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 ill inspired by Barbara Streisand in The Guardian

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!!

Friday, 3 August 2018

Lincoln Zine Fest

On the phone to a debt collection agents over an erroneous energy bill still outstanding. In an anger inducing phonecall, I asked if they would still chase someone for money if they were in the acute ward of the mental health unit, because they were suicidal, and they said they would.
"Let's talk about mental health" say countless charities, but when you mention money, or funding, suddenly it goes quiet...

The good news is that I've been granted a free table at Lincoln Zine Fest in September.
Which means that I'm considering carefully making work for that - I have no idea about zines, as my only experience is with comics and graphic novels. 

Illustrations look more pro illustrated with a graphics tablet directly into Photoshop
copyright Helen Dearnley Illustration