My friends supercool author/swordsman/ kung fu practitioner Simon Higgins, supercool Japanese language Sensei (teacher) Maree Carr and moi at the supercool Japanese Festival at Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough, Brisbane
Lots of exciting things have happened to me over the last few days – on Tues I ran a Visual Literacy workshop for the supercool young artists of Corinda High, Brisbane, at the Arts faculty building auditorium at Griffith Uni Mt Gravatt. Special thanks to Dr Georgina Barton from Griffith School of Education Progessional Studies and Julie Arnold HOD English, Corinda High for their superb organization and hospitality, and the Corinda High kids for being so attentive and enthusiastic.
Lecture theatre, my scribble concept on board
Weds I flew to Sydney courtesy of Qantas and was interviewed by Katrina Roe, morning show presenter at popular radio Hope 103.2. We chatted about my art and my unique two handed drawing approach as well as my nationwide Qantas Cash card ad. Katrina is a terrific Children’s author who I met at this years Abottsleigh Literary Festival. We filmed the interview and I drew a ‘ Hope Tree’ for the station in double handed style.
Thurs I met up with Qantas’s Clarabella Burley (Manager Social Media) at the Euston St training centre where we filmed a Vine ( a Twitter owned social media app that showcases 6 sec looped videos) as part of Qantas’s sponsorship of Tropfest film festival and the exciting new Tropvine competition. The theme for this year is ‘Mirror’ and of course that’s why they remembered yours truly and asked me to be part of it.
Amazing beautiful interior design at the Qantas training facility – like a Bond film…or Austen Powers, Yeah Baby Yeah!!
My quick double handed mirror drawing in luscious Faber Castell black Pitt charcoal and red (219) Artist’s Polychromos Pastel.
You can catch the buzz on Twitter and if you download the free Vine app.
My Vine will appear in the next few days. Here’s a sneak preview of my drawing for our Vine.
I have had a really inspiring year of workshops so far with lots more to come, attending
libraries, schools and Literature Festivals ( with lots of fabulous and famous authors and illustrators).
Huge thanks to you all, I feel like one of the luckiest people around to be able to visit and
show young artist’s what I do and enjoy seeing their renditions of my Daruma manga characters as well as my new Zombie and iPad workshops.
Please be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel – David Lovegrove Art – where you will find not only videos of my latest experimental ambidextrous artworks ( and how to do it clips) but also general how-to art lessons for manga, fine art and concept art creation.
Here are some of the supercool schools, libraries and Lit Fests who have invited to speak so far this year-
Artable Art School, Kingscliff Nth NSW
Moreton Bay Libraries, Brisbane
Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Brisbane
Kenmore State High School, Brisbane
Christian Brothers High School, Lewisham, Sydney
Abbotsleigh Literary Festival, Wahroonga, Sydney
Logan Libraries, Logan, Brisbane
BUPA retirement home, Pottsville, Nth NSW
Voices on The Coast Literature Festival, Buderim, Sunshine Coast QLD
Illustration Exhibition, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga, Sydney
All of these events are the result of dedicated hard work by organizers, teachers, parents,
librarians ( particularily Youth Librarians) and good old fashioned attention and enthusiasm on the part of the young attendees.
I am very privileged to have been part of so many exciting events and I mean that sincerely. I am constantly amazed by the good behaviour and interest of students in schools and libraries and they are a credit to their parents and teachers.