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    I mainly do digital art, so tablet! Digital art is my main medium, so much that I've embarrassingly caught myself trying to press CTRL+Z in real life when drawing before ...

    4. What's your go-to motivational album?

    I listen to a lot of K-Pop, recently 'The Story of Light' album by SHINee because its really uplifting, but also great background music. (also a big LOONA fan!)

    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?

    I use a lot of flat block colours in my art. I generally rely on contrast between these colours to add emphasis to the art instead of using line art. In terms of my character design, I would say its very 'kawaii-esque' mixed with influences from styles from franchises like Pokemon and Animal Crossing.

    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?

    I think it may be the piece I did called 'Sailor Tokyo'. Its a sailor moon fan art piece of Usagi sitting on top of a building in Tokyo. The drawing is actually simple and does not have much detail, but I think the shapes and colours were really effective in realising the sailor moon aesthetic in my own style.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    If I'm honest, I don't really! Though I can be indecisive so I often end up making multiple versions of a drawing, making little changes between versions.

    8. What motivates you?

    when drawing I sometimes like to hide little references or characters in the piece. I love peoples reactions when they spot something hidden or a reference, that makes me excited to work on the next piece!

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?

    When I am working I generally get really sucked in and wont do anything else. Sometimes my music might stop and I wont even notice, and I'll end up working in silence for ages! I'm sure this must happen to others too though!

    10. Who are you inspired by?

    A couple of artists I really love the work of are Little Thunder and Heikala, both amazing traditional watercolour artists. I'd love to get more into watercolours but I'm a very messy painter. I also love OMOCAT's apparel designs, I'd love to work on some of my own sweater or t-shirt designs like theirs someday.

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care? (Especially after a busy week)

    Usually my busiest times involve big conventions, and the day after I love to cook a huge breakfast for me and all my friends with tonnes of different food, we call it magic monday! Its a good way to re-energise after a tiring few days. More generally I think doing a nice sheet mask and catching up on TV shows I'm watching at the time is great too.

    Shipping for the holidays, 2018!

    Shipping for the holidays, 2018!

    Hey ghosties, the holidays are fast approaching and as a lot of you lovely ghosts are from all around the world it's best we let you know the safest times to order so you're not disappointed!

    For international orders (anywhere that isn't the UK) - it's best you order as soon as possible to make sure you definitely receive your order in time but these are the dates given by Royal Mail who we use to ship our orders; but we can't 100% guarantee so get your orders in early!

     

    We hope you're all getting excited for the holidays! We'll be taking our annual leave from 21st-28th of December but the shop will still be open :)

    Love Lize, Helen & Nathan x