I did an interview with the lovely Dan Spain for his blog, so I thought I’d doodle the questions & answers instead of doing it via email! Have a read by clicking the link below:
www.dandidthat.com/who-is-gavin-strange-interview

I did an interview with the lovely Dan Spain for his blog, so I thought I’d doodle the questions & answers instead of doing it via email! Have a read by clicking the link below:

www.dandidthat.com/who-is-gavin-strange-interview



Being able to get up in front of people and talk about doing something you love is a huge honour I thinks.
I’m super mega fortunate to be doing a few talks this year, and i’ve just updated the sidebar of my site with the dates of the events, should you want to come and hear me waffle on!
I’m massively grateful to the organisers of all these great things for giving me a shot at talking the ears off their attendees!
Its a cracking line-up for 2014; The Meat, The Do Lectures, Develop, Reasons To Be Creative, Generate and WDC! I’ll be sharing with some incredible people such as Aaron Draplin, Signalnoise, Mr Bingo, James Victorie, Kate Moross and many many more! These people are huge inspirations to me, so Im really really excited to be able to catch their talks and hopefully say hello and tell them how rad they are!
I hope to catch you at some of those events, they’re going to be belting!

Being able to get up in front of people and talk about doing something you love is a huge honour I thinks.

I’m super mega fortunate to be doing a few talks this year, and i’ve just updated the sidebar of my site with the dates of the events, should you want to come and hear me waffle on!

I’m massively grateful to the organisers of all these great things for giving me a shot at talking the ears off their attendees!

Its a cracking line-up for 2014; The Meat, The Do Lectures, Develop, Reasons To Be Creative, Generate and WDC! I’ll be sharing with some incredible people such as Aaron Draplin, Signalnoise, Mr Bingo, James Victorie, Kate Moross and many many more! These people are huge inspirations to me, so Im really really excited to be able to catch their talks and hopefully say hello and tell them how rad they are!

I hope to catch you at some of those events, they’re going to be belting!



So excited to share this - the first teaser trailer for the forthcoming Shaun the Sheep feature film that we’re making here at Aardman in Bristol! I’m so honoured to say that I’m actually working on the film, on a specific section of the story, it’s SO exciting! It’s a fascinating process watching the film come together with so many talented folk working together to make something as massive as a feature film!

I’ll be sharing what I can as I can (which may not be very much until the film’s released!) but you can bet your sweet behind that I’m excited!!

Anyways, check out the teaser above and stay tuned to facebook.com/shaunthesheep and shaunthesheep.com for more info as it happens!



I love making rip-off graphics for fun! You get to learn so much about a particular style when you dissect it in such detail, I think it’s invaluable for learning (just don’t output that as anything but a homage, def don’t claim it as your own style / work!).
This is my homage / rip-off of my favourite cartoon show and favourite metal band! I tell you what, there’s a lot of subtle detail on that original logo, nailing the highlights and shading was tricky but a great learning curve! Fun graphics are fun!
And if you haven’t heard August Burns Red, go and get their album Rescue & Restore right now, it’s a blinder!

I love making rip-off graphics for fun! You get to learn so much about a particular style when you dissect it in such detail, I think it’s invaluable for learning (just don’t output that as anything but a homage, def don’t claim it as your own style / work!).

This is my homage / rip-off of my favourite cartoon show and favourite metal band! I tell you what, there’s a lot of subtle detail on that original logo, nailing the highlights and shading was tricky but a great learning curve! Fun graphics are fun!

And if you haven’t heard August Burns Red, go and get their album Rescue & Restore right now, it’s a blinder!



Here we go! The full reveal of all 6 new Droplets! What do you guys & girls think? Since late last year I’ve been working with SMART Licensing on Droplets, working towards creating a whole world for Droplets to live in and to make lots of cool stuff, way beyond just vinyl toys, so these 6 new ‘uns have been designed as characters first and toys second, which has been a really nice way to work.

I really, really would love to create a Series 3 of vinyl toys though, but the world’s changed a lot since Series 2 and things are more expensive to produce, and I’d be working with Crazylabel as a service, rather than a partnership this time around, so it would mean the whole production would be self-funded.

So, going forwards I’m thinking of using something like Kickstarter to help gauge interest and use as a pre-order mechanism for getting Series 3 made (if there’s enough interest of course, I wouldn’t want to presume!).

Stay tuned, there’s still lots I want to share with you, this isn’t the only ‘shape’ of the new Droplets! Looking forward to hearing what you lovely lot think!

Give us a ‘Like’ on Facebook to stay up to date with all the developments: www.facebook.com/DropletsToys



PEOPLE OF LONDON! On Thursday 20th March I’m giving a creative talk at the flagship Regent Street Apple store, from 7 - 8pm! It’s FREE and open to all, you just have to register for the event by clicking the link below, finding the event in the listing and hitting 'RESERVE' - I hope to see you there, it’ll be a talk full of positivity, GIFs, bright colours and 16-bit sound fx!
www.apple.com/uk/retail/regentstreet
I hope to see you there!

PEOPLE OF LONDON! On Thursday 20th March I’m giving a creative talk at the flagship Regent Street Apple store, from 7 - 8pm! It’s FREE and open to all, you just have to register for the event by clicking the link below, finding the event in the listing and hitting 'RESERVE' - I hope to see you there, it’ll be a talk full of positivity, GIFs, bright colours and 16-bit sound fx!

www.apple.com/uk/retail/regentstreet

I hope to see you there!



Back in 2011, with the help of LOTS of friends, I made the film ‘BÖIKZMÖIND’, a documentary film looking at why people ride bicycles with no gears in a city full of hills.

Well, I’ve just put the entire film online to watch, for FREE, so why not grab a cuppa, get some biscuits and give it a watch? And if you like it, please do share it around!

I’m still HUGELY indebted to the many many people that made this film possible!

You can still purchase a hard copy of the film on DVD which comes with a 97-page photobook or you can also purchase the digital download including a 20-minute making-of film.

Enjoy guys & girls!



I’ve been hard at work for the last few months on a follow up to my Droplets Series 2 vinyl toys! They’re now represented by Smart Licensing here in Bristol, so going forwards there’s going to be so much more than just toys!
However, I have been developing 6 new characters (and still more to go) that I’m hoping to share with everyone real soon! So head over to the Droplet Facebook page and hit ‘Like’ so you’ll be the first to see the new characters, new shapes, new story and new universe Droplets inhabit when it’s all unveiled over the coming months!!
facebook.com/DropletsToys

I’ve been hard at work for the last few months on a follow up to my Droplets Series 2 vinyl toys! They’re now represented by Smart Licensing here in Bristol, so going forwards there’s going to be so much more than just toys!

However, I have been developing 6 new characters (and still more to go) that I’m hoping to share with everyone real soon! So head over to the Droplet Facebook page and hit ‘Like’ so you’ll be the first to see the new characters, new shapes, new story and new universe Droplets inhabit when it’s all unveiled over the coming months!!

facebook.com/DropletsToys



Get to the chopper!

We’re stoked to say we have a new addition to our house… meet ‘Arnie’! He’s a rescue retired greyhound that we’ve adopted from the ‘Retired Greyhound Trust’!

He’s only been with us for a couple of days but already settled in so well. It’s really nice to have a focus that isn’t about work, something to take you away from the computer screen and make you appreciate the outdoors - which in turn leaves you clear headed and ready to make new things!

Anyways, we’re so happy with Arnie, I just wanted to take a break from graphics chit-chat to introduce him! Although I bet it won’t be long before I start incorporating greyhounds into my work somewhere!



It’s the JAM-UARY SALE (Geddit!? Geddit!?) and everything on my online store is now discounted, from Shirley Creamhorn & Shithawk toys to BÖIKZMÖIND books - Go grab yourself some toys, tee’s & treats so I can make some room to hopefully make more fun things in 2014!!
Head on over to: jamfactory.bigcartel.com
Cheers me dears!

It’s the JAM-UARY SALE (Geddit!? Geddit!?) and everything on my online store is now discounted, from Shirley Creamhorn & Shithawk toys to BÖIKZMÖIND books - Go grab yourself some toys, tee’s & treats so I can make some room to hopefully make more fun things in 2014!!

Head on over to: jamfactory.bigcartel.com

Cheers me dears!



Here’s the 2nd film i made for Samsung’s ‘#overtoyou' campaign using their S4 - A lil' look at what our weekly Chip Shop Ride’s looked like in the height of summer last year! All shot hand-held or with hacked GoPro mounts and edited in one evening! As my good friend Miles would say:

"Don’t make it perfect, make it now"

Enjoy!



I didn’t get a chance to post this last year, but in 2013 I made a couple of films for Samsung for their ‘#overtoyou' campaign, using their S4 phone as the camera! So, for one of them I shot a music video for my very good friends ménage-a-trois, all in one night, using the S4 recording front & back at the same time! A sawn-off selection of GoPro mounts and Manfrotto Magic Arms were the magic ingredients to rig it all together!

We filmed from 7 - 10pm and then I edited from 10pm - 3.30am but got it DONE all in one night! So happy with how it turned out, it’s a great bit of fun. Thank you to Ricky, Ryan & Stu from Ménage-a-Trois for making it so much fun!

So, click play and enjoy :)



Oh my flippity flip, this is a dream come true! I found out that my silly mush is in the brand new Wired magazine, with some kind words, all about the Wired Next Gen event that I had the honour of speaking at a few months ago! I can’t flipping believe it, to be alongside such clever inspirational people! I’m super stoked in this, ‘twas an honour to speak on behalf of Aardman (I took Wallace & Gromit with me on stage) and be part of a Wired event!!

You can watch the video of my talk right here on the Wired site: wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-10/19/gav-strange

I am a very lucky pup indeed!!



Bloody hell, what a year it’s been! I’m writing this from the comfort of my sofa, where I’ve spent the festive season so far, relaxing and doing absolutely no work! Admittingly, I’ve been ill for the past week so I’ve used that as another excuse to lie down and mainly play GTAV!

Anyways, enough of my laziness, it’s time to think back over the last 12 months. To put it plainly, it’s been bonkers! I never have too much of a plan from year to year, I have ideas of things I’d like to accomplish but generally I like to have a few ideas, act on them, and then see where they take me!

2013 was full of surprises, in the best possible way - From my 5ft Gromit raising £29,000 at auction for Charity to our suite of Shaun the Sheep games ‘Championsheeps’ being nominated for a Children’s BAFTA award, these things still blow my mind to think about then, and I can’t quite work out how I came to be involved in all this stuff, I’m so very lucky to have these opportunities!

I’ve also been very fortunate to be able to waffle on a lot this year - Kicking it off in Manchester at the start of the year, taking part in the wonderful BLAB 14 and then finishing off the year with the mighty honour of talking onstage at Wired Magazine’s ‘Next Generation’ conference! I really do find it such an honour to be able to talk about what you love, so I never take it for granted to have the chance to be able to whitter on for a bit to people! I’ve had the chance to meet lots of great folk at all the different events and conferences organised by brilliant people who just want to connect people, and that’s really inspiring to see!

It’s not all been roses though, my Fixed ’n’ Chips 2 bike race event was cancelled a week before it was due to go ahead when the local police force tweeted and facebook messaged me to tell me about their concerns with safety, which led to a postponement until next year! I also got quickly obsessed with NERF guns earlier in the year, as we all did in the Aardman Digital office, until during an after-hours shoot-out I accidentally got shot in the eye with velcro-tipped bullet which tore a large hole in my cornea, which meant a weekend with my eye bandaged up and the next 6 months having to take ointment in my eye every few hours! So remember kids, safety first!

So, onwards to 2014 then! I can’t wait to get started - I’ve got a few things lined up that I want to achieve, from a new short film bit of fiction, hopefully teaching myself how to write a screenplay to taking my Droplets characters into a whole new world, there’s lots to look forward to!

Don’t forget, life’s too short to not pursue the things that you love - we’re all SO fortunate to be creative, to see the world for all it’s beauty and radness, so let’s not squander such an awesome gift, let’s have fun and make people smile by making bonkers and brilliant things for their eyes and their hearts!

Thanks for reading and a Happy New Year to you all!

- Gav

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(Top Left) Shirley Creamhorn & the Shithawk, my vinyl toy collaboration with South American sculptor Alex Avelino was finally released in an edition of 250 of each colourway!

(Top Right) I got the chance to do the design for the collaboration between Bristol’s finest Fifty Fifty Store and the mighty Diamond Supply Co!

(Bottom Left) Mr @rexmartin and myself got obsessed with our GoPro cameras and devised ‘GoProFoSho’, a film challenge using only Gopro’s - Ricky has won both rounds so far, I need to up my game for 2014!

(Bottom Right) I started hyping the fact that there was a sequel to the bike documentary ‘BÖIKZMÖIND' and a trailer would be launched soon. I released that trailer on April 1st and it what it actually was, was a shot-for-shot remake of the original trailer but using kids instead of adults, talking about trikes instead of bikes, called 'TRÖIKZMÖIND' :)

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(Top Left) I got the chance to shoot a film of 2 graffiti giants ROIDS & SatOne paint a disused Boeing 737 plane for @wehangfire! It was bonkers and I really got the chance to learn a lot film-wise - taught myself AfterEffects mogfx in the process! An amazing experience!

(Top Right) After literally years of being a secret, the vinyl toy ‘Ember’ I designed for @dancounsell at Realmac Software was released! I’m still really happy with the packaging, which harks back to the old Swan Vesta matchboxes!

(Bottom Left) When #gromitunleashedkicked off I thought it’d be fun to parody the ‘Lost Dog’ posters, which I did just for a bit of fun. The Bristol Post ended up using it and it appeared on Newsagents swing boards across Bristol!

(Bottom Right) In Aardman Digital we were nominated for a shiny golden Bafta for our suite of Shaun the Sheep games Championsheeps! I luckily got to go to the ceremony but sadly we lost out to the awesome Sesame Street, who were well worthy winners!

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What’s really been a big focus for this year has been the incredible #gromitunleashed project! I’ve been so lucky to be involved, it’s really been the most mind-blowing thing!

(Top Left) My 5ft tall Gromit in all his pink & gold splendour, sitting outside his trail home at Aardman HQ. He sold for £29,000 at the auction, all for the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity ‘The Grand Appeal’. His owners kindly anonymously donated him to the Bristol Children’s Hospital where he now lives. The perfect ending :)

(Top Left) They made mini figurine versions which is a dream come true for a toy geek like me! I did a special batch of 50 figurines which came signed & numbered with a specially designed certificate - they all sold out in 1 second, raising £2,500 for charity in the link of an eye!

(Bottom Left) I got the chance to collaborate with Nick Park, creator of W&G (I simply ran upstairs and excitedly asked if we could collab, he’s too nice & polite to say no!) - We did a print where I illustrated the techno trousers in my style, which we then got custom framed and Nick Drew Wallace and Feathers on the glass layer above! Again it went online as part of an art auction and raised £544 for the charity!

(Bottom Right) The 2nd part of a collab with Nick, we both drew Feathers McGraw on a ‘classic’ colourway Gromit figurine and was auctioned off as part of the same online auction and raised a lovely £790 for The Grand Appeal! It’s been so incredible being a part of this, I feel so very honoured to be able to do all the above, I really know how much of a lucky pup I am! The things on this page represent over £32,000 raised for The Bristol Children’s Hospital, which is a really beautiful thing and all down to the power of Gromit, the incredible character he is! 



I am so SO proud to say that last week my pink Gromit, ‘Stat’s the way to do it, lad!' went to his new home… The Bristol Children’s Hospital!! He was anonymously donated by his buyers to the hospital, so that he could be enjoyed by the young patients, how lovely is that!?
It’s such a wonderfully generous thing to do and last week I got the chance to visit the hospital, see Stat’s in his new home and chat to the patients. It really is the perfect end to Gromit Unleashed for me, to know that mine has gone to the place that the project is all about, raising money to provide for the sick children and their families.
It was truly humbling to be there and see everyone being so brave, smiling so freely and doing their thing. For me, it’s the perfect end to a fantastic year, thank you Gromit Unleashed and everyone that’s been involved, it’s been truly incredible!! x
Click here to read the article on The Bristol Post’s website

I am so SO proud to say that last week my pink Gromit, ‘Stat’s the way to do it, lad!' went to his new home… The Bristol Children’s Hospital!! He was anonymously donated by his buyers to the hospital, so that he could be enjoyed by the young patients, how lovely is that!?

It’s such a wonderfully generous thing to do and last week I got the chance to visit the hospital, see Stat’s in his new home and chat to the patients. It really is the perfect end to Gromit Unleashed for me, to know that mine has gone to the place that the project is all about, raising money to provide for the sick children and their families.

It was truly humbling to be there and see everyone being so brave, smiling so freely and doing their thing. For me, it’s the perfect end to a fantastic year, thank you Gromit Unleashed and everyone that’s been involved, it’s been truly incredible!! x

Click here to read the article on The Bristol Post’s website