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.


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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October 2011

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Sun, October 30, 2011 21:13:20

Let me introduce you to the amazing Laura Manfre, who I discovered after she started following me on Twitter. Her work instantly caught my eye and I was in total awe, as you will see, the detail and care that has gone into the pieces is unmistakable. The work is fun, bright and even though some of the objects are the same, it looks like everything has been individually created.



Website: http://chewychewychewybubblegum.blogspot.com/

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

Have you always been interested in illustration?

When I was a kid I used to read a lot of books and I especially loved their illustrations. I remember it was the first job I wanted to do!

When did you first start to define your 'style'? or do you think you don't have a certain 'style'?

I would like to believe I've got a certain style... But I too much love to experiment! Recently I've been rebuilding my portfolio, it was quite hard to say "good-bye" to my old work but I really enjoy what I'm doing now!

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

I don't know if we can talk about a career, but I would say that designing the flyer for the Norwich Fashion Week was one of the best moments I've had!


Above: 'Collection' (Courtesy of Laura Manfre)


What is your favourite tool to work with/in?

My hot pressed watercolor paper! I've been spoilt by it, I can't work with anything else!

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

There are many illustrators I admire... Mary Blair, Art Seiden, Alain Gree... but from the modern world, I would say Caitlin Shearer.

She is so talented, her work fascinates me!

What event in your life would you say is most inspiring?

I'm inspired by my every day. The city, a movie, my photography... there's a shop in Norwich called "Looses" it's full of vintage ephemera. I can browse there for hours, taking pictures... I know at the end I'll have an idea for a painting!


Below: 'Love Heart Pattern' (Courtesy of Laura Manfre)


What colour crayon would you be any why?

Pink, I love bubble gum!

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

Pencil, because I can erase my mistakes!

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September 2011

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Fri, September 30, 2011 23:14:46
Artist Spotlight: Lee-Ann Donaldson

Website: http://lee-anndonaldson.com/

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

When did you first become interested in illustration?

In 2009 when I went to the Drawing Life exhibition at the Design Museum in London. I loved the child-like doodles of Javier Mariscal and they inspired me to doodle freely and accept that you don't have to be a fine artist to illustrate.

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 don't think I have a style yet, which frustrates me sometimes because I'd love for someone to be able to recognise my work based on a particular style I had. That said, I enjoy being able to apply different styles to my work for a bit of variety.

Above: 'Unexpected Surprises'

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

I'm still not sure I could confidently say I have a career - not while I'm still studying, anyway. At the start of the summer I landed a freelance job for Virgin Digital Help, which was an amazing opportunity and a great client to stick on my CV - so I'd have to say that!

What is your favourite tool to work with/in?

I just bought a Wacom tablet, I'm completely in love with it!

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

There are a couple of people I've briefly spoke to about working together. I'm really looking forward to a lettering collab with Designer & Illustrator Jay Roeder ( http://jayroeder.com/) in the near future. And then there's Mark Webber ( http://www.markandrewwebber.com/ ) who creates these amazing linocuts, which I've recently started playing around with myself, so hopefully we'll be able to get together and come up with a few ideas.

What event in your life would you say is most inspiring?

I work voluntarily at the local infant school, helping to run an afternoon art club once a week and I work with Foundation Stage children doing free painting. It's very messy! But the kids are really inspiring at times, I really enjoy encouraging the creativity in kids and the imagination is a wonderful thing at that age.

Above: 'Lets Go On An Adventure'

What colour would you say represents you best and why?

Extremely red, like my hair, because I'm feisty!

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

Pencil, because then I can fix my errors.

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August 2011

Artist SpotlightPosted by Lainey Sun, August 28, 2011 14:51:07

This months artist spotlight belongs to Rory Cahill


Website: http://cargocollective.com/whoisrorycahill

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

Rory started to follow me on Twitter and one thing that I know most people don't do, is properly look at the people who follow them and their work. I liked Rory's work as it had a graphic element mixed into it. It wasn't all clean, computerised but the work was still a bit rough around the edges.



Have you always been interested in illustration?

Not as a career path or subject, but I have always drawn, and I have always been interested in art in a broad sense.

When did you first start to define your 'style'? or do you think you don't have a certain 'style'?

Honestly, I try not to. I have struggled with defining my work in the past and have tried to fabricate a style to force my work into, which did nothing but hinder my progression. I believe everyone has a unique way of doing things, and 'styles' come out of this. Some are more obvious, I guess, I try to create work through experimentation and inspiration. Repetition bores me so I'm always on the lookout for new materials or ways of creating images.

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

Either getting onto my Illustration course at Brighton, or being featured in OWT Creative's Northern Talent zine. I have also recently sold my first print (to a complete stranger, which is a personal triumph).



What is your favourite tool to work with/in?

I do get bored quite easily with materials, and I tend to obsess over particular medium for a short while. Recently it's been blue fountain pen, mechanical pencil and a particular fineliner pen my mate left at mine. Paper stock is of big importance to me.

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

Timba Smits. That guy is so rad. Or Hort collective.

What event in your life would you say is most inspiring?

Probably everyday. That sounds like a crappy answer.. But I'm inspired by lots of things on a daily basis. Not just art, but music, people, even the weather!

What colour crayon would you be any why?

Caribbean Green! (I just looked that up) Because it's an official Crayola Colour and it matches the colour of my 'treats' logo.

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

Pen 'cause you cant rub it out.

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HYPERJAPAN 2011

2011Posted by Lainey Sun, July 31, 2011 23:43:09




















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Inkygoodness TOTEM HOMECOMING!

2011Posted by Lainey Sun, July 31, 2011 23:42:38
LAUNCH NIGHT: Thursday 21st July at the Zellig Gallery, Custard Factory
with TOTEMS from these artists:


Mc Bess/ Loulou & Tummie / Good Wives & Warriors / Felt Mistress / Jason Devine / Matt Dent / El Tobe / Sneaky Raccoon / Fon the Pern / Steven Silverwood / Hattie Stewart / Murray Sommerville / Mister Millerchip / Michelle Turton / Thom Lambert / Simon David Mills / Hannah Baber / Log Roper / Tim Miness / Lisa Hassell / Kate Hindley / Darren John / Liam Barrett / Seb Burnett / Mr the Beef / Toy Factory / Bert van Wijk / Brucey Art / Tom J.Newell / BILLY/ Moot

Inkygoodness will also be presenting drawings, illustrations & paintings inspired by the ‘Character Totem’ theme, following a ‘call for submissions’ earlier this year.

Confirmed artists include:
Wilmer Murillo / Kristian Jones / DOODULL / Jennie Webber / Anna Charity / Muxxi / Jo Spencer / Jake Ivrill (I Love Edna) / Ocular Invasion / Marianne Vincent / Ian Watson / Am I Collective / Robin Boyden / Suero-studio / Dan Marston / Johnnie Weiliang Hoek / Nikki Pinder / Ronnieism /Benjamin Carr / Sam Dunn / Cheuk Yin Chan / Paul ‘Monsters monsters’ Roberts / Mr Phomer/ Uberkraaft / Patrick O’Leary / Alex Bertram-Powell & Lesley Barnes.

















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Vintage Fair with Miss Hindley

2011Posted by Lainey Sun, July 31, 2011 23:41:48
It was a very very very veryyyyyy rainy day when Kate (http://www.katehindley.co.uk/ or @hindleyillos on twitter) and me had a stall at the Lord Clifden pub in Birmingham but thankfully after what seemed like constant rain, the heavens opened for a little bit and was enjoyed.

Here are some of the goodies that were on offer from Kate and me at our stall at the SECRET GARDEN VINTAGE FAIR.

We had a mixture of cards, postcards, screen prints, books, notepads and so much more! it is a shame but I think the rain drove everyone away smiley


Madam Kate minding the stall as I got galloping off taking some brief photos.
(Check out the table cloth! charity shop finds via Kate) (below)





Also at the event was a friend of mine who I had not seen in an AGGGGGGGEEES Miss Robinson aka Circa Vintage.

This was her wonderful little stall and she did really well on the day! Well Done Miss Robinson! (below)


Have a follow and look at the goodies that you can get from Miss Robinson, even I spent more than I made at Claire's stall! Some good, fashionable bargains available.

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Circa-Vintage/193695917345971

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I'm a WINNER

2011Posted by Lainey Sun, July 31, 2011 20:43:54
Lucky me, I got some goodies from Mr Betram Fiddle

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