Is Monday gettin’ all up in your mix and making you feel sad and blue? Don’t worry Reginald - it’s #FunkMongerMonday ! Today’s funk comes all the way from #London in the form of shape throwin’ illustrator Ben Newman.
I’ve been a fan of Ben Newman ever since a copy of the Bento Bestiary fell into my lap on a cold Wednesday morning. I loved it because It combined 3 of my favourite things - shapes, demons and paper so fancy that you could fold into a hat. Ben is an awesome illustrator, and a really funny guy - check out the “Newten’s Porcelain Panther” podcasts that he records with Jim Stoten. He also spoke at the OFFSET festival in 2013 and threw a half-bag of shapes to Van Halen with nothin’ but a hula hoop and a steely look of determination in his left eye. If you look at the bottom of my Amazon #wishlist you’ll find a set of beginner bagpipes and a copy of professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space that Ben illustrated. I bought the book and it’s awesome - go and grab yourself a copy! If you ain’t followin’ Ben, go check him out - he’s up to all kinds of funk!