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    Artist Spotlight - Booboo

    Artist Spotlight - Booboo

    Using super cute imagery, booboo creates adorable illustrations of various characters and magical looking worlds.

    Carl (booboo) is an illustrator/animator living in the north of England. Using predominant digital means, he focuses on character design, plus he's also a fan of ghosts :)
    When we came across Booboo's work we knew he'd be an excellent fit for our Artist Spotlight! We are huge fans of the colours and composition used, as well as the cute edge to everything.

    Booboo also has some beautifully detailed work, which have layers of intrigue. We absolutely love the image's from his 'The Journey' series!

    So what did he create for us?
    Booboo has designed a Sad Ghost Club first, fridge magnets! Each pack contains three differently designed magnets. We can't decide which one is our fave because they're all so cute <3

    You can find Booboo's fridge magnets HERE!
    You can see more from Booboo via these handy links:

    Instagram
    Website
    Now onto the Q&A's
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?
    I really liked the ghosts that were often in Scooby Doo cartoons just because I watched it loads as a kid with my mum, but nowadays I'd say High Five Ghost from The Regular Show. I'd play basketball with that guy.
    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?

    At the moment I really like drawing quickly with Sakura Micron pens, the brush pens they've made are lush!
    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    Definitely tablet, I recently got an Ipad Pro and it's too easy to draw on that because I can use paint, pencils or whatever just on the one device in Procreate. I've only been drawing/ illustrating for just over 3 years and learnt using predominantly illustrator, thats not to say I don't use pencils and pens on paper however it always looks like a page of scribbles because I make so many mistakes. I also end up covered in ink due to being left handed...
    4. What's your go-to motivational album?

    I don't think I have an album that I go to however I do use multiple Spotify playlists, usually consisting of multiple James Brown songs. There is a live set that I listened to loads last year ( and am doing again now) by my friend Pauls electronic band Tokyo Acid Cru which is a Halloween set with loads of cool samples from 80's horror/sci-fi films. It's super easy to listen to because it's just nostalgic and has a constant good beat throughout. Check them out on Soundcloud www.soundcloud.com/tokyo-acid-c
    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?

    I think there's definitely lots of childhood in there amongst other themes, I liked playing Nintendo games loads as a kid, watching cartoons and when I got older I really liked skateboard graphics. When I was introduced to Illustrator by my friends Smythers @twentyseventythree & Hails @onethousandeyez they showed me how to draw mostly with shapes before even using pens to make lines and that lead to me making work which is quite bold. I think because my handwriting is difficult to decipher, and my linework on paper is generally not neat, finding illustrator was a godsend because it FINALLY (after 24 years) allowed me to produce illustrations with neat linework, and now I have to inspect every single line/corner/point to ensure there are no awkward points that make it look untidy! In terms of themes of work, I like to draw illustrations that my nephew and niece would like. They're 13 and 14 now but like me love Nintendo/ Adventure Time so I always like to think when I'm finished "would Oliver and Charlotte" like this. I think it's easier for me to ask them sometimes also because it's easy to forget what you saw the world like when you were that young.
    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?

    Strangely enough in terms of design, it's a real simple one, however, it's the time and effort of craft that I am proud of. I've worked on some cool projects including this one with SGC but this year I managed to make a long sleeve t-shirt which featured a backprint and a front print. I know it sounds odd but I think because it was something that I'd never tried before and didn't know how they'd turn out or even be received it was very much unknown territory. I haven't been educated how to screenprint however I purchased a setup, along with a second-hand heat press and taught myself through trial and MULTIPLE errors. I purchased a large quantity of pizza boxes (which are actually great for storing stuff in) and screenprinted them to use as packaging for the t shirts. It just made it a nice little handmade package with some stickers and mini prints thrown in. When i put them up online they sold out within a night, so i did a second batch of another 25 and they just disappeared too. I've never made any since but thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was cool to see people wearing in it around Newcastle. It very much gives me pride to know that everything in those boxes was made by my own hands, I know I could pay for it to be made by a professional however I really like the craft side of it and have now worked out the workflow for printing onto textiles. I want to learn how to print on to sleeves so expect that to become a project soon.
    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    I wouldn't say so, I like a cup of tea or a beer with me when drawing. I like having my little forest cat Kupo around me, he usually sleeps on the bed and is just around for a tummy rub for when my hands are aching. I usually draw up a tiny drawing on a sticky note before drawing onto a computer. I think because they're so small it gives me enough room to get a thumbnail sizes drawing, then I just add loads of words around it to remind me of what i'm trying to draw.
    8. What motivates you?

    I think i just like learning. I've always been fairly active in teaching myself hobbies that I find interesting, I learnt how to skateboard and play guitar when younger, I guess illustrating and printmaking has just been a hobby that's turned into a big project for me. in the part year I've been heavily involved with producing work for a local exhibition called @nowtspecialncl up here in Newcastle which features alot of talented creatives from the North East, I guess having a space for likeminded people to showcase work and attend has been great as it's encouraged me to produce work in lots of different ways.
    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?

    Ermm maybe other people do this aswell, but sometimes I look at my work as a little game or a jigsaw. Trying to figure out how assets should sit together, even down to the colours that are used and how they are used together. I just text my girlfriend to ask her and she said I stick my tongue out loads when concentrating though.
    10. Who are you inspired by?

    I think most anything with a cool design which looks fun. If you check out the Pictofolio section on the Pictoplasma website it has loads of cool pieces of work which I constantly wish I'd done. It's a cool community for people to share their animation and illustrations on. Pictoplasma was the biggest inspiration for drawing more characters, I first attended in 2014 and got to attend workshops and watch presentations by Brosmind/ Tado/ Yomsnil/ Alexander Rilla who are all fantastic artists. I think it just opened me up to lots of work that I'd previously never been exposed to. I didn't enjoy art at school, and I didn't pursue it as a GCSE as I wasn't inspired by it then. If I was shown Keith Haring's work at school things may have been very different, however, I love how simple his work is whilst also fun and effective.
    11. What's your favourite way to practice self-care? (Especially after a busy week)

    I can't get enough of the steam room at my gym at the moment, it relaxes me and makes me feel human after exhausting days. I do like going outdoors too hence the influence for my SGC work. Oddly enough though I prefer being outdoors at this time of year as opposed to summer, I just cope better in cold weather. I think it's hard sometimes when I'm at home to not be thinking of what project I'm working on next which however playing Mario Kart and just cutting loose a bit is essential for my brain to function accordingly sometimes. I think it's positive to make things for yourself to look forward to, this often makes challenging days at work easier ( I'm a lecturer) and essentially becomes a good coping mechanism if I'm tired or anxious about anything. I think it's important to talk to people about things that potentially upset or bother you so spending time with friends is one of the best ways to spend time, and if it involves travelling then I'm always on board to hang out :)

    Artist Spotlight - Jack Xander

    Artist Spotlight - Jack Xander

    Using bright colours and playful imagery, Jack creates fun, eye-catching digital art!

    Bristol based illustrator Jack Xander has worked with a host of clients including  
    The Daily Telegraph, The Natural History Museum, Airbnb and Ivy Press Ltd. 
    His work focuses heavily on digital art, and he mainly uses a tablet to create his illustrations.



    Jack's work also features a lot of space imagery, which we love!
    He also creates super nice animated work, we are huge fans of his clock images <3
    So what did he make for us?
    Jack created a wonderful A5 sticker sheet! We love the space theme and the cute lil ghost in the rocket ship.
    You can find the sticker sheet here!
    You can check out more of Jack's work here:
    Now for the Q&A's
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?
    Gotta be ghost Yoda - real wise dude after 900 years but also knows how to pull some major bants. Cooks a mean stew.
    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?
    I have these pretty neat Lego Brick erasers. You can stack 'em and stuff, just like the real deal... they're not practical but who cares when you can build a spaceship?
    3. Paint? Pencil? Or Tablet?
    Tablet for me. I made the switch recently and have found it way easier keeping a digital archive of everything on the go, rather than carrying stacks and stacks of paper round!
    4. What's your go-to motivational album?
    'Demon Days' by Gorillaz. Gets me right in the nostalgia every time & hits on so many genres throughout - variety really keeps my brain ticking, so it's perfect to make work to.
    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?
    Maybe, retro-graphic minimalism? I like to really consider layout and explore that through use of simple shapes and limited colour. Sci-fi/fantasy themes end up creeping into my work as I'm continually consuming it through the media I interact with.
    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?
    I created a double page spread for a project with Airbnb & The Natural History Museum which was a really fun and challenging brief. I was pretty used to creating self-contained editorial images, so working over two pages on a narrative focused piece proved tricky but gratifying.
    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
    I like to have an organised and clean space to work in. My brain gets a bit fuzzy and I'm easily distracted if my pencils aren't in line with each other! I'm a real hoot at parties.
    8. What motivates you?
    My main motivation comes in the form of problem solving. I love a puzzle & so being able to dismantle a brief or project and piece it back together in a way that's simpler and visually cohesive really gets me going.
    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?
    When listening to music I end up getting trapped in this loop of only clicking the mouse, or tapping the screen in time to the beat of the song. I start introducing other keys etc. as various other instruments until I finally realise what it is I'm actually doing with my. We all have our vices... right?
    10. Who are you inspired by?
    Inspiration comes in many shapes & forms, I find it hard to pin down! Stanley Kubrick, Phillip K Dick, Wes Anderson & Ray Harryhausen are all inspirations in motivating and encouraging new ideas - aesthetically I'd say I'm most informed & take influence from David Hockney (my quest to find glasses that cool is an ongoing struggle)
    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care? (Especially after a busy week)
    Sundays are sacred for me - I make sure I'm doing very little. A strict pyjamas & pizza policy is usually enforced, movies/tv series are essential. If for some reason I do leave the house you can be damn sure it's only to get a roast dinner (or snacks) and I'll be heading back indoors ASAP.

    Artist Spotlight - Gina Shord

    Artist Spotlight - Gina Shord

    Using a wonderful range of colour and movement, Gina Shord creates beautiful work ranging from character design to children's illustrations.

    Gina Shord is a super talented illustrator living in London. She focuses a lot on children's books, hand lettering and greetings cards. We were initially attracted to her work from her adorable animal illustrations, and her attention to detail.
    Gina's work is wonderfully textured, with great composition. Her use of bright colours adds a playfulness as well. 
    We also LOVE her character designs!
    So what did Gina create for us?
    Gina has designed an amazing badge pack, not only are the badges adorable, the the packaging image is GREAT. It also incorporates all of our favourite colours.

    You can find Gina's badges here!

    You can also find more of Gina's work here:

    Instagram
    Website
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?

    The ghosts from the Funny bones book Ghost train. They seem unfriendly but when the skeletons get to know them a little they realise they are fun and friendly. On one page there are many ghosts in a ghost town by the sea. They look so cute eating their candy floss!

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

    For sure my Posca paint pens! When I want a little break from working digitally I love drawing with paint pens because they are so vibrant and create such a smooth block colour.

    3. Paint? Pencil? Or Tablet?

    As much as I love paint and pencil I’m going to have to say tablet. I love my tablet so much, I sometimes even find myself calling it my baby! Haha
    But honestly I save so much time working digitally compared to when I used to paint.

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

    As much as I wanted to seem cool and say one of my more alternative bands, I’m going to have to say Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way. It gets me pumped up and ready to kick some serous butt!

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

    Friendly, approachable and a little goofy. My illustrations contain lots of characters, which I try to express some of my quirkier qualities through whether it be my awkwardness, my super positive side or my silly sense of humour. I like to make things light hearted and fun.

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

    Ooo that’s a tough one! Maybe my self initiated Reptile book for kids called Learning, Activities and Reptiles. It’s a non-fiction illustrated book about reptiles which encourages children to learn while they are playing games. I’ve been working on this book for just over a year and it is nearly finished, I am very excited to self publish it as I feel there is a lack in illustrated non fiction children’s books.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    I like to get stuck into my favourite pod cast Creative Pep Talk it gets me into the creative flow and start really thinking about all aspects of my work.

    8. What motivates you?

    I love improving my craft and challenging myself. This gives me pride in what I am doing and makes me happy. The sense of accomplishment and fulfilment I get seeing my work progress, and thinking of how I can continue that progression is a constant motivator for me.
    And of course, who wouldn’t want to make a living doing something they love!?

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

    Randomly bursting into song, which I am not even playing. Usually I will just repeat the same line as that would be all I had popping in my head.

    10. Who are you inspired by?

    Ooo Jim field, Oliver Jeffers, Mathew the horse, Steve Simpson and so many more!

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

    When I really need to unwind and practice self care, I like to take a hot bath with either my favourite program playing or relaxing whale noises, honestly. It makes me feel great!

    Artist Spotlight - Lorna Jameson

    Artist Spotlight - Lorna Jameson

    Using an array of beautiful colours , Lorna Jameson illustrates amazing imagery based around the natural world.

    Lorna Jameson is an illustrator based in Bournemouth and Oxford, who works primarily with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create wonderfully textured images.
    We absolutely love the details in Lorna's work, and how her illustrations tell a story.
     
    Lorna's work has a paper-cut out quality to it, which is very visually appealing. Lorna also has a keen eye for detail, there's always something for your eye to pick up on!
    So what did Lorna create for us?
    Lorna designed an amazing A3 print! We are in love with the little ghosties on the washing lines. We also love her use of colour and the amount of detail.
    Each Glicee print is printed on 300gsm fine art paper <3
    You can see more of Lorna's work here:

    Instagram
    Website
    You can find Lorna's print HERE!
     
     1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?

    I absolutely love children’s computer games, so my favourite ghost must be Boo from Luigi’s Mansion.

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

    My mechanical pencil is the best item I own. No matter where I am, I am always carrying it- you never know when or where you are when an idea pops into your head and you need to scribble it down.

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    The artwork I create is always done on my tablet, however my pencil is where it all starts. My sketchbook is full of tiny rough drawings which I develop further on my tablet.

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

    My motivational album really depends on my mood, but I always find myself listening to singer songwriter Mahalia.

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

    I have always been intrigued by miniature worlds. I love creating illustrations which feel quaint and idyllic, and make the viewer feel like an onlooker into a tiny world. This, along with bright colours and textures seem to be a theme throughout my illustrations.

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

    Over the past year I have written and illustrated a book of poems. Forgotten Worlds is packed with poems which explore tiny nonsense worlds. This was a big self-initiated project and having spent many long nights on it, it must be my proudest piece.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    Whenever I run out of ideas, I start drawing plants. This is my go-to way for beating ‘artists block’. I never have to think about what they might look like, its just the first thing that comes to my mind.

    8. What motivates you?

    Getting out and about and finding new and exciting places to draw. Botanical gardens have always been my favourite place to visit and draw- they are jam-packed with nature, at its best.

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

    I like to move my desk around or physically move where I am sat. If I am too familiar with where I am working, I find it hard to come up with new ideas.

    10. Who are you inspired by?

    My inspiration comes from a huge variety of places. I use my Instagram to keep up to date with illustrators and designers such as Amber Davenport and Owen Davey (my current favourites). My artwork is heavily inspired by the environment around me, and reflects my influences from the architecture and nature I am surrounded in- nothing beats a holiday sketchbook!

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

    If i have had a really busy week, my studio is often a mess! I love just having a tidy up and preparing my desk for another day of work. I have always found a tidy space makes a tidy mind and so my go-to would be putting on some upbeat music and organising my workspace.

     

    Artist Spotlight - Offpeach

    Artist Spotlight - Offpeach

    Using adorable imagery with soft colours and rounded shapes, Offpeach creates super cute illustrations featuring critters, people and other delights.

    Bristol based artist Ali Bryson, who goes by Offpeach, makes some seriously cute work. We here at SGC can't resist cutesy designs so we knew we wanted to feature them for our artist spotlight!
    Using predominantly digital platforms to create their work, Offpeach focuses on happy-looking illustrations to make their viewer smile.
    We are in love with their use of colour, which compliments the soft designs perfectly!



    We also LOVE the way they draw expressions on their characters!
    So what did they create for us?
    Offpeach has designed some super cute temporary tattoos, and we are in love!! Their interpretation of The Sad Ghost looks super squishy, and we can't wait to stick them all over ourselves <3 
    You can see more of their work here:

    Instagram
    Linktr
    You can buy the temp tattoos here:

    Offpeach Temp Tattoos

    Now, on to the Q&A's!
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?
    Definitely the Boos from the Super Mario franchise! King Boo with his tiny crown is especially good.

    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?
    Probably my Rotring Tikky 0.5mm mechanical pencil. It's super comfortable to use, as I find it easier sketching with a pen-shaped tool rather than a regular pencil. My Sunflower ProMarker is super good too, it's my favourite colour and shade!

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?
    I predominantly use a Huion 1060PLUS tablet for digital art, but I recently got given an iPad Pro and it's slowly becoming my #1 method. When I want to change things up, I paint canvases with acrylic and gouache!

    4. What's your go-to motivational album?
    Currently I'd have to say Love Yourself: Tear by BTS. The album tells you that even if you make mistakes or come under hard times, you'll be able laugh and push through, and that it's okay not to have goals or an overarching dream as long as you are happy and creating positive moments in your life. The song Magic Show is 4 minutes 40 seconds of "I believe in you, so believe in yourself". Overall, the album is full of upbeat songs that you can't help but feel great listening to!

    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?
    I would describe my work as positive, colourful, and round! I use a specific style of face on the majority of my characters, which is something I do more out of habit now. However, I love the idea that people will look at my art and say "Oh! Look at that face! Definitely something by offpeach!". I love using soft, pastel colours too!

    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?
    I'd say my frog gacha machine! It was a piece that took me a couple of months to finish, and mainly sat half-done because I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to take it. The final outcome was a lot different from my original idea, but also a big improvement! It's a lot more detailed than my usual work too, so I'm proud of myself for sticking with it for so long to finish it!

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
    When I have work to do, I tend to wake up early (6AM-8AM) as I feel a lot more productive when I know I have the whole day ahead of me. I make a habit of walking around, stretching, and getting a drink or something to eat after I finish something "big"; such as the linework or colouring. I also listen to music while I work, as I found that if I watch videos, I tend to forget about the work pretty quickly..

    8. What motivates you?
    The idea that someone will smile or be happy looking at my art. Creating positive content is an important part of my work ethic and presence as an artist, and as human being. I would also love to work comfortably as an artist, and have the chance to create bigger and better projects to help people feel happy!

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?
    I tend to sing out loud a lot whilst working, for some reason it helps me focus on my work. I also occassionally close or put away whatever I'm working on, and look at it again after 5-10 minutes. While this gives me a small break, it also refreshes my view on the piece as a whole, so I don't get tunnel vision.

    10. Who are you inspired by?
    I really love work by Recorder Factory, MILKBBI, Studio Dalgona, Nonlinear, and Jennifer Xiao! I'm constantly inspired by various Japanese mascots such as Kumamon, Mikyan, and Fukka-chan, as well as Sanrio and San-X characters.

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care? (Especially after a busy week)
    I make sure to eat breakfast! My go-to is scrambled eggs on toast, as it's hot food but not too much of an effort to make. I play chill video games such as Cities: Skylines and catch up on shows and Youtube videos, and do some light gardening work.