I directed a workshop and participated in the resulting exhibition for the 2014 Hero Exhibition - a now annual challenge and exhibition held/run by Friends of Design Academy - challenging artists from all disciplines. The latest workshop gave a beginers course on the customization of skate decks, challenging the creatives to customise children's skateboards with the theme "Hero".
As usual I love to be in the thick of it and am not satisfied with just teaching and guiding - I just can't help getting involved and giving it a go myself. This particular year saw me absolutely consumed with ideas and I had no short of eight possible ideas I scribbled out. The one I thought I would carry forward went a little too far and actually turned into a full blown illustration entitled "Cloak Room Peril", as seen below. Exploring the misunderstood/repressed hero in all of us.
I of course took the "sketch" too far and before I realised it it was too complex to transfer, in such a short space of time onto a board. So I fleshed out my next favourite idea which took one of my favourite childhood cartoon heroes and made him more relevant, and identifiable to Africa. I had a lot of fun with this simple idea drawing my inspiration from the disc wearing Surma people.