Chicha Portraits at the Eye Candy Art Fair with Michelle Turton

Following a recent trip to Peru, Michelle returns to Birmingham inspired by the bright neons of Peruvian chicha style artwork and invites you to sit for a FREE Peruvian chicha style portrait. Combining her love of portraiture and Peruvian chicha artwork you’re guaranteed a portrait that’ll put the colour back in your cheeks!

Join Michelle for your free portrait at the Eye Candy Illustration and Art Fair from 10am on Saturday 1st October at St Martin in the Bullring, Birmingham.


When we first met Lewis Moran at Eye Candy 2014 he put together a portrait booth that proved so popular none of the Eye Candy team had a chance to get their portraits drawn. This year Lewis is back to show people how to make zines at the Illustration and Art Fair – we definitely want to get time to make one of those. We think he is one to watch!

What is your creative process from inception to creation?
I would say my process is quite simple. Once I have received the brief my first point of call is to make a few rough sketches of how I want the page to look and once I am happy, I jump straight into making the artwork. I build my images in layers on individual sheets of paper so I start by drawing the image in pencil and then using another sheet overlay washes of ink to add texture. Once they are scanned in I clean them up and multiply the images, usually on Photoshop. Read more


Fay Brown’s beautiful watercolour illustrations cross over fashion and lifestyle. See her stall at the Eye Candy illustration and art fair.

What first got you into visual arts?
Art was one of my favourite subjects at school, so after my A levels I decided to do a foundation course. This was where I really got into illustration. Meeting new people on the course and sharing ideas in the studio allowed me to learn about so many great artists and illustrators, who I still admire now. Read more


James Chapman uses cartoons to help explain comical idiosyncrasies and multi-cultural themes from across the world. For example did you know that in English, dogs go “woof”, but in Romanian they go “ham!”? Neither did we but this, along with other strange insights, form his never-ending insights and funny work.

How did you develop your style?
My style pretty much comes from any cartoons from the past 20 years, I’ve always watched them and tried to draw my own versions so I think that’s all fed into my current style. Read more


Relatively new in to the world of work, after graduating just a couple of years ago, Definitely Jenny has been busying herself with magazine commissions and developing her distinctive, fun and fresh style. She’ll be selling prints at the Eye Candy illustration & art fair as well as running a workshop.

What first got you into visual arts?
I’ve always loved drawing when I was a kid and spent ages drawing my own fantastical beasts – I believe some of them even roam the depths of my family home still. It wasn’t until I had to chose my A-Levels that I knew I had to pursue the creative industry, I wasn’t even particularly fussed what discipline to follow at that point, all I knew was that I enjoyed it and that I had copious amounts of teenage angst against my father’s strong expectations of me becoming a doctor/lawyer/politician. The rest as they say, is history. Read more


British interiors brand Brennan & Burch sees Lisa Brennan’s colourful illustrations and hand-drawn characters decorate wallpapers, furniture, rugs and prints come to life. Co-founders Lisa & Majida have been friends since the 1980s and started their independent fashion brand specialising in limited edition streetwear in 2000 to celebrate popular culture and their love of movements like rockabillies, punk, casuals and acid house. For 10 years selling worldwide at super cool stores like La Foret Harajuku, Selfridges and Topshop, they turned their effort to the home and branched out into interiors where clients have included Heals, Paul Smith and Hotel Pelirocco. Here Lisa tells us more about her creative world.

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London based illustrator Ben Hendy will be appearing at Eye Candy’s Illustration & Art Fair on Saturday 1st October. Here he talks us through his processes.

How does living in London influence your image making?
Living and working in London is great! I find the large amount and diversity of museums here hugely inspiring. A lot of the ideas for my work come from drawings made in museums in London.
I also love drawing musicians playing gigs, especially jazz. There is a decent amount of good jazz bars and clubs in London with regular jazz sessions and jams, so it’s always pretty easy to find somewhere exciting to draw. Drawing to live music helps me loosen up and capture more energy in my work.
There is a lot of travelling involved with living in London, which is a great time to draw or plan new work. I always have a sketchbook at hand whilst sitting on the tube or bus, usually drawing the other commuters. Read more