I've been having a break from illustrating for a few months due to travelling along the South and East coasts of Australia (with a three week trip to New Zealand in between). It's been really good putting some video edits together using footage from my phone and a GoPro. The videos I have made up until now are all embedded in the 'Bricks Abroad' tab of the site (see above!)...
As of the 16th March I have been out in Australia on a working holiday visa, more info about that on The Goldbricks here. This has made doing regular illustrations a bit harder as I've been travelling around for most of the time so far on turbulent flights, bumpy outback roads in a camper van and sleeper trains through the Northern Territories.
I have finished vectoring a couple of older sketches which are uploaded in the homepage portfolio. Soon I'll be settling in Margaret River to work in some vineyards pruning endless runs of vines so it will be easier to do more sketches again...
I haven’t been posting as much on Instagram and Facebook recently because I’ve been working on changing around my websites, and thankfully, the sites are now pretty much finished.
The blog section of Design of Bricks quickly changed from just news about my illustration work into covering all kinds of topics such as Surfing, Skating, Graffiti, Street Art, Typography and Graphic Design. Although a lot of the things I covered on the blog was directly influencing my graphic design/illustration work, I felt it would be better run as its own site.
There is now this ‘News’ section on Design of Bricks which will continue to cover my illustration work exclusively.
All other the content of the old blog section on Design of Bricks is now redirected and run from www.TheGoldbricks.com and it gets continually updated a minimum of every week but usually more regularly. I wanted to make the look of The Goldbricks far simpler, cleaner and less like a timeline layout.
The Goldbricks will be continue to cover art, graffiti, street art and music events in and around Bristol and London as well as a wide range of other topics like Surfing, Skateboarding, Films, Photography, Urban Exploration. I am hoping to grow it and include some posts from some other contributors so if you know would like to submit content of any kind (within reason!) then get in touch.
As well as just the nerdy techie web stuff, I have been working on putting together some more limited edition vinyl sticker packs which will be up on the shop soon. The last lot has now completely sold out! (Cheers again to everyone who supported, it’s much appreciated!)
Check out The Goldbricks here, or click on the Goldbricks logo below...
CASS Art has done an interview with me, about my Bristol themed prints, which is up on the blog on their site (Click here). They have recently opened a new shop in Bristol on Park St, with a straight to the point shop front (see below).
The Bristol themed prints (below) are stocked at Co-lab in the centre of town as well as in Rise Independent Records on the Triangle. They're also available on my Big Cartel shop here.
I've been working pretty solidly for the last few months on setting up the website, vectoring up old designs, sketching new ones, selling prints and writing content for the blog. Being the first site I've set up its taken a load of Googling and watching tutorials on how to write small bits of code, linking domains and other proper nerdy stuff like that.
Some of my good mates have been a massive help, so cheers to you guys. Mr Baglow, who is half of Bee Outdoors (http://www.bee-outdoors.co.uk/ - check them out!) he's a giant nerd, both physically and mentally and has set me right on a the geeky side of things. Also, Mr Joynes who loves all the social media stuff has helped out a load (His site is http://callumjoynes.flavors.me/). Thanks to you guys giving the facebook page likes, buying stuff and sharing posts it's always good getting feedback.
Blog posts are scheduled to go up every weekend for the next few months and aim to wack up a new design weekly too. My prints are being stocked in a few places across Bristol. I've got a few T-shirt projects in the pipeline with some Bristol locals which will hopefully be finished and being printed soon.
New stuff coming, in the meantime have a flick through the portfolio!
If you've got this far, you've probably seen on Instagram or Twitter that I've been working on designing three prints to represent three areas of Bristol. There might be other areas to follow but the areas I've covered so far are: Stokes Croft - 'Stokes Smokes', Clifton - 'Clifton Cigars' and Bedminster 'Bedmo - Bats'.
This 3 print release is limited to 25. They are 2-colour prints, screen printed locally (Cheers to Carillion, class job on the printing!) on A3 300gsm premium paper, hand finished with gold paint, signed and numbered.
They will be released on Friday 13th February 2015...
Until then you have a bloody good chance of winning a print by grabbing a sticker pack from the store here.
I'm currently hand finishing a set of 3 designs of limited edition screen prints which will be released for sale on Friday 13th (:S) February. The designs are themed around areas of Bristol, 'Stokes Smokes', 'Bedmo Bats' and 'Clifton Cigars'.
Here's how to win one of the limited edition prints....
The sticker packs (Only 15 in total) are up online NOW! One of the sticker packs bought before the release will be a winning pack and you have a 1 in 15 (or better) chance of winning a print (Not bad odds ehh!?).
So it’s random I will shuffle all the sticker packs bought and send them all out on the print release day (13th Feb).
Until about 2 years ago I never understood the screen-printing process, and I became determined to teach myself. The first thing I did was to carry out some proper vigorous Googling, and eventually bought the book Silkscreen Basics by Matteo Cossu. After borrowing a floodlight, making some frames, buying a Diablo printing kit and creating a makeshift squeegee out of a milk bottle I just about managed to print some t-shirts. Considering my DIY approach the prints seemed surprisingly good to my untrained eye.
However, since learning how it works I've realized that drying prepped screens in your wardrobe, working out exposure times using a floodlight suspended between two chairs, and washing out exposed screens in the shower, is not an easy way to screen-print. To do it properly you need a decent area to set up your own kit, and for one design a month like I've been producing it isn't worth it.
As a result of having a crack at hillbilly screen-printing, and wanting to get my flat deposit back, the prints I'm working on will be printed professionally! Bristol themed prints to follow very soon....
Finally got around to making a website!
Still working out how to steer this thing but it should be good once I've got my head around it. I've been designing things for the last two months pretty solidly and aim to upload one a week for a while.
When I find a good screenprinters I'm hoping to get a few prints on the shop.