Andy Petrouis

Andy Petrouis, or Dr Petrouis as he is fondly known, is an Illustration undergraduate at the University or Worcester.

Whilst he isn’t a Doctor quite yet, he most certainly is talented and has spent much time mastering his drawing style.

Andy typically draws with a Rapidograph pen, known for its precision and fine qualities. This tool enables Andy to perfect his drawings with tiny detail, right down to the bodily hair on the characters he creates.

Andy prefers to mix media and uses many hand drawn techniques to create personal and expressive pieces of work.

There is often a significant use of pencil in Andy’s work; a tool that is often disregarded by other design professionals. In this case, the pencil work makes images appear more primitive and is used to articulate detail against a relatively plain background.

Music and lyrics have played a key role in influencing Andy’s artwork. Although the works of art and music contrast, in that music develops over time, whereas the image is static, both enable the creator to develop a narrative.

Visual communication is important to Andy, who uses his illustration as a means of story telling. This communicative style is powerful, giving his work depth and substance.

You can see more of Andy’s work through his Twitter page @APillustrated


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Paula Grubb: Show-Off Dunfermline

A couple of weeks ago another promising young creative talent with a mind for business and showing off creative talent from the local area hosted a pop-up shop in Dunfermeline, just north of Edinburgh in an successful event that brought together aspiring creatives and provided a platform from which they could sell their unique, hand-made work and products. This young woman is Paula Grubb, interior and environmental designer whose work has won merit and recognition from Carnegie U.K. Trust.

To create the display for her pop-up shop, Paula sourced recyclable material which she innovatively constructed together to form unique and changeable forms on which to display the work of over 40 up and coming creative talents. Making use of cardboard discs which are used to protect flexible packaging from a factory in Dundee, ‘Discover Flexibles’, Paula reclaimed the material and found a visually interesting and environmentally friendly way of displaying work.

The idea for this project started after Paula trialled Show Off as a business idea in a shopping centre in November to research for her feasibility study. The initial design used reclaimed wooden palettes, and after the amount of positive feedback she decided to develop the idea even further and began using the cardboard discs from discovery flexibles.

Her set-up in dunfermeline was inspired by the rising issue of traditional high street shops being replaced by global chains like Primark and H&M who do not necessarily have local interests at heart. By displaying unique, hand-crafter works in her pop-up shop Paula brings back the appeal of local products with plenty of thought behind them.

The shop installation has been a huge success for Paula who has gathered interests from many students across the east coast of Scotland. She describes her installation best in her own words,

‘Show Off is a creative business designed to host pop-up events to showcase work of emerging artists and designers prior to graduation. Show Off is a platform intended to utilise vacant retail spaces on high street.  Show Off is intended to bridge the artistic spectrum from fine art to jewellery design allowing aspiring creatives the chance to gain market feedback through public exposure as well as enabling new connections to form between art and design students and the creative industry.’

Included in the students whose work she showcased are Rebecca Sarah Black, a jewellery designer from Dundee whose work is based on mythology, Dorothy Arnott, a recent graduate from Textiles whose work includes eco-friendly printed textile cushion covers influenced by nature and countless other fantastic artists and makers.

In the future Paula hopes that she is able to continue Show-Off in some way, shape or form but knows that realistically it is extraordinarily difficult to compete with hight street shops and so she is also looking to work as an interior designer, finding ways to put her skills of environmental design into creating shop interiors or merchandising displays.

This is a truly innovative and fantastic idea so I hope that the idea can go further and Paula gets the recognition she deserves.  Feel free to check out her website, follow her on twitter @PaulaGrubb and check out the facebook page! to keep an eye out for what’s happening next!

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Ashley Dwyer

This week I was lucky enough to be introduced to a fantastic young talent in the graphic design industry. Ashley Dwyer is a recent graduate from the Winchester School of Art, where she has worked hard to develop her unique style. Its common today to see many young designers following the same trends and styles in their work, but what I love about Ashley, is that her work is new, fresh and full of character. She has been able to create a diverse portfolio, showing how her eye for detail can be translated across a wide range of media. For such enthusiasm and talent, its only a matter of time before we see much more from Ashley, and I for one am excited to watch her work progress even further. I caught up with her to ask a few questions:


How would you describe your work and your style?

My style of work is very adaptive. Over my 3 years at university I have learnt to let the brief influence my style. It means I can discover new skills during a project that I may not have thought to do if I just stuck to one particular style.

As a designer your style seems very flexible to different briefs. Do you have a favourite medium to work with? 

My absolute favourite style is digital painting, to create the comic book style and if I can add the high fashion photography element in there I will, to make a piece of work I usually layer up many different mediums to get the best effect.

Do you have any advice for young designers, trying to establish their style?

My advice would be to not worry about having a distinctive style too early on, because as time passes you will mould yourself into a unique designer. I’m still not entirely sure what my style is! Also, employers love the idea of being able to sculpt a young artist if they don’t have a particular style.

Where do you hope to be in the future?

I would absolutely love being part of the graphic novel and gaming industry, whether it be on their design team or just making cups of coffee, as long as I am involved in some way!


If you want to see more of Ashley, then check out her online portfolio here! 

Have a great week guys, Katie


AU.RA, a London via Sydney two-piece, play sun-drenched psychedelic-rock tunes with a not too dissimilar vibe to their counterparts Tame Impala. Tom Crandles and Tim Jenkins got togethe rby  chance after  meeting in Sydney, after a few bedroom jams in London with a couple of guitars, drum machine and a mic they soon ‘discovered songs amongst the noise’

Standout single ‘Sun’ isn’t complacent about its affiliation to summer with it’s washed-out vocals and bright guitars. The song’s music video is swathed in primary colours and slowed down to capture that summer heat.

AU.RA has had a few features here and there, most notably on the site The Line of Best Fit, but generally most have slept on this band.

Rumour has it that the two-piece are looking to expand and are on the lookout for a drummer and bassist in and around the London area. There’s no time like summer for AU.RA to head to the studio and release something while these rays last!



Artist: Tom Holmes

Aged just 17 years old, Tom Holmes is the latest artistic wünderkind to burst from the Sheffield scene. With Facebook buzzing about his promotional work for Tramlines festival, what else does he have up his sleeve? I find out:

What did you want to do when you were a kid?

A writer, originally my characters were made of words rather than pen marks. I started drawing the characters I wrote about, then the drawings came first and the stories followed. If I ever became a writer I think I would have to illustrate my book too, even though I never wrote kid’s stories.

Why did you want to go into art?

Getting into art ‘properly’ happened as a bit of an accident, I always drew and I had a style developing, but when I started drawing the bobbleheads I suddenly got suggestions that people might like to buy them. I gave it a shot and got into a really good gallery in Sheffield alongside some of the best artists in the city, which was an amazing start for me. It got me thinking that People might actually respond to what I do, and when the artwork I had in there sold it was confirmed.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I try not to copy other artists outright but a lot of the time my inspiration does come from other people’s work, which I think is fine so long as you’re not ripping anyone else off. When I work I tend to have videos of interviews with really big, successful artists playing in the background, and that motivates me to try and get onto their level. In the same way that a young musician might go to a gig, see the band on stage and think ‘I want to be up there’, I’ll go to a gallery and do the same with the artwork. I’ll go home and start coming up with some crazy ideas for a show I want to put on.

What do you do in your spare time?

I would say draw, but recently all the drawing I do has been much more purposeful, it’s always for a design job or an exhibition rather than just doodles filling up space. I’m pretty lucky that the ‘work’ I do basically constitutes a hobby, I’ve not really had to change the way I draw just because I’m doing it for someone else rather than for my own entertainment. People like what I do already, which is great because it means I can stay consistent.

Who’s your favourite artist?

Asking for a single favourite artist is a really difficult one, I like anyone who can apply themselves to a lot of different disciplines but still stay consistent and recognisable in their work. I like most of what comes out of Sheffield, but especially Geo Law and Mute, they’re two artists who I looked up to massively who also turned out to be really nice people. On a wider scale I’m a fan of Buff Monster and the Beast Brothers, their work is so clean and bold, something I really appreciate in art.

You take a lot of influences from music – who’s your favourite band/artist?

For the past year or so Enter Shikari have dominated my iPod. I got into Slipknot when I was about ten so I’ve never been a stranger to heavy music, I just love the energy and noise of a live show. If I want something calmer Gorillaz are usually a good choice, their music always reminds me of going to London (my favourite place outside of Sheffield) because I picked up a couple of their albums when I was there a few years ago. I’m pretty involved with the local music scene in Sheffield too, I’ve designed posters and CD covers for a few of the bands and there really is a huge amount of talent here that should be recognised and promoted.

What would you say is your biggest achievement?

I was recently part of a group exhibition in the middle of Sheffield, it was only up for about two weeks but my work was hanging with some of my artistic heroes, and I got a lot of exposure and sales from it. I hadn’t known that kind of recognition before, and since then I’ve been approached to do more and more work, which keeps me busy and motivated. The whole thing felt like a big achievement and a sort of step up from what I had been doing before.

What are your plans for the future?

I’d love to put on a solo show and see how that goes. I’m working on another group show but to have a whole exhibition to play around with and show off new and old work would be fantastic.

Creative Meadows

This time of year a lot of newly graduated artists and designers are looking for places to showcase their work and network with like minded creative people and business contacts. As a recent graduate myself I was delighted to hear that someone had organised a great opportunity for designers and artists like myself to exhibit their work and get a chance to make friends with other people who are also just starting out.

Creative Meadows is the brain child of Jack Lennie, a product designer and Steven Jones, a graphic designer who toyed with the idea during a conversation over lunch and then decided to take it upon themselves to organise a pop-up gallery where recent graduates from creative disciplines around Edinburgh could gather and show off their work in a non academic environment. As they put it themselves, ‘Our ambition for Creative Meadows is for it to be a one stop shop for everything artistic and design orientated, we hope to be able to get as many people in work or working for them selves as possible, and above all have fun doing so.’

On one of the hottest days of the summer so far they hosted their pop-up exhibition at the Old Ambulance Depot, a popular creative event venue just off of Edinburgh’s colourful Leith Walk. Featuring some superb creative talent from many different disciplines, the Creative Meadows team came away with a great turnout and a lot of positive feedback.

Showcasing the work of people like Duncan Peace who did a spray painting on one of the walls and made hand designed aubergines – yes you read that right, as well as product designer Luke Tarry whose sports injury prevention and treatment product brought on interest from a crowd of people.

In the future Creative Meadows are hoping to organise a pop-up shop displaying products, hand-made wares and beautiful prints and cards as well as expanding to include even more members.

We wish them all the best and hope that Creative Meadows continue to be successful in their events for the future. Perhaps the events will eventually have a presence in Scotland on par with that of D&AD New Blood, or New Designers down in London.

For updates on the ongoings of the Creative Meadows team check out their facebook page and keep an eye out for the website which is coming very soon!



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Jason Drake Artwork

At this years Directors and Art Directors (D&AD) New Blood festival where the best of this years creative graduates comes together to show their work, I got to experience the coming together of student and professional to contemplate the next stage of the creative industry. I was really impressed by all the work from Norwich University, one I liked was Jason’s for its creative ideas and lines.


Im a recent graduate from Norwich University of the Arts which has driven me in the direction of coming up with clever ideas to solve a brief in its simplest form, getting us to think lateral not literal. Don’t get me wrong I still give it my best shot to make things look beautiful because everyone is a sucker for good looking design.

How did you decide on a graphic style? Bold colours & lines seem a strong theme in your work?

 I wouldn’t say I have a particular graphic style as such. I tend to let the brief determine how it looks and feels but I would say bold colours and lines is my go to favourite at the moment.

Tell us about your most recent project? (Final university one maybe?)

 Umm we worked on them all at once towards the end but my favourite project was my Latitude festival rebrand. Festivals are becoming a massive thing and I just think it’s a great opportunity to push the branding everywhere over this new world you enter over a summer weekend. I based all the applications around using Longitude and latitude lines using the parallels and degrees as a constant theme throughout, bringing it back to the core name of the festival.

Do you have a dream project to work on or for?

 Well I would say a beer brand being a student but I had the pleasure of the handcraft brewing company approach our university wanting packaging and a identity. They are a small local brewery in Norwich that has now launched nationally, it’s the best feeling walking into a pub and being able to order your own designed beer.

Tell us a little about your design process, how do you decide upon an idea?

 I start by going out there and observing the subject of the brief, wrapping my self in the environment for example with the beer brief we sat in the pub (perks of the job). It helps you learn more about what you’re designing for and the people, mood, sound, shapes etc all these can spring ideas, then narrow the idea’s down to what fits the product most naturally.

Tell us a little about the digital technology you use? What’s your favourite piece to use?

 I’ve recently got really into using a graphics tablet, it saves sooo much time. It took a while to get used to but id never go back.

What is your favourite advert at the moment? Print, TV whichever?

 This isn’t recent but one that sticks in my head is the ‘thanks for the warm up’ film for the Paralympics. I’m a keen filmmaker and I thought everything about the advert was amazing.

If you could design something for Gola, what would it be? New shoe, ad campaign, new website?

Its got to be a trainer but also the ad campaign around it so it becomes more than just a trainer design, always been a life time goal to design a trainer.

Jason has got some great future plans and I can see his work being really fun and creatively used for lots of products and brands. I hope that he gets your vote and you can see more of this work here:

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The Killers first demonstrated what a modern indie band could do with synths and a decent electronic setup; now it seems that Discopolis have fine-tuned that art-forn with their intricate song-craft.

Hailing from Edinburgh, the four-piece started out circa 2010 with an encouraging number of articles, high-profile gigs and radio sessions under their belt. Their rise to popularity occurred in a rather round-and-about way however with their first record being released in Japan. Discopolis is simply one of those bands who, because of the right Chinese whispers and local trends giving them the nod, found success in a place other than home.

A couple of storming video releases have been rectifying this problem though. ‘Falling (Committed to Sparkle Motion)’ treads the line between the pop emotionalism of acts like Owl City by retaining a detached indie sensibility. Soaring synths in the chorus accompany downbeat interludes to create a deeply melodic piece with enough heft to roll the beat on.A reference to Donnie Darko in the title does not hurt either!


Just Handshakes

JUST HANDSHAKES emerged out of the Leeds University music scene and the band has been picking up pace with each of their releases. Despite the bands wide-ranging musical influences there is a all-around love of C86 which coems thorugh in their material.’

London Bound’, the first single from their debut album ‘Say It’ which was released on the California-based label ‘Bleeding Gold’, sees the band shelve their previously rosy sound for a “darker and more angular approach”.

Early taste-makers such as Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe have picked up on this special band and given them airplay. And with support slots with acts such as The Mystery Jets, Pete and the irates, The Shout Out Louds and Still Corners, a larger stage beckons for JUST HANDSHAKES.


Rosy Whittemore Photography

Rosy Whittemore is an Art History graduate from Manchester, as well as an astounding photographer. Her photographs have achieved success on blogging site Tumblr, with over a thousand notes on her most popular photos. She has also gained recognition from Magnum Photography.

Her favourite photo (top left) was taken  an exhibition in Vienna and she loves it because, ‘it’s a colour photo but everything in the photo is black and white, including the painting, so everything’s made out of these rectangular black and white shapes.’ Many of Rosy’s photos have the same poignant peacefulness that this one does. They seem endless and are taken with great talent and precision.

Rosy’s interest in photography started in her early teens, as she describes, ‘My mum had this chunky eighties Minolta 9000 slr that I used to play around with when I was younger, and when she got a digital camera I sort of took it over.’Since then Rosy has gained quite a big collection of analogue cameras after being drawn to the technical side of photography. She has found ones on ebay and market stalls, as well as buying old Russian cameras. Her favourite is her 70s Canon av-1 SLR, which she brings everywhere with her.

 Rosy’s influences include  Lyonel Feininger, the street photographer. She likes that he uses double exposure and natural lighting conditions. She also says that she was influenced by her mum, explaining that ‘we always had really nice holiday photo albums they weren’t filled with people, just places. I think she enjoyed photography as well because she’d always take ages to take photos of things, but they were always really good.’

Rosy is hoping to put together a proper photography project soon and take that into an exhibition. She would also like to belong to somewhere like Magnum Photography as she admires them for how iconic they are. With a talent like hers, we hope to be seeing more from her soon!

Check our Rosy’s Flickr here!


Introducing emerging artists: Robert Hitzeman



Robert Hitzeman was born in Pheonix Arizona and spent most of his early life in Southern California.  In 2010 Robert graduated with a BFA in Sculpture and Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in California, USA.  During and after this time he worked as a fabricator and foundry technician for Stoller Studio and for the Artist David Middlebrook for several years. In 2012 he graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design’s MA Fine arts program.  He currently lives and produces work in London, UK and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in The United States and Europe.



During His Course at Chelsea College in 2012 Robert was commissioned to build Tetchen Bolt, a large outdoor Sculpture for The National Sculpture Prize competition, in Barnstaple, North Devon.  He recently co-curated Open Work, alongside the artist Mohammad Namazi and curator Emily Purser at The Albert, An Arts and community space re-imagined by WHAT IF: Projects.  Robert’s work has been included in several Exhibitions in the United Kingdom, United States, and Europe such as the Synethesia, Curated by Gabrielle Cooper as well as Hot One Hundred co-curated by Ismail Erbil & Patrick Michalopoulos, currently on display at the Schwartz gallery in Hackney Wick.


Roberts practice looks to issues of decay and excess through the interpretation of sculptural materials as a form of time based medium, in a state between becoming and undoing, examining the conditions the warrant these designations.  Looking to sculpture as a blurring of materials with the actions taken out on them, his work looks to the making/ unmaking process often through the use of materials associated with DIY culture, questioning the social associations of these materials.  Projects usually stem from a study of biological cycles and anatomical functions which affect the building of works conceptually and physically.  Often delineating from this mode of thinking the work ends up in a realm of fantasy retaining only fragments of the source narrative. There is a focus on materials and process in the work but it is informed by an understanding of systems and structures changing over time and how these sometimes counter Ideas about permanence and preservation.


Schwartz Gallery Hot 100

Schwartz Gallery, 92 White Post Lane, Ground floor, Building 2, London, E9 5EN

Exhibition dates: 17/07/13 – 03/08/13

Summer Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm

First Thursdays late opening: Thursday 1st August




Susan Campbell. Print Designer.

Central Saint Martins is known for churning out it’s one-of-a-kinds, geniuses and go-getters. Take a quick peek at the alumni and you find the likes of Luella Bartley, Peter Blake and M.I.A to name a few. Well, this little lady is no exception.

Meet Susan Campbell, a Textile Design graduate and print designing enthusiast. The Congleton-born, bob-flaunting individual quite frankly has the patience of a saint with her intricate, neoprene print design but boy, does it pay off.

Susan’s heroic creative process involves drawing her initial designs onto Adobe Illustrator as vector lines, then printing out these designs and deciphering where she will place her colours followed by breaking the design up into various pieces, again on Illustrator. After this, she laser cuts the designs onto coloured neoprene, leaving her with a thousand tiny jigsaw pieces. From here on she pieces those neoprene nuggets back together on a glue coated lycra base and voila! To see the agonising journey itself from drawing to dream, head over to her tumblr.

Currently working at Ted Baker taking on the role of Womenswear Print Assistant and spending her London days like any young print designer should; picnicking, partying and printing. I caught up with the Campbell herself and asked her the all important question of which One Direction member she would kidnap and keep..


One Direction then.. who would be the member of choice?

– Zayn, without a doubt.

So then, onto print I suppose. What tickles your fancy in the way of inspiration for your prints?

– I love going to exhibitions, looking at blogs and magazines and genuinely, just walking a lot gives me inspiration from the things I see along the way.

Who is the ‘Susan Campbell’ consumer you have in mind when designing your prints?

– Someone who is playful yet sophisticated. Someone that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

If you could pluck out a celeb of choice to be donning your designs, who would it be?

– Robyn. 

How would you describe your own personal style?

– Colourful and sporty with lots of leopard print.

Fashion icons?

Eva Fontanelli and The Queen. 

New York, Paris, London or Milan?

– London.

What do you love about where you live right now?

– Everything you could ever want is on Bethnal Green Road. Literally, anything from David Beckham pencil cases to giant bubble machines! I also love that you can never become bored because there is always something fun going on.

Share a charming anecdote (no pressure.)

– I broke my collarbone aged 10 whilst dressed as a prostitute. I had to go straight to hospital unchanged..

And what does the future hold for Miss Campbell?

– Good question! A lot of enjoyment hopefully. I’m also working to push my ideas and concepts in a way I’m really excited about.

You heard it here first ladies and gents! Want even more from Miss C? Well, isn’t that what good ol’ social media is all about? Have a peep at her wonderfully artistic Bethnal Green life via her instragram or maybe even pop over to her official website.