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    Artist Spotlight - Cristian Ortiz

    Artist Spotlight - Cristian Ortiz

    Award winning illustrator Cristian Ortiz, or Crom as he's know, creates amazing work not just limited to illustration, but 2D animation and comics as well.

     

    Crom's work is bold and features some pretty amazing fantasy themes such a warriors, knights and spooky looking individuals. We love his line work and how much detail he uses when drawing armour and weaponry.


    If you want to see more of Crom's beautiful work, you can check out his website right !HERE!

    So what did Crom create for Sad Ghost Club??

    We thought that his bold and kinda dark style would look awesome on a tote bag, and he created a wonderfully spooky design for us that we are in love with.
    We also think the white print looks striking and perfect against the black tote.


    They're a super handy size so you can fit all of your belongings in and walk around feeling like a boss. You can find his bags !HERE!
    Now onto the questions!
    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?
    Not sure if it counts but the Ghost King from Lord of the rings is really cool and I love him. he has a ghost army!
     
    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?
    Right now just a standard white Lamy biro that my sister bought me while we were travelling together in Germany and Austria.
    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?
    Biro? if that’s not an option then definitely pencil.

    4.What's your go-to motivational album?
    It changes every now and then but usually goes from RTJ2 , Kanye’s Graduation, and some Bebop playlists.  

     5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?
    I’d describe it as  gritty , wobbly lines with bold shadows. My common themes are cosmonauts, swords, warriors and skulls. 

    6. What’s your proudest piece that you've worked on?
    My character The Bird King. I  did a character sheet of him and everyone loves him.

    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
    Not that I can think of.

    8. What motivates you?
    The idea of improving my craft and to inspire people with my work.

    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?
    I roll my tongue and put it to the side a bit when I focus intensely on something.

    10. Who are you inspired by?
    Taiyo Matsumoto, Mike Mignola, Ashley wood and Gipi.

    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care? (Especially after a busy week!)
    I started doing meditation a few years ago and it really helps me get my head clear to start every day properly.

     

    Shipping for the Holidays!

    Shipping for the Holidays!

    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.

     

    We will be closing the shop from the 21st-28th December for the holidays!! In the mean time we've got some more stock coming (new and old!) and we'll be posting on our instagram @theofficialsadghostclub all about that, so make sure you're following us if you want to stay updated with what's coming in! 

    Hope you ghosties are all getting excited for the holidays <3

    Lize, Helen and Nathan <3

    Artist Spotlight - Jayde Perkin

    Artist Spotlight - Jayde Perkin

    Creating a beautiful atmosphere with use of colour and characters, Jayde's work is interesting and intriguing and full of life.

     

     

    We've all been fans of Jayde's work for a while here at HQ and we became even BIGGER fans when we found out she lived in Bristol! After a few events and shows and admiring her work from afar we just knew we wanted her to make something unique for the club. 

     

    Jayde's work is beautifully narrative and we just love the scenes she sets through her illustration. She does a lot of her own personal work and we love the 'slice of life' aspect to Jayde's work. It's simple but interesting, turning the everyday into something magical.

    Find Jayde's website here (we heartily recommend having a little peek!)

     

    So what's she made for the club?

    We love Jayde's use of composition and layout so we knew we wanted her to design something print-based. Paired with her artistic ways of creating a nice 'feeling', we felt Jayde's work would look beautiful on some notebooks! A perfect place for all of your ideas and secrets.  

     

     

    Jayde's designed 3 different notebooks (that all come in a pack) and we're IN LOVE. We love Jayde's ghostie interpretation and the whole 'calm' atmosphere of the artwork. We're so excited to fill them with all our ideas! 

    You can find Jayde's notebooks here!

    Ok, so onto the questions!

    1. What's your favourite fictitious Ghost from popular media?
    Does Patrick Swayze count?

    2. What's the best item in your pencil case?
    I have a bunch of super lovely paint brushes. Unfortunately despite how well I look after them, it's only a matter of time before they become frayed and I have to replace them - so I tend to stock up on them when I can.
    3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?
    Paint for sure. Though I do tend to plan a lot of stuff in pencil.
    4. What's your go-to motivational album?
    Whilst I don't want to say something like 'MUSIC IS MY LIFE'; I do spend most of my life listening to music. So it's always tough to say a particular album, but last night my partner and have just been to see St Vincent in Berlin, and she was AMAAAAZZZING. And her new album MASSEDUCATION is great. 
    5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?
    All my work is hand painted in one layer, so 'painstakingly time consuming' could be one way of describing it, but I like to think it's painterly in aesthetic, sometimes funny and odd, but usually melancholic in theme. My personal work in the last few years has been a cathartic process in response to depression and loss. I also like to sneak musical references into all my comics. My editorial work is more often than not political (with a little 'p'), and it's usually about women, and families, and feminism.
     
    6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?
    My most recent self-published auto-bio is called 'Time May Change Me', it explores loss, longing, grief, music, and leaving behind a city that you love. It's an ode to my mum, and it's an ode to David Bowie. I'm working on some new stuff now, but this has really informed the way I am now writing and making comics. 
    7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
    I do like to leave the house before embarking on the tasks of the day, inevitably if I am really busy this isn't always realistic. I worked from a studio for a long time, and now I share a great home studio in our attic with some friends and two cats. But I do like to have some sort of 'commute' before starting my day; it's too easy to go from bed to the kettle to the desk. So my ritual now is to have a coffee, and then get out of the house, whether that's for a run, half an hour at the gym, or a walk to the shops or something. Then when I'm back I have breakfast, take a shower, get dressed, have a coffee. And start my day. 
    8. What motivates you?
    Music, telling stories, and going to comic fairs and meeting lots of supportive and amazingly talented people.
     
    9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working? 
    I don't know really, but I once got through 2 audiobooks in book in one day; that was quite impressive.
    10. Who are you inspired by?
    Maria Kalman, Kate Bush. Oh, did I mention I went to see St Vincent? She's awesome.
     
    11. What's your favourite way to practice self care?
    (Especially after a busy week) 
    I'd love to say that I do some meditation and then I have a bubble bath with rose scented candles, but in reality, after a busy week, I like to have a couple of beers with my friends and laugh about weird stuff, and put the world to rights.

    Artist Spotlight - Isaac Lenkiewicz

    Artist Spotlight - Isaac Lenkiewicz

    Cute characters, beautiful stories and scenes, Isaac's work is enchanting and magical and we're forever swooning over the worlds he creates.

     

    Now, we're promise we're not being bias by enjoying Isaac's work so much, but he did go to uni with Lize (official sad ghost) so yeah, we've been fans for a while. Isaac's character design is always amazing and he's paid homage to a lot of pop culture characters and we're always excited to see how he's interpreted a much loved personality. You can find a lot of his Simpson's interpretations over at simpsonsdrawingclub.tumblr.com which he's a part of alongside a bunch of talented illustrators.

    Isaac's zines are a firm favourite in the studio, his comics tell great stories and again, we're totally obsessed with the characters he creates.

    Our number one zine is his Lichens comic which tells the story of three little lichens, we highly recommend, it's beautiful.

     

     

    Ok so, what's he made for the club?

    Obviously we were all VERY excited to see Isaac's version of the sad ghost, so we thought an enamel pin would be perfect!

    Isn't it just the cutest squishiest ghost you've ever seen?! We think it's perfect and we hope you ghosties LOVE it! It comes with a sticker too for ultimate Isaac X Sad Ghost vibes.

    Find the pin here!

    So onto the Questions!

    You can find more of Isaac's work here

     

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

    Slimer.


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

    One thing that stays in my pencil case and I always end up using one way or another is a disposable brush pen from Muji.


    3) Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?

    Yes! All of those. But my favourite things to work with are a dip pen and ink.


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

    Charlie Brown’s Holiday Hits by The Vince Guaraldi Trio! My favourite tracks are Thanksgiving Theme, Linus & Lucy and the Great Pumpkin Waltz.


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

    I draw things, make comics & sculpt and hand paint badges. I like spooky things and stories with kids as the protagonists.


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

    A large paper mache snail shellI made for halloween once.


    7) Do you have any/many artist rituals?

    I don’t think I have rituals, but I do tend to make work that correlates with whatever season it happens to be.


    8) What motivates you?

    The idea that I could make something that isn’t already out there and I would like to see, or even better something I would have loved to see when I was a kid.


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

    Stand up and walk away in the middle of what I’m doing, forgetting that I’m supposed be working?


    10) Who are you inspired by?

    There’s a long list of people I’m inspired by, but at the top are probably comic artists Christophe Blain and Joann Sfar.


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

    I’ll either go for a big walk by myself while listening to horror stories, go rock climbing or just hideout in my room and eat Chinese food. (Which doesn’t sound that good, but it FEELS good)