minirice [ graphic design & illustration ]

minirice [ graphic design & illustration ]

What's happening?

My website is having a makeover, 2 years overdue.

Please be patient, I will be adding photos of my old uni work and current illustrations !

Follow me on twitter (@minirice_uk) or check out my Facebook 'Like' page, which currently houses some of my illustration work or check out my twitpic account for up-to-date images.

I have also decided that I will only be posting my work, artist spotlights and work that I find inspirational, rather than exhibitions, things that I have been to and other art related news.

Oh GOSH Project

2011Posted by Lainey Sat, May 21, 2011 14:01:27
Above is a little preview of my colouring page for the project

I have the pleasure of being involved in the 'Oh GOSH Project', which has been organised by Jason who wanted to thank Great Ormond Street Hospital. Read about his story behind his idea for the project as well as seeing what it is all about!


Jason's twitter:!/irarmadilloboy

There are lots of artists involved in making pages for the colouring book, make sure you check them out.

I will write more about this project when I have more time to update my blog!

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Don't have a COW at the COW vintage store

2011Posted by Lainey Thu, May 12, 2011 12:14:20


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Gary Critchley Exhib

2011Posted by Lainey Sat, May 07, 2011 22:33:56

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3 Paintings on the GO!

2011Posted by Lainey Mon, April 25, 2011 23:39:43

I have missed painting as I don't have much time for it these days, but somehow I ended up having 3 paintings on the go!

I had started the lion painting a few weeks ago but never had a chance to finish it.

Above: The paintings having a little dry out in the sun!

Here is one of the completed paintings, I REALLY LIKE it and may not put it in the WE ARE BIRMINGHAM shop for sale. I try to keep the wood visible through the paint, as sometimes you can get a lovely texture by it and this is what you get from this painting.

Below: 'Goolie'

A little close up of 'Goolie'. It is also the first time I used Posca pens, they are very nice but I got a bit worried about using it on wood as the tips looked a bit worn after a few lines. I think I may invest in a few more as they do have a nice smoothness to them but I don't think they're anymore special from other liners...maybe that is because I haven't used them to their full potential/enough yet!

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2011Posted by Lainey Mon, April 25, 2011 23:35:38

I have this thing for buying arty books and recently I went on a mini spree on some in Urban Outfitters. I do love the books in there and tend to ignore the clothes and head straight for the books and music section (What a girl) and luckily, on a recent trip, 'Illustration now 3' was in the sale!

Then a few weeks later on a another gander to Urban, I spotted this lovely book 'Simply Pattern'. I adore the sleeve of it, such a nice pattern for sure.

Sadly, there are not many 'alternative' books stores that I know of in Birmingham and I haven't been to London for a while, where the wonderful Magma Books is present (I love it in there too, good job I have no money or I would spend a terrible amount of money in there!)

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Stock to Loading & Trip to Urban Outfitters

2011Posted by Lainey Mon, April 25, 2011 22:48:48

I've already posted these images in my 'For Sale' section but thought I would drop another mention about it as the stock was finally sent (March 2011) to Loading (Falmouth, Cornwall) to be sold in the cafe as well as a fair based in Falmouth.

This is how I get prepared to post my stock...on the bus! on my lap, cutting away at price labels with my little plastic wallets to contain them, hoping people do not think that I am somesort of a loon!

After posting the stock off, I went for a wander around town and popped into Urban Outfitters (again) for a gander. Upstairs next to the music section, they have a little gallery wall and upon it was the work of Luke Thompson. (Photos taken by my camera phone)

I thought it was quite clever to use a shape to create the canvas and even though the pieces were a bit scary (just a little bit) you could see the amount of time, effort and skill that went into it (this you can see in the close up below).

Clever pieces though too, especially the piece below, how the image plays with your mind and you're not always too sure what you are looking at. For some reason, these paintings reminded me of some of the characters in some of the Studio Ghibli animations.

You can look at more of Luke's work on his site: http://WWW.LUKETHOMPSONART.COM/ or you can 'Like' him on Facebook: and while you're there, why don't you give my Facebook 'Like' page a like too? :

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Completed Notebooks & One Minute Creature

2011Posted by Lainey Mon, April 25, 2011 22:39:54

My completed SET ONE note books for We Are Birmingham shop.

I made some edits to them but most of them are based on past doodles. I didn't want to add too much colour to them as I like to keep the original background colour.

What do you think?

I tried to keep them unisex or keep a balance between girly and boy types, so they can be aimed at a larger audience. I don't think that they are overly cute! HA.

I do like the end product though. I am hoping to create some more sets if these sell well in the shop. If not then...I don't know..!

At the same time, I quickly created this creature for Creature Mag. Rule is, they can only take you one minute. So there I was, toilet roll and pens at the ready.

GO GO GO! And here is my One Minute Creature for Creature Mag ! My little friend was featured along with some other crazy critters, very clever ideas from people. It is funny what you can come up with. I think I should have added some hair or something to it though. I love his teeth with the overlap of colours!

Check the creature out here:

Submit your own and get featured!

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INKY INKY Bristol Goodness

2011Posted by Lainey Tue, March 29, 2011 23:16:40

I actually loaded up these images a long time ago, but only typing up about it today (5th May 2011) ! terrible I know but it was such a massive photo entry that I had to properly sit down and write about the wonderful:

INKYGOODNESS Bristol Totem Tour! (

Firstly, met my friend Ifti who has his own graphic design company called The Definitive Design Co.. Magically we managed to get the same train as Kate Hindley, one of my friends from Foundation and also one of the artists involved in the Bristol Totem Tour! She is an amazing illustrator, even 'back in the day' - give her a follow on twitter:!/hindleyillos

I've never been to Bristol before so excited to see what is happening there, what thew design/art scene is like etc. So whilst Kate got ready for the painting of totems, Ifti and I went to explore Bristol and came across some interesting scenes.

Below: Some graffiti/wall art that caught my eye. Especially the fact that they were saying 'SAFE' reminded me of Birmingham.

After a gander around at the Arnolfini Gallery, which was showcasing the work of Cosima von Bonin and Neil Cummings and after I purchased yet another book called 'Aranzi Cute Stuff'. we wandered over to 'Start The Bus'. It was such a lovely setting and something that I feel is missing in Birmingham. More of an alternative place to sit and chat, eat and chill out. It has some amazing art work on the walls and here is a little shot of something that was under the staircase:

Definitely worth a visit if you're in Bristol.

Then on the way back to the Tobacco Factory, where the Totem Tour was taking place, walked past some more wall art. It is a bit freaky if you stare at it for a while but I quite liked it at the same time.

Kate, Ifti and me had a little tea break at the back of the Tobacco Factory and this little creature was having a little snooze next to us! TOO CUTE and SOOOO FLUFFY.

Back inside, the lunch time kicked in and it was very busy.

Here are some photos I took during the day of the selected artists:

Kate Hindley (Obviously) Twitter:!/hindleyillos

Hannah Baber Twitter:!/Hannah_Baber

Seb Burnett Twitter: Not 100% sure but it might be this one:!/BertramFiddle (Someone correct me if I am wrong, but even if it isn't, this Betram Fiddle is worth a follow :))

Tim Miness Twitter:!/timminess

Ben Steers Twitter:!/BenSteers

Log Roper Twitter: Can't find one for this artist...

Lisa Hassell Twitter:!/lisahassell

All the photos were taken by myself either on my digital camera or by my phone.

Below: Ben Steers and Log Roper at the back

Below: Ben Steers, Tim Miness and Lisa Hassell

Below: The wonderful Kate Hindley and friend

Below: Tim Miness and Seb Burnett in the blue shirt and Hannah Baber in the red

It was a really good event to be at and to see the artists in action was amazing. I met the lovely people of Inkygoodness and had a very good day trip to Bristol.

To see the completed totems and find out more about these wonderful events and artists, then make sure you have a browse of the Inkygoodness site: and also the artists (Links above)

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