Monday, 24 November 2014

*ANNOUNCEMENT* SWALC XI

Morning Campers, well OK afternoon, regardless here's some news at long last!

This coming Saturday 29th Novemeber I can confirm I will be putting in a mildly unexpected appearance at SWALC XI.

for further info....


Also some Bint Called Al C Martin hawking her wares here's the promotional limited edition once in a life time poster thing 


Anyway I can say that the following are also possibly maybe going to be there....

Danny Noble, she flogs her wares here she also does music stuff, ask nice she might consider drinking a beer near you http://dannynoble.wordpress.com

Dan White, Dan might milk cats, I think thats all I need to say http://milkthecat.wordpress.com

Also possibly maybe the fabulous Mr John Riordan http://www.johnriordan.co.uk

and last but never least, a possible appearance from (if we don't spook him) the irrepresable controversial master of wrong Krent Able http://www.krentable.com 

I'll be selling pin ups and, *bites lip* I'm taking commissions. despite working on more pin ups and a poster design which will be posted as soon as they're finished.

Let me know what you want, i'll do what I can where possible. Please Direct Message me on Facebook or e-mail me at jesskemp9@hotmail.com for a request and i'll send you a quote.

Mark your e-mail 'SWALC Commission Request' so I don't bin it and i'll get back to you ASAP with a quote and a timescale

Cheers and lovely McSchmesh X




Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Burlesque Beauties.


Back at the end of May this year I was lucky enough to have a table at the London Burlesque Festival 'Big Day out'. 

Chaz Royal commissioned me to produce a poster for the event. The final image is posted here featuring the ever wonderful 'Betty Delight'. 


I took the opportunity start a project I've been wanting to get off the ground for a long time, producing portraits of Burlesque Stars in a classic cigarette card format. Its a project which i'll continue to work on and I hope will snowball into Classic performers as well as stars of the future.

The first five featured performers who's personas stand out above and beyond are, Colette and Willy, Coco Deville, Eliza Delite, Marianne Cheese Cake and Bruise Violet(I've included links to all their websites, Please do link to them by clicking on their names, because they're all well worth seeing live).

All performed over the course of the festival meaning that I also had the pleasure of catching their new routines 
Reverse of Cards

 

 

All five are now available to purchase as a set or individually from my shop here: 


The idea was to mimic traditional cigarette cards applying colour tints over the original pencils posted below. 

 



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

 

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! 


Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Illustrated Ape - Torchsongs and Fire Hoses

Back in the mists of time known as 2012 the wonderful Jason Atomic asked if I'd like to be onboard for a project he was Art Directing with Honey Manko, issue 29 of the Illustrated Ape called 'Torchsongs and Fire Hoses'.

Each artist was sent a link to a song (randomly assigned to them) from which they were to create a two page illustrated response. 

Mine was No.20 'Footsteps' - a mans sense of transience rises as he and 'Girl One' walk in a park together.

The artwork was sent off and an exhibition happened at Orbital Comic’s gallery space where we received our printed copies.

It was a great project and I was in good company with contributions from Jason himself, Molly Crabapple and Dwam Ipomee to name but a few.

I am pleased to say that you can now view the project in its entirety online by clicking here: http://www.theillustratedape.com/gallery/


Enjoy!


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Laydeez Do Comics 18.6.12

Last night I was lucky enough to be reminded about the Monthly Laydeez do Comics at the Rag Factory at the 'Rag Factory' , 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ



For more more info head here:
http://www.laydeezdocomics.com/



Last Nights Quest Speakers were the lovely Kate Brown, Author of Fish + Chocolate
http://danse-macabre.nu/



Sally Jane Thompson Comics creator and illustrator
http://www.sallyjanethompson.co.uk/index.php





Doug Wallace and Emma Hayley Directors of SelfMadeHero, independent graphic novel publisher.

It was a pleasure to see Kate again after Kapow and to meet Sally briefly. 

I've been interested in working with Emma and Doug for a while now. 

Their catalogue and ethos appeal to me over many of the other publishers out there. 

I love what they produce and have copies of Baby's in Black, Kiki and several others in my possession, though at some point I hope to own many more. 

Coming out soon (September) will be 'the Nao of Brown' from the Wonderful Glyn Dillon



In the mean time here's some photos from last night. 






Check out Selfmade Hero's catalogue and purchase some of the most beautiful produced books around. 

Also pop down to Laydeez as soon as you can. 

They're taking a month of in July, as well all are, but back in September and its only £1.50 to pop and long.

Not only that but they make the most amazing cakes and you can buy Booze!!! 

Last nights Guiness cake made me happier then I can tell you.  

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Fiona Staples Variant cover for Life With Archie #24

As a balance to the DC CW0 here is the wonderful Fiona Staples Variant cover for Life With Archie #24 


To quote the lady herself: 'It was inspired in part by the 2001 Pussycats movie, and Alison Mosshart from The Kills, who wears a lot of animal print.'

Find out more about the last herself at her blog :  http://fstaples.blogspot.co.uk/

Catwoman- The New 52 reaches new Low

Oh Christ really.




Just read this article: Catwoman reaches new lows

And here's my response. 

Right the old maxim that any publicity is good publicity has been over egged to the point of no return. 

This is a case of Tits and Ass baring no actual relevance to the female form. 

Lets deconstruct this car crash. 

Any lady worth her salt knows that less is more. 

The artist here, well I am not entirely sure what the brief was? 

'Lets make this as offensive as humanly possible; make her submissive and yet complicit in her subversion. We'll make it OK by making her hold the viewers gaze so she complicit in her subjugation, but we'll put her into a position which is only realistically possible with extreme bondage and constraints.'

But, she's not holding the viewer's gaze is she? She's looking off to the left, presumably looking for the nearest exit to get out of this travesty.

I am wondering if she has in fact broken her back or at least had a rib removed, I suppose she could have been doing some serious yoga, but I doubt it, she’s not a medaitive kinda girl.

What’s the plot? 

Who care's she's a good time girl, she's already in Latex or leather, there no VPL she's naked under there, and the look on the eyes, she's well up for it. 

But she's got a whip! She's a woman in control!

Erm Nope. The background image is Catwoman lying barefoot and prostate underneath her overtly sexualized self, who appears to be bursting forth from her unconscious self, says more of a loss of personal control to me?

The whip? Well its part of Catwoman’s traditional arsenal, but here its less Indian Jones get out of trouble or use as a weapon more dominatrix with a pointedly contradictory physicality.  

Catwoman is a big title for DC. The editorial spot check process and production processes of such a large and prominent publishing house (as well all know from experience) are rigorous.

The sign off will have had to go through multiple hands and departments including design, editorial and marketing and in the case of this ‘property’ will undoubtedly have been signed off by the editors in chief.

Seriously its time to stop buying DC when the ladies and gentlemen that work there are condoning this kind of material being published and not staging a walkout themselves, everyone’s got mouth to feed, but really? 

I'll be returning the strong majority of the New 52 that I've just paid a small fortune for. 

I'll be keeping Batwoman, its simply beautiful and should have been the lead that DC kept to. 

What with being ‘Outed’, contorted into Sadomasochistic Fantasies and effectively Pimped it’s a wonder the New 52 haven’t told the creative team to stick it and walked. 

Its a tired old nag to troll out time after time with some of the of talented and creative minds at your disposal this really is a disgusting failure to utilize talent, and story telling at its Best. 

Your ‘Properties’ are being devalued as a result. 

Sort it out DC, your audience is changing its about time you changed with it not against it.