About Me/ Contact

I’m a Birmingham (UK) based artist, with a focus on graphic essays & memoirs. I mainly use ink brushes & nibs.

My work reflects my interests in race & gender equality, mental health & the human condition.

Follow me on Instagram @charlottewithink_

Email me at charlotte with ink (at) gmail.com, or

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My Background

Marketing professional by day, creator by night.

I graduated from University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature & Japanese. Since 2015 I’ve been co-coordinating the Birmingham branch of the international graphic novel forum LDComics and hosting comic workshops with Afrofutures UK

I’ve self-published and contributed to a number of anthologies and journals, including a graphic essay on Afrofuturism for How We Get to Next and From Stigma Power to Black Power with sociologist professor Imogen Tyler. I’m editor of LDC’s first comic anthology Hometown & I’m currently working with the team on the LDC 10-year anniversary anthology edition.

My work has been exhibited in the Cartoon Museum in London and published in the widely celebrated anthology ‘Inking Women: 250 Years of British Women Cartoon and Comic Artists’.


Get in Touch

I’m happy to do comic-related talks, workshops & residencies. My speciality is the marketing & professionalising of artists.

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Still want to know more?

Well since you’re here I guess I’ll indulge you…

  • born & raised in Dudley
  • eldest of four (awesome) sisters
  • always drawing, recording or taking notes, usually simultaneously
  • a typical INFJ

Both my flatmate & SO are musicians, which is fab. If there’s a beat, I will dance – it does wonders for my mood. I’m a fan of Lindy Hop.

Music I’m into…Janelle Monae, Emily King, Magnetic Fields, Haim, Nina Simone, the Steven Universe soundtrack…anything that resonates, really.

I want to make the book Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler a HBO TV show or feature film. It’s brilliant, please read it and get in touch so I can rant some more about it.

I’m currently trying to teach myself documentary film-making by watching good ‘uns. My partner is a walking IMDB, which is useful.

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I watch a lot of binge-worthy TV shows like Handmaids Tale, Pose, Fleabag, Killing Eve, Westworld, Stranger Things, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek Discovery, Better Call Saul, Happy, Haunting of Hill House, True Detective (seasons 1 & 3 only), Outlander, Red Dwarf, Rick & Morty, a lot of Kdramas…but my ultimate favourate is Six Feet Under.

I cycle to work everyday listening to podcasts like Dear Sugars with Cheryl Strayed, 99% Invisible with Roman Mars, Ted Talks, Flash Forward, SPI with Pat Flynn, Desert Island Discs, Design Matters by Debbie Milman and a whole bunch of marketing/ business/ art & design/ psychology/ social issues stuff.

My journey into comics came through watching Dragon Ball Z and One Piece, opening a gateway to the epic world of Manga.

Now I’m inspired by comic artist-writers like Una, Liana Finick, Eleanor Davis, Marjane Satrapi, Dan Berry, Nicola Streeten, Rachael Ball, Wallis Eates, Emma Burleigh…just to name a few that come to mind.

I confess that I copy & pasted large parts of this from my Bumble profile :’D and now I’m done.


Links

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My next project is Kill Ana, a graphic memoir about my best friends eating disorder, co-written with her.

I’ve recently started keeping track of my work in my blog.

I also write opinion pieces here.

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