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Young illustrator aged 20 from Manchester. Currently studying Illustration and Graphic Design at the University of Salford. Also passionate about indie music and fashion.

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typeverything.com, Hand Lettering by Sean McCabe

Lovely bit of hand drawn type!

typeverything:

typeverything.com, Hand Lettering by Sean McCabe

Lovely bit of hand drawn type!


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My first handmade market!
On Sunday I had a stall at The Teenage Market, as part of the seven miles out festival in Stockport. I was nervous at first as I didn’t know what to expect but when everything got started I had no idea what I had been nervous about! The organisers were two young lads who were aiming to spread a positive message about the undiscovered talent amongst young people. There was a varied collection of stall holders from artists to clothing designers to cake bakers and so on as well as live music and comedy acts throughout the day. 
I received some really kind words of encouragement from lots of people of different ages and backgrounds as well as picking up some great advice from the other artists. I even bumped into fellow Salford alumni Charlotte Horsfall who was selling her ‘Lyric A Day’ merchandise. Overall it was a really good day and I even made some money selling some prints and greetings cards and a set of coasters. I would definitely do this sort of thing again and recommend it to anybody who is thinking of doing it but, like me, is just a bit worried!

My first handmade market!
On Sunday I had a stall at The Teenage Market, as part of the seven miles out festival in Stockport. I was nervous at first as I didn’t know what to expect but when everything got started I had no idea what I had been nervous about! The organisers were two young lads who were aiming to spread a positive message about the undiscovered talent amongst young people. There was a varied collection of stall holders from artists to clothing designers to cake bakers and so on as well as live music and comedy acts throughout the day.
I received some really kind words of encouragement from lots of people of different ages and backgrounds as well as picking up some great advice from the other artists. I even bumped into fellow Salford alumni Charlotte Horsfall who was selling her ‘Lyric A Day’ merchandise. Overall it was a really good day and I even made some money selling some prints and greetings cards and a set of coasters. I would definitely do this sort of thing again and recommend it to anybody who is thinking of doing it but, like me, is just a bit worried!

Quick update!

Well after working hard towards the exhibition of the Secret Salford Show in 2022NQ, I am glad to hear that it was a success and enjoyed by all! Afterwards I took a couple of weeks out to do a bit of travelling and now I am back in Stockport and raring to go on some new and exciting projects.

Whilst I was away I was delighted to find out the final result of my degree and that I will be graduating with a first class honours degree in Graphic Design! Then to add to my happiness, I found out that I had also been shortlisted for the Unleashed: Best in the North competition which will be held at the Chop House later this month! There are some great entries this year so I feel lucky to even be shortlisted but I am also keeping my fingers crossed that I will win a prize on the night. There will also be an auction held on the 19th July where some of the entries will be auctioned off in aid of the Air Ambulance service.

Also coming up this month, I will have a stall the Seven Miles Out festival which is taking place in Stockport Market on the 29th July. Last time when the Teenage Market took place, it was a huge success and gained a huge media following, so I can see this one being just as amazing!

I have also been asked to take part in another exhibition from somebody who saw my work at the Secret Salford Show but no details have been finalised as of yet. I will share more when I know more myself!

In the meantime I will be working hard to promote my work in the hope of becoming more successful as a freelance illustrator! 

The end of the road….
Here is all of my stuff boxed up and ready for hand in today. I think that everything works well as a little package and you can see a theme running throughout it all.
I’m not going to get too soppy and emotional about it being the end so all I’m going to say is that I have thoroughly enjoyed the past three years and I am proud of the progress that I have made as an illustrator and how much I have developed as a person. I have made some good friends and some good contacts which I’m sure will stay with me throughout my career. I am now eager to embark upon the new chapter that awaits…

The end of the road….


Here is all of my stuff boxed up and ready for hand in today. I think that everything works well as a little package and you can see a theme running throughout it all.

I’m not going to get too soppy and emotional about it being the end so all I’m going to say is that I have thoroughly enjoyed the past three years and I am proud of the progress that I have made as an illustrator and how much I have developed as a person. I have made some good friends and some good contacts which I’m sure will stay with me throughout my career. I am now eager to embark upon the new chapter that awaits…

Selection of prints
These have come out of this module and hopefully will be something that I can sell.

Selection of prints


These have come out of this module and hopefully will be something that I can sell.

Ugly mug


I also thought that one of my characters in particular might work quite well on a mug, as it is the kind of thing that you would give as a gift as it had a nice sense of cheeky humour behind it. I put the woman’s knickers inside the mug to make it look like she really had taken them off and thrown them inside. I also split the slogan in half so that the other half is revealed as the user lifts the mug to drink. Again I packaged this one really simply because the personality of the mug is so loud, I don’t feel like it needs fancy packaging.

Mugs!

For my mug designs I wanted to really use the shape of the mug and the way it would be used to really show off my illustrations. I decided on this simple idea of a set of two. Growing up I was familiar with the term ‘chewing on a teabag’ to describe a strong brew and ‘like rat piss’ to describe a weak, milky brew. So, I decided to do a kind of twist on the traditonal his and hers mug in this set. The title is ‘How do you like your brew?’ and as you lift the mug to drink it, the respective northern slang description of each way of taking tea is revealed. I also did a little illustration that goes inside the mug and is revealed more and more as you drink the liquid inside. On the milky one I did the rear end of a rat falling into the mug and on the strong one I left the teabag inside. I really like the way these mugs have turned out and I think that they work well as a set. I think they have a real northern quality about them with the way the words read. I decided to package them quite simply so that the mugs speak for themselves. It is also a cheap and easy way of making a package for resale in the future.

The power of the tea towel!

After entering the ‘to dry for’ competition, I was really captured with the idea of printing my work onto tea towels as another saleable outlet for my illustrations. I would like to screen print my designs so in order to see what this would look like, I mocked them up using fabric transfer paper so that I can screen print them ready for sale at the exhibition. Due to the limitations of the size of the paper I think the layout does need tweaking but this could easily be rectified with a large enough screen to accommodate the whole design. I really like the simple two and three colour designs as a contrast to the more complex colour ways of the prints. I also like that both designs have a link to tea because after all it is a tea towel!

They’re alright up North: Characters

I added another character to my gang based on how people are always talking about how rubbish the weather is up North. I put a funny spin on it to say that although the weather is rubbish, at least we always have something to talk about if we can’t think of anything nice to say! This set of prints will work well across a number of mediums from cards to posters or even tea towels which was my next step…