House of Illustration

gardentigerLast week I went on a little escapade to London and the new area around King’s Cross to visit the House of Illustration, which as you might have guessed, is a gallery dedicated to illustration, and is therefore right up my street. I had gone to see their Comix Creatrix exhibition and generally to have a nose around, as it was my first visit to the place. The exhibition – celebrating 100 women who make comics – was a real treat with original artwork making up the bulk of the displays including pencil roughs by Tove Jansson (the Moomin creator) and Audrey Niffenegger (the Night Bookmobile), as well as finished books.

I spent hours soaking it all up.Continue Reading →

Self-portrait with paintbrush

selfportraitpaintbrushI just came across this exhibition currently on at the V&A, celebrating contemporary portraiture. They even make mention of the way we present a portrait of ourselves through our passport photographs, which ties in rather nicely with my passport project– very timely indeed! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see this before the exhibition ends in April.

Sticking to the theme of portraiture for this week’s post, here I am showing off my fine, sable, paintbrush moustache.