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New and Pertinent Things

This is where I post new things I’ve been up to recently, for more examples of my work please browse through the portfolio posts above, and check out my blog posts in the feed to the right.

I recently completed a personal sketchbook (read playground slash dumping ground) that I’d been working on in between things since 2012, so I made a video of it which is here. I make no apologies for the clown music.

The 3.52 billion project (#3point52billion) is live and I have posted lots of cookie cutter busting lady drawings on Instagram, go there if you want to see them all more are being posted as I continue the project although no longer daily because other work has got in the way, here are a few to give you an idea of the style.

Jenny Robins - 3.52 billion - four 2This all started with the feminist poster I did for One Beat Zines, currently available as part of a bundle of my zines from their shop. It combines a lot of my favourite things and ways of working, here it is in all its glory:

jenny robins - one beat zines - feminist poster

Individualised, I suppose you have to say “bespoke” name illustrations are the newest thing I’ve been specialising in – using favourite colours, toys, hobbies or interests to create a one off piece – they are available for commission through Little Carousel Gallery.

jenny robins - typography design - name illustrations - children - little carousel galleryIn November I did two large scale projects, one a nursery mural for the lovely newborn Felix:

jenny robins - illistrations - kidslit art - mural - felix 1

The second was a lovely adventure to Sheffield where I hand painted all the signage for the new Teatime Vintage shop and tea room.

jenny robins - teatime vintage - hand painted signs

For a long time I’ve been making found text collage work, and doing hand drawn lettering, but recently I’ve been combining the two styles in an unprecedentedly laborious new style which is really enjoyable. I made this piece about drawing, and now unique, inspirational drawing sketchbooks with this design are now available.

jenny robins  - hey you - drawing - the big draw - sketchbook

Hand lettered baby grows also now available with the message of your choice (although I have some witty suggestions).

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I went to Belgium in October to buy chocolate, I mean attend the awards ceremony for the Animate Europe Fast Forward book, which was awesome. It was great to meet other creators and enthusiasts from around the EU. You can see the whole book including my comic here. Mine is the least political comic. And the most detailed.

Jenny Robins - Europeland - spain comic

Here is a photograph of me with my commendation and comic, looking very alert, and quite a lot like this drawing of myself I did for the book. This is probably my favourite self portrait I’ve done in 8 years, so I expect I’ll be using it more.

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My found text poetry comic was featured in Over The Line, a really cool introduction to the topic, you can see me at Thorpe park in this section. I wrote about the comic, and some stuff about creativity and poetry and collaboration here.

Jenny Robins - ding dong 1 small section - poetry comic - over the line

All new What Birds are REALLY thinking 2 zine is also available here, featuring such exciting knowledge as what tawny owls, canaries, blue jays and of course penguins are really thinking.

jenny robins - what birds are really thinking 2 - blue jays and roses - origami

 

Here are some recent live portraits from my latest outings around London

jenny robins - portraits - christmas

Making (f)ART(s) and The Last Unicorn T-shirts available on Society6

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the last unicorn - jenny robins - the red bull - butterfly

I am in the Js in the Facebook Project (drawing all of my facebook friends in alphabetical order), here’s Julia.

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Drawn Words

Hand drawn text is the only way to get truly unique typography you know. Text design, with or without background imagery is a speciality that has grown in sophistication in my work in recent years with increased use of digital layering to create more adaptable designs. Clients include Computer Arts Magazine, Amelia’s Magazine and text t-shirt designs for Topman.

 

Collage Design

When I was proper young, like many tweens of the 90s, I used to make mix tapes. In keeping with the punk DIY aesthetic of the chop and change and take and keep nature of these tapes my cover designs were surreal collages, made from pictures and words found in magazines (how this all translates into the digital era is a whole other topic for another time).

When I grew up and moved to London (2008), I started making alternative valentines cards using the same technique, and the same tongue in cheek surreal juxtaposition made for some love messages that were by turns hilariously obscene, and strangely touching. I’ve been making them ever since and the best of the alternative valentines have been curated into 2 mini zines. The found text look has in recent years crept into other parts of my practice, mainly as a design technique.

My wedding invitations in 2013 took the found text angle to its pinnacle, or so I thought, but more recently I have been commissioned to make text collage pieces for The New Tabloids album design, a 4 page comic story for Soaring Penguin Press, and a sinister found text poem for Amelia Gregory’s new book That Which We Do Not Understand.

I’m excited to see where this technique will take me next, I never get bored of collecting interesting words and combining them with exciting colours and shapes.

Here is a really long love poem written using only found lyrics.

jenny robins - wedding - design - collage - silly love song - long version

Birds

Birds, birds, birds, my words fly like birds, my birds fly like words.

I always seem to be drawing birds.

This is a little more the fine art arm of my work, as I’ve exhibited my bird paintings as an artist (at Webbs Gallery, Northcote Road,  The Common Ground coffee shop, The Mill House, Windsor, Fragments) and also sell bird themed paintings at Artfinder, but my avian obsession of course spills over into my illustration work, both personal and commercial. Three of my illustrated books have been themed in part on birds. The original Magpies book of short stories being one, and a compilation of the ongoing series recently recommissioned What Birds are Really Thinking being another. When I designed the illustrated guide to using the internet for art teachers for the Institute of Education (Whose Afraid of The Big Bad Web), I used bird headed anthropomorphic characters. When I doodle in margins I tend to draw birds as well, often seagulls.

So, an obsession? Perhaps. A speciality? Definitely.

Fashion

Featured in the 2010 book Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration, I have done a range of work both live and editorial, mainly around London Fashion Week and to accompany my own reviews for Amelia’s Magazine over the last 4 years. I have been lucky to have the freedom to experiment with this area and evolve my own fresh and fluid style of fashion illustration which is a little more fragmented and whimsical than my narrative or editorial illustrations. I try to draw  fashion models that have agency and inhabit their fashion worlds, and blur the boundaries between their try-on identities.

Real TV Wisdom

On ongoing, on and off project where I draw from Television, capturing moments of pure wisdom, issuing unscripted from the mouths of celebrities and would be celebrities alike.

The whole project can be viewed here, the majority of the original drawings are available for sale, if you are interested get in touch or visit the real tv wisdom shop. 

TV, like life, is fleeting, we laugh, we cry, we go in the other room to make a cup of tea or read an email and miss stuff. I want to record some of the greater moments and pin them down in the traditional moment capturing method of drawing. Which is better than photographs. Because I say so.