In May, the Pick Me Up illustration exhibition returns to Somerset House in London, offering a chance to buy limited-edition prints, apparel and homewares – plus watch talks and attend workshops by some of the UK’s leading commercial artists. It’s also a great place to discover up-and-coming talent and purchase their work before it starts getting pricey.
Alongside the specially created Pick Me Up Selects series of prints that have proved popular in previous years, the organisers have collaborated with skate brand DC Shoes to offer 10 T-shirts from the likes of Hattie Stewart and Andy Rementer.
Other events include a focus on fashion illustration and animation featuring artist Daisy de Villeneuve and art director Jo Ratcliffe. Daisy is an illustrator whose work has appeared in Vogue and been commissioned by Top Shop. Jo created all of the animation for Lady Gaga's Applause music video and designed the typography of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album.
Use the slideshow controls above and right to see the work of artists exhibiting at the show, and to learn more about what's happening there.
Right: Hot Dog by Steven Wilson. Available through Unlimited
The organisers are also promising more late night events this event – plus the return of the Children’s Choice Weekend and a Sunday devoted to pet-based illustration. This animal-themed event will feature the ever-popular and delightfully charming Gemma Pugs Not Drugs Correll and a workshop on how to draw cats by Jessica Das (Chicks Cats, right). We expect this to be ridiculously oversubscribed.
Also speaking is current affairs artist George Butler. He creates artworks using pen, ink and watercolour while in conflict regions such as Syria (right) and Afghanistan, as well as events such as the G20 riots.
Right: George's artwork produced in Azaz in Syria in August 2012.
Pick Me Up Selects has been where many have been introduced to some of our favourite illustrators, including cartoon satirist Jules Julien and winsome misanthrope Mr Bingo. This year sees prints that are only available at the show from Julia Pott, Kyle Platts, Thibaud Herem, Isabel Greenberg, Edward Carvalho, Andrew Groves, Carine Brancowitz, Linda Linko and Jessica Das.
Julia Pott is an animator from Brooklyn, New York who has produced work for Bat for Lashes, Hermes, J Crew and MTV.
Right: Woolly Bear by Julia Pott
Thibaud Herem is a French illustrator, based in Hackney, who specialises in architectural drawing.
Isabel Greenberg is a London-based comic artist who has produced work for publications including The Guardian and the V&A.
Working under the name Imakethings, Andrew Groves is a freelance illustrator, who's also a Digital Arts contributor.
Right: Magic Ritual
Carine Brancowitz is a fashion illustrator represented by Jelly.
Illustrator Edward Carvalho was one of our picks of the Central Saint Martins grad show last year.
A large proportion of the show is given over to rooms showcasing the work of galleries and collectives from London and Brighton – all of which will be for sale. Shoreditch-based Beach London will be selling limited-edition t-shirts and skateboards that draw on the graphic traditions of a variety of alternative cultures. There will also be limited edition work from Brighton-based gallery Unlimited, rep agency Handsome Frank and illustration label Outline Arts.
Right: Battersea by El Horno. Available through Unlimited
Right: Chelsea Hotel by El Horno. Available through Unlimited
Right: Ase Oke by Kitty Call. Available through Unlimited
Right: Clogs 2 by Hvass and Hannibal. Available through Outline Artists
Right: Fjoluraut Pall by Kristjana S Williams. Available through Outline Artists
The programme for the Children's Choice Weekend hasn't been finalised, but last year it included an illustration workshop with The Gruffalo artist Axel Schaeffer (right).
Photo: Kevin Meredith
Last year's Children's Choice Weekend also included a model-making workshop by Aardman (right).
Photo: Kevin Meredith