Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

Workshop Recap

Posted by campbell October 9th, 2013

light grey
Last month I ran an all night comics making workshop at the amazing Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis.
We knuckled down and shredded pencils and brush pens until the break of dawn. At the end, everyone had made an 8 page mini comic, and wound up with a copy of everyone elses work to take home. The above picture shows us dividing up the booty like good pirates do.

Over on the Light Grey blog, they posted a recap of our adventures and a whole bunch of photos. Head over there for more visual stimulation.

The night was super exciting and inspiring, to see so many talented people together in one room making gorgeous shoot from the hips comics and illustrations filled me with joy. Thanks to everyone for turning up and submitting to all my ridiculous requests and demands. Thanks also to Light Grey for being the greatest and most generous people and hosting the event.

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Mini Comics

Posted by campbell March 20th, 2013

Just finished folding the comics from my Red Cross workshops. All ready for Harmony day.
Just finished folding the comics from my Red Cross workshops. All ready for Harmony day.

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ping pong table mural

Posted by campbell November 2nd, 2012

This is a community project that I ran in conjunction with the Awesome Children’s Art Festival. The table is manufactured by POPP, the public outdoor ping pong organisation. These tables are installed in public spaces and stay there all year round, day, night, sun, showers.

With this project, children in this newly developed outer suburbs community were invited to research animal species that are native to the area. Alongside that research, they also looked at various methods of home building throughout history and across cultures. They were then asked to design their “dream home”.

On the ping pong table, the children illustrated their favorite local animal on the side, and then their dream house on the top surface.




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Comics Workshops

Posted by campbell October 16th, 2012



I recently ran a series of comics making workshops at the Ellenbrook library in conjunction with Awesome Arts. We investigated how comics function, what the core components of comics are, different comics styles from around the world, ideas generating and then finally making our own mini comic.

In the above photos, one of the workshop attendees is working from her “inspiration book”, which in this case is Nicki Greenberg’s adaptation of Hamlet. (a personal favorite of mine) We also used Nicki’s illustration style as a reference point when doing the group activity “Everything is a Remix”, which you can see on the white board.

If any libraries our school out there are interested in having me come in, shoot me an email.

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Workshop Treasures

Posted by campbell April 27th, 2012


I recently did a comics workshop at our local library. It was part of their school holiday programing and was a day long event. The workshop was heaps of fun, with everyone making mini comics and hanging out. It was targeted mainly at primary school age children, some had a lot of experience drawing, others were coming at it for the first time.

As a part of the “getting ideas” section of the workshop, I had everyone select a “non comics” artist to use as an inspiration. For a lot of kids that was a bit hard, so we took a walk over to the art section of the library (it’s handy doing workshops in libraries) and started grabbing books. Now most of the kids went looking for something really specific, and were able to find a book or artist that suited them, but two girls in particular weren’t so fussed.



So yes, the above comic features David Hockney. This pretty much blew my mind. The girl who pulled out his biography liked him because of his thick rimmed glasses and decided to throw him in to the comic. I don’t think she understood that I intended them to be inspired by the artwork, not include the artist. This works so much better though.



The next comic is an anthropological adventure featuring Ansel Adams, this too, blew my mind. She actually explained to me that the comic was a mashup of Ansel Adams, Party Rock Anthem and Where the Wild Things Are. Can we get this girl a contract please?


And of course, someone made a comic featuring Hitler. However, I think it is probably the best comic about Hitler ever.

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Harry Screenprinting

Posted by campbell July 21st, 2011


I’ve been doing screenprinting workshops with kids for the last couple of weeks and banged out some of these beauties tonight.

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comics committee

Posted by campbell August 28th, 2010


I have assembled a crack team of elite comics creators who meet (in)frequently to discuss our global conquest of all things comicy. This team includes (from left to right)

Luke Milton
Playwrite, comicwrite, blogwrite, writewrite and creator of the horribly offensive Bunnies Who Hate.
Edward J Grug
Disturbingly prolific comics machine with more finished comics and ongoing works than there are words.
Jessica Mcloud
Crafter of the cutest comics known to man and the deadliest woman with an excel spreadsheet in the world.

Topics covered included.
What’s this Scott Pilgrim thing?
Floppy landscape books are gross.
What colour was Luke’s lightsaber?
Ninja is a big book.
We like buying arts prints.
Hurry up and make your comic already!

The committee will commit again soon, with new hard and heavy (breathing) topics covered.
Watch out!

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hyper screenprinting

Posted by campbell July 20th, 2010


photo by the fantastic gene eaton

This thursday and next I’ll be running a screenprinting workshop at the Hyper Festival I’ve done it over a couple of years and it’s always a bucket of laughs. The workshops are held in the a large shopping centre mainly for teenagers. Shopping centres have become, especially for younger generations, the new town centre. One of the biggest problems with these spaces however, is that there are no non-consumer activities for people to partake in. There’s a great dynamic where these huge commercial spaces are used (at least, in part) for a cultural activity that’s free, engaging and creative.

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