I'm delighted to announce that this month, I am one of Nine by Nine's featured artists! The 'Slow Squad' artwork I have designed for them will be sold as a high quality limited edition print on their website throughout May alongside prints from eight other artists: Allison Cottrell, Chris Hall, Holly Pereira, Katie Guthrie, Maggie Li, Manolya Isik, Samuel B Thorne and Sam Williams.
For those of you that aren't yet familiar with it, Nine by Nine was created by Corryn Boyes and Adam Oldfield in 2017 with the aim of providing artists with the opportunity to showcase their work, and providing customers with affordable high quality artwork for their homes. The website features a selection of nine artworks by nine different artists every month, each of which are printed in a limited edition run of 50 in both A3 and A2 on 210gsm Hahnemühle matt-coated paper.
Initial sketches and work in progress for my 'Slow Squad' design.
The brief was simply to create a piece of artwork in my usual style to fit Nine by Nine's print dimensions, so I had a lot of creative freedom to play with! I don't often get the opportunity to work on such an open brief, so this project was exciting and a little daunting! Back in January when Corryn and Adam first got in touch about the project, my sketchbooks and other personal work featured a lot of wild animals, and on account of the gloomy winter weather and having consumed my body weight in roast potatoes over the Christmas period I felt like sleepy, slow moving sloths were particularly relatable and decided they would feature in my print. As well as being super cute and strange looking, I always think there's something quite calming about sloths, and could imagine these little guys hanging on someone's wall as a reminder to take some time to relax every once in a while.