Thursday, 20 December 2018

2018 Highlights

This year has been very adventurous! 
Kicking off back in May, I've run several stalls throughout the year with varying success, a trip to Kew Gardens to visit The Hive with a Disgustoscope followed with Disgustoscope Making workshops at Boultham Park Pop Out Park Festzine making with OOMK, which will be followed up next year, Lincoln Zine Fest, Inktober, and of course, comic adventures with Chromeo!!

2019 starts off with Card Making Workshops at Waterside Shopping Centre (along with the usual stall selling prints, cards, postcards etc!)
Save your used Christmas Cards and email me to reserve a spot.

John Lennon's Daily Howl at Double Fantasy exhibition, Liverpool

Hoping 2019 will build upon this year's successes, and not become some kind of dystopian nightmare!
Wishing all my customers, clients, colleagues and followers a Happy Christmas (War Is Over) / Happy Sir Isaac Newton's Birthday, and a Happy New Year!

Helen D
aka #TheFunkLady

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Arts & Crafts Fair @ Waterside Shopping Centre

Taped From MTV

Head over to this blog to find updates for Taped From MTV!

Inktober illo inspired by Barbara Streisand in The Guardian
Below are some comic illustrations from images taken of Chromeo live at The Printworks, London.
These are simple photo edits with some extra sketching to replace lost image data.

Dave1 of Chromeo

Bedroom Calling

Friday, 19 October 2018


Receiving some positive comments on Instagram for Inktober illustrations.
Positive comments are good, commissions are always better :-)

Here are a few selected illos:

Day 1 : Poison

Day 2: Tranquil

Day 3: Roasted

Day 4: Spell

Day 5: Star

Day 9: Precious

Day 10: Flowing

Day 11: Cruel

Inktober Day 15 - Weak

Inktober Day 16 - Angular

Inktober Day 17 Swollen and Day 18 Bottle
I will be having a stall at the upcoming Arts and Crafts event on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2018, so I will have some existing work and hopefully some new Christmas Card designs etc.

Keep an eye out for news!!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Lincoln Zine Fest - some pics!

A huge thank you to all my customers at Lincoln Zine Fest, you're awesome!!

Lincoln Zine Fest stall

A happy customer!

80's specs - look through the lenses of Helen!

Shann Wahl
The lovely illustrator Shann Wahl rocking some Barb specs!
I didn't even take any Stranger Things prints.

Thanks to the organisers - I hope to be back next year.
Stuff I'm currently missing: Thought Bubble, Lincoln Comic Con (fail!).

Next up is Arts and Crafts at the Waterside Shopping Centre, so new Stranger Things Christmas Cards coming up (along with some other ones!) - watch this space!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Lincoln Zine Fest

Ms Blackbird's Home For Peculiar People

I'm currently very busy in the studio preparing for Lincoln Zine Fest.

The Unreal God And Aspects Of His Non-Existent Universe
I only have about 12 copies of The Unreal God and Aspects Of His Non-Existent Universe available, so if you haven't already got a copy, now's your chance!!

New Chromeo / A-ha comics


If, like most people, you've ever wondered what would happen if Chromeo remade A-ha's Take On Me video, you can find out in this new limited edition comic - Chromeo - Taped From MTV. It's like an 80's song that never really happened.

Dave wants one!!

Of course, gonna have to keep a copy for Dave1 now!! 

Ms Blackbird's Home For Peculiar People

Also available (by request) is a ten page version of Ms Blackbird's Home For Peculiar People. 
More info here.

Cloudbusting posters and postcards etc.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Zine Making Workshop with OOMK

Last week, I took part in Mansions Of The Future Summer School, which was for me to attempt to restart my fine art practice, but I found Thursday's workshop with OOMK to be particularly relevant to my Illustration practice.

High Hopes Low Budget

Heiba and Sofia from OOMK set out a concept for zines - "High Hopes, Low Budget".
Mine would be "High Hopes, High Budget", because I don't accept austerity as real.

My Peace Painting Zine

I created this Peace Painting Zine with materials provided - which has made the cover gloriously Bollywood, and there were useful reference pics of Malala Yousafzai and Jeremy Corbyn, and some schoolchildren that I formed into a paper plane for a better future for peace.
Below are some of the other zines made by other artists, and 

Perusing the finished zines with OOMK

Pushwagner style!

I particularly liked the Puswagner style of this zine by artist Lawrence ?

George Clooney Is A Criminal

I particularly liked Tom's not quite ready (because he was too busy organising things!) zine entitled George Clooney Is A Criminal!!