I’ve moved around a lot over the years but nowhere has felt quite like home as Manchester. This city has always felt so warm and welcoming – from the days out I’d spend here as a kid, the nights out in my teens and twenties – and now I have the privilege of calling this city my home.

This latest illustration is inspired by and dedicated to all the wonderful people of Manchester who have responded with nothing but love, strength and unity, in the face of the the horrific M.E.N Arena Bombing on Monday Night.

The Manchester bee is a proud symbol of the city’s hard-working past during the industrial revolution. The city was a hive of activity and the residents were often compared to busy worker bees. This symbol is just as relevant today as it was then.

This piece is being auctioned off by the good people at Art Battle Manchester, with 100% of the proceeds going to the #WeStandTogether Charity Fund to support the families of those injured or killed in the attack.

Edit: The Auction is now over and has raised a collective £37,750. This was then doubled by Vodafone Foundation bringing the grand total up to £75,000.

Celebrating 10 Years in Business

My little design business is celebrating its 10th Birthday this week!

It’s been an amazing journey so far and I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of it – for all the commissions, collaborations, referrals, advice, and just generally being awesome and supportive over the years. I wouldn’t be in business without you!

Here’s to the next 10 years and beyond!

#ArtDrop Manchester

Over the past few months I’ve been leaving Free Art packs in various locations in Central Manchester for people to find and keep. Each pack contains a limited edition (1/10) art print, stickers, and a handwritten note to the recipient.

It’s always a fun excursion finding spots for these little art packs. I sometimes leave clues on my Instagram and Twitter for anyone who wants to track one down – but more often than not I leave it up to chance. It’s nice to hear from the folks who randomly come across them!

I have a few more of these packs at the ready to leave out in the run up to the holidays, so keep an eye out if you’re in Manchester. I’ll be following up with a new series in 2017 too.

#ArtDrop Manchester Northern Quarter

#ArtDrop Manchester Oxford Road

Wellington House Art Jam 2016

I’ve grown a real taste for live art events, so when I was invited to participate in this year’s Wellington House Art Jam in my home city of Manchester, the answer was an immediate yes!

The Art Jam is an annual event, organised by Jay Sharples and Mantra Live, which this year invited a diverse group of over 50 artists from across the UK and beyond come together to transform the exterior walls of Wellington House. Add some music, drinks, food, and good vibes into the mix – and you’ve got yourself a paint party!

I was given an 8ft board to add my mark to which I used to create something more colourful than I’d usually attempt at an event. The painting was based on a digital illustration I created a few months ago, with a few tweaks to make it better fit the space. I used a combination of spray paints, POSCA pens, and good old acrylics and brushes for the rainbow.

It was a late finish and the venue had gotten pretty dark by the end of the night, so it was tricky getting a decent photo of my completed board. You can see the final piece for yourself outside the front of the venue where it will be on display until next year’s Art Jam, along with some of the other artist’s boards.

Big thanks to Wellington House, Jay Sharples and Mantra Live for inviting me along! I had a blast!

Cosmic Hearts #ArtDrop

I’ve been messing around with air dry clay again and have crafted a set of cosmic heart trinkets to do another Art Drop with!

The trinkets were hand cut from flattened clay, then painted using a mix of metallic acrylic paints layered with varnish and paint pen. The process was a bit of an experiment but I was happy with what I learned from it.

I’ve hung a handful of the finished trinkets in spots around Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Find one and it’s yours!

Cosmic Heart by Stina Jones

Cosmic Heart Trinket by Stina Jones

Cosmic Hearts #ArtDrop by Stina Jones

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    Stina Jones is a Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in Manchester, with over 10 years industry experience producing fully bespoke imagery for everything from print and web marketing campaigns, through to animations and artwork installations. Clients include BBC Digital, HTC Mobiles, British Airways, Ordnance Survey, Atkins Global, Access to Music Ltd, ValueMyStuff.com, Bitters 'n' Twisted Venues, among others.

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