1. Illustrator’s Diary: December Events and Exhibitions

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    December is just around the corner and the frosty weather is almost certainly convincing you to stay indoors, wrap up, sit back with a good (comic) book and a warm toddy. But, if you are looking for another way to warm the cockles of your heart, here are some of the events and exhibitions that we think are worth braving the cold for.

    David Bailey: NW1

    HENI Gallery, London, 1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017
    David Bailey: NW1
    © David Bailey

    David Bailey had lived in Primrose Hill and Camden for nearly 30 years when he decided to capture the shuttered cinemas, boarded railway arches, crumbling Victorian facades, dormant car parks and advertising hoardings before they disappeared from view entirely. In 1982, when NW1 was first published, it reflected an already vanishing landscape: viewed now, Bailey’s photographs are even more portentous and poignant.

    To coincide with the release of an elegant and newly designed edition the images will be exhibited at the HENI Gallery in Soho from 1st December 2016 to 31st January 2017. This will be the first time the images have been exhibited.

    Tokyo Creepshow – Manga style multimodel life drawing

    Orbital Comics, London, 2 December 2016
    Tokyo Creepshow - Manga style multimodel life drawing
    Artwork by Clair H © Tokyo Creepshow

    Tokyo Creepshow is a life drawing session inspired by Japanese urban horror stories, Harajuku gothic street fashions and macabre manga. Three professional life models will hold expressive dynamic poses for professional and aspiring artists and illustrators who love drawing characters in costume.

    Hosted at Orbital Comics, admission is £15 and includes complimentary refreshments and some art materials. Spaces are strictly limited, so get your tickets early! Find out more on their Facebook page.

    The Monocle Christmas Market 2016

    Midori House, London, 3 – 4 December 2016
    The Monocle Christmas Market 2016
    © Monocle

    The Monocle Christmas Market returns for another year offering some exclusive Christmas shopping, a warming glass of glühwein and Santa Claus himself. Stallholders include Another Country, Begg & Co, Bilbao-Bizkaia, Earl of East London, the Embassy of Switzerland, Farmers’, Hey, LA Gent, M Hulot, Oyuna, The Workers Club, Viu and many more. It will be Open Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December, 11.00 – 17.00 on both days.

    Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings

    Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, 8 December 2016 – 12 February 2017
    Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings
    Metropolis, 1988 © Zaha Hadid Architects Gallery

    This winter, the Serpentine presents an exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The show will focus on Hadid’s early works before her first building was erected in 1993 (Vitra Fire Station in Germany) and present her paintings and drawings from the 1970s to the early 1990s. The exhibition will take place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, renovated and extended by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013.

    Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings will coincide with the opening of Zaha Hadid Architects much anticipated Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum, which will explore how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

    Fashion Illustration Gallery Art Fair

    Fashion Illustration Gallery, London, 10 – 11 December 2016
    Fashion Illustration Gallery Art Fair
    © Fashion Illustration Gallery

    The Fashion Illustration Gallery Art Fair is taking off. Hold on to your seats. Hosted at The Shop at The Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU, on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11. The fair brings together some of the world’s most brilliant image makers who have created fashion illustration. Included in the line up are: Cecilia Carlstedt, Amelie Hegardt, Rosie McGuinness, Richard Kilroy, Daisy de Villeneuve, Gill Button, David Downton, Rob Phillips, Aurore de la Morinerie, Tanya Ling, Richard Haines, Gary Card, Tina Berning and Susannah Garrod. Check the Fashion Illustration Gallery’s Instagram feed for the latest news.

    House of MinaLima hosts The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films

    House of MinaLima, London, until 4 February 2017
    House of MinaLima hosts The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films
    © MinaLima

    Award winning studio MinaLima opens the doors of 26 Greek Street, Soho, London to showcase their fifteen years of creative collaboration in graphic design. The House boasts four floors of distinctive designs on display, from their work on the Harry Potter film series and the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film.

    The exhibition will featuring authentic Harry Potter film props kindly on loan from the Warner Bros. and your chance to buy reproduced limited edition art prints. Find out more on their website and Facebook page.