Shameless Self Promotion News Update.

Hi folks!

This Saturday, June 3rd, in Glesga, I’ve got a small art stall along with Andrea Heins at the Art On The Exchange Fair. The stalls will be set up alongside the Gallery Of Modern Art.
I’ll be selling artwork and cards…

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…and Andrea will be selling her photographic work, cards, and perpetual Scottish calendars…

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Here’s a wee bit about this wee market >>>

Art on the Exchange is a series of exciting new arts events launching this June in the heart of Glasgow. The events showcase the work of a diverse group of artists and performers resident in Scotland. These creative professionals are gathering to exhibit work, perform live art demonstrations, play live music and perform street theatre. The aim of these artist-run events is to give both the exhibitors, and the community, the opportunity to meet, trade ideas, make collaborations, perform and appreciate the rich vein of creativity alive and well in Glasgow.

Artists’ displays inside gazebos line the right flank of GoMA, Royal Exchange Square – creating the perfect site to display a wealth of original artwork in natural daylight. A variety of paintings, photography, jewellery and ceramics will be exhibited in this fully accessible location, together with live interactive workshops led by artists, designers and makers. It is the ideal setting for raising the profile of the visual arts in Glasgow and marketing the events to visitors and tourists alike.

We’ll be there from 11am until 6pm come rain or shine and as I understand it, it’s tae’be pissing it doon.

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Poster Illustration: “This Is England ’90”.

I recently entered a Channel 4 competition to design a Rave poster for Shane Meadows’ upcoming miniseries, “This Is England ’90“. This is what I ended up turning in…

Al Cook This Is England '90 Poster.

Now the reason why it’s so plain is because I couldn’t decide on an idea that covered everything in the brief and I spent so much time fucking around with ideas that when it came down to it, the deadline was in three days and I hadn’t even started it yet!

I really like “This Is England”. The film and the two TV series. I’d heard about there being a third series set in the 90’s around Acid House and the FIFA World Cup and all that so I was interested when a guy down the pub told me about this poster competition.

But see, I tried to be sneaky. The brief didn’t mention the FIFA World Cup but I knew the series was gonna revolve around a lot of that. So I tried to stick football into my Rave poster ideas wherever I could.

But what does fitba have to do with designing a Rave poster?
Fuck all. That’s what.

The short story is that I spent far too much time on bullshit waste of time sketches instead of paying attention to what they were asking for the poster.

Here’s everything in order…

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Let’s make it so that the ball is a disco ball and the street is a dance floor and…” NAW!
Back to the wall idea I went…

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What if it was a ripped up fitba poster and underneath was a RAVE poster?!”…

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…”Or what if it was HALF Rave poster, HALF FIFA poster!?”

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It was beginning to get out of hand altogether. All of those scribbles ended up in the bin. And then for some reason after all of that, I decided it should look like a postage stamp. So it became a stamp…

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Al Cook. This Is England.

Al Cook. This Is England Notes.

Al Cook This Is England 90. Version 3.

Al Cook This Is England. Postage Stamp Version.

The brief didn’t allow for any text with ’90 in it so it had to go in the end.

Al Cook This Is England '90 Poster.

Is that wee smiley face guy copyrighted? Probably is.

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Sketches For Nobody #7.

Drew a wee drawing at work today…

Death Work Drawing

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Amazing Bootleg Movie Posters From Ghana.

With the growing popularity of videocassettes in the 1980’s, mobile cinema arrived in Ghana, West Africa. That is, someone with a VCR, a projector and a generator would set themselves up somewhere and screen bootlegs of Hollywood movies! Man, I love Ghana.

But what happens when the official Hollywood movie posters can’t be imported? How do you entice anyone along to your illegal screenings of classic after classic and “Waterworld”? It was no problem for Ghana. No problem at all! Because when that happened in Ghana, local artists were hired to bootleg the official posters and as you’ll see here, a lot of those artists hadn’t even seen the films never mind the original posters.

In Ghana, they just drew whatever the fuck they wanted.
And they didn’t even have to sit through “Waterworld”. YAY!

Alien AVP anaconda Apocalypto AWOL Bram Strokers Dracula Catwoman Children Of The Corn 3 Commando Conan The Destroyer cujo Evil Dead Evil Deade 2 Evil deade 3 FJ   Ghost GS Hard Target Hercules Interview With A Vampire Jason Goes TO Hell The Matrix Mission Impossible Mission Impossible 2 Nightmare On Elm Street 5 Planet Terror 1 planet terror Poltergeist 2 Sleepy Hollow Slither 2 The Spy Who Loved Me Suburban Commando terminator terminator2 terminator3 Texas Chainsaw Massacre Under Siege W

Waterworld”. Remember that piece of shit?

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From Pencil To Paper To Pen To Pencil To Photoshop To Poster.

Hi folks,

I’ve been working on a poster for Glasgow band, The Attic Lights, who’re doing a wee set of FREE gigs up ra North ae Scotland during the Summer. And here it is here…

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The text has obviously still to go on it but I’m not dealing with that part because I’m not very good at it. Another thing I’m not very good at is Photoshop. As a matter of fact, I’ve never ever used it and so I got help with the colours in this illustration. Pretty pleased with how it turned out! I must learn how to use Photoshop myself.

Everything else is hand drawn and here’s the Pencil To Paper To Pen To Pencil To Photoshop To Poster of it all…

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EDIT:
The band added their text on…

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The Attic Lights sound like THIS and they are playing…
Thursday, July 16th, 2015: Twa Tams. Perth.
Friday, July 17th, 2015: Hootananny, Inverness.
Saturday, July 18th, 2015: The Arch Inn, Ullapool.

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