|Mario Minichiello :
APEC Sydney series (first Published 2007 Sydney
Morning Herald) and 'God's
It was the final act of the Howard Government in Australia and it
was to be a truly shameful event. I was amazed to see a country that
I have always admired bullied by a shambolic political elite and I
city I came to love, reduced to a jail with a massive series of 10ft
fences and armed military guards surrounding most of its centre, while
armed helicopters flew overhead.
Overnight Sydney became a banana republic with beer and MTV. The Howard
Government lost the election. Kevin Rudd swept to victory and has
since apologised to the Aboriginal people for years of mistreatment
- I would now like to go back, but they might not have me.
The Sun Herald was
brave or mad but they published these images. My brief was to do something
that the lens-based media could not do. Using drawing I was to report
the moment in history and the extra ordinary military clamp down of
a major high profile city in the heart of a democratic society.
The work is a narrative and what I saw and not as I saw it.
|Matthias Beckmann :
in Berlin' 2010-2012
In 2010 I began a series about artists studios in Berlin. First I
visited the studios of friends and later on I contacted other artists.
In 2012 I will complete the series culminating in an exhibition and
catalogue about the project. I spend about three to four hours in
each studio and make at least three drawings on site to document the
atmosphere of the place.
Sometimes the artist is shown in my pictures but my primary interest
is the place itself. The studio is somehow a place of myth and mystery
where inspiration seems to take place. Curators and collectors like
visiting studios where they hope to find out something about art and
On June 15, 2012, the series will be shown at Columbus Art Foundation
in Ravensburg (South Germany). The Columbus Art Foundation will also
publish a catalogue with a text by Andreas Schalhorn,
curator of the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin. In November 2012 the exhibition
will be shown at Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings (a private gallery).
|Anne Howeson :
of work focusing on the redevelopment of the area around Kings Cross,
There's an excitement and instability about building sites that is
ambiguous and powerful. Today, King's cross is both a ruin and a place
in the process of re construction, and will be in transition for the
next ten years, with a growing and shifting population.
It’s this ‘in between’ state that intrigues me.
I’ve been roaming the streets, mostly at night, with small sketchbook,
pencil, rubber and digital camera, watching the pulling down and building
up of places where nothing has ended and nothing quite begun, trying
to remember them before they vanish, or transform in their rebuilding.
The drawings are not a representational document, more an attempt
to commemorate disappearing buildings, and invent a fictional future
in the neighbourhood. Most of the content is architectural- there
are almost no people in the streets. I intended to include figures,
in supporting, semi abstract roles, but came to realise that the buildings
themselves were the personalities. Like the Eiffel Tower - called
the ‘Shepherdess of Paris’ by
Guillaume Apollinaire in his poem,
‘Zone’ - the warehouses, site offices, tenement
blocks and towers of King’s cross are the lead characters, and
the lamp posts, cctv cameras and bollards the supporting cast.
|Rod Mills :
The sketchbook pages refer to an ongoing multi-disciplinary exploration
of the strange city of water that is Venice.
The drawings depict architectural elements combined with graphical
symbols & typography from my experience of the city. Rather than
depicting single scenes, the drawings evoke rhythms to capture the
flow of Venice, combining both real & photographic reference.
The tension between pictorial figuration & a flattened graphic
perspective interests me much, helping to formulate a personal viewpoint
& sense of place.
In conjunction with the drawings I am filming the city at night. I
have a deep curiosity of the audio intimacy of Venice during nighttime
& I'm gradually developing this into a short film piece.
Reportage is part of my desire to understand places & my relationship
to them. Travel is very much important to my practice, not only since
much of my work is international, but also as notions of 'the continental
exotic' are recurring themes in personal/self-initiated projects.
|The Wondering Line :
Chloé Regan, Fumie
Ink Illustration was founded in 2007 by Chloé Regan, Fumie
Kamijo and Rachel Gannon whilst studying at the Royal College of Art.
The illustration collective work individually as well as collaboratively
on a wide range of commercial and personal projects including; curating,
editorial work, retail, museum installations, craft work and exhibitions.
They continually investigate drawing in its broadest sense through
their illustration practice and academic research.
Wondering Line’ looks to interrogate the context for the sketch,
both in the work of the collective and its use in commercial illustration.
The work was produced for an exhibition at Tenderpixel Gallery in
London. ‘The Wondering Line’ was curated by INK and explores
a variety of approaches to examining the sketch and its format to
further explore its context.
The work is supported by short essays on the collectives work and
the role of drawing and sketching.
|Gary Embury : Bike
Drawing has always been at the heart of my work. I have Increasingly
become interested in drawing on location, enjoying the immediacy and
unmediated clarity of the spontaneous mark. I am currently working
on an on going project at the Bristol Bike project.
This work in progress investigates the diverse range of activities
and people the bike project attracts, ranging from minority groups,
asylum seekers and the homeless.
The experience of drawing on location is fundamental to my practice
within reportage and engagement and dialogue with the individuals
You can view a documentary film about the bike project by following
|Julia Midgley :
John Moore's University Art & Design Academy Development
In March 2007 I was appointed DLA Piper Artist in Residence for the
new LJMU Art & Design Academy.
"DLA Piper has opened
the doors of its Liverpool legal practice to one of the UK's leading
documentary illustrators as part of a unique 'fly on the wall' initiative."
Thanks to DLA Piper's sponsorship I was able to chronicle the development
of the University's new £23 million Art and Design Academy.
This project page illustrates some of the drawings from DLA Piper's
Liverpool offices as well as the development of LJMU's Art & Design
|David Sparshott : Visual
This is a selection taken from the large reportage map that was drawn
off the back of my last month long trip to Asia. There are then two
more recent quicker drawings drawn from the same photo reference as
before, I did these as a warm up to the next trip and kind of prefer
the quicker line work as it retains a more sketchbook feel.
I am soon to go traveling for six weeks from mid-December 2011 to
late-january 2012 and will be documenting this through location drawing
and retrospectively using photographic reference.
My primary focus will be to document the places, people, and journeys
that I will be undertaking whilst backpacking through Vietnam, Cambodia,
and Laos. Upon my return I intend on producing an extensive self-published
illustrated journal and hope to be exhibiting a series of drawings
in the Spring.
I will be working in graphite and water colour pencil retaining a
raw, sketchbook feel to the body of work. Hopefully this work will
evolve whilst traveling and with an loose narrative running throughout.
|Olivier Kugler : Carnets
Olivier Kugler is the overall winner of the 2011 V&A Illustration
Awards for his depiction of a truck driver’s journey across
Iran, featured in French quarterly reportage magazine XXI.
Rendered in Olivier's familiar sketchbook style, the 30-page illustrated
journal tells the story of the illustrator's trip with Massih, a truck
driver Olivier met in Tehran and accompanied for a four-day journey
carrying bottled water down to a small island in the Persian Gulf.
Clients: The Guardian, XXI,
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Reader's
Digest, The New York Times, The
New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's
Carnets: SHETLANDS TO CUBA:
In the spring/early summer of 2007 I travelled from Scotland to Cuba.
I took the ferry from Aberdeen to the Shetland Islands and another
ferry from there to the Faroe Islands. After a week of traveling through
the islands I jumped on the ferry to Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.
|George Sander Jackson
: No-one is
'No-One is Illegal' is based on the spoken
word play, ‘Asylum Monologues’,
scripted by Sonja Linden based on real testimony from asylum seekers
in the UK, and directed by Christine Bacon who heads the charity,
Actors for Human Rights.
'No-One is Illegal' is about a Zimbabwean asylum seeker and explores
his personal experience of the UK asylum system.
The film has screened at Survival International’s Cinema Space
during Refugee Week 2008, and was also on the ‘Fourdocs
It won a Special commendation at Animated Exeter 2008, was selected
for Guardian Unlimited Cyber Cinema Freshest Shorts
on the Web January 2011, and was shortlisted for the DepicT award
at Encounters film festival. It also received
a Silver Medal from the 2008 student show of prestigious contemporary
illustration magazine 3x3.