At our next Nicer Tuesdays event, our speakers will be delving into the ideas and processes behind their recent creations, ranging from brilliantly oddball books and hypnotic digital artwork to emotive illustration and soul-searching animation. Buy tickets now for 1 May to hear from illustrator Marion Deuchars, creative Max Siedentopf, digital and video artist Natalia Stuyk and animator Will Anderson at Oval Space.
Fresh from a Bafta nomination and winning best short at the British Animation Awards, animator Will Anderson will be speaking about his much-lauded film Have Heart. In a captivatingly simple aesthetic, the animation tells the story of a weary animated gif stuck in a loop on the internet, on the cusp of an existential crisis. The director will be explaining the ideas behind his comedic yet poignant premise, and sharing the processes he went through to make his geometric characters come to life.
The idiosyncratic brushwork and hand-drawn typography of illustrator Marion Deuchars is instantly recognisable, and have charmed children and grown-ups alike in her many books. Recently, Marion has been both educating and inspirational in her books about the art world, particularly in Bob the Artist, which aims to teach kids about well-known artistic techniques while also encouraging individuality. She’ll be telling us more about the follow-up, Bob’s Blue Period, about feeling sad and expressing emotions through creativity.
Max Siedentopf is a creative working in advertising, who on the side creates a myriad of brilliantly oddball and original personal projects. He’s behind that photography series of families with watermelon heads, for example, and is co-founder of Ordinary magazine, which celebrates mundane everyday objects from washing up sponges to plastic cutlery. Max will be speaking about some of his latest passion projects, including a sticker book and gif series Instructions for World Peace.
Natalia Stuyk is a video and digital artist who creates surreal, warping imagery in vivid saturated colours. Her commercial work often sees her collaborate with fashion brands such as Kenzo, Nike and Stella McCartney, and musicians such as Basement Jaxx and Crystal Fighters, but this year has seen Natalia branch out from the digital to the physical space. She’ll be sharing more about this ongoing project, a new avenue for her work, and the intricate makings of her hypnotic visuals.
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