Lots of dancing guitarists at last nights gig! I tried my best to capture their movements. The Orielles and Lylo are on a UK tour together this month but I think a few of the dates are sold out.
First gig sketches of the year! I’ve got a couple of gigs scheduled in February->May so watch this space for more drawings.
I was running late and missed sketching Soeur at this gig. They’re great live and you can find sketches from last year here.
The sketch of Yr Poetry is incomplete because I saw them preform in the same room around a month ago and I like that sketch. You can find it here. The microphone shaped like a phone with a jack lead coming out the side is very cool but only used for a few songs and I couldn’t draw fast enough!
For advent I’m going to be posting gig sketches daily over Christmas and New year with links to all the bands. You can follow along starting here.
I’m taking comics and music zines to Birmingham MCM Comic Con this weekend. I’m super excited for all the extra Nintendo stuff at this show! I’ll be offering ink portraits and handing out the usual free mini comics! You can find table CV22 in the Comic Village section of the show.
Thanks again to everyone who bought zines from my table at Future Days this weekend! Sorry if I missed you when I was sketching bands! I have an online shop with a bigger range of comics here. My next comic con is also in Birmingham! - I’ll be at the NEC for MCM Comic Con on 24th-25th November 2018.
Special thanks to This is TMRW
Thank you to everyone who stopped by my zine stall at Future Days last night! Sorry I wasn’t there all evening I was sketching bands. Saturday’s show was cancelled, but I’ll be back selling zines Sunday night at the Parquet Courts gig. (Please note: I have to catch an earlier train on the weekends so I’ll be packing away around 10.40pm)
It was cool to get the opportunity to draw a harp, I end up drawing so many guitars! (sorry it was such a quick sketch because of the stall) Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore released a new record yesterday! More info here.
Great line up at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday night! Yr Poetry had a telephone microphone which I wasn’t quick enough to draw, and Kermes were much more energetic and I regret not trying to capture their front woman with multiple faster guesture drawings. Hopefully I can see them another time!
Sketches from a gig on Saturday night hosted by Not Normal Not OK - a new campaign against sexual harassment in the live music scene. Their website has more information including links to support and advice
Giant & The Georges, Exhailers and Ghum at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, 11th September 2018
Unfortunately because of a prebooked train ticket I missed most of Future Fires set and didn’t get a chance to draw them - here’s a link to a sketch of them in February.
Exhailers were wearing stickers on their foreheads this time! They’re for Not Normal, Not OK - a campaign in the West Midlands addressing sexual harassment in the live music scene. For more information visit www.notnormalnotok.com
Ghum are on a UK tour this week! You can see them in Glasgow, Sheffield, Bristol, Cardiff & London.
Special thanks to Indie Midlands
Janelle Monae @ Manchester Academy, 10th September 2018
I travelled up to Manchester to see Janelle Monae last night (no warm up band just 1hour 1/2 of the main act). Sorry I didn’t get to sketch all her amazing musicians, her set up of outfits and dancers kept changing so it was difficult to keep up! The show had an incredible atmosphere with fans dancing around, it was wonderful. I love how she talks and interacts with her audience throughout.
I’m actually compiling a Janelle Monae Fanzine at the moment. It’s open to writers/artists but the extended deadline is coming up this Sunday. If you’d like your work included please send ready to print files because the zine is scheduled to launch at the Bristol Comic & Zine Fair in early October. I don’t mind if you send something you drew earlier in the year! Just so long as it meets the file size requirements as anything too small won’t be able to be printed. More info and FAQ at www.thatmusiczine.tumblr.com/janellemonae Thank you!
Afriquoi, The Neville Staple Band and Stealing Sheep (with Marching Band) at at Godiva Festival, Coventry, Sunday 2nd September 2018
Unfortunately I missed the beginning of Afiquoi's set because I headed over to the festival straight from work. The stage times were running late so I started sketching anyway, but I missed some band members! Sorry!
Neville Staple's band continued to play after a difficult weekend with a message about knife crime. Read more on the BBC.
Stealing Sheep brought portable synths and a marching band to the festival! I filmed a little over on Instagram. I had to keep walking backwards and running after them to draw which was an interesting challenge. Their performance was hosted by Boudica Festival, a weekend focusing on women in music on 6th October.
I then headed over to the Hare & Hounds for Screaming Females - I'll post the sketches from that show in a separate post!
When I last saw Rae Morris it was pre-music blog, but I was still sketching bands back then. Last time she was stationary at a keyboard, but this time she danced around the stage. I tried to capture some of her movements in faster gesture poses.