Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Bristol-Birmingham based art collective Inkygoodness are thrilled to announce they have been selected to present a new exhibition as part of this year’s Pictoplasma Character Design Conference in Berlin.
Co-founded in 2008 by illustrators Lisa Hassell and Michelle Turton, Inkygoodness aim to showcase emerging talent across the UK, and have evolved to include creative talent from as far afield as Guatemala and USA. The ever-evolving collective of illustrators, artists and image-makers have experienced a meteoric rise since their debut show just two years ago, presenting group shows in Bristol, Birmingham & London.
Inkygoodness presents 'Character Totem' will be their most ambitious project to date, showcasing the talents of 35 international artists & illustrators, with a walk-through installation of hand-painted, and inked wooden totem poles at the coveted Neurotian Gallery.
As long standing visitors to Pictoplasma, this highly celebrated event has been on the wish list of places they hoped one day to be participating at themselves. The duo, first visited Pictoplasma two years before their first show as Inkygoodness and are incredibly proud to have made the transition from visitor to exhibitor in such a short time.
Confirmed artists include:
Matt Saunders/Jason Devine/Mister Millerchip/Felt Mistress/Toy Factory/Kate Hindley/Ben Steers, McBess
Selected artists have creaated their artworks ahead of the event at selected venues across the UK.
The selected artists we're required to attend ONE of four 'Live Draw' UK events to create their Totem artwork. These took place in Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester & London, throughout Feb & March.
Each event and the subsequent Berlin trip will be documented on a dedicated 'Character Totem' website, launching at the end of January. This will include photos, interviews, press coverage & mini-films of the events.
Michelle and Lisa co founders of Inkygoodness said of the project
‘Inkygoodness have enjoyed fantastic success in Birmingham, London and Bristol, and now feel ready to launch Inkygoodness to an international audience. We are absolutely thrilled to be taking part in Pictoplasma, and recognise that this will be a significant moment for us and all the artists involved. It is the biggest project we have ever taken on and we recognise that showcasing artwork on a platform of this magnitude is not something to be taken lightly, and have thought long and hard about the artists we want to take with us to Berlin.’
For further information on Pictoplasma and this exciting project please visit our brand new beautiful website www.inkygoodness.com and for all media enquiries please contact Fran Pearce at
Monday, 29 November 2010
Hi all. Steve Rack here. I've not really been online lately, and it's fair to say that my work is going through a bit of a transitional period at the mo, so I haven't been uploading much new work in recent months. The recent change in my illustrative approach is 100% down to the MA in Children's Book Illustration that I am currently studying for at Cambridge.
Strangely, I have found it totally liberating working outside of my comfort zone and as a result I seem to be discovering a new, more real approach to illustrating that somehow feels more honest to me. It's still early days as far as my course is concerned, but I thought I would share with you some of my recent sketchbook illustrations that are part of the first module: Observation and Experimentation. In this module we have to draw, draw, and draw all things that we observe that relate to our chosen theme. My theme is 'Home'.
This whole creative process has also really helped me cope with watching my dad battle through cancer over the past nine weeks in hospital. Words can't even begin to express just what a journey it has been.
My new sketchbook blog is here.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
The spiffing Sam and Kay from Get a Grip asked four illustrators including little old me to create an A6 crimbo card for the first Get a Grip Christmas card pack, all Printed on 100% recycled paper stock using water based inks. They will come with 4 upcycled envelopes by d!rektrecycling made from maps.
You can pre-order the cards HERE for £5 including postage within the UK. Alternatively, you can wait until they are printed, and buy them directly from the studio at The Custard Factory (Birmingham) in a few weeks time (provided they haven’t already sold out).
The pack also includes work by Darren John (top left), Lee Nutland(bottom left), and Thomas Lacey(bottom right)
There will only be a limited number of cards printed, and will be available and posted out as soon as they are printed in the first week of December (if not sooner).
Saturday, 13 November 2010
HELLO PEOPLE JUST A LITTLE UPDATE ON WHATS BEEN HAPPENING THIS LAST FEW WEEKS. THIS MONTH STRANGER MAGAZINE LAUNCHED A SERIOUSLY EXCITING COMPETITION WHICH GIVES ANYONE, INCLUDING NEW AND ESTABLISHED ILLUSTRATORS, GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, ARTISTS OR ANYONE KEEN TO HAVE A GO AT THE CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR WORK FEATURED ALONGSIDE SOME OF THE UK'S TOP ILLUSTRATORS IN A SPECIAL RANGE OF CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SHELTERBOX.
COMPETITION ENTRANTS ACROSS THE UK AND WORLD WIDE VOWED FOR THEIR DESIGN TO BE FEATURED AS THE SIX CARD ALONGSIDE FIVE HIGH-PROFILE ILLUSTRATORS CONTRIBUTING WORK INCLUDING JON BURGERMAN AND JENNY BOWERS. I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT I WON THE COMPETITION! ALL PROFITS FROM THE CARDS WILL GO DIRECT TO SHELTERBOX, THE INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RELIEF CHARITY BASED IN HELSTON, CORNWALL.
BELOW IS MY WINNING DESIGN. YOU CAN BUY PACKS OF THE CARDS AT THE SHELTERBOX WEBSITE.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
It's playtime! If you visit one exhibition this summer, let this be it! With playful art from an amazing group of selected artists, this exhibition will be one to remember! Private view is this evening! Exhibitions ends on the 12th September. It is being held at East Gallery in Brick Lane. For more information, please visit Inkygoodness.com. Artists include: Steph Baxter/Dave Bain/Good Wives & Warriors/ Jason Devine/Seb Burnett/Camelia Dobrin/Colourbox/ Hannah Baber/Docvek/Marcus Butt/Stephen Chan/DBO/Sarah Dennis/Christiane Engel/Lisa Hassell/Kate Hindley/ Mister Millerchip/Carlos Garde-Martin/Mc Bess/Simon David Mills/George Mitchell/Moot/Olive47/Tom J. Newell/Sarah Abbott/Vicky Newman/Steve Rack/Steven Silverwood/Log Roper/Juan Salas/Matt Saunders/Leila Shetty/Karin Söderquist/Ben Steers/Michelle Turton/ Toy Factory/Simon Wild/ Mark Wilkinson & Gizem Vural.
Posted by Steve Rack at 07:52
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Wow, a big thank you to the guys at The CSS Awards for naming my website - 'Site of the Day'.
It's always great to get recognition for your hard work, especially as it lets me know that people are enjoying what I do. So I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has featured or supported my projects over the past 5 years!
You can visit my page on the CSS Awards to see the full write up:
or visit my website:
Friday, 18 June 2010
Some of BOYS WHO DRAW got together at UPFEST 2010... Mister Millerchip, Steve Rack and Neil Keating (with Dave Bain curating the whole space and Andy Council doing a collab. piece outside). Other collectives drawing all afternoon were: Girls Who Draw, Inkygoodness, Decked, Urban Illustrators, Hot Soup and Drawn Recordings. Rumpus Films were there doing Live animation and Bristol Drawing Club hosted a huge public drawing floor. Markmaker and Lumen played the tunes.
More images and videos here
More images and videos here