A little over a week ago I was at the New Forest Arts Festival launch event at the Minstead Trust along with lots of other artists and performers. It was fascinating to see the broad scope of the festival reflected in those attending, from theatre to painting, Morris dancing to cartoons.
This year, for the New Forest Arts Festival, I'll be in Lyndhurst at the Community Centre indulging in some live cartooning on a big board. Come along and see me draw on Saturday 17th from 11am to 5pm, and there'll be an opportunity to have a go at cartooning yourselves as you watch.
The Community Centre is at the opposite end of the main car park to the New Forest Museum, so easy to find and plenty of parking, and if you have parking clock you can park for free too!
Hampshire Fare, the not-for-profit group promoting local food and drink, asked us to create a photo opportunity board. They champion over 350 producers, venues and shops, so they had a very specific brief that required the illustration to incorporate as many elements as possible, allow for three face holes, and be suitable for easy construction/collapsing and transportation.
Working together with Splash Display
, a bespoke unit was designed that made the building and moving of it possible, so all that was left was to create an illustration that featured branding, social media messages and logos, a producer and a chef, examples of produce and livestock, a sponsorship logo and relevant cottage, and a cartoon realisation of Hampshire Fare’s hog. Fortunately, this sort of detailed drawing is something we enjoy getting involved with!
The result was revealed at a recent Hampshire Fare networking event at the White Star Tavern in Southampton, where plenty of Hampshire Fare members took full advantage of the new board. Look out for it around Hampshire at events in the coming year.