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    Artist Spotlight - Jack Teagle

    Artist Spotlight - Jack Teagle

    Using a playful style with bright bold colours, Jack Teagle creates magical illustrations and comics.

    Jack is a super talented Illustrator based in the south west of England, he has self-published comics, been a part of many exhibitions and has a long list of clients he's worked with. We've been a fan of Jack's work for a long time here at SGC, so we're excited to have him design an awesome piece of merch for us!
    Room Fifty - Animal Women
    Jack has a really nice, unique style to his work. We love his use of colour, and the rounded shape to his illustrations. Jack also has some pretty humorous work as well, especially his comics (check out Jeff Job Hunter, it is great.)
    Portland Mercury Cover
    So what did he design for us?
    Jack has created this AWESOME patch! We are in love with the colours and the sweet spooky text, and we can't wait to put it on our fave denim jackets <3
    You can find Jack's patch HERE
    You can check out more of Jack's work here:
    Website
    Instagram

    And now onto the Q&A's:
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?
    Probably Slimer from the Real Ghost Busters. (The movie version was a bit too menacing for me as a kid).
    When I had my injections as a kid, I remember my mum buying me a toy of him for being brave.

    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?
    I've got a custom made "blade pen" made by the cartoonist Dan Berry, that's really versatile. It can do these big sweeping lines, but also quite fine detail.
    It's a little like using a brush pen.

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?
    I use everything! Whatever works.
    I've started to ink wash backgrounds for my digital paintings, to try to merge everything I do into a more unified voice.
    I've finally found the perfect custom brush for photoshop that mimics my dip pen too, so if I ever have any changes, I can use my tablet easily.

    4. What's your go-to motivational album?
    Probably Metallica - Ride the Lightning or The Go Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike

    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?
    It's deceptively simple at times. I can draw in a variety of ways, but I really love letting something bold and powerful speak. Especially on t-shirts. You can see something bold from a mile away.

    My comics, I try to just install this message of "never give up" in a lot of what I do, and to create a crazy, visceral energy to go along with it.

    Most of my themes are influenced by popular culture (growing up with so many crazy toys in the hyper-commercialised early 90s), but also now nature, melancholy, and merging those themes with what I enjoyed drawing as a kid, Fantastical scenes of sad astronauts, strange beasts, etc.

    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?
    I'm not sure. I'm very proud of the amount of comics I've managed to get published by different publishers. I don't really get proud with my work, more content. I try not to dwell on anything I've done, and just strive to improve.
    My work ethic is very much tied with my mental health, and when I stay positive and happy, I produce my best work, so I keep trying to move forward.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
    I try to go to the gym as often as possible. As I get older, I find that I need to leave the studio, I get quite fidgety. Stretching my legs really help.
    When I work on quite difficult jobs, I often draw warm-down sketches, or colour some old work to wind down.

    8. What motivates you?
    Being able to work as an artist for a living. I don't really need or want that much in my life, but drawing and making things for people and for myself makes me very happy.
    I strive to avoid getting trapped into the bad jobs I once had, and to make work more of a fun lifestyle than something I feel like I'm throwing a large portion of my life away at.

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?
    Sometimes I'm quite naughty and work on a personal drawing on the side, especially if I'm working in ink for a client, and I'm waiting for the paper to dry.


    10. Who are you inspired by?
    A lot of outsider artists, a lot of people with their own unique voice. I like naive painters that developed their own way of working.
    Painters are Martin Lemann, Beryl Cook, Henri Rousseau but then there are trained visionary painters I enjoy like Stanley Spencer.
    I love imagery that has a narrative, the same goes for William Blake and Leonora Carrington.
    Outsider art, I love Henry Darger's sheer amount of work and vision.
    I enjoy looking at ancient art from around the world too. Just going back through time, studying how people perceived things, and trying to learn from that.

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care?
    (Especially after a busy week)
    I go to the gym, or go for a walk to quite literally to stretch my legs. I can get pretty bad cramp from a busy work week where I'm stuck at my desk.
    That instantly puts me in a different frame of mind and I feel a lot better.

    Artist Spotlight - Hynek Šnajdr

    Artist Spotlight - Hynek Šnajdr

    Using a mix of fantasy inspired imagery and beautiful painting technique- Hynek creates magical illustrations that we fell in love with.

    Hynek Šnajdr is a 20 year old artist who lives and studies in the Czech Republic. They've been drawing since they were super young, and love using watercolour and coloured pencils; often combining them together to create fantastic texture within their work.

    Focusing heavily on a fantasy, nature and form, they create some really breathtaking paintings.
    We are also super impressed with the sheer amount of detail in their work! Each piece tells a story and are fascinating to look at.

    You can find more of their work via these handy links:
    Instagram
    Deviant Art
    So what did they create for us?

    We noticed that Hynek had painted a BEAUTIFUL sad ghost in a green house, and we knew we wanted to have them as an artist spotlight feature <3
    We decided a print of the original work would be a wonderful idea! Each Giclee print is A4, and printed on 300gsm textured fine art paper in full colour. 

    You can find their print HERE!
    Now onto the Q&A's

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

    I have been thinking about it for quite a while, and have realized that there is not enough of likeable ghosts in popular media! Or maybe I just can’t think of any just now. My favorite ghost at the moment is Sandra The Unseeing from video game Pyre which I have been playing recently. She attempted to kill cruel emperor and was sentenced to be kept inside of Beyonder crystal for all eternity. She can be a bit bitter at times, but she is very nice actually and I would love if there was a way to free her from her prison!

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

    My best item in my pencil case must be a beautiful package of silver ink I got as a gift from my cousin. It is yet unused because it is very precious to me, but one day I will make some beautiful picture with it. I also have paint brushes which were used by my grandmother when she was young, and a wooden dip pen I love working with.

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    Both pencil and paint. I never got chance to try tablet out but I think I wouldn‘t make it work. My favorite way of working is making a pencil drawing and later coloring it with watercolor, so those two mediums are inseparable for me.

    4. What's your go-to motivational album?
    There is so many great music and so many albums I love. Ashes by Kyla La Grange has been one of my favorites for a long time, I grew great attachment to the songs and they became very important for me. Columbine by Aura Dione is another one I loved since I was young. At the moment, I rediscovered Daughter, their first album is magical.

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

    I am not good at describing my work, but from what others told me about it, I think I can make some basic picture. At it’s best, it is dreamy, or at least I always tried for it to be. I always thought my strongest point is great imagination and so I try to keep it and treasure it. I enjoy creating new worlds and cultures and magical things in general. The themes that are constant are people, nature and some kind of emotion or feeling.
    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?

    This changes a lot over time, and I am never completely happy with anything I make. But I enjoyed making the picture for The Sad Ghost Club and I really like the outcome, so it might as well be my proudest piece. This weekend, I was painting poppies on a fence in a home for handicapped people, and it was both challenging and great experience. I think the outcome looks great and it is one of the things I am most proud of.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
    I often drink tea while drawing or painting, sometimes I like to eat something little and sweet as well. Other than that, I don’t really know. I like to work when there are people around, but I don’t like them watching, on the other hand. It’s a bit strange, I know. I just like company, I guess. I sometimes draw while watching television, or I almost always listen to some music.

    8. What motivates you?
    The thought that someone will enjoy the outcome or that it could make someone happy, or a bit sad, or that they can relate, or if they feel anything really, thats a good thing. It also motivates me that with every new picture I might get a little better. It motivates me that I get closer to my goals, to my dreams. One day, my drawings and stories might reach more people who might find something valuable or important in them.

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?
    Hmm. I don’t think I do something no one else does while working. I might be quite boring in this sense. I just sit and draw. At times, I might stand up and do something totally different and then come back to it.

    10. Who are you inspired by?
    I am inspired by anyone who is doing what they love and is following their dreams. That is what I admire the most. It also motivates me when somebody is trying to change things for the better, no matter how small the thing seems. Other than that, my favorite artists do inspire me. Musicians Lights, Florence Welch, Kyla La Grange, creators of my favorite tv shows and computer games, artists like Tina Berning, Heikala, Agnes Cecile and Tran Nguyen. And Hayao Miyazaki, I almost forgot!

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care?
    (Especially after a busy week)
    Go home, make a green tea and watch a Ghibli movie. Or put a cd into player and dance to it. Or just draw, If I can and I am not pressured by what to draw. Or play a video game (Ori and the Blind Forest, Life is Strange, Child of Light, Memoranda, Night in The Woods, Oxenfree). When I don’t feel well for a longer period of time, it helps to just go for a walk in the forest and maybe get a little lost.
     

     

    Artist Spotlight - Molly Fairhurst

    Artist Spotlight - Molly Fairhurst

    Using bold lines and colour, Molly illustrates amazing work full of movement and intrigue.

    We love Molly's work and were very excited when she agreed to create a unique design for us! Molly has a keen eye for colour and form, and we love how expressive her work is. Her work can be emotive, but also playful and humorous. 



    Molly has a really lovely drawing style, and excellent composition skills. Her eye catching work features in various projects such as work for WaterAid and FORGE art magazine.
     
    So what did Molly create for us?


    Molly designed four super cute postcards for us! Interpreting the sad ghost in an adorable and fun way. They come in a pack and each postcard has a different design on the back as well!
    You can find her postcard packs HERE!



    You can find out more about Molly via these handy links:
    Instagram
    Molly's website
    Now onto the Q&A's;

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

    I was (am) an incredibly pale kid so my parents sometimes referred to me as Casper. I don’t care for him much but feel an affinity y’know. I think it’s cool he cared so much about being nice.

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

    Muji brush pens, withered and drying out. I won’t leave London until I’ve been to a Muji, and paid for a fistful of brush pens.

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    I play with them all. At the minute I don’t like drawing with a tablet because I can’t make it loose enough, but really appreciate how I can edit an image in Photoshop and add and change colours to my every whim.

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

    Sugababes, Angels With Dirty Faces.

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

    It’s all just a bit daft.

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

    Ever?? I couldn’t say! But there’s different projects I’m proud of for different reasons - my work for WaterAid for being socially conscious, self-briefed animation work I have done and am working through because it is a new skill I’m discovering that I think is working out quite well, and hey even designing my own t-shirts and knowing that people out there are enjoying them is a really cool feeling.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    Often - Drink a coffee, pretend to think whilst I drink, sketch very brief thumbs, sketch a more detailed sketch, go over that, dislike that and feel it is too static, draw the image straight without an under drawing or just very loose shapes sketched out only.
    I’m starting to cut out the middle bit, realising that my best work often comes out of my wonky hands with no guidance, even if it takes a few throws. That’s how I worked on the pieces for Sad Ghost Club and I think that worked out quite sweetly.

    8. What motivates you?

    Stacks of money, worldwide domination - but also the notion that people enjoy it really warms my heart. But I’m also low-key (I hope) quite competitive. Competing with who? I wish I knew.

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

    If it’s a good painting I’ll dance a little bit whilst making it.

    10. Who are you inspired by?

    Anyone with a confident sense of artistic self, a direction that really really follows through. It sounds loose-y but it really shows. Be it an artist or a musician or otherwise. Karin Dreijer (Fever Ray, The Knife) and Annie Clark (St Vincent) come to mind- two artists who have and had visions for a concept and really MADE that. It’s commitment and unabashed confidence I admire.


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

    My usual way to clear my head is to go for a walk - favourably just as the sun is getting ready to set. Don’t listen to anything but the wind chill and spring birds, and come up with 100 ideas I’ll never get round to.

     

    Artist Spotlight - Nicole Cmar

    Artist Spotlight - Nicole Cmar

    Nicole Cmar creates wonderfully stylised illustrations using bright block colour and cute imagery.

    Nicole is an awesome illustrator from Columbus, Ohio. We were drawn to their work from the eye-catching use of colour and playful style. We knew that'd be able to create something special for our artists spotlight!

    We were excited to see how Nicole would interpret the sad ghost in their unique style, as we definitely were not disappointed! 

    So what did Nicole create for us??


    Nicole designed these adorable pocket mirrors, and we absolutely love how she drew the sad ghost!! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do <3

    You can find the pocket mirrors HERE!!

    You can see more of Nicole's work on her website HERE!!

    Now onto the Q & A;

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

    Does Space Ghost count? If not then Sir Nearly Headless Nick all the way!

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

    My trusty thin green crayola marker. I like drawing in green for some reason.

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    I do all my client work on a tablet, but I’m a sucker for Posca paint markers.

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

    All the Cat Stevens songs from Harold and Maude.

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

    Picture something like Tiny Tim meets Schoolhouse Rock. A good bit of awkward mixed in with a cheery sensibility. That's sort of what I’m going for haha. Mostly I keep my art positive, since I love creating for kids, but sometimes it can get a bit odd or cheeky. I get color inspiration from 60’s package design, and I try to keep things humorous. I’m still figuring some things out as I go, but I feel like I’m gradually getting more comfortable with my work as I go along.

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

    I did all the designs and illustrations for a kids nonprofit that I was pretty happy with. It was a lot of work, especially since it was done mostly over a weekend, but it felt good to do.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    Every project starts with me doodling a ton of stuff with my thin crayola marker on printer paper. I love using cheap materials, because it doesn’t stress me out when I make a crappy drawing. I keep a giant stack of printer paper at my desk, so if I don’t like it I just grab another sheet and move on. I’m a mess if you hand me a Moleskin, nothing gets done! Printer paper doesn’t judge though, it lets me be me. I also go through a ton of juice boxes while working, I need to cut back...

    8. What motivates you?

    All my friends in Pretty Picture Club. Kind people with some amazing talent. We started out as a bunch of chums talking shop on Slack, and now we motivate each other daily through projects and just recently became a studio! We help each other through thick and thin, and it’s just nice to have a support group there when your feeling down. Whether I need some fresh eyes on a piece after hours spent, or a pat on the back after a rough day, my buds are there to cheer me on. Every now and then someone in the group will post a piece that really raises the bar, and it makes me want to push myself even harder. It’s one of the most valuable things to have as an artist, and I’m so grateful to those guys. : )

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

    Sometimes I have a quick turnaround on a project, so I put on Speed Racer. I’m not kidding. Oh, and occasionally I juggle.

    10. Who are you inspired by?

    Since I live in Columbus, I was lucky enough to be taught by Andy J. Pizza. He’s the most motivating person, and he serves the role of art dad to many : ) Also Roger Hargreaves, Ed Emberley, and any of the artists on The Amazing World of Gumball. They’re all genius.

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care?

    If I start to feel crummy or stressed out, I hop in the car and go for a drive. I turn on some music, and sing really LOUD! I make sure I’m by myself, because I’m not the best at singing. You know, not terrible, but not the best either aha. It’s a nice break from the office and forces me to only focus on driving and remembering the lyrics.

    Artist Spotlight - Plant Boy

    Artist Spotlight - Plant Boy

    Plant Boy creates wonderfully colourful illustrations featuring people, plants and honesty.

    Alex, aka Plant boy is a 22 year old artist from Portugal who's been drawing since they were in 5th grade. Initially influenced by anime and manga; they've been making beautiful illustrations ever since, and we love them!


    Plant Boy has struggled with their mental health, and enjoys making relatable artwork that centres around how they feel. We love the choice of colours they use, and the way they draw people.
     
    What did they create for us?
    We wanted to showcase Plant Boy's amazing use of colour, so we thought stickers would be perfect!
    Plant boy designed some amazing stickers for us, featuring five different ghosties! You can find their stickers HERE!
    You can also find more of their work on instagram HERE!

    Now it's time for the Q & A!

    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?
    Definelty the anxious and sweet Napstablook from Undertale

    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?
    All of my colorfull Poscas !

    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?
    Paint !, I used to hate painting my art but paint helps me relax and worry less about making the drawing perfects

    4. What's your go-to motivational album?
    My lo-fi playlist on spotify always helps me focus, it has amazing music like “rosemary” by eeve and “I Fall In Love Too Fast” by Caleb Belkin and also horror podcasts like “ no sleep podcast” and “ and that why we drink” are a definite favourite of mine.

    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?
    Colourful and a bit sad , self love and self help is always the theme I focus on portraying .

    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?
    I think this collab with the Sad Ghost Club if my proudest work so far for sure!

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
    Usually I like making a cup of tea but besides that not really, I just grab a pen and draw

    8. What motivates you?
    My followers and all the people that send me messages that tell me they love my art and that it makes them smile.

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?
    Listen to scary stories and play horror movies in the background !

    10. Who are you inspired by?
    Just so happens that my favourite artist for the longest of times has been Lize Meddings, all her work inspired me to start getting more into self love and self care. It made me feel less alone and I could see that there where more people like more struggling with their mental issues. Also b_mure , dortyparker and princedesoies !

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care?
    (Especially after a busy week)
    Probably petting my cats and guinea pig because helps me a lot with my anxiety, as well is small things like using my binder and my favourite shirt it helps me a lot with my dysphoria!