I was standing in a centre of the Somerset House exhibition hall preparing my mind and eyes to consume vast assortment of the biggest illustration fair of the year. As I stood with my eyes shut this annoying feeling of déjà vu at last began to fade and was fully disrupted by the smell of sausage. Yes. This was my second time at Pick Me Up, and one immediate difference I noticed was smell… “Previews are funny” I though to myself, some smell of cheap vine or sweat or mould, some reek with overpowering perfume. “Sausages are original” I thought again and took one passing me on a plate. I realised I was hungry not only for some juicy art.
As a designer I was instantly pleased with beautifully designed branding of this years fear. I skipped overcrowded bar full of networking skinny, colourful individuals, most of whom wore hats. “Don’t trust people with hats in a flat.” — personal superstition. Could be a good setting for an illustration. No?
Walls were full of art, I was skeptical. Year before I was quite disappointed with selection, so was not so hyped about it this year as well. But strangely it was good, I would lie if I say I liked every peace, but that is not the point is it? I was impressed by variety of techniques and styles, which did not have same “trendy” stamp on them as last years exhibits. This years fair was actually showcasing something fresh and delightful. Wall after wall, room after room I have enjoyed, different nationalities, styles and themes.
So it is time to wrap it up. Overal I loved the meat…by which I mean illustrations, and strongly advice you to visit this fair “pick something up” and buy shit out of it. Support the artists and… you know the rest. I am serious.
P.S. “Pick Me Up” guys third year already eh? Maybe it is time to think about a kick ass website, that Somerset House one does not fit your size. Send us a note if you are interested.
Not so popular corner of the exhibition hall
Pure Evil gave a visit as well
Still trying to figure out secret popularity potion
Days you can pick
You know where you are, you know what to do