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    Stan Lee Excelsior Award Ceremony 2013

    21st July 2013

    Excelsior Award Ceremony 2013 I’ve been supporting the Stan Lee Exclesior Award, a graphic novel reading scheme for 11-16 year olds, which came to its grand finale at the end of the school year, with awards ceremony itself! What is the Stan Lee Excelsior Award? The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is a national reading scheme with a shortlist of 8

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  • Shows in July: Hyper Japan and MCM Expo Manchester

    29th June 2013

    July’s a busy month for Cakes with Faces, with the Stan Lee Excelsior Award Ceremony, then MCM Expo Manchester Comic Con and Hyper Japan July 2013, all on consecutive weekends! I’ll be there with all my Cakes with Faces stuffs, including the full range of t-shirts (including the 3 newest designs!), How to Make Sushi comics, prints, charms, hair clips and badges – and if you can’t make it

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    Ichigo the Strawberry Cat – Cute Artwork

    28th June 2013

    Ichigo the Strawberry Cat Meet Ichigo, Bumblebee Cat’s cousin, the latest in my series of cute cats! Warning: may leave juicy pawprints around the house… but high in vitamin C. Strawberry Cat Phone Charm Ichigo the Strawberry Cat is now available as a phone charm in the shop! (Now sold out – sorry!) More Cute Artwork Follow Cakes with Faces

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    New T-Shirts: Your Cake or Your Life, Toast Addict & Say No To Knife Crime

    23rd June 2013

    New T-Shirts Three brand new t-shirt designs are now available to order online, after their debut at MCM London Comic Con. It’s really exciting to add some bright and colourful new designs to the range, including our first ladies’ vest for the summer! Your Cake or Your Life! This was originally a drawing I did when I was playing around

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    Fanta Grape – Cute Artwork

    14th June 2013

    Fanta Grape I just got back from a super-awesome trip to Tokyo – trip report on the way soon, but for now here’s a drawing of my favourite Japanese drink – Fanta Grape! It’s so delicious – why do we not have this flavour in the UK?? Here’s a photo of the real thing – I’ll be sharing other photos

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    What Do Bumblebee Cats Like Best…?

    1st June 2013

    What Do Bumblebee Cats Like Best…? Bumblebee Cat is one of my favourite and most cute characters. What do bumblebee cats like best? Honey of course (and milk too)! Here he’s been a sneaky kitten and invaded the whole jar! Bumblebee Cat T-Shirts If you like Bumblebee Cat, you can get him on a t-shirt in the shop, on grey

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    MCM Expo London Comic Con May 2013 Photos

    28th May 2013

    MCM Expo London Comic Con was our busiest show yet – I’ve heard a rumour there were 76,000 visitors over the weekend! It certainly felt like it on the Saturday, which was really busy with lots of crowds, especially in the middle of the hall. MCM at ExCel in London is really huge now, with so many stalls, game demos,

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    New Cute Cupcake Drawing

    18th May 2013

    Cakes with faces is what I do best – so here’s my new cute cupcake drawing! It’s actually a phrase from Aristotle – cake philosophy!

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    NEW – Cute Charms and Hair Accessories!

    12th May 2013

    Cute Charms and Accessories If you came to Japanorama in Leicester you’ll have had a sneak preview of my new charms and hair accessories! It’s really exciting to have an entirely new range of Cakes with Faces items we’ve never had before. The range includes hair slides, crocodile clips, charms and double chain charms, handmade with colourful acrylic charms. (Now

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    New Drawing: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Comb Her Hair

    9th May 2013

    New drawing, inspired by an old fairy tale!  

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    Photos from Japanorama 2013, Leicester

    6th May 2013

    Japanorama I had a great weekend at Japanorama in Leicester at the National Space Centre. It’s a new event all about Japanese culture, and I was exhibiting in the Tokyo Main Street marketplace.  It was great to be in a unique venue – I’ve been to the Space Centre for the day before and it’s really interesting for families and

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  • Guest Blog on Designing Business Cards

    19th April 2013

    I’m a graphic designer as well as an artist, and I do all types of graphic design for print and online (although at heart I’ll always like print the best!). I wrote a guest blog for my favourite digital printer about designing business cards.

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    How to Make Ramen Recipe in NEO Magazine

    18th April 2013

    How to Make Ramen Comic Book Recipe Look out for Cakes with Faces in issue 110 of NEO, the UK anime, manga and J-culture magazine. Exclusively for NEO, I drew a ramen recipe in comic book style, similar to my How to Make Sushi comic. There’s also a short interview about Japanese food, cooking and drawing. The recipe is 5

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    Japanorama – 4-5 May, Leicester

    5th April 2013

    My next show will be Japanorama, a brand new event at the National Space Centre in Leicester on the weekend of 4-5 May. It’s all about Japanese pop culture, with manga, cosplay, martial arts, Japanese film screenings, workshops, food and music! I’ll be in the Tokyo Main Street, a mini market with other stalls including Gundam Mad, Artbox, United Publications

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    Art in the Groove

    1st April 2013

    I’ve just finished my painting for Art in the Groove, an art project organised by Generic Art, Flatties, Nick Dale and Designer Toys UK. Over 50 artists were sent a vinyl record to paint or customise any way they chose – the only criteria being that it should fit back into the record sleeve. The artworks are all inspired by

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    CWF on BBC Radio – Listen Online

    29th March 2013

    Thank you to Vic Minett and the team at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio for having me on the afternoon show yesterday – it was great fun! For me it was exciting enough to hear “Tomorrow – Cakes with Faces!” at the end of the Wednesday’s show, so it was lovely to meet Vic and have a chat on air

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    Cakes with Faces on BBC Radio!

    27th March 2013

    Listen out for me on the radio tomorrow trying my best to be coherent talking about Cakes with Faces and the Stan Lee Excelsior Award! I’ll be on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, on the Vic Minnett afternoon show at 3:10pm. If you’re not lucky enough to live in Warwickshire, you can listen online, and the show’s available for a week

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    Johnny Cupcakes London Lecture

    23rd March 2013

    I made a trip to London to see a lecture by Johnny Cupcakes, creator of the supercool bakery-themed t-shirt brand. After hearing about his lecture series in the USA I was excited when a UK date was announced, which sold out the 300-seat Old Cinema in Regent Street. I got there pretty early, armed with hot chocolate in anticipation of

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    MCM Comic Con Birmingham 2013 Photos

    18th March 2013

    MCM Birmingham Comic Con I’m back from a great weekend at MCM Comic Con Birmingham at the NEC. The show’s twinned with Memorabilia, which has loads of special guest signings and hundreds of stalls selling film and TV memorabilia – perfect if you’re a Star Wars or Doctor Who collector! The Comic Con side was a smaller version of MCM

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    Cute but Deadly Baby Vests

    10th March 2013

    Cute but Deadly Baby Vests The first ever Cakes with Faces range for babies! I’ve been wanting to do a childrens’ range for a while, and it’s something that customers always ask about, so I’m excited to have finally started it off with a line of three cute baby vests for little monsters! Cute but Deadly Monsters Cute but Deadly started

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