Sunday, 6 April 2014

Big Burlesque Day Out




I'll selling prints and limited edition cigarette style cards on a trio of stalls with three other artists and designers. 
 
Along for the ride are Chrissie Nicholson Wilde of Curve Couture with her beautiful corsetry and burlesque designs.


 Rian Hughes who'll have copies of his book 'Soho Dives, Soho Divas' 


and Jessica Martin who'll have copies of her first foray into comics 'It Girl' based on the fabulous Clara Bow. 


More information on the whole event can be found here: Big Burlesque Day Out

 

Monday, 10 February 2014

SELL, SELL, SELL!!!




Well hello!

Pleased to announce that you can now buy prints if you click on the 'Shop' tab on this site it'll take you here:

http://jessicaskemp.bigcartel.com

Payment is through PayPal, which is all set up and ready to go!

So click away as those there Decisions and Esmeralda prints are now in short supply!


Monday, 3 February 2014

Solid State Tank Girl Reviewed.


Solid State Tank Girl Cover Artwork Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

Right then I said I'd to this a long time ago.

Mainly as Alan promised me some cheroots and a half a shandy.

And that in part is why I haven't done so.

You see I am Deeply, DEEPLY Biased.

I'd like to to say Alan.C.Martin is a gentleman and someone I like to count amongst my friends.

Well, no he's more of a guru, he's Worthing's answer to Alan Ginsberg (he actually didn't pay me to write that believe it or not). 

However, biased as I am I feel its long over due for me to comment publicly on this matter and put a few ghosts and demons to rest.

*lights cigarette*

First the myth that any ONE human being is Tank Girl.

She's a composite of MANY characters male and female.

One thing worth remembering or how I essentially see her is as a man in Drag.

Specifically Jamie, in a dress and big boots or Alan, on one of his less hirsute days.

Hewlett
Tank Girl
Alien Martin, shave him stick him in a frock its uncanny I tell you!

One thing that has been increasingly clear to me since Jamie's (temporary?) departure as the main artist on more recent Tank Girls is that its Alan's writing that is the strength behind her popularity.

This is not to deride Jamie's contribution, not in the slightest, he's still universally the favourite artist for her many fans, without him she wouldn't be what she is.


But this is important thing, WHAT is she?



At a time when easily accessible female role models were in short supply she became one if not THE key role model for generations of women some of whom went on to become some of the most powerful names in the entertainments and arts industries.

Whats important to remember here is that she is the creation of two men, who are HUGE fans of women.

She's an empowered creation and as Alan recently wrote of her himself in Solid State Tank Girl.

Panel from Solid State Tank Girl, bit fuzzy blame my RSI

 'You're a dificault character to nail down. You're simultaneously idiotic and complex…cliched and indefinable' 

I think that sums her up succinctly, but then he would say that wouldn't he…? 


Which brings me back to the main purpose of this little ramble.

I finally purchased Solid State Tank Girl from my favoured comic store of choice Dave's comics in sunny Brighton, I say sunny hesitantly as it was anything but, It was absolutely pissing it down, but as usual I digress.



In Solid State Tank Girl we get (in the writers own words again):

'the basic premise of this story started of as a hum-drum, run-of-the-mill comic book standards - hero meets Nemesis, both are almost destroyed, revelations about the protagonist ensue. But as soon as I put pen to paper, things started to mutate. Similarly, the nemesis herself found it hard to stay true to my original plan for her character, which was drawn from the anti-tank machine guns and missiles of World War Two, and the brutal machinery of war'.  

Solid State Tank Girl Cover Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

I went on an interesting journey with this issue.

I was shattered having had a number of long days since going freelance (insert worlds smallest violin joke here). 

I was in need of a little bit of nostalgia, a little empowerment and a heavy dose of swearing and possibly comic book violence, so obviously I picked up the copy of Solid State Tank Girl that I had been putting off reading and saving as a bit of a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed with a vat of coffee, some fags and a lie down on the chaise.


Solid State Tank Girl Cover Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

What did I come away with? 

Solid State Tank Girl Cover Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
ALL of the above and much more!

*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*  *SPOILERS*  *SPOILERS

I got to revisiting Sunday afternoons with the incredible shrinking man and woman, renewed my love of archaic radio gear (thanks dad) and feel immensely justified in my loathing of pink toys being prevalent for little girls.* 

*(Don't get me wrong I had plenty of My little ponies and wore pink, but I did so up a tree covered in mud and after I'd shave the pony's, apparently its got something to do with taking ownership of our own bodies').

*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*  *SPOILERS*  *SPOILERS

In short I enjoyed it, Five Stars to you Messers Martin and Johnson-Cadwell, have a cigar. 

Solid State Tank Girl Artwork Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

As I said earlier what makes Tank Girl for me at least is the strength of Alan's writing. 



What Ive always enjoyed is that there is more often than not no discernible plot.
This is what scotched the success of the film in my opinion, America failed to realise that sometimes there isn't a comfortable story arch and easy resolution set to a great soundtrack, sometimes life just happens while you're on the way to do something else, say rob a bank for instance.



Having said that what is also integral and keeps me coming back for more is that Alan has a habit of littering references well worth further investigation throughout EVERY script.



Be they Musical, Literary or Artistic in origin He's single handedly introduced me to more concepts movements and ideas across the last twenty odd years then any other human being, and I'm not the only one.


Readers have been introduced to a plethora of Pop Culture Icons including CUD, Adam and the Ants, Tom Waits, Andy Warhol, the Beats and so on. Theres also been Philosophy, Science, Religion and Sexuality, Feminism, and Parenthood.


No tall order for even an average writer.

Through recommendation reference and collboration the complete Tank Girl collection to date Alan has done a huge amount to introduce loyal readers to the influences on and partners in crime of Team Tank.


For the relaunch of the eponymous title a new artist by the name of Ashley Wood was brought in to take over the weekend stilettos left by Hewlett.



Woods style marked a radical departure in style and feel to Jamie's original concept, but still stayed loyal to the flourishes and references Jamie had become known for.

I've got to be honest I loved what Ashley Wood did with her, and I was sad to see him go, but you know shit happens and life gets in the way etc etc.


To replace Ashley a new gun slinger brought in by the name of Rufus Dayglo, Who I both met, liked and shared a few brews with.

A talented artist who's work ethos is second to none Rufus went about bring our girl to new readers scribbling his arse off and attending nearly every damned convention going and producing sketches at a rate of knots.

Rufus Dayglo - pencil in mouth
Christian Krank - colourist and Gentleman
Collaborating with the frankly lovely Christian Krank they formed a new Team Tank with Alan which was mainly published throughout Titan with Steve White at the helm as editor.

By the time Rufus and Christian departed Team Tank for various reasons, but mainly to pursue their own personal projects Rufus on Solid Gold Death Mask and Christian's 'Tales of the Dead Earth.

Along with Alan, Rufus and Christian (almost) succeeded in wiping the cinema adventure from the collective consciousness.

Resuscitated her antics for a new generation, who were now greedily devouring her tale of depravity, not to mention learning a new lexicon of swears courtesy of Mr Martin.



Next into the empty Dr Martin Clown shoes which Alan makes every artist wear 'to get into character' were the following, possibly not in chronological order:

Jim Mahfood, Mick (not Mike as it says on the wicked encyclopaedia) McMahon, Glyn Dillon,  Ashley Wood, Philip Bond, Andy Pritchett and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. (to get direct links to their websites roll over their names all the links are as up to date as I can make them). 

For further enlightenment which isn't as heavily biased as this fan girl review click here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tank-Girl/15379302694

Or Here: http://www.tank-girl.com

Or even Here! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_Girl

Enjoy!















Lynne Kentish and Lynx

I have an 'Aunty' Lynne.

Everyone should have an Aunty Lynne.

Mines Lynne Kentish.
Lynne Kentish and her 'on trend' Bob
When I was small I used to receive HUGE parcels to my parents flat in East Croydon.

Inside would be HUGE Disney displays and copies of the latest Disney album to add to my collection.
Other times cardboard rainforests but ALWAYS something exciting which would challenge tiny me.

Tiny Me at four on a boat in three bridges, looking challenged...
Aunty Lynne working for record companies BIG record companies Aunty Lynne was the epitome of cool, she still is.

From her I received signed copies of the hottest bands of the time some of which I was dumb enough to take to school and show the other kids and they simply wouldn't believe I had a signed Spandau Ballet Album, which I did, it was this one


As I got older I became more aware of Lynne's increasing involvement with Greenpeace.

Everyone we knew was involved in activism in some way or another Greenham Common, Vegetarianism and Veganism, save the planet was a part of my normal everyday.

For a couple of natural consumers like my parents may have seemed odd, but you have to remember they grew up during the 2nd world war, they were evacuees and they were children of rationing and make do and mend.

Jane and Barry Kemp on their Wedding Day in the Record shop on the Kings Rd

So despite their 'hipness', 'fashion' sense and occasional outright vanity there was nothing more natural to them, still is they keep chickens, sell eggs, grow flowers for the local community and generally live the good life in Lincolnshire these days.

I digress back to my Aunty Lynne.

When we decamped from Croydon down to Shoreham-by-Sea to become water gypsies it was at about the same time as Lynne started Lynx with Mark.

Lynne and Mark when I was a wee kid, Lynx Publicity shot?
To hear an honest account of those times from the lady herself click here:

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/features_2_483/how_lynx_set_the_fur_flying_1_1184497

Because of Lynne's tireless work on the Lynx campaign wearing fur became as antisocial as smoking in public is now.


It's a crying shame that Models like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have gone back on their pledge not to wear fur made either for Lynx or the american equivalent P.E.T.A.

Original P.E.T.A Campaign
Naomi 15 years later…
Lynx produced one of the most ground breaking anti advertising campaigns of a generation.

It shocked and provoked enough to still resonate today.

Vangelis - Dumb Animals (1985) Directed by David Bailey


After all it takes up to 40 dumb animals to make a  fur coat, but only one to wear it.

If it wasn't for Lynne getting my mum into a cab with a dodgy driver who'd only just moved to London and directing him all the way to Queen Mary's I wouldn't be here.

I also wouldn't have tattoos, have developed a liking for Tequila, Love David Lynch and if it wasn't for her actress friend who accompanied us on road trips across Norfolk? house hunting I probably wouldn't have thought smoking was both 'hard' and 'cool', but there are many other people to blame for that chiefly myself.

She also came to my wedding.

Heres a picture of Lynne and my Mum (apparently dressed as Slash) on my wedding day which she also turned up to.

Lynne Kentish and Jane Kemp
Everyone should have and aunty Lynne.


Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Bat, the Cat and the Joker in Vegas

Not much to say about this other than that I REALLY enjoyed working on it.

Private commission: 'Cat Woman and Batman get drunk and get hitched in Vegas by the Joker'.

Seemed like a challenge I was happy to take up, worked out for the best I think!



Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Pictorial Response.


Single image response to the portrayal and treatment of women in comics. 

Monday, 13 January 2014

Thumbnails, Layouts and Panels OH MY!


Whilst I am scribbling page layout thumb nails etc for the main project its always nice to get a little down time between then with a few sketches. 

Of late i've found a new muse in the wonderful Sky Ferreira. 

To keep you all happy and to wet your appetite for the work that is to come here's the two pics which you'll already find on my 



 

If Doctor Who is more your kind of thing then heres My Amy Pond for you


Right then best get back to it, more artwork for your insatiable appetites soon! 


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Attention, ATTENTION!!

Hello all!

Here's a quick update between e-mails and drawing like the wind....

Theres one hell of a lot happening most of which I can't divulge, suffice to say its ALL very, VERY exciting!

As soon as more information can go up and all the good news can break i'll post again in the mean time heres a link to my Facebook page, which has been live for a short while, check in there for pencils and the occasional commission that I can post!





Love to you All.

Jess

Friday, 1 November 2013

Whats playing in the Artcave

Theres a few tracks that keep cropping up in the Artcave, but more recently two are artits who crop up more often then not on a daily basis.

The first is Sky Ferreira. 
Sky Ferreira by Jason Lee Perry for ASOS
Ive got a huge amount of time for this lady. Not unlike Del Ray she's gone through a plethora of incarnations (as any quick google search will attest). However the two differ vastly in that Ferreira is doing it her own way, and on occasion pretty much doing the leg work herself. In the last week she announced that having been let down by her label she personally ensuring that the vinyl version of her album would be available at the same time as other formats. 

She's got a belter of a voice having trained with opera singing lessons. Ferreira is refreshingly candid and honest about herself and the journey to be the artist she wants to be when most artists would employ smoke screens and spin.  

Her latest offering 'You're not the one' gets almost daily play in the Art Cave at the moment. 

You can view the video on Vevo here: http://youtu.be/IFCZP1Nz3Ds

Other tracks including 'Red Lips' written by Garbage front woman Shirley Manson and the song you might have heard 'Everything is Embarrassing' written by Ferreira herself.

You can listen to her Music on her sound cloud here: https://soundcloud.com/skyferreira

Find her facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/skyferreira

and her Twitter here: https://twitter.com/skyferreira



Her first full album, 'Night Time, My Time' Is available on iTunes.

The second band are 'Phildel'. 



You'll definitely have heard their track 'the Kiss' courtesy of an advert from Apple. 



Their first album "The Disappearance of the Girl" in turns ethereal and then feisty its pretty much perfect for providing plenty of inspiration to get me in the right head space for working on the project I'll be spending most of the next year on. 

Storm Song was the track that brought me to this band, but the title track 'The Disappearance of the Girl', 'Moonsea' and 'the Wolf' are also firm favourites. 

I'll carry on playing this album to death, but I am also looking forward to listening to their next offering 'The Glass Ghost' which is out at the end of this month. 

Their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/Phildel.Official

Their Twitter is Here: https://twitter.com/PHILDEL

And the main web page is here: http://www.phildel.com