I’ve been drawing various views of UK pub life again in Brighton. The Victory, named after Nelson’s ship at the Battle of Trafalgar, is a beautiful old pub close to Brighton’s North Laine with lots of old posters and ship paraphanalia for me to get my drawing teeth into – there’s even a cat’o’ninetails on
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I’ve got the great fortune of showing work at The Dog House, Brighton during May with 20 other innovative and inspiring artists. Amongst others, the following stand out for me. Rhoda Baker’s giant geometric paper sculpted snowballs gently sway as they hang from the ceiling. Will Jay, with a background in theatre design, recycles old
An Incomplete and Probably Inaccurate History of Coffee and a Map of the First Coffee Houses that Began in Exchange Alley, London 1652.
I’ve been working on this for a couple of weeks now as a follow-on from my ‘Map of Brighton from the Latest Discoveries.’ I was interested in this area of London – Cornhill and Exchange Alley (now Change Alley) – partly due to an old map I found online showing the extent of a fire
Another Tuesday evening of drawing at the pub! I really enjoyed drawing in the Cricketers in Brighton, a properly old school pub with red flock wall paper, antique prints, dark wood and the odd satanic-looking stuffed deer head hanging on the wall.
I drew this in my sketchbook at a drawing session run by the Drawing Club . Every week a group of artists, illustrators, tattoo artists and anyone who likes to draw meets up at a different pub in Brighton to practise observational sketching. I found it quite intimidating to draw strangers drinking and it was
I spent a cold Winter’s night yesterday with my photographer friend Clare making exploratory photos of the painted sign project (leading on from Build Brighton) in the city back streets. I’m still feeling my way with this one and there’s a couple of things that need to be tweaked – for example, better supports for
I’ve just got new packaging for my map of Brighton which is now on sale at Unlimited Editions in Brighton. The maps printed as giclees on matt archival paper come in matt black tubes with black stoppers and hand cut map labels on the front – the design based on historical map cases…
Contemporary figurative painting by Helen Cann Announcing a new painting playing with new materials such as hardboard and collage. The Basketmakers is a pub in Brighton that has walls covered with vintage tins in which people leave small messages. Some are inane – some philosophic…
One of my design projects – Birdtree – watercolour and collage with no digital in sight! – is being featured on illustrationserved.com This site showcases the best of projects on design network Behance and only picks a few pieces from thousands each day to promote so I’m really honoured.
I’ve just finished a mammoth month of preparation culminating in a show of my contemporary paintings at the Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair at Candid Galleries. Lots of sales and lots of new contacts…