Some inspiration…

illustration

Here’s a short film that sums up why we should follow our dreams.

Norman Gilbert refused to follow the artistic style of the time, forging his own path;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00032ph

Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei

Grace Jones

african, fashion, idea, iPhone illustrations

Grace Jones burst into my life in the early 1980’s with her singles ‘My Jamaican Guy’, ‘Pull Up to My bumper’ and subsequently the albums ‘Warm Leatherette’ and ‘Nightclubbing’. Then there was her iconic look and style. Talk about Girl Power! She still has it at the age of 62…
More importantly, for a black teenager growing up in a very new country she showed us that we are in charge of our own destiny. I will go so far as to say she really personifies the word unique. Grace Jones and Jean Paul Goude were a particularly brave couple who pushed boundaries in popular music and culture. They created Grace Jones the performer without a color or gender label, much like Michael Jackson or Prince, for instance at a time when skin colour defined the type of artist.

Life size

african, children's books, design, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, London, publishing

We did it!

The Life Size project is under way. About 100 children from Drayton Park School and myself painted a three metre tall giraffe in one school day. It was tight and I wish there had been more time, but it went smoothly. Life Size is all about showing children size and scale in real terms. We talked about African animals, ways of measuring, what giraffes are like in the wild and they seemed genuinely interested. I got a great big box of chocolates and a thank you card from just about everyone so it was well worth it. The next workshops are at the end of July throughout Brent Council Libraries. I’ll try to remember to give a better heads up to those interested in coming along if you’re in London.
For more about Life Size, visit my website  and look up the events & appearances pages.