Jenny Robins

Illustrator, artist and teacher

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About me

 

Illustrator, teacher and artist based in Islington, I have a recognisable style grounded in strong colours and organic subtleties of texture, specialising in unusual collage work, hand rendered text and painting birds and animals. I am a very competent draughtsman. An experienced live artist, I also do a lot of live portrait work for events. Recent illustrative work includes record sleeve work for The New Tabloids and Afro Medusa, political illustrations for Epolotix; T-shirt designs for the Social Fabric at Topman, Children’s book work for CBBC, comic work for Solipsistic Pop and Soaring Penguin Press and poster and promotional designs for Hoxton Hive and The One Hour Plays. My own ongoing projects include What Birds are Really Thinking, Real TV Wisdom, the Facebook portrait project, and Alternative collage valentines 'Because You're Worth It'. I am a fast worker and experienced working to short deadlines. I am also excellent at conceptual illustration visualising complex or abstract subjects. When not bubbling over with my own ideas (which I usually am) I also love making work that uses found text, patterns and images to combine into something that never could have been thought of on its own (the best example of this is my unique alternative valentines card designs) but I can also fake this effect very well. In recent years I have brought together my connections to the illustration and local art scenes in London with my skills as an art teacher by organising a series of very successful events with StoryHands Collective, including a workshop at Tate Modern and an award winning Big Draw sketchbook Scavenger Hunt. I have also produced a variety of illustrations and written content for Amelia's Magazine and for other online magazines and blogs. My writing style is engaging and unusual, linking thorough research with wry off centre observations

Skills

 

  • Teaching
  • Events
  • Writing
  • Craft
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Public Art
  • People
  • Fine Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Blogging
  • Illustration
  • Pen Ink
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop

Work history

Currently

Illustrator

Jenny Robins Illustration

Aug 2008
  • Freelance illustration work undertaken for a variety of clients including CBBC, Computer Arts Magazine, TopMan, Soaring Penguin Press, Our Time Records, Epolotix and many more. I have a recognisable style grounded in strong colours and organic subtleties of texture, specialising in unusual collage work, hand rendered text and painting birds and animals. I am a very competent draftsman. An experienced live artist, I also do a lot of live portrait work for events

2016

Art Teacher & Part Time

St Helen’s School, Woodside School, Chislehurst School

Aug 2011 - Jul 2016
  • Classroom teaching and additional pastoral duties. A large variety of media and approaches used, pushing students' perceptions of both the boundaries of what art can be, and their own capabilities expressing themselves within and without those boundaries.

2015

Live Portrait Artist

Movember, Cult Events, Hoxton Hive and Others

Jul 2011 - Jul 2015
  • Live portraits completed in a variety of media depending on the requirements of the client. Fast, flattering but with a clear likeness, I can circulate at events, or stay at a designated table and offer portraits for guests to take home as a souvenir, and an entertaining spectacle for others to watch.

2015

Events Organiser & Promotional Work

Storyhands Collective

Mar 2013 - Jun 2015
  • As co-founder of the StoryHands Illustration collective, I have organised several very successful events as well as running the collective's website and a series of promotional projects. In May 2014 we ran a workshop at Tate Modern as part of Tate Collective's events program. We took a group of young people around the Matisse Cut Outs exhibition and led them in producing work inspired by the artist's techniques and artistic philosophy. Our Sketchbook Scavenger Hunts in the City of London in November 2014 also won us wide acclaim including a runners up award at this years Big Draw Awards.

Education

2014

MA Art and Design Education

Institute of Education, University of London

Jan 2013 - Aug 2014

    2011

    PGCE

    Institute of Education, University of London

    Aug 2010 - Jun 2011

      2007

      BA Illustration

      Southampton Solent University

      Aug 2004 - May 2007

        Awards

        2015

        The Big Draw Award

        • Runners up award given for Sketchbook Scavenger Hunt organised with StoryHands http://www.thebigdraw.org/the-big-draw-awards-2015---winners-announced