Sunday, 26 February 2012

Cute Octopus Monster!

See the cute little (okay, GIANT) octopus trying to make friends with the cruise liner! Awww!


This is the kind of image I'd like to wear on a t-shirt, how about you?


Oh. Wait! Maybe there's a chance that it could be made into a t-shirt! It pretty much depends on you, dear reader, and your generous nature. See, this image is a contest entry into the Cute Monster Design Battle on DeviantART and the top prize is that the design will be made into an official deviantWEAR product (plus $1,500 which I would plough into the setup of Jam-Wah as a studio proper). My entry has come quite late in the day and I need a lot of assistance to beat those who entered last month!


This is how you can help:



  1. GO TO MY ENTRY, 'HUGS' AND CLICK I'D WEAR THIS! ON THE RIGHT OF THE SCREEN.
  2. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A dA ACCOUNT, YOU'LL BE PROMPTED TO CREATE ONE (IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG)
  3. THAT'S IT!
You will have my eternal gratitude, plus my eternal fingernail clippings if you pass this message on to others and help my design reach the top! You would, quite literally, be contributing towards the creation of Jam-Wah as a studio.

Thanks, folks!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

24hr MONSTERS! 2012 - early days

You know how charity events usually seem to be well handled, organised in advance and with a strong sense of how to get publicity and how to get the donations to the right place? Well, here's a confession. Last year, 24hr MONSTERS! was organised as a last minute venture, with a legion of comic book artists being hurriedly contacted and a lot of trying to figure out selling on eBay.


However, that doesn't mean that the event wasn't a success. We raised over £350 for Comic Relief, which is great! It was also a great learning experience and a lot of fun, to boot.


What would be ideal for the second event (this is hopefully going to become a tradition)? A more calculated approach, more promotion and crucially, the artists and contributors should feel that the money raised matched their generosity. The total raised was nothing to be sniffed at, but some of the artists involved saw their art go for a lot less than it should have. This is one area which can be worked on.


THE LIST

We need:

  • ARTISTS -- cartoonists, painters, graphic designers, model makers, photographers, textile artists, radical left field creators of all types and abilities.
  • VOLUNTEERS -- fundraisers, media savvy promotion machines, copywriters, social media experts, web designers and developers, street teams.
  • IDEAS! -- Last year was a 24hr online art marathon and a 10 day auction. This year could be more! Your suggestions could change everything, so get them in here quick!
At this stage, nothing is totally finalised. It's likely that the theme will still be monster art (although the name 24hrMONSTERS! could apply to the people involved, so even that isn't concrete), and obviously the event will be 24hrs long. Let's consider maybe a physical presence in addition to online. How about a dedicated Twitter feed? Is eBay the best option for selling the artwork? All suggestions are welcome at this point! In fact, maybe a 24hrMONSTERS! Brain Trust is in order...

So watch this space, and e-mail jamie@jam-wah.com with your ideas, art submissions and any offer of assistance!