8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Night

We’d only just begun but due to unforeseen circumstances Sparky Ink Studio’s Autism Friendly Gaming Night ‘8-Bit Evolved’ will not take place as planned this Saturday 19th November.  We have a Christmas clash in December so our next one will be on 21st January 2017.  As a special offer the first one back will be at a reduced rate of £5.00 so if you would like to be a part of this please give us a shout and we’ll put your names down.

In the meantime please follow us on Facebook on our new 8-bit evolved dedicated page. @8BitEvolvedAutismGaming

…Long Live the Gamer!
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BIG MOON MONDAY 2016

To Celebrate the largest moon since 1948, apparently at its biggest around 2pmGMT in the UK.  Studio Artist – Jinksy has done a quick Photoshop ‘BIG MOON’ over Chesterfield Crooked Spire.

Enjoy your BIG MOON MONDAY!

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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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Year Zero -Artists Visit Our Art Exhibition from Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project Charity.

Wednesday 9 November 2016 Russell Wall and Sparky Ink Studio welcomed contributing Artists from Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project Charity when they dropped by to see their work exhibited at West Studios, Chesterfield.  It was so good to hear the stories behind the creative pieces the artists had produced.  Of further inspiration was to hear about the new projects from crafts to singing in the choir that some of these guys were becoming involved in.  It was clear that some good friendships and support networks have been made between with the people that access this charity.

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The Studio had the chance to talk candidly with the artists and we will be releasing a show reel in the next week or so.    The Exhibition has so far been really successful with a steady stream of visitors.  If you are in the area please nip in, grab a coffee and have a look at the work.

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More info….

To donate to the Archer Project or find out more about this fantastic charity please check out their website at: http://www.archerproject.org.uk

If you would like to know more about the Studio or Russell Wall please check out http://www.sparkyink.co.uk or email ginger@sparkyink.co.uk

 

 

 

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.

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 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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Year Zero – First Art Exhibition October 2016

It’s been a while since I wrote on here but lots has happened over the last few months.  I wanted to share the Studio’s new event…

Amongst the recent projects that Sparky Ink Studio has been working on in the first few months of business, was the chance to work closely with Eisner Nominated Graphic Novelist Russell Wall.  Together we have put on an Art Exhibition at West Studio’s in Chesterfield.  We have 32 Pieces of work showing within the theme of “Spellbound – Myths & Legends”.  Running from the 31st October to 3rd December 2016. 

Some of the artists come from difficult backgrounds and have taken time out to enjoy working with different mediums and creating pieces that for some has taken enormous commitment.  Last Wednesday (26th October) I got the chance to collect some of the work and actually have a look at some of the pieces.  It was amazing, very humbling and more than inspiring to hold a piece of work created by someone who had slept on the street the night before or someone with a profound disability.  These heartfelt pieces of artwork created with such grace and determination made me think about the stress of being alive and how for some this is measured. 

The exhibition is named “Spellbound” a word meaning different things to different people.  For me this exhibition is a reflection on what fascinates and intrigues people.  How I read the fairy tale, book or comic, examine the anti-hero and make excuses for the villain.  The distance between myself, the world I live in and the world that is created in our imaginations from the imaginations and influences of others.

Over the next few weeks I will be using this space to showcase as many of the artists as possible, with their pieces, to find out what inspired them and what they feel about exhibiting their work.

I am writing this in the early hours of “All Saints Day” which is a very special day to me.  A day that still dawns after the darkness of Halloween  bringing hope and light.

If you are in the area and would like to visit the Exhibition the details are below on the flyer.  Alternatively if you’d like to know more about the project or the studio please use the contact form at http://www.sparkyink.co.uk or email ginger@sparkyink.co.uk for further details.

If you would like to support Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project for Vulnerable People please check out their website at http://www.archerproject.org.uk

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