Introducing: ‘Mini’ 8-Bit Evolved Gaming (Autism Friendly)

Following the success of our 8-Bit Evolved Gaming Nites we have started one for our younger gamers.  Taking place at our Studio in West Studios, Chesterfield we co-host the  ‘Mini’ 8-Bit Evolved Gaming Mornings each month; especially for young ‘uns’ aged 9 – 15. These Autism Friendly events are a great place to game with like-minded other young ‘uns’, make new friends, socialize and chat about everything gaming in a safe enviroment.

All games or challenges from games are aged appropriately.  Parents and carers are welcome to drop off and pick up and can either stay within easy reach by chilling out in West Studios Cafe and Shop or nip into Chesterfield Town.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is £8.00 per person with drinks and snacks included. Interested please contact the studio on ginger@sparkyink.co.uk or check out our info and make contact through our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk.

Payment is on the day either by cash or bank transfer prior to the event. Alternatively you can purchase a non-refundable season pass for ‘3’ 8-Bit Evolved gaming mornings which has a 10% discount.

Check out our Facebook Events for the dates @8BitEvolvedGaming

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Bad Dog? Mini Claymation by David Lewis

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Earlier in the spring of 2017, Sparky Ink Studio was invited over to Derbyshire Autism Services Group Youth Club in Chesterfield to present a Crazy Taster session.  We had a fab time.

One of the young people there David Lewis made this little claymation and used the base colour white clay to great effect.  The assets for this mini Claymation were created on the evening and filmed straight after.  David had some animation experience before hand.  He was brilliant at working with the clay figures and filming to create a very smooth animation in such a small length of time.  Well done to David!bad dog

Bad Dog? This story is about a man who takes his dog for a walk.  The dog sees something and pulls away from the man pulling the man over when the lead snaps.  See what happens next…  The question is…Is this a Bad Dog?  Enjoy.  Please like and subscribe on our YouTube Channel.  Thank you for watching.

 

8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite – Month 4 EVENT

It’s that time again when we get together for our monthly Autism Friendly Gaming Nite. Last month we had an excellent evening playing some fantastic titles together.

Among the titles were some old favourites and a Game which we all agreed they should make another game of and that was Valve’s “Left4Dead”  So much fun…not a game for the fainthearted especially when the “Boomer” pukes on you and the hoard attacks or if you disturb “the witch”.  We will be putting the game footage of our evening on our youtube channel later today.

Tickets for the event are usually £13.50 but we have reduced them as an Easter Spring treat to £10.00.  It’s a 2.5 hr session with drinks, salty snacks and haribos available.  Give us a shout if you would like to book a place.

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Year Zero – Article in The Sheffield Star about Our ‘Spellbound’ Art Exhibition & The Archer Project

Wow How Exciting!  Our Art Exhibition was given some column space in The Sheffield Star on Tuesday 8th November 2016.

Follow this Link to their website. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/homeless-charity-s-inspired-exhibition-1-8223777

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A Russell Wall & Sparky Ink Studio Event. ‘Spellbound Myths & Legends’

ART EXHIBTION: SPELLBOUND – MYTHS & LEGENDS

VENUE: West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield S41 7LL

EXHIBTION DATES: 31st October – 3rd December 2016

FREE ADMISSION

 

“This exhibition offers seasonal chills and thrills alongside genuine Christmas delights”.

 

Bridging the gap between spooky Halloween and the promise of Christmas is an inspiring exhibition from artists based in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the region offering both fantasy and traditional subjects.

A RUSSELL WALL & SPARKY INK STUDIO EVENT

 

Fresh local talent is on show at West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield in a new Art Exhibition entitled: SPELLBOUND – MYTHS & LEGENDS. 

The event has been organised by Eisner Award nominee Russell Wall in association with Sparky Ink Studios a Chesterfield based community media and educational provider.  SPELLBOUND presents 32 new works from many first time artists who have attended community art classes based across the region including the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project, Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire and the Workers’ Educational Association Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

“This exhibition offers seasonal chills and thrills alongside genuine Christmas delights.  When we challenged community based artists to create new works for the project we knew they would rise to the occasion but the organisers are really impressed by the high standard of the work on show and we would like to thank everyone who took part” says Graphic Novelist and Filmmaker Russell Wall.  “The canvasses have been inspired by classic fiction such as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Arabian Nights and Comic Book Art, but also feature uplifting personal interpretations of traditional subjects such as landscapes and portraits there is literally something for everyone”.

“Being a part of this collaboration has been amazing, especially when you understand the lives behind the pictures.” says Jane-marie Wright, the Creative Director at Sparky Ink Studio.  This new venture offers workshops in Games Design Animation and Sequential Art.  We are working with people with Autism and Special Needs across Derbyshire.  “Sparky Ink Studio is dedicated to supporting people facing personal challenges in their lives, helping them to become more enterprising and feel confident about taking charge of their own destiny through Art Production.”

 

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Inking Corner – Sparky Ink Studio Presents: Sequential Artist Kieran Paul May M.A – ‘Close your eyes’ [2016] for the ‘Spellbound Myths & Legends’ Art Exhibition

Monday 31st October 2016 was the launch day of Sparky Ink Studio’s first Art Exhibition at West Studios in Chesterfield.  The Studio was delighted that Sequential Artist Kieran Paul May M.A dropped by to chat about the piece he had created especially for the exhibition.  Kieran recently completed a Masters Degree in Art and Design at Leeds Beckett University studying in the area of the graphic novel and other narrative sequential art.  Kieran explained that he hoped to successfully become an aspiring graphic novelist. His final Exhibition for his Masters; where he gained a Distinction, certainly demonstrates that Kieran has freshness in story telling through this method.  Choosing an Ostrich in his final piece created an almost safari ride for the observer as this energetic story is captured beautifully in Sequential Art form.  When you stop, catch a breath and then take in the beautifully drawn and researched anatomy of the Ostrich you enjoy a new bewilderment of the elegance and resilience of this creature and appreciate the future adventures that could be told.

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 Photograph taken from Kieran’s exhibition at Leeds Beckett University  ©Kieran Paul May M.A [2016]

              Kieran told me that he had enjoyed his time at University although it was stressful and very challenging at times.  Kieran already has the challenge of Autism in his life so to achieve so much is not only a massive accomplishment for himself but gives a clear message to everyone that if you really want to achieve something in your life then there is always a way to do it.  You just have to take the plunge.  It does take a lot of effort to build up the confidence and courage to share that talent and ambition with the rest of the world.

‘Spellbound – Myths & Legends’   

 I asked Kieran about the exciting piece that he had exclusively created for Spellbound Art Exhibition.

     “’Close Your Eyes’ is created as a response to the killer clown craze at this moment in time.”  Kieran explained.  “After researching different types of famous myths, the one I chose tied in with this recent news.  The story goes that a young girl babysat someone’s children, where she noticed a clown statue.  The statue ‘creeped’ her out, when contacting the parents, they claimed they didn’t own a clown statue and that there wasn’t one in their house.  Panicked they told her to take the children and get away from the house.”  The story is one of those unnerving myths that play in the minds of young people conjuring up a horror tale of the lonely babysitter having to defend someone else’s children from a supernatural being.  In this case a figure that causes phobias in some people.

     Kieran added that “In order to make the clown scary I would look at disturbing facial features and the first one was on the eyes because it’s the first thing you notice about someone or something. The other thing was to make the character design look real and grotesque which makes it look scarier. I got this idea from watching such films like the live action 2003 film ‘the cat in the hat’ film where the characters look too freaky and scary in real life and work better as a cartoon. My artist influence for this piece was the mangaka Junji Ito.”  Kieran shared, that although it was a long time ago, he had remembered having a similar fear as a child.  “Where my brothers Teddy Ruxpin (a popular 80’s animatronics bear) would look at me in the dark while I was in bed which terrified me”

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Concept Art –  from ‘Close Your Eyes’ [2016]  & Kieran with exhibited piece ‘Close Your Eyes’ [2016]©Kieran Paul May M.A [2016]

Kieran certainly captures the torment in the face of the child hiding under the covers.  I asked him about the Clowns hands especially the Left hand which is shaped like a balloon animal.  Kieran Said.  “Yes I wanted to capture the essence of the happy things of a clown for example the balloon animal but I wanted to add in that the clown was all-seeing that’s why there is so much use of the eyes on the Clowns hands.”

I asked Kieran about what his plans were now that his MA was achieved.  He explained that he was working on a few projects at his artist’s studio in Sheffield.  He shared a recent entry he had made recently into the ‘thought bubble festival’ comic book competition in Leeds.   The festival runs until the 6th November 2016. His original and brilliantly composed sequential piece (below) can be found here:

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