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31 October 2011

Day of the Dead - Three Skulls

Tread Lightly (Skull #1)

Speak Softly (Skull #2)

Listen Closely (Skull #3)

Three new paintings on wooden circles.
You can view these at the House of Paper exhibition...more info - click here.
These originals sold on the opening night, but I've limited edition giclee print run of 20 in A4 and A3 sizes, priced at £25 & £45 respectively.

Drop me an email if you'd like one (dave@davebain.com).

24 October 2011

Day of the Dead Exhibition

This Thursday evening I'll be having hanging out at what's shaping up to be a very interesting group show exploring the theme of Day of the Dead. RSVP here. More info on the flyers below (click to view large). My images are secret, so you'll have to come along to see them!

21 October 2011

Live Drawing with Loch Ness, SPZero76 & mmmbiscuits (Zoe Darnell)

Yes, that's right, four of us lot from 'Drawn in Bristol' collective were invited down to Mr Wolfs for the Dirty Old Town night the other week to hammer out a drawing onto the wall. Due to there being two bands on that night, we had just over an hour to get the drawing complete and we just about did it! Here are the pics (some courtesy of mmmbiscuits other half, Stuart - lovely chap).

(detail of one of my additions to the piece)

(Keith (aka SPZero76) in the foreground looking studious)

(Drawing girls with slingshots. yeh!)

(all of us at it in the final 10 mins)

12 October 2011

Live Drawing: Dave Bain & Loch Ness (Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone)

(click images to view large!)
Earlier this week Loch Ness and I took to the drawing boards at a forward-thinking event setting the future direction for Bristol's Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (BTQEZ).

The event at the Passenger Shed, Bristol Temple Meads was introduced by television presenter Kevin McCloud, and hosted by Council Leader Barbara Janke and Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, Colin Skellett. There was a lot of buzz, cameras and TV crews around capturing the action. I was told that we made an appearance on BBC Points West and other news programs that evening.

There were around 200 people present including architects, business people, creative industries and civic leaders, all giving their views on how Temple Quarter could become the location of choice for creative industries, and the infrastructure and spaces needed to achieve this.


Our challenge was to capture key themes discussed during this day-long event. 



We choose to structure our image around some large typography, which we sketched out while the opening speeches and statements were being made. The attendees were then led through a series of exercises designed to glean their thoughts about the project, in particular the background and context that would go into BTQEZ and the values and outcome of BTQEZ.

We focused on this notion of before and after (i.e. the background to outcome), and were helped by a crack-team of "storytellers" who collated the data coming in from the groups of people at the event. It was a fast-paced mission of jotting down key themes and then quickly brainstorming between us how best to represent that visually. We had already come up with an arrow structure for the background/context, which we placed our imagery into. In the same way, for the values and outcome, we created a loose structure of speech bubbles coming out of the central "logo/type".

All in all, this was a great challenge for both of us and involved a lot of quick thinking, as we had to have the image complete for the end of the day, so we could sum up verbally our impressions of the event by talking them through our illustration - all eyes were on us for a few minutes!