Archive for the 'Drawing' Category

The Bind

Celebrate the launch of William Goldsmith’s latest book The Bind at Glasgow School of Art, Reid Building 6-8pm Thursday 13th August 2015. There will be drinks provided and a chance to see original artwork from the book in The Caseroom.

William Goldsmith is a writer and illustrator based in Glasgow. His first graphic novel Vignettes of Ystov, was nominated for the Newton First Book Award at Edinburgh International Book Festival. It told the stories of the interlocking lives of ‘Ystov’ inhabitants – an Eastern European city of the imagination. His second book The Bind is a book about books. It centres around the tale of two brothers Victor and Guy Egret, and explores the rise and fall of there family business – the once prestigious London bookbinders Egret Bindings.

Random House says ‘In 1910 brothers Guy and Victor Egret take on an ambitious commission: a deluxe, jewelled binding of a collection of poems, A Moonless Land. It proves to be a moment of hubris. The work triggers their ruin, watched by the disapproving spirit of their father, Garrison Egret. A darkly humorous tale of sibling rivalry and creative one-upmanship, The Bind shows once again that William Goldsmith is an incomparable storyteller and a marvellously inventive artist.’

If You Couldn’t See Me

This article from Walker Art Center provides a detailed overview of a range of artists using ‘performative’ drawing as a way of exploring abstraction, physicality and the world around them. Some great images too.

Picture: Matthew Barney performing Drawing Restraint 6, 1989. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York. Photo: Chris Winget.

Process and Craft


We did a Conditional Design workshop recently, as part of the Feral Studio *If,Then* events. And I just happened across this video, coincidentally, prompted by a couple of questions from Sam. I thought it was worth posting as it’s relevant in terms of the discussion that might, or could, be generated from the previous post about ‘craft’.

via ▶ Dutch Profiles

It’s sunny in Dundee mostly


Tentsmuir WW2 Coastal Defences

In the spirit of inter-institutional caring and sharing:


Preview: Thursday 27th March 7pm
Exhibition Open: Friday 28th March 12 – 4pm, Saturday 29th March 12 – 4pm

The White Room project space, Tin Roof Studios. 38-40 Bellfield Street
Dundee DD1 5JD

Presenting an exhibition of work created by 3rd year Illustration Students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Come along to our show! It consists of hand printed posters and set designs for a series of imagined theatrical adaptations of plays exploring climate change, sustainability, urban planning and related social and political issues.

Exploring subjects such as:
Hydro Fracking, Gentrification, Micro-topias, Climate Activism, Nuclear waste disposal, Nuclear War, Social Housing, The melting ice caps, Surveillance, Community Gardening.

For more information please visit:

Fugitive Colour

The Tricky Science of Color Perception on Design Observer reminded me that this summer saw the 50th anniversary reprint of Joseph Albers ‘Interaction of Colour’. Albers involvement in the Black Mountain College, one of my all-time top ten off-beam alt-educational experiments, is a story for another day.

There will be new rules next week


Last few weeks to see this interesting exhibition, featuring the work of Sister Corita Kent, and responses by 5 artists, at Dundee Contemporary Arts. With friend of GSA viscomdes, Ciara Philips.

Graphic Narrative

This event (14.08.13) at the Edinburgh International Book Festival*, with Joe Sacco (no relation to Michael, at least as far as I know) and Chris Ware, should be well worth attending, if you can still get tickets. I found out about it via the Skinny, which vis-com-des person Emer did the cover for.

*If you really like festivals, Edinburgh would be a good place to hang out about now. There are at least fifty different festivals on the go, most of which have their own festival fringe, which is like a version of the festival but run by people who think that they can do it better. You can also go to the Festival Festival, or the Festival Fringe Fringe, or get a Military Tattoo. (Think that’s enough about festivals – Ed.)

Addendum: Actually, while I am on about Festivals, Momus says “These Self-Matsuri events are great fun; totally non-commercial, they connect weirdos, art students and artists with some of Osaka’s poorest residents in a spirit of “anything goes”, “the more the merrier” and “dress up crazy”. Check out this earlier one. Entry, by the way, is free.”

Image above: Joe Sacco

CCT, no V

Coffee Chocolate & Tea, (a friendly local coffee shop that help contribute to keeping me awake during the working week, and which is run by vis-com-des person Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte) are looking for 3 different designs to produce as greeting cards to be sold and used as promotional material. They say; “We’re looking for 1 coffee related, 1 tea related and 1 chocolate inspired design. The themes can be interpreted very loosely and produced in a variety of techniques, from typography to staged photography.”

“We will pick three winners, one for each theme, and will award them with 6 month freshly roasted coffee subscription (different single origin coffee bean every month along with tasting notes) or a luxurious tea hamper of similar value (generous amounts of handmade truffles included in both!). Your name will obviously be stated on a back of a card.”

Extended deadline – 1st of June. Submit to

Good Stuff Good Press

GoodPress are 1 year old, and to celebrate there are some fantastic events on in the shop and gallery.

Running currently is;

Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – Tuesday 9th October 2012

And next is;

Thursday 11th October 2012 – Sunday 11th November 2012
Its our first birthday, its a group show of over 20 international artists, its all original works available to buy for £30, its TOTAL JERKS playing live, ITS FREE, its check the full listing to your left!

Yr1 portrait drawing

term 1. day 1

One drawing repeatedly copied from one student to the next. Each student had 1 minute to observe and draw, resulting in a progression through 30 drawings.

Vis Com 12 Degree Show

Vis Com 12 is the website of this years graduating 4th year students. And representing as it does, a fantastically diverse body of works, has the most tags of any post on the vis-com blog ever.

Team Girl Comic

Masters student Kat Sicard brought this project to our attention, which is looking for future collaborators, and also supporters/funders through a new kickstarter initiative they’ve set up:

“Team Girl Comic is an indie all-women comics anthology. We support and encourage women at all levels of experience to create and publish comics. A lot of our creators are new to comics in general. We love bringing new people to the medium and letting them discover their voice. It’s been great to see the number of contributes grow with every issue. So far, we’ve published 4 issues under our own steam, but want to be able to grow and become more sustainable. Right now, we’re running a kickstarter to fund our 5th issue. “

via Team Girl Comic Kickstarter | GSA Postgrad Comic Books Elective.

Savage Messiah

Rick Poyner’s latest critique for Eye magazine is on the Savage Messiah zine by Laura Oldfield Ford, which may be of interest to those doing the micro-publishing project, and everyone else. Charting the neo-liberal changes in Londons East-end as a result of a partially olympics-related crusade of ‘regeneration’, the zines have been gathered together and republished by Verso. I have ordered a copy if anyone wants a lend.

Eye 82 also contains an interesting historical take on the info-graphic and should be available from all good 3/4th year vis-com-des studio magazine racks shortly.

Image: Laura Oldfield Ford

Death Bed

Upcoming exhibition at Good Press; Opening 16th February 2012, 6pm.

A solo exhibition of works by Benjamin Rawson.


Yr1 ComDes Study Trip to London

Tuesday 24th January

APFEL (A Practice for Everyday Life)
Contact / Emma Thomas  t 020 7739 9975

Former RCA students producing intelligent graphic design from a small but perfectly formed studio in Bethnal Green. Best quote of the week “We would never want to get too big that we wouldn’t be able to sit around one table”. Check out an article about them in Elephant Magazine Issue 9 (available from Analogue Books ).
APFEL can be found HERE
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Contact / Gail Armstrong  t 020 8291 9153

Busy former GSA student producing intricate paper illustrations for a varied London and American client base. A great example of how to maintain a thriving creative life, be a mother and a Photoshop guru.
Check out Gail’s work HERE
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Contact / Ulla  t 020 7739 7765

Great to catch up with Dan Williams and a few old friends at this vibrant illustration studio. Great advice and insight from Paul Davis who let us see a sample of his published work. Former GSA student Emma Houlston was also generous with her advice for shaping a career after graduating.
See Emma’s work HERE
Check out Paul Davis HERE
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Wednesday 25th January

Contact / David Bennett  t 020 7729 6295

Multi award winning design agency welcomed GSA for an hour of shared thoughts and ideas. Pleased to see that they fill a wall in their board room with inspiration (Post-it notes, ephemera, colour printouts, drawings and scribbles) to assist idea generation for each project. Their philosophy is to involve the client as early as possible in the design process – a blend of inspiring and interrogating them – asking who, what, why and when.
Check out some of their studio work HERE
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Contact / Alex Woolley or Jess Harvey  t 020 7689 4625

Alex and Jess are younger designers at The Partners and took us on a creative journey through their favourite projects. Each team works with an ideas book or sketchbook before any refinement of a concept on the Mac. This approach means that the designers are less precious about the work and allows them to reflect on the qualities of communication and meaning.
Check out the award winning work HERE
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Little White Lies Magazine
Contact / Matt Bochenski  t 020 7729 3675

Thanks to Matt, Willo and Adam who gave us a unique insight into the ‘architecture’ of LWLies covering every aspect of its production. For students in the first year of a four year progression, this was invaluable. It was useful to see how they constructed their typefaces, the programmes used and where the inspiration comes from. Read some more HERE
GSA students might be interested in a LWLies creative brief HERE – great opportunity to work on a ‘real’ project.
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Graphic Scotland

Graphic Scotland is an independent Community Interest Company aiming to bring together Scottish-based writers, artists and publishers in international collaborations to create diverse and innovative new graphic fiction.

Further Dispatches from the Frontline of Joy

From the age of austerity to a Compendium of Joy, documentation of a recent exhibition by vis-com people Jess Copsey and Oona Brown, and below, a sublime passage from the introduction by fellow vis-com person Sam Bellacosa;

With Our not-so-distant forebears, raving ’til dawn in the expansive fields of the English countryside, borrowed a synonymous term to describe the chemical effects of methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a synthetic stimulant producing heightened states of euphoria and a general feeling of well-being and camaraderie. They called it Ecstasy, from the Greek ekstasis, or, “standing outside oneself.”

The French have a characterization for the universe of petit vices to which Ecstasy belongs—the condensé de joie, or ‘condensed joy.’ In tablet form Ecstasy is the Eucharist of late-20th century clubbing subculture, your communion for a few quid. In Christian theology, this tenet—that the bread wafer constitutes the symbolic body of Christ—is known as Transubstantiation; we are brought closer to the Holy Spirit through consumption. When we consume Ecstasy, or cheap lager or copious triple-vodkas for that matter, we are both spiritually and physically altered. This is called being “off one’s face,” and in some major way we lose the material sense of self–our face in the mirror—and join a collective identity of the truly fucked, a frenzied body of pure, condensed joy.

Whilst on the subject of Argyle Street area goings on, I believe the Relocated Gallery / One Hundred Pound Shop is due to open (or rather have an opening) on the 1st December.

Good Press

Good Press is a new outlet, based in Mono (temporarily, while they find a permanent space), from this Friday the 7th October, starting with the first exhibition, The Family Show.

The Family Show will be exhibiting 30 UK and International artists (two of which; Oliver Pitt and Jess Copsey, are recent GSA graduates) who mostly work with illustration and painting. It’s also a fundraiser for their permanent space, with all the original works being available for £30 for those who may wish to buy them!

In the bookshop there will be a large variation of different independent & self-published books, zines and other printed and handmade things. All Com Des people are invited to attend, more background info here. If you’re interested in selling zines etc, they’ve asked interested parties to get in touch directly, just via that web link, that one, back there.

Dennistoun Drawing Lab

A drawing resource space bringing together a number of natural history artefacts from some of Glasgow’s finest public resources into a single location. Designed and facilitated by Anna Tanner and Simon Harlow, the Lab offers a meditative space to study, develop and improve your drawing skills. There will be a series of free drawing classes and lectures available for children, young adults and adults.

For more information visit:

1 October — 30 October 2011
Preview: Friday 30 September 6–9pm

Special Gallery Opening Hours:
Wednesday 11–8pm
Thursday 11–8pm
Friday 11–5pm
Saturday 11–5pm
Sunday 11–5pm

334 Duke Street | Glasgow | G31 1QZ
Tel: 0141 556 7276 | Email:

A drawing resource space bringing together a number of natural history artefacts from some of Glasgow’s finest public resources into a single location. Designed and facilitated by Anna Tanner and Simon Harlow, the Lab offers a meditative space to study, develop and improve your drawing skills. There will be a series of free drawing classes and lectures available for children, young adults and adults.

For more information visit:
1 October — 30 October 2011
Preview: Friday 30 September 6–9pm
Special Gallery Opening Hours:
Wednesday 11–8pm
Thursday 11–8pm
Friday 11–5pm
Saturday 11–5pm
Sunday 11–5pm
334 Duke Street | Glasgow | G31 1QZ
Tel: 0141 556 7276 | Email:


Oliver Pitt (Vis Com Person) is one of a group of alumni representing Glasgow School of Art at this weekends Vault Art event. I might be missing something but the main vault website seems a bit thin on information, but there are various talks and events and things happening too.