Head over to my Facebook page to get a chance to win these two loved up Korpworms.
Originally one single piece of art these two worms have but cut in two and framed. Something I do with a lot of my work but don't always tell.
People often ask where they can get the pens I use, well the best prices are on line so why not have a read of what I've been using today.
Uni Posca PC-1M is a fine hard bullet tip at 0.7mm that I really like because the nib is tough and doesn't wear down as quick as the other paint markers.
Uni Posca PC-3M is another bullet tip but slightly larger at 0.9mm to 1.3mm and softer felt tip. These pens are perfect for colouring in some of the larger areas of a small piece. Check out my video here and you can see me use these pens to colour in the bigger stripes. If drawing on card be gentle because these pens will pull up the fibres from the paper and make your art look messy.
Uni Pin Fine Line 0.1 Black is a new pen to me, very delicate and its super fine 0.1mm size mean it is ideal for the last bits of detail. It's not a paint marker so use it sparingly because it will reflect the light differently to the paint markers.
To celebrate the birth of 3 new Korpworms today I have a full hyperlapse of Korpworm 29 being created.
Korpworm 27 is in amongst some buildings I used to draw years ago, I like the fact that it toys with the expected scale of the worms. The empty buildings also echo the feeling that the worms exist in a post apocalyptic world.
Korpworm 28 is playing with a feather which they like to adorn themselves with in order to prove how self aware they are.
Korpworm #29 has lost it's feathers, there are tufts on the shoulders were the windswept feathers have been torn away.
Not the best editing ever but this timelapse from my Youtube channel is from one of my favourite portraits.
It was my early stencil work so not much more than just intricate cuts rather than adding anything of my own style. Still very pleased with it and really love the way PluraBella comes out of the darkness.
I've been working on a large commission over the past few months but progress has been slow going for various reasons out of my control. The good news is I feel like I'm finally beginning to make a difference to the canvas now it has a few layers of background paint on and the concept sketch is just about finished.
In 2012 Blok Collective organised for several Peterborough based artists to participate in the Brooklyn based Sketchbook Project which is home to the largest collection of sketchbooks in the world. The Sketchbook Project began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. Since that time they have grown into a worldwide community of more than 70,000 artists. By focusing on the intersection of hands-on art making and new technology, The Sketchbook Project nurtures community-supported art projects that harness the power of the virtual world to share inspiration in the real world. The Brooklyn Art Library is the storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where The Sketchbook Project collection is on view to the public* and every now and then I get an email to say that somebody has checked out my book.
My chosen theme was "the writing on the wall" and was biographical in nature. It dealt with the inevitably of who I would become so I delved into childhood nightmares, teachers that shaped me, isolation and religion for my inspiration. There is an album on my Facebook page that has some great photos of my book taken by a local tog but there is only one place you can see the complete finished book and that is on the Sketchbook Project website.
The book is special to me because it is still a source of inspiration for my current work. It was the first (and second) place that I drew my worms, it uses my preferred media of stencil, spray cans and marker pens as well as my favoured colour combinations. Anyway, check it out by hitting the big red button above and be sure to let me know what you think.
View the other Blok Collective sketchooks below:
*taken form the Sketchbook Project website
Want to know where you can find Korp? It's all about offering a choice right? So here are the main social networks you can find me on.
Not the best social media site out there for us artists but it is certainly the biggest. I have a profile and a page but be warned Facebook only delivers my posts to 10% of the people who like the page so you will miss out.
Flickr was one of the first networks I joined and where I first heard about Free Art Friday. I still post on Flickr but usually via Instagram.
Without a doubt my favourite social media app. One photo posts to Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and (if you don't mind the hyperlinks) Twitter. On saying that it is owned by Facebook now so I'm resigned to the fact they will mess it up or I'll have to start paying for it.
I recently set up my Linked In profile when I heard it was one of the biggest networking platforms. I'm new to it but finding it interesting connecting with so many professionals.
Username: Korp Kulczak
Everything I read about Snapchat says no-one is planning to use it to promote anything. Well if you want 'work in progress' shots or live pics from all the paint jams I'll be attending this year then add me.
I'm a passive user of Tumblr. I like the look and feel but don't get on it much, most posts come via Instagram.
There is a rapper over in the USA who goes by the name of Korporate and has over 30,000 followers. Every now and then I get a tweet saying how awesome I was at the gig last night. I like Twitter, its simple and gets results.
I've been on Youtube for ages now but don't get a chance to post as many videos as I'd like. Hopefully that will all change in 2015 now I have the Hyperlapse app.
A great bit of advice I once received was don't build your house on rented land. Now although all the above social network are great communities they are able to pull the rug from under our feet (as Facebook did when they started charging for posts) so the best way to keep in touch with me is to bookmark the site and join the newsletter.
I uploaded my first photo to Instagram on the 22nd October 2011 and in that time it has become one of my favourite social media channels. So far I have received over 30,000 Instagram likes but what have been my most popular photos? Here are my top 15
At number 15 with 100 likes its the love worm robot, my venture into a more mechanical worm with a warm heart and lost eyes. Now sits close to a couple of War Dog Status robots that also feature little red hearts.
My activist piece from Overground 2012. Overground is my home paint jam in Peterborough and in 2012 the venue, The Green Backyard was under threat of closure so I brought an army of worms to a big wall to help out the only way I know how. 3 years later and The Green Backyard still needs your help and has recently started a fundraiser where you can buy your very own square foot and help #SaveTheGBY #OneSquareFootAtATime
Love these kids, took them to see some of the awesome graff in Peterborough and do a bit themselves. 100 likes for the next generation.
I couldn't decide what to paint at Upfest 2013. It was a toss up between a multi layer stencil of an old man or a crucified worm. In the end I painted both. I was lucky enough to be painting between Kef and Andy Council so the pressure was on. This got me 100 likes.
In at number 11 is another piece from the Overground Arts Jam in Peterborough. Inspired by the Garden of Eden and the first time I painted words as the background (something I frequently do now). 102 like for this piece painted in 2013.
Number 10 is a small 20cm x 20cm box frame canvas called "Save Me". All done with Posca pens and got me 104 likes.
Probably the most random entry in my top 15 with 108 likes. Its a banana with an identity crisis. No banana is safe in my house, the surface works really well with Posca pens. Check this out, one of my favourite banana based selfies.
This worm army sold recently at City of Colours in Birmingham one of my favourite paint jams. Another one with 108 likes.
At number 7 is one of the first of my worms with feathers. 108 like for this simple little guy.
This is one of several shots taken at Beat This in Peterborough which is a fantastic little community project that gets people of all backgrounds involved in making music. It was snowing, there was no heat and the builders were still there putting the place together while I was painting but it was a great night. Fellow Peterborough based artists Nyces and Process were volunteering their skills as well an adjacent walls.
I'm not surprised to see this one propping up the top 5. I'd like to think it got 113 likes from being a top quality example of a multi layer stencil portrait but I suspect the #boob may have been the main reason.
My wall from Upfest 2012. Back in the days when worms didn't have arms, wings and feathers. This wall features a small multi-layer stencil of Minikorp on the left that was cut for my appearance on The Culture Show. 114 likes.
This calming self portrait has notched up 115 likes in its time on Instagram. It's a hand cut 5 layer stencil from back when I had the time to cut 5 layer stencils. No such luck nowadays.
The very first 4 worms. Drawn on page 13 of my entry to the Sketchbook Project. I had no idea back then how big these guys would become. Here's a little known secret...they're not worms, they're my fingers.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my most popular images on Instagram. I certainly enjoyed looking back at everything I've done over the years. If you haven't already I would really appreciate a follow on IG, click here to jump to my profile and push the +FOLLOW button. Also if you're feeling particularly generous please share this post on social media and help me spread the word and get even more likes. Thanks for your support, now without further ado you'll be wanting to know what is at number 1.
So my most popular photo on Instagram is from my first ever live paint jam back in 2010. Live painting had never crossed my mind but I was asked by My Dog Sighs if I'd step out of the studio and paint with him at Europes largest street art festival. Yep, Upfest! We were a couple of relatively unknown guys who combined forces and painted some epic eyes on a multi headed jelly creature. Although I've been lucky enough to maintain my obscurity My Dog Sighs has gone on to conquer the world but remains a good friend and inspiration.