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K O M A design

  • Posted by aron
  • 11 May 2011

One of my favourite illustrators (and regular howies t-shirt contributor) Andy J Miller is a kind of  wizard when it comes to drawing.

To add to his talents, he's showed a flare for writing too. He keeps a blog that contains his views and attitudes towards design, along with a collection of character illustrations, as part of his 'Day-After-Day in Nod' series.

You can see everything on his tumblr here > http://designkoma.tumblr.com/ - it's well worth a read through.

Here's one of my favourite entries:

Personal Work: Motive

I have always done bits and pieces of personal work, but in the past couple years I have started to dedicate a bigger portion of my time and energy to developing my personal work. Something that has become more and more abundantly clear is that there are certain artsy cliches that actually have a lot of meat to them.

The one I have been thinking about the most however is working for yourself. I don’t just mean doing personal work, I mean motive, doing it for you. When you sit down to do personal work, what’s you motive?

Here is the rule I have found to be true time and time again, If your motive is anything but a personal desire to create, your work will suffer.

If you sit down to work out of a sense of jealousy, your work will suffer. If you sit down to work out of a sense of competition, your work will suffer. If you sit down to work out of a desire to make money or fill a gap in a market, your work will suffer.

When motives fog your desire to create, you will be filled with the wrong types of critics, your work will not flow freely and you will end up stifling your creativity all together.

How do you get your motives right?

Determine what type of work you want to create.

For me this started by taking an account of the most intense experiences I have had in my life experiencing film, music, or illustration, finding the similarities and then asking questions like “What about this moves me?”, “Why does this move me?” “What in my past effected what moves me?”. Then I filtered these things through my current values, dreams, thoughts and passions. All of these things put together give you a sense of what you want to accomplish in your own work.

Another thought that has always been helpful for getting this desire, is trying to create what art you want to look at and experience.

I can’t describe the feeling of going to the drawing board with that type of intention, coupled with a feeling  of success when it was over. Looking at an image you have created in which you feel accomplishes a true outpouring of you is one of my the most satisfying feelings in the world.

Articulating my most moving experiences in life through my work is exhilarating, and a feeling I have never had prior to these discoveries.

P.S. When I talk about what moves you most I am not necessarily talking about the stuff you are currently into. I am talking about throughout your life what where the things that you remember being really effected by? For me it’s stuff like certain episodes of specific kid’s tv shows, and certain pages in specific kid’s books, a certain moment in a song even. I believe determining how these things made you feel and why is huge in this discover.

Sir Kev Grey…

  • Posted by mark
  • 29 March 2011

Liverpools very own Kev Grey has a new book of illustrations out, he has worked with howies a number of times on various t shirt designs which are featured within the book and has also had his very own exhibition in the Staircase Gallery here at Carnaby Street.

Find out more about Kevs work and how to purchase his book here... http://kevgrey.blogspot.com/


  • Posted by aron
  • 8 December 2010

Steve Leard is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Bristol. He's a graduate of the Cardiff School of Art & Design 2007 (same as me), and currently works for award-winning design studio Staziker Jones, who are based in Cardiff.

He's a thoroughly nice chap and a very good friend of mine, which is why I want to share with you his new website.

His portfolio consists of a mix of illustration, typography, branding and web design. It features new work, including his illustration for the recent Ink Dot Exhibition (pictured above), which howies exhibited last year.

You can follow his twitter feed here and view his website here > LEARD

And if you like design blogs, he has one of those too > DesignYak

Great stuff mate.

Snow News Is Good News

  • Posted by aron
  • 2 December 2010

Andrew Groves is a freelance illustrator based in London. His work is best described in his own words...

"With a particular interest in the natural world, I aim to invent characters that explore the grotesque beauty of it's many beasts and creatures and the folklore that surrounds them."

Below is a personal piece he's just finished that fits the mood everywhere in the UK at the moment (except in Cardigan). He has also designed a howies t-shirt that we'll be releasing soon so keep an eye out for it.

You can see more of his work here > IMAKETHINGS

Good work Andrew!

howies wardrobes

  • Posted by pete
  • 27 October 2010


Remember these from back in 2003?

14 reclaimed wardrobes,
decorated by 14 amazing artists.
For the howies 'Point Of Sale With A Point Of View' exhibition.
Each highlighting social or environmental issues.
We used them as point of sale in shops afterwards.
(Although I've snagged the red Paul Blow gas mask one for my office).

The show was the genius idea of Carter Wong Tomlin.
They found this neat little " target="_blank">time-lapse video of the artists at work.

Thanks to the following artists: Brian Cairns, Paul Blow,
Richard Beards, Billy Jean, Aldous Eveleigh,
Roderick Mills, Marion Deuchars, Ian Wright,
Graham Carter, Andrew Mockett, Eduardo Rosa,
Paul Davis, Jeff Fisher and Phil Carter.

Note: Pay attention at the end to see Paul Davis struggling to make
his mind up about what to paint. First he illustrates a big face,
paints over it, paints another face, paints over that with some type,
and finally paints over that with the final 'Junk Mail' image. Brilliant.

The Penny Arcade

  • Posted by pete
  • 8 September 2010

If you're in, around, or thinking of going to London and you feel like getting some art into your
eyes, then our good friends Jonathan Cherry and Zoë Barker are holding a joint exhibition
entitled The Penny Arcade for the next month or so.

The private view is tonight at Westbourne Grove Church.
Then from 9th September - 19th October the Artspace will be open from 9am - 5pm during weekdays

You can call the gallery on: 020 7034 0500.

Westbourne Grove Church
Westbourne Grove (corner of Ledbury Rd),
London, W11 2RW.


Washed In Surf

Lovely Sinead just finished the wall display for the new rock salt jeans here at Carnaby Street. It looks pretty darn good.

Always nice to have an artist in the group. You can find more about the new jean washes here for men and here for women, and you can find more of Sinead's work on her website.

Friday 23rd July sees howies Bristol doing something a bit special with our mates at Weapon of Choice, a live painting show using pens upstairs in our gallery. There will be drinks and a DJs, an authentically Bristolian evenings entertainment.

We know that you guys are appreciative of great illustration, so get yourselves down to the Bristol shop on Queens Rd to witness some of the best bring their work to life before your very eyes.

Check out the Facebook group at Weapon of Choice take over howies with 'The Live Show' .

We think that this is going to be a very popular event so get here early.

David Sparshott Knows Dogs

We just received David Sparshott's t-shirt to match his illustrations up in our Staircase Gallery and on our walls.

It is amazing. We are huge dog lovers at the Carnaby store (we have four 3-D dog puzzles, three dog breed books, three small dog toys, a holographic dog deck of playing cards, a PDSA charity box and Battersea Dogs Home on the favourites menu), so come get one before we take them all.

Only at the Carnaby Street store!

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