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2017 in Bullet Points.

It’s the last day of the year, time for a review of 2017.

  • Found a new regular yoga teacher and learned the 9 part breath. #namaste
  • Interviewed improv legend Neil Mullarkey for my podcast. #bringabrick
  • Got my geek on delivering two talks at the Manchester WordPress Group. #mwug
  • Judged ciders at the Manchester Real Ale festival. #freecider
  • Got through all The Apprentice interviews in the Manchester heat. #notfired
  • Taught my first corporate training session #RocketSteps #PresentYourself
  • Joined the lovely folk that are Manchester Road Runners #MRR
  • Ran the Sunderland 10k in 52 minute and 29 seconds. #Howaymelegs
  • I’m the Mayor of Wirrals Favourite comedy act. #DannyPensive
  • Did the 8th Annual Liverpool improvathon with #Impropriety
  • Design work beamed out on huge video screens in a field. #WentworthMusicFestival.
  • Rode a ‘G Bike’ and did a headstand at the Google Campus in Silicon Vally, California
  • Visited the offices of Adobe and said hello to Photoshop.
  • Met the real California Highway patrol.
  • Did a live illustration commission
  • Got name checked in Sarah Millican’s autobiography.
  • Taught improv at Cambridge university.
  • I’d book you but I don’t think we can afford you” Best feedback ever after a training session.
  • Got my book on Amazon (go and buy it)
  • Did an improvised pantomime #Comedysportz
  • Watched the Doctor Who Christmas special in a school hall.
  • Yearly running stats: 1633km.

Creating artwork to tell a story

Last week I had a great time producing artwork at a conference break out session on storytelling. Using artwork to tell a story.

Myself and three other artists were given the brief to work with  management teams from a well know international engineering company. In the space of a few hours we had to create an engaging poster, which visually communicated the story of unity and passion in the work they did. artwork storytelling.

Listening to their ideas, as the artist I couldn’t help or offer my own input,  but did perhaps steer the conversation a little to facilitate the flow of creativity and ensure that everyone in the group had input in the final artwork.

creating the artwork from the idea n the group.

There’s something very cool and rewarding working on a tight timescale in a room with other artists.  Maybe somewhat competitive, but in a really positive hands on way. No digital, no undo buttons or layers, just a large sheet of A0 board to fill with marker pens . Also great to work alongside an old mate, Scott Tyrell. A former stand up comic,accomplished poet and creative director based in Newcastle.

Big thanks to Garry at Finite Productions, and Margot & the guys at Brand + Story for putting on a great event.

Engaging storytelling through artwork
The final artwork

Public speaking training. Presenting skills workshops. Storytelling workshops.