Dipping back into the world of commercial art…











I haven’t posted any news for a while and this has been partly down to working in Sheffield for the cool guys at Sumo Digital as Consultant Art Director on Little Big Planet 3. Its great from time to time to get involved with a large scale project and also work with some new and amazingly talented people. It gives you scope to learn new things, new techniques, new software and new ways to creatively think. The third instalment of the legendary Little Big Planet took 3 years to complete, and it will be released on Sony’s Playstation 3 and newly arrived Playstation 4.

Many thanks to all the great people who I had the chance to work along side and its very true that a project is only as good as the team working on it.

Richard Allport Artist 2015

Easy Art Pro welcomes Nick Underwood

Richard Allport Nick Underwood







We are happy and excited to now also be working with Nick underwood.

Nick had a successful career in sports marketing up until 1994 when he joined Ragdoll Productions as Head of International Marketing, where he worked on properties such as Rosie & Jim, Tots TV and Teletubbies.

After a period in South Africa and then as CEO of a small UK media plc he joined Open Mind Productions as a Consultant in 2005, and was elevated to the role of Commercial Director in 2007. Nick’s expertise is in putting together creative business models for co-productions and for licensing and merchandising. For over 30 years Nick has been conducting business on a global basis and has been responsible for numerous international brands and ventures during this period.

We look forward to seeing what the future holds with the wealth of experience that Nick brings with him.

Find out more about Open Mind’s productions and history here. www.openmind.co.uk


Richard Allport Artist 2013


Easy Art Pro goes Photo…

Following on from the continued success of the existing Easy
Art Pro creativity courses, we are now offering a new addition to our lectures/
workshops on the subject of Digital Photography and Image Manipulation.

Each workshop’s contents and length can be bespoke fit to
whatever you would like your students to learn. Workshops can purely be on
photography and image recording or (far more recommended) the enhancement and manipulation of those images to create new, interesting or bizarre results. For
image manipulation talks schools will need a minimum of the current version of
Adobe Photoshop Elements, a free 30 day trial is available from Adobe at this


(Please also check the minimum computer requirements to run
this software, although most schools computer don’t have any problems)

and ideally the purchase of a Wacom graphics tablet and pen,
available at the following link:


Although your approved school’s technical supplier may well
be able to acquire this item for you with schools discount taken from the

A graphics tablet isn’t absolutely necessary for the new
Photography and Image Manipulation talks and many things can be achieved using a mouse, but students using the pen typically end up producing better work, learning faster and buying one for personal use due to the fun they have had
within school!

For more enquiries or to make a booking please contact us on
0771 0500 891 or email us at info@easyartpro.com.

Richard Allport Artist 2012


Is it a bird? is it a plane?…it could be a teacher!

“There is this unbelievable willingness to turn a blind eye to the injustices that are happening to kids every single day in our schools in the name of harmony amongst adults.” -Michelle Rhee

A trailer for Davis Guggenheim’s film about Education………….or the lack of it. “Waiting for Superman” Great viewing, lots of food for thought, check it out!

Richard Allport Artist 2012

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The New World of School Leadership Conference

An inspiring and information packed Conference held at the Copthorne Hotel this Thursday and easily one of the most  Educationally Creative days I’ve ever attended!

Many thanks to Noel Dunne at Creative Alliance (www.creativealliance.org.uk) for “squeezing” me in at the 11th hour, and a huge thank you for all the organisers involved at the hotel and with The New World of School Leadership event itself.

Brilliant discussions presented by Professor Mick Waters, Charles Leadbeater and Paul Collard (Creativity, Culture and Education, NGO) made the day such a great event!

I hope that the attending School Heads had the “light-bulb” moments go on in the way some of us Industry Practitioners did.

Richard Allport Artist 2012

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Another great day at Moseley Secondary School!

70 pupils took their seats today for a bombardment of new and unusual ways of looking at creativity! My talks are usually a non stop information stream of fresh perspectives, showing people how to draw if they don’t think they can combined with motivational ideas, imagery and ways of looking at the world and design afresh. Today was no exception.

I have presented at Moseley School on several occasions to date, and bumped into some old “victims!” who told me they still used my ideas when the time came to be creative. Very encouraging!

Here’s looking to the spring term time when I’m going back in again, and many thanks once again to all teachers involved!

(Amazing how much attention something as simple as a coke can, can hold!)

Richard Allport Artist

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Sometimes genius is quiet!

I posted a while ago about the video for the track “White Knuckles”  by group OK GO. Have a look at the making of clip below the video underneath, it just goes to show how many people and how much effort go into realising creative ideas!

(The video that was finally broadcast was ultimately captured on camera in one take after several weeks of rehearsal, the footage of the take starts around 6:30 into the clip)

Richard Allport 2011
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