A few weeks back, Bristol based illustrator Gemma Randall caused quite a kerfuffle on twitter when she launched a new illustration project called OUTSMART inspired by the Smart Car. Several illustrators and artists have been tweeting about it and interest was high right from the start. I was intrigued along with everyone else so decided to give it a go… (But have been cutting it fine for the August 30th deadline!) Here is my submission:
I decided to keep my piece quite simple: A small child creating a car out of a cardboard box, then wishing on a hand made star to make it real. It’s the kind of thing my own kids would do and that kind of thing always makes me smile.
The project is still ongoing, just about, and the brief is as follows :-
smart! It’s a tiny car with a giant heart.You have a two page spread.•What and where would you like your car to be?•This is your space so be as loose or as strict as you like, as real or imaginary as you like.•Create your car and your ideal place to drive it, park it, fly it?•The only bar is that the shape of the car remains smart-like!
Over 100 artists have signed up to take part in the project. The resulting submissions are truly stunning and can be seen here on the OUTSMART BLOG Do go and check it out, it’s inspirational. Among my favourites so far are pieces by Chris Thornley and Gaia Bordicchia but there’s such a huge range of eclectic styles and simply beautiful art – it’s very difficult to choose.
For more information on the project contact Gemma at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the outsmart updates on TWITTER @outsmart