Will O The Wisp - Baoshan International Folk Arts Museum - ShanghaiRead More
Children’s Illustration - Personal work:
Lots has happened in 2018 and I have lots of new personal projects that I am working on. Probably too many to concentrate effectively on. I have had my newest Illustration work exhibited in Bologna, Italy in the Illustrators Exhibition at the Children’s Book Fair, which was just fantastic. To be among some of the most prestigious and talented illustrators around the world felt very accomplished. I have also had my work chosen for a competition in Russia, The Image of The Book. I won a diploma for the work I entered there, and that will be awarded in a ceremony at Bologna Fair this year. I also have been asked to enter work in to another contest in Shanghai, The CICLA - where my work will be exhibited in the Folk Museum there for the Chen Bochui International Children’s Book Festival, if it makes the final curation.
I am currently working on the story that the Illustration above came from. It was born from personal experience of chasing dreams and desires that were manifested in childhood. Only to realise that the answer to fulfilment and enlightenment wasn’t in those dreams, but in the enjoyment and focus of the everyday instead. This idea was also played out in some paintings I created under the title An-Ti-Dote, shown in the Picture Room, at Newlyn gallery in 2015.
A story of hope after tragedy, celebrating the reality of everyday life, while encouraging the main character to follow the reveries of his heart.
The other story is about a little girl, also from my own childhood, of how I used to draw all the time and how that has helped me overcome overwhelming feelings as an adult.
Practice: A week in Gerswalde
I struggle to make time to practice regularly, and that’s not even physically, it’s mentally too! I have time sometimes, but don’t feel compelled enough to get to the table, so I waste it on Instagram or catching up on emails. I did however go on a workshop in July / August that was tricky to arrange, but so so worth it. It was in Gerswalde in North Germany, near the Polish border.
There were 16 of us plus other people and families staying in the accommodation. It was rural, by a lake and remote. I loved it and worked very hard every day. I made some very special friends, and met so many lovely and warm, creative people. It was a life changing or maybe mind altering affair. It made me see the UK book market from a new perspective. I realised I was trying to fit my work and compromise it into a market that didn’t want me, in the style that was most honest and raw to me anyway. I could change it to fit, to change the style to be more accessible, but I want to see what happens when I do the work that I love doing, To see where it fits. It already fits abroad and has been doing pretty well as you see above, so long may it continue. The workshop was run by the very talented Jesús Cisneros. Sketchbook to Picturebook - hosted by the also talented duo Cristobal Schmal and his wife Johanna Schmal. it took place in Cafe Zum Lowen where Ayumi made us the most delicious food everyday! It was the best week : )
Interview: I did an interview with the lovely Mel Chadwick of Creative Conversations recently, which meant she came to the studio (that’s all ripped up) and we talked about my creative projects and what it means to be a creative. It was lovely to chat to her and we went sketching in Helston together a couple of weeks later, which was great. you can see the interview on video here.
I have completed another book last month, Sept, and I feel free of a looming deadline, but also rudderless, so weaving my college work in and around chores, catching up and getting my head and body to the creative, making table of my own work. College takes over considerably, so I have to balance that also. I have realised that I have missed writing blogs, as they are a punctuation and celebration of work achieved, jobs finished etc and take a little more investment than say Instagram, which I love but sucks the life from my day!
Also the cheese I illustrated for Curds And Crust has just won Best Cheese on the planet award! ha!
I did a couple of charity events where I was asked to donate small pieces and because both were for projects that my friend and fellow Illustrator Rebecca Cobb was involved in of course I obliged. One was for a local postcard event for Constantine School and the other for an event co run or at least facilitated by Beccy and author Nicola Davies and Foyles Books in London.
Possibly Shanghai in Nov, if I find out in time? more time spent on my own books. Getting my studio and garden straight and giving myself more structure so I don’t feel quite so messy everywhere. Bologna to get ready for also!
Thanks for popping by x
Sooo much has happened since my last post. I am up to no.317 on my Collages and I have been posting an image for about 350 days! so here are a few more recent ones : ) I'm liking these guys and finally finding my feet with a style and application. Follow me on collage_366 for more of the reasoning behind a few. Here are a few of my favourites.
Just a few images from my daily collage posts...in progress.
You can see all of the Instagram pics on https://www.instagram.com/cpedlerpics/ with a few bits of normal life thrown in, or just collage here https://www.instagram.com/collage_365/
I am in the middle of writing and illustrating a short story, with a little humour. Just an offering and published myself, when I make the time to finish it off. Here's a little snippet
These are the few I've missed...
I'm loving the collage and the aint and it feels like finally I have realised it's the way I enjoy most. It is still very young yet, and lots to improve on, but it's getting more enjoyable and more exciting. : )
THis is where it started to happen. I had a real struggle with these, but pushed through and came out with a way of working I really enjoy.
I love all the different buildings in Plymouth around the college and the Uni. The sky was doing funny things too.
I met some more friends for coffee and walk and then more beer. Such a good weekend seeing old friends. Good for the soul. I then looked out my window and saw Cyril flying through the trees!
I have been assessing at Plymouth College of Art, so my headphones are a very important part of that. Over the weekend I went to the local pub with a few friends and it was so nice. I hadn't been to the pub often and hadn't seen the friends all together in a year or so, so the beer tasted good!
Two very quick sketches, I have issues with both of these, but they will get posted no matter what I think, they is the rules!
A very very quick sketch of some 'honesty' that I keep by my computer in the studio. I've always loved it dried. My Nan used to have some in her house and I was always drawn to it, without knowing why, other than it looked interesting. I now love it because of its name. I feel honesty is my best and worst trait all in one. I hate hiding things and believe honesty to be one of the most important things for happiness. It can also hurt others which is an unwelcome byproduct!
It was an immense day of everything David Bowie on Monday. I have always realised how much of an influence Bowie has been on our culture, in world, not only in the UK, but until you see it and feel it and hear about it, you'll never really understand. Grown men crying over childhood loss. Maybe even a small part of their inner teenager had died that day.
So I had no other choice but to draw the first image I felt compelled to draw of the man himself. I loved him for being a game changer. For sticking out of the crowd, so I chose this outfit. Satisfyingly dynamic.
The next day I was at work and there's lots of great little things hanging out on the shelves in the office. So after a rather profound event yesterday, I wanted to lighten the mood with this fella... Ben's handmade elephant!
...and the next two.
Day 9 - This is my beloved leather bag from Paris. I love it but it's too small to fit everything I need. So a new bag on the horizon. This was a 40th bday pressie. It's hard when you are attached to something that doesn't serve you anymore. Time to size up. : /
Day 10 - I wear my wellies everyday during the Winter and Autumn. Where I walk the dog is so so muddy. The woods are knee deep and all the paths are slippery and so wet. Wading through the mud reminds me to accept and just wade on through. Embracing the unbalanced nature of the whole affair, to hold my stomach muscles and steady myself until I reach firm ground. This makes it feel ok. : )
Just playing around with some book re-issue designs and thought it best I had my own logo for the back of the books, so I've made this and ordered a stamp : ). Is it sad that I'm really excited to get it and try it out.
I've set upon a challenge of doing a sketch everyday for 356 days /a year. I feel the need to find that energy and compulsion and discipline to carry on and through the tough bits and out the other side to results and rewards of having finished something worthwhile.
So here are the results so far. I actually haven't enjoyed it for the reason it feels scattered, in-cohesive and sloppy. I am learning already though. Especially that I feel uncomfortable posting images that I don't particularly like the look of, how I've painted it etc. This resonates especially as the work I do commercially doesn't have that attentiveness about it either, as the characters / stories are not mine and it's a style born from working with one company, so I see it as their style, not necessarily mine, so I'm not attached to it's output as much as with my own personal work. So this project is already uncomfortable. I will do the whole year, I am determined and also enjoy the project as an idea and as a discipline, so let's see how it pans out and how the content changes along the way, and see whether I can make some good work along the way.
It is only the very start, so maybe I should chill out and see what the rides brings and hope I can turn it around into something interesting. Please do check in again and even pop back in next week to see more, or follow me on my Instragram feed under cpedlerpics.
I have the great pleasure of having an article about little ole me in the Artists and Illustrators Magazine in September! How exciting. I have just seen the proof and amazed at how good it is. In that the writer Jenny, really captured what I was saying to her in our interview months ago, and how the images work well together in the piece they have crafted. Really pleased as this was a magazine I used to buy as a yung aspiring artist and illustrator. The only magazine that follows illustration and the practice behind it (there's a niche there and if I had the time I would get in there). So a great interview and a lovely piece for my records and social media accounts! You can read the whole interview over on my main blog here.
I was also lucky enough to get some time in London, when we were there with our students for New Designers. My brother and I traipsed the streets of London looking for inspiring art, and found loads! Here are some. The Joseph Cornell at the RA was just lovely, and the summer show very interesting and something for everyone.
Just grabbed an hour on Sunday when my plans changed and I was waiting for my frustratingly slow computer to do its thing. So here are a few bits I made from some collage pages in my Sunday Session!
April 24th, 2015
Today I have had a wonderful day. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. I got up early and walked the dog, took my car to the garage for two new tyres and then home for a shower, breakfast and a sort out. I sorted some paintings out in order to take them down to St Ives, for the Affordable fair in Hampstead in July. The work is going with Paul Fry of Badcocks, Penzance. I had a great chat, as always with Paul, briefly met some one new and then popped off with Bobo to St Ives to see Sam Bassetts show at the Millennium. We then parked at Porthmeor and went for a quick, misty and damp walk towards St Just, then back again, off to the Penwith gallery quickly to see the NSA group show. So all was nice, damp but just wonderful.
The weather was damp and getting worse as I travelled nearer to Trewidden studios where Paul's studio is. I parked up and launched immediately into a wonderful chat about art, process, confidence, audience, the importance or unimportance of all of the above and then I left. Chatted to another artist who was seeking the warmth of someone else's studio while also taking a break from the aroma of oils in her studio. I said my goodbyes and headed off towards St Ives. I parked up and headed to the Millennium. Briefly said hi to Joe and headed upstairs. I have bought a few of Sam's work before, so I am a huge fan but oddly had no expectations. Walking into the first room I felt at home...it felt like this work was made especially for that moment, that space in time and for that part of Sam's life. It came across as a reflection, a reaction, illustration of his life over the past 12 months or so. The curation was spot on, and the work grew in confidence as I walked round. It was almost like if I turned round or blinked the work wouldn't be there, because it was that moment that it was meant for only... and the oddest feeling in retrospect. A punctuation of his life, something to move forward from. I felt emotional leaving the gallery, which added to my feeling of 'wonderful' while walking through town and into the Vintage store for a coffee. A quick pause, assessment of my experience and a luxury of time and space away from the day to day. I then rushed back to the car with two minutes to spare on my ticket, moved the car to Porthmeor where the sea was calm, a small wave with one surfer enjoying the schmizzle and perfect longboard waves. We headed up the coast path into the mist. Bo off the lead, me enjoying the freedom of a new head space and a visual sorbet. It was like the world was opening up and my previously dulled senses had cleared and I could see ahead, further than before.
Connection, the honest connection I feel with the world around me, in my immediate environment. The journey is as important, and it would seem more enjoyable than, the destination. The faces you meet along the way, the textures and colours you experience in transit, it's all part of the whole picture of how we live life, and I have missed the contrast of other worlds teaching me this. Just facing a different way, walking the other way round is all it takes. I have enjoyed the connections today and feel deeply fulfilled for the first time in what seems a lifetime and with such simple happenings. Where will I be next time?
A selection of some of my sketchbooks, all in progress.Read More