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Skull Session: Toby Morris on Illustration

24 Nov 2017
10am to 5.30pm Saturday 25 November
Join famed illustrator Toby Morris for an intensive full-day workshop on illustration and the creative process.
Event type: 
Art, Workshop/Seminar
$250 Wages, $150 Unwaged
Strange Haven
281 Karangahape Road Auckland Central 1010


Skull Sessions are the anti-seminar; a magical series of intimate full-day workshops with leading makers who maintain authentic, alternative practices in the arts and creative industries.

No powerpoint presentations, portfolio talks or stuffy conference rooms — just insightful, poetic lessons from those on the fringe of their field.

For our second Skull Session, we welcome illustrator, designer, comic book maker, rad dad and sometimes-musician Toby Morris for an intensive illustration workshop, ‘I Can’t Draw Horses’.

Perhaps best known for his Pencilsworld series and compelling graphic novels, Toby’s Skull Session will look at why ‘perfection sucks’ and how mastering your craft is no substitute for having good ideas.

Using case studies from his own portfolio as well as the wider cultural context, Toby will cover the Garfield principle, the importance of going beyond decoration and the beauty of mistakes. Discussing the fragile balance between commercial and personal projects, he’ll also divulge his secrets on how to build a career as a full-time illustrator.

In the afternoon, participants will put down the books and pick up the pencils as Toby guides a fast and loose drawing session, encouraging participants to actively reflect on the morning’s lessons and draw with personality, not perfection.

The session will conclude with a field trip to Toby’s studio at Inky Palms where participants will transform their work into a series of mini-zines using a risograph printer.

Interlaced with historical and cultural references, critical discussions, whimsical moments, communal eating, field trips, and unexpected guests, the workshop is designed to bring out the best in both practitioner and participant.

10am til 5.30pm, Friday November 24th at Strange Haven, 281 Karangahape Road.

$250 waged. $150 unwaged.

This price includes:

  • A purposefully intimate class (max. 10 participants)
  • A full-day intensive, collaborative workshop
  • Access to risograph printing facilities at Inky Palms and paper and inks for the mini-zine
  • All victuals provided by local suppliers
  • Knowledge you are supporting an arts-based practitioner with a living wage

To attend, visit our website. The application deadline is Wednesday November 22nd. Contact Strange Events for more details.

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Strange Events

31 Oct 2017