Inkygoodness, the experts in finding new and exciting talent in illustration and lowbrow art, have utilised beermats in their latest character design project…
Inspired by the unusual theme of Beermat Characters, creative mavens Inkygoodness are showcasing the talents of over 80 international artists and illustrators in a new London exhibition opening next week. Each artist has been tasked with the challenge of transforming the simple beermat into a character – with surprising and delightful results!
The humble coaster is frequently employed as an ad-hoc sketchpad down the pub, especially during a heated exchange of ideas and opinions. They’ve provided thousands of designers and business folk with many lightbulb moments of alcohol-fuelled inspiration over the years. So it’s only fitting then, that a group of talented artists have now decided to give something back to this classic piece of paperboard.
Coasting on a Dream
“The results have been far beyond what we could have hoped for,” says Lisa Hassell, the founder and creative director of Inkygoodness, in her recent interview with Design Week. “The talent, skill and sheer imagination that has gone into the producing the artwork is incredible.”
Participating artists in the upcoming Beermat Characters exhibition include:
David Shillinglaw’s Beergoggles artwork explores the various states of alcoholic intoxication. Following artist residencies in Japan and South Africa, David now lives and works in an old converted warehouse in London.
“Drawing inspiration from his own thoughts and ideas about the world, David’s work is crammed with shapes, colour, strong lines and bursting with typographical messages.”
@Dodeshillinglaw on Twitter
We’ve all been there. Too many beers and the room starts to spin. That blurry, pint-spilling feeling was the inspiration behind El Tobe’s quartet of Boozers Beermat Characters. “Labelled as the gremlins of the pub world, they only come out when you’ve had one too many,” jokes El Tobe. “If you can see them then it’s probably time to go home!”
“By day El Tobe works as a graphic designer at agency ‘ditto’ and by night he creates his darkly comic illustrations.”
@_eltobe on Twitter
Created entirely with fluorescent Posca marker pens, these Hello Cheeky beermats are Hattie Stewart’s bright and colourful contribution to Inkygoodness’ ingenious arts experiment. Hattie’s clients include Adidas, Diesel and Urban Outfitters.
“Eye-popping, surreal and more than a little cheeky, Hattie is famed for her quirky, slightly sinister illustrations.”
Click the play button below to see Hattie Stewart’s new animation showreel video on Vimeo:
@HattieDoodles on Twitter
Mr the Beef
Mr the Beef is a Nottingham-based artist and illustrator. His Bird (Of Peace), Brewdog and Teen Wolf Beermat Characters will be on display at the exhibition.
“Drawing inspiration from street art, mid-century design, overheard conversations, brutalist architecture and a childhood in the 1980s, Mr the Beef’s work centres around the humorous world of characters that fill his sketchbooks.”
@mrthebeef on Twitter
Antwerp-based artist Sam De Buysscher, aka Toy Factory, has developed a cool Who Buys Da Next Round? Beermat Characters board game. Each of the six character beermats in this game represents a typical emotion felt when a person is drunk: The Beast, The Sleeper, The Overjoyed, The Nutcase, The Emo and The Addict. Which one would you be on a night out?
“Playing with bright and strong colours, 1950s design and a lot of humour, Sam’s tongue-in-cheek creations have appeared on street corners, posters, shop windows and commercial illustration projects.”
Inkygoodness’ Beermat Characters exhibition opens at The Coningsby Gallery in Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ from Monday 29th April until Saturday 4th May.
Inkygoodness will also be joined by Ammo Magazine, who are presenting a brand new creative project called The Poop Deck Project that’s taken inspiration from maritime characters and culminated in an exhibition of illustrated playing cards by 54 international artists and illustrators.
For more information, please visit the Inkygoodness website at www.inkygoodness.com or search on Twitter for the #BeermatCharacters hashtag.
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