I AM THE LUCKIEST PUP ALIVE!! I’m one of the handful of Aardman artists taking part in Gromit Unleashed Hong Kong, an exhibition of 70 5ft Gromit statues by HK artists. I got SUPER LUCKY though because my Gromit has been turned into a 4 metre tall version!!! I got super lucky because of course the lovely Nick Park was going to have the 4m version, but because it’s SO big it needs to be made in pieces, and that means unsightly join lines, which would ruin the aesthetics of Nicks smooth design, and I got super duper lucky that my robot design features a tonne of join lines, so I have the HUGE honour of having 'G.R.M.T 02' being 13 feet tall :)
He features a 'tickle-activated escape hatch' on his belly and is fitted with a 'penguin locator' too!
If you’re out in Hong Kong, go see the trail in all it’s glory from the 21st July at Elements Mall! I can die happy now, a huge design has always been a dream - to have it be a Gromit, well my tiny mind can’t handle the awesomeness!!!
Thanks to Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit, for snapping the pics out in HK and to Aelita Andre, 7 year old child prodigy artist for posing with G.R.M.T. and showing off his size!
I am truly, truly blown away. I am the luckiest pup for sure!
VERY stoked to finally be able to share this… for the past few weeks I’ve been working on a brand new special Gromit statue! I was lucky enough to be commissioned by The Grand Appeal and Aardman to design & paint a Gromit to commemorate a year since the Gromit Unleashed began! As a nod to my Gromit ‘Stats’, this ‘legacy’ Gromit was a reverse colourway, Gold & pink, and is covered in illustrated stats & facts from the trail! He was unveiled this morning at his new home at the Gromit Unleashed store at The Mall up at Cribbs Causeway right here in Bristol!
Here’s some behind-the-scenes snaps from making the ‘Facts’ Gromit! Masking off his nose, collar & tail took SO long and because of the shape of him, it was quite the task! I sprayed his details pink first then did the main layers of gold, which took quite a few goings over to get a solid coat! Big loves to Tony, the facilities manager at Aardman for making me my own spray booth on the top floor of the building!!
Once he was painted, it was time to design all his brand new stats & facts, 45 in total, which meant a lot of time in Illustrator! Once they were done and appropriately sized, I printed them out and mocked up where they would go on the body, so they flowed correctly. I chose a gorgeous metallic copper vinyl for the main body of graphics, coupled with a metallic gold for a couple of the ‘hidden’ facts!
And then came the hardest part - to get the best look, each graphic was laser cut into the vinyl, but the cutter isn’t smart enough to know what’s a negative space and what’s not, it just cuts the shape, so that means you have to physically ‘weed’ out the parts you don’t want by using a scalpel! Thankfully my lovely lady Janey and Gromit Unleashed’s Lauren & her husband Chris came over to share the duties! We didn’t get as many done as we thought so Jane and I spent the next 48 hours, day & night, weeding until they were done!
Then they were ready for my man Jamie Cross to work his magic and apply the graphics to the body of Gromit! That was a late night but we for there - I painted his eyes on (always absolutely terrifying!) and then he was off to the lacquer shop to have his glossy coat applied, ready for his big day! You can now go see him in all his gold glossy glory at the Gromit Unleashed store at Cribbs Causeway right here in Bristol!!
Click here to watch ITV’s coverage of the unveiling of ‘Facts’ today: www.itv.com/news/west/2014-07-10/gromit-unleashed-raised-4-5-million-for-bristol-childrens-hospital/
The resin JamFactories are now online and available for pre-sale!! Grab yours over at jamfactory.bigcartel.com right now! :)
I’ve been working with the fantastic Creo Design for the past few months, working on a toy version of my factory logo! He’s come up trumps and produced this fantastic representation which has been 3D printed, then hand-cast into resin, then hand-painted & finished, all right here in the UK!
- Solid resin with perspex base
- 5cm tall
- Hand-painted green, pink & orange
- Black & metallic gold version too
- Laser-engraved disc in base
- Just 10 of each colourway
- £25 each / Black & Gold version £30
They’re very nearly all ready, so I thought i’d put them up for pre-order seeing as there’s only 10 of each colourway in this run!
So, the pre-order is going live on:
Monday 26th May at 12 Noon BST
That’s this coming Bank Holiday Monday! The Factories are so fun to make, I’m hoping to make other colourways in the future if people like these, so hopefully this is going to be the start of something special working with Creo Design!
For more pictures of the toys, check out the Facebook page!
Thanks so much guys, I hope you like the mini factories!
Here we are, here’s the finished front & back design for the AnyForty x JamFactory t-shirt, specially designed for The Meat Conference on the 31st May!
I wanted the tee to be a mesh between creative tools & meat-related goods so the back print is a steak/paint pallette being stabbed with a fork/pen tool, surrounded by a ring of sausages/pencils! The front detail is a pencil/hot dog!
The only way to get your hands on this tee first is to come buy one at The Meat Conf in Aberdeen at the end of this month on Saturday 31st May. Get your tickets right here and come watch Aaron Draplin, Signalnoise, AnyForty, Naomi Atkinson, Radim Malinic and myself share creative insights on stuff and stuff! → www.themeat.in ←
Here’s a sneak peak on how the JamFactory resin toys are coming along! My man Chris @ Creo Design is doing a fantastic job of making these a reality! There will be just 10 of each available of the above 4 colours (check out the black & metallic gold!!), they’re all solid resin so they have a really nice weight to them.
I can’t wait for these to go online for sale, stay tuned to me twitter feed or facebook page for the latest on when they’ll be available!
Many moons ago, when I lived with Richt in the centre of Bristol, I did a thing called 'Free Art Friday', where you simply make a piece of art and then pop it out on the streets every Friday for people to pick up / collect / throw in the bin / burn. The beauty is that you never really know where it’s ended up, your heart tells you it’s pride of place on someones mantlepiece but your brain knows it’s at the bottom of a bin somewhere, but that’s all part of the fun!
Anyways, I decided to start doing it again, as It’s a nice excuse to make something by hand each week. I managed to grab some spare wood from my next door neighbour and have cut and sanded it and given each bit a lovely layer of gold paint, then I do the base shape using black posca’s and then do the detail in white. I like everything having a feel of consistency, and the black & gold seem to work so well and look nice when popped out on the street!
I’m putting out 2 bits per week, 1 of them is an ‘Arnie’ piece in honour of our greyhound and the other is a random doodle! I’m really enjoying it and have recently got a big bunch of wood all cut and sprayed gold, so I’m good for a few months now!
I hope you get to see them on the streets of Bristol, and get involved too, why not put your own free art out on a Friday!?
I was just looking for some files on my work machine and I found these pics of my desk I think i snapped for a magazine. I’m really curious as to what other peoples work spaces look like so I thought I’d share mine. I love toys and I love bright colours, I don’t think you can make fun unless you’re having fun!
My desk space has changed a bit since these pics were taken but the ethos is the same - fill it full of rad stuff!
Many moons ago I used to do ‘Free Art Fridays’ where I’d just draw on some bits of foam board and stick them around Bristol for people to pick up / kick around / keep / burn. It was great fun and my drawing went from bad to not-as-bad by forcing myself to draw more frequently!
I’ve really missed doing it so I’m going to make time to do it again - I got some scrap wood from my neighbour, painted it gold and doodled some characters in each piece, I’m just going to pop them around the city each Friday now and try and keep it up if I can, to get my doodling back up to sub-par level! Plus, it’s great fun drawing shapes and sticking faces on them!
I also thought I’d make some art featuring our rad greyhound ‘Arnie’, so these little things will be put out as part of Free Art Friday too!