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Dave Bain graduated from Falmouth College of Arts with a BA degree in Illustration (2006) and currently creates illustrations in the city of Bristol .......

He works in a number of ways, from a naive painting style to mixed media techniques, with digital software ....... His work is highly commended by the Macmillan Children's Prize and also appears in Contact 07/08, Images 30 and 31 AOI annuals and 3x3 4th annual (Jan 2008). His illustrations are also used as examples in the book, 'Illustration - A Theoretical & Contextual Perspective' written by Alan Male (AVA Academia - 2007) ....... Part of the 'Inkygoodness' collective: http://www.inkygoodness.com & the 'Boys Who Draw' collective

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Dave Bain
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University College Falmouth


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I was recently asked to write a few words about my work for a local zine and ended it with a few bits of advice:

-  Stick to deadlines and keep in constant communication with the client. 

-  Always consider every opportunity, as you never know what it could lead to. 

-  Don't undersell yourself, as you've got a unique gift and people should respect that. 

-  Try and have fun, even if your working on a brief which isn't tremendously exciting! 

-  Make time for yourself and for your friends... sometimes going to a gig or reading a book can refocus your head before getting stuck back into a project.

In other news, I recently did this little drawing for a friend's new zine called COLLARBONE, which is out this Spring.

Image for Collarbone Zine by Dave Bain

Posted by : Dave Bain Posted : Fri 15th Jan 2010
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DRAWN RECORDINGS is an exciting night that happens in Bristol and Simon Mills and I have been doing some live drawing at a few of these nights.  There is a time lapse video here (or click onto my Facebook page), which is quite fun to watch.  On the most recent night the very amiable and talented Ben Steers joined in too. Working on all parts of the paper together we created a mountain of doodles and characters topped off by a conquering flag adorned with the DRAWN logo. Fun!

Posted by : Dave Bain Posted : Tue 08th Dec 2009
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I recently took part in the third INKYGOODNESS exhibition, called 'WONDERLAND'.  It was in the VAAD GALLERY, which is part of the CUSTARD FACTORY complex in Birmingham.  I wanted to do something a little different with my Birdboy character, so I adapted an idea I'd tried out a while ago in another exhibition: cardboard cut-outs! Some blisters later and hey presto! I'd got myself a tree growing out of Birdboy.

Posted by : Dave Bain Posted : Tue 06th Oct 2009
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