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.


May 2012

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Sat, May 12, 2012 18:46:31
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April 2012

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Sat, May 12, 2012 18:40:08
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March 2012

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Fri, March 30, 2012 23:40:06
My third 2012 Artist Spotlight goes to:

Ms. Priya Mistry


What was it that made you become interested in illustration?

I've always been passionate about drawing since I was very young. Constantly drawing on any bit of paper I could find around the house. Drawing cartoon characters from TV, drawing people from the streets, portraits from photos, and events that I'd just been to. I loved drawing. However, I never had a personal 'illustration' style -everything had been more or less 'realistic', recorded as close to the original as my abilities allowed me to draw. It was only when i started freelancing 3 years ago that I felt the need to start developing a personal illustration style after researching the work of various illustrators at the time.

What inspires your pieces? Is there a certain place, song, person etc?

I love people and animals. There's such lovely variations in their personalities and characteristics. As a result, most of my illustration pieces and sketchbook drawings to date are of characters.

Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? and would you say your work has been influenced by them?

This is probably the equivalent of asking a parent to pick their favourite child! There are so many. But i'd probably have to say Oliver Jeffers has had a huge influence on my work. I've always loved a mixed media approach to animation / illustration and Oliver Jeffers' work is a prime example of the rich visual imagery resulting from mixing media. His characters employ brilliant quirky sensibilities and characteristics too.

What is your favourite tool to work with/in?

Pencil probably. Most of my illustrations start off as sketches / hand drawings on paper. I won't touch Photoshop until i'm happy with my pencil drawing.

What has been the highlight of your 'career' so far?

Erm.. a tricky one. It'd probably be working for a great collection of clients (BBC one, Channel 4, TG4, RTE, Northern Ireland Tourist Board to name a few). That's probably equalled with a recent even. I was working on the second series of 'James May's Things You Need to Know' for the BBC. It was great news to find out that a simple illustration I'd drawn of Einstein had James May in stitches at the shoot. It takes some doing to throw a professional presenter off their guard so that was cool.

Pen or pencil? and why !

I love both. Whilst the pencil is so comfortable to work with, I prefer the strong and contrasted look of images in my sketchbooks created by my various black pens.

A question from our previous Artist Spotlight, Matt Ellero asked: 'Everyone has one- what would be your dream commission?'

Working as a concept character designer / illustrator for a Pixar or Dreamworks animated film.

Last but not least, I would like you to leave a question to ask the next artist - related to design or not (Obviously nothing outrageous!) What is that question?

If you weren't a creative (artist / illustrator/ animator / photographer etc), what line of profession would you have chosen to work in.

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February 2012

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Wed, February 29, 2012 23:48:58
My second 2012 Artist Spotlight goes to:
Mr Matthew Ellero


Website: http://www.matthewellero.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/mattellero

What was it that made you become interested in illustration?

I have Rolf Harris to thank for that! I saw a book at a primary school Book Fair- 'Rolf Harris' Cartoon Time' and it really got me into drawing. I began by copying pictures from books, then created my own characters and it evolved from there!

What inspires your pieces? Is there a certain place, song, person etc?

Depends on the illustration. I try to draw inspiration from different places so that each illustration has its own influences.

Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? and would you say your work has been influenced by them?

I'd love to work with Camilla D'errico. Her work is beautiful- i wouldn't say i've been influenced by her images (our styles are very different) although her work helps motivate me- one day i'd love to be as successful as her.

Above: 'Cars in the Wild 3D' (Image courtesy of Matthew Ellero)

What is your favourite tool to work with/in?

A rubber. I use it a lot in my pencil drawings, especially in the early stages when i'm just sketching. I would be lost without it!

What has been the highlight of your 'career' so far?

Being considered by Digital Artist magazine as one of the top 10 Creatives to watch in 2012.

Pen or pencil? and why !

Definitely pencil! I like the subtle changes in tone you get with a pencil. Adds more character to your drawings. (Plus you can also easily erase any mistakes!)

Where do you want to be in 5 years time?

Sitting in a fashionable apartment somewhere, Illustrating children's books.

Above: 'Get Crafty' (Image courtesy of Matthew Ellero)

A question from our last Artist Spotlight, Joanne Hawker asked: 'Everyone has at least one new skill or technique they’d like to master. What’s yours?'

Working to a large scale. It would be nice to experiment with paints and large marker pens.

At the moment all my illustrations have been for magazines or activity books or CD's. I'd like to paint a massive wall or create some wallpaper!

Last but not least, I would like you to leave a question to ask the next artist - related to design or not (Obviously nothing outrageous!) What is that question?

Everyone has one- what would be your dream commission?



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January 2012

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Tue, January 31, 2012 23:00:49
My first 2012 Artist Spotlight goes to:

Miss Joanne Hawker




Website: www.joannehawker.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joannehawker


What was it that made you become interested in illustration?

As a child I did nothing but draw and make things. It was all I ever did at primary school! We made candles, our own hardback books, lino cuts, curtains and table cloths! So really it is all I know. But my fondest memory of drawing is probably my amazing teenage mutant ninja turtles bath pens that my mother kindly bought when I was small. So I guess I can thank my primary school and my mother for getting me into illustration and other creative things.

What inspires your pieces? Is there a certain place, song, person etc?

A variety of things inspire me but most of the inspiration comes from ‘moments’. I could be somewhere and hear a song I like or over hear someone’s conversation or see something that will give me an idea. For example, my Bambi image (on my Society6 shop) was inspired by a small deer that I saw on the way to work. It followed us bouncing up the field next to the road and as soon as I got home I drew it. I would definitely say that nature is by far my biggest inspiration though.


Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? And would you say your work has been influenced by them?

I love the work of too many people! There are many that I’d love to work with! But at the moment I’m in a little collective called Pencils, Paper, Scissors where I collaborate with two girls (Madi and Kerri) on fun project . We’ve actually just completed our first project! A childrens colouring book. You can buy it in my Etsy shop if you like. I’m also influenced by the people I follow on Twitter, Etsy, Society6 and pinterest! I’m influenced and inspired by someone different on a daily basis.

Above: 'Birdy Calendar' (Courtesy of Joanne Hawker)

What is your favourite tool to work with/in?

Everything starts with my fine liners. I LOVE them. Second to my fine liners would be my Wacom Bambo Pen Tablet. I have no idea how I survived before I had it!

What has been the highlight of your 'career' so far?

Umm, small things make me happy really. Like completion of projects and getting the final printed object in your hands. Some of my little highlights include being in the Computer Arts Portfolio Clinic and receiving some valuable advice on how to arrange my work within my portfolio. I also had one of my designs printed a skate deck for a skating company!


Above: 'Laughing Owl' (Courtesy of Joanne Hawker)

Pen or pencil? and why!

Pen! When I was school we were never allowed to use to an eraser if we were drawing in pencil. I think that was to make us try harder to get it right the first time. Whilst I was college I became obsessed with drawing pens and found that they didn’t really draw over my pencil properly so in the end I taught myself to draw in pen and ditched my pencils and I haven’t looked back! Although maybe I should dig out the old pencils again…


Where do you want to be in 5 years time?

In 5 years time I want to be living in Bristol in a lovely little house/flat, which will be full of lovely little drawings/creations. Ideally I’d have a job in the field in which I trained (Graphic Design). I’d love love love to design greetings cards, gifts, wrap or packaging. But I’m happy to give anything a go as long as I can be creative I’d be happy. Failing that I’d like to have my own successful company or freelance business. On the off chance that I win the lottery within in the next 5 years I’d have a little arty tea shop too.

Last but not least, I would like you to leave a question to ask the next artist - related to design or not (Obviously nothing outrageous!) What is that question?

Everyone has at least one new skill or technique they’d like to master. What’s yours?



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Artist Spotlight 2012

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Mon, January 30, 2012 23:08:09
A new year and a new set of Artist Spotlights! I am so glad so many people want to take part but I most enjoy showing off their work and letting everyone know a little bit more about these artists, designers etc.

If you want to take part, know someone who wants to get involved or want to put someone forward as a suggestion, then feel free to email me: minirice@hotmail.co.uk or just send me a tweet: @minirice_uk

Are there any questions you want to put forward to these artists?? Maybe I shall start asking for random questions and pick them out at random to ask the artist! HA. I think I MIGHT JUST DO THAT.

Enjoy this new selection, coming your way.


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December 2011

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Fri, December 30, 2011 17:33:42
I am proud to show some wonderful pieces created by several artists, who were able to give up some time in such a busy period to create artwork for this special December Artist Spotlight.

Let me present to you the '12 days of Christmas' created by the following artists.

On the first day of Christmas Jason Smith gave to me:

A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE



Website: http://www.irarmadilloboy.co.uk/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/irarmadilloboy


On the second day of Christmas Giles Mead gave to me

TWO TURTLE DOVES


Website: http://www.gilesmead.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/gilesmead


On the third day of Christmas Emma Cowley gave to me

THREE FRENCH HENS



Website: http://emmacowley.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/emma_cowley


On the fourth day of Christmas Mel Chadwick gave to me:

FOUR CALLING BIRDS


Website: http://www.melaniechadwick.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/mellybeeblog


On the fifth day of Christmas Lee Nutland gave to me:

FIVE GOLD RINGS


Website: http://www.leenutland.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Leenutland


On the sixth day of Christmas Chloe Cook gave to me:

SIX GEESE A LAYING

Website: http://www.starttodayillustrations.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/starttoday89


On the seventh day of Christmas Richard Lee gave to me:

SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING




Website: http://www.giganticpanda.co.uk/



On the eighth day of Christmas Mike Ditchburn gave to me:

EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING




Website: http://skudfisher.tumblr.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/skudfisher



On the ninth day of Christmas Lisa Manuels gave to me:

NINE LADIES DANCING - PENDING

Website: http://lisamanuels.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/LisaManuels



On the tenth day of Christmas Andrew Joyce gave to me:

TEN LORDS A LEAPING



Website: http://www.doodlesandstuff.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/doodlesandstuff



On the eleventh day of Christmas Rebecca Abell gave to me:

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING - PENDING

Website: http://www.rebeccaabell.co.uk/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/rebeccaabell



On the twelfth day of Christmas Madi gave to me:

TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING



Website: http://www.madiillustration.co.uk/home.html

Twitter: http://twitter.com/madiillustrates


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November 2011

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Wed, November 30, 2011 14:16:59
Artist Spotlight: Tim Easley

Website: http://iamassault.com/store.php

Twitter: http://twitter.com/iamassault


What was it that made you become interested in illustration?

I've been working loosely in the "creative" industry for quite a while, and have done graphic design among other things. I've always sketched ideas down of course, but one day I decided to try my hand at doodling things, found it to be a lot of fun, and have continued since then!

At what point in your illustration career did you start to define your 'style'? or do you think you don't have a certain 'style'?

I'd like to think that I have more than one style, although recently I think I've started to have some favourites. I'm very indecisive, so I'm not sure I could ever stick to one way of drawing things or just work in one medium. Although hopefully some of my personality shows through even if the styles are different.

Above: 'Illuminati' (Courtesy of Tim Easley)

What has been the highlight of your illustration career so far?I've only recently steered my career on to the illustration path, so I can't say that it's been hugely eventful yet, but I've been lucky enough to be included as a contributor on Ohh Deer (www.ohhdeer.com), which will hopefully continue and be a lot of fun!

What is your favourite tool to work with/in?

I'd have to say watercolour right now. I like the way you can make some really interesting colours and textures just by chucking some paints together, even if you have no idea what you're doing!

Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? Tell me all...!

I don't have anyone particular in mind, but it's awesome to work with people who do things I can't, which makes for a huge number of people! I think it makes things a lot more interesting and lets you both explore doing things that you might not normally think of.

Would you say your work has been influenced by the above illustrator or would you say your work has been influenced by other artists/nobody?

I'm not really sure if I'm consciously influenced by anyone. I go out of my way to avoid spending lots of time looking at other people's illustration for ideas or inspiration, because I know I'd end up copying them without realising! I prefer looking at product design, interior design, looking at colours outside, or just having a daydream!

Above: 'Skatebeard' (Courtesy of Tim Easley)

What colour crayon would you be and why?

I'd be black because then I could cover all the other colours and be scraped off to make new drawings!

Last but not least, pen or pencil? and why !

Definitely a pencil. They're cooler looking and their butts can erase things

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