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Sandjena Barnes Ray-Ray P Olivertography Rosea Lake Natalia Romanova-Ray Alan Adewale Maria Bates Ivy Scarlett Strictly.Me Joelle Dubois Marggalkina Musketon Graphik H Matthieux Ngoje Kapaj Gangthelabel

COMUPIN’ [kuhm-uhp-hin]

verb - Giving comeuppance to the up and coming

Comupin’ is an independent student made, magazine. Its aim is to create a platform for creative, and creative minded, individuals and groups, to come and promote themselves and their work. The magazines aim is solely to advertise up and coming creative people who deserve a lot more recognition than they currently get, simply for the all the hard work the put in and the raw talent they possess.

The name Comupin’ pronounced Come-Up-In comes from two places. One being the term up and coming, the magazine features the young fresh talent that you will probably see rising to prominence in years to come.


The second meaning of the name is from the word Comeuppance - A punishment or retribution that one deserves; one’s just deserts - usually used in a negative way as the example suggest but in this way it is used in the most positive way possible. The magazine and the exposure it in turn brings is the artists’ reward, their just deserts for the hard work they do. The magazine is a celebration of what they have done so far and also looking forward to their future. To get involved or recommend people who you think deserve to be featured contact us at:

Sandjena Barnes

age: 22 from: london title: photographer I am a photographer; my company is called Senrab Photography. I’ve always had a fascination with photographs and how they were created but never had the opportunity to study and get too involved in the way that photographs are constructed until I went to College. After my first year I dropped two subjects and had to pick one up to stay on at the college; I had never done photography before but it was the only thing that really drew my attention. So that’s how it started. As I studied, I fell in love with it, the art of immortalising a moment in time. Right now my area of interest lies in portraiture.


The most satisfaction comes from seeing people who come into the studio camera shy then as the shoot goes on get more confident and expressive; then upon seeing the final images look on in disbelief at what they look like. I have seen myself grow mostly over the past year, I try my hardest to challenge myself to get better with each shoot and bring something unique to each project I am involved in. In the next 5 years I see my company growing to hopefully being one of the most successful in the UK, also collaborating with people from different artistic arenas to create one off pieces and exhibiting in galleries at some point. My inspiration comes from everything... Mostly people, our similarities and differences are the things that make us who we are. Professionals whose work I admire include Richard Avedon, Derick Blanks, Adebayo Deru and Ade Akelarin... There are others but they are at the top of the list right now.



FAVOURITE THING TO SHOOT? My favourite thing to shoot would have to be people, because they are so fascinating and its is always a challenge to capture the essense of a person.


Photography is my life, without it i dont know what I would be doing if didnt have a camera. I hope that one day my work will be in galleries for all to see


olivertography aesthetic productions and is available for any type of event including Weddings, Funerals, Music Video, Web Originals, Concerts, Promotional Videos, Album Launches and Birthday Parties.

Name: Oliver Greaves Age: 25 FROM’: LONDON, UK Title: Director of Film / Photography I formed a film production company in 2009 called Olivertography London. As a collective, this production team aims to shoot films and tell a story in the form of high quality bespoke visual content. Armed with a unique brand of vision and a spirit of excellence, Olivertography London continues to create powerful


I have always been fascinated with the camera as an object, the ability to capture moments in time encouraged me to be creative with a variety of cameras. With the anchored perception that Imagery can speak a thousand words, I decided to venture into photography. I studied Film and Television studies which allowed me to gain a further understanding into how to visually create stories and engage with an audience. This lead me to form a film production company. I am passionate about bringing ideas to life. I enjoy a challenge so the process of making something out of nothing is a true joy.

I often work with creative people crafting ideas from storyboards to reality. With access to film software, I spend a lot of time on post production, polishing the video making it the best quality possible. I would say I’m a perfectionist which can often be a hinderance when it comes to projects with time constraints. I am inspired by life’s daily struggles which the mass can relate to. I do prefer UK film projects as they focus on the sense of realism, which I believe engages the audience creating a relationship. I look up to film producers such as Alfred Hitchcock, who injects a number of psychoanalytical theories and thought provoking themes in his works whilst maintaining realism. In 5 years time I see myself producing a feature film.



“Judgments” I took this last year, but in retrospect, I think it’s my strongest piece from high school. Working on this project really made me examine my own opinions, preconceptions and prejudices about “slutty” women and women who choose to cover all of their skin alike. I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed, slut-shame, and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that I found appropriate. I’d like to think I’m more open now.


Natalia Romanova-Ray What inspires you?

Clever solutions, Great and Smart People, History and Truth.

Who do you look up to? I’m quite lucky to be able to work now with people who I look up to, which when I was studying Product design in my hometown was an unimaginable dream.

age: 27 from: Yekaterinburg, Russia title: Product / Structural Packaging Designer at seymourpowell Design Innovations within different products and 3d expressions of the Brands within structural packaging. I aim to try to create a better future for people, companies and the planet.

Sustainable, powerless coffee maker. This project was inspired by RCA degree show and me trying to understand what I can improve within area of coffee making. The most exiting part was actually to do all the research. The idea was to make a coffee maker which dosen’t use electricity, but make easy and enjoyable process.

Where does your passion come from?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

From my aspiration to solve problems, help people and do something meaningful with my life

Somewhere in Japan, working for the leading companies =) I love dreaming, because dreams can come true.

What do you do and why?


What was your most enjoyable job or creation you made?

ALAN ADEWALE I am part owner of a Clothing Brand called VA-Garments. VA-Garments stand for Visual Artistic Garments We

reason being that London is a multicultural city. The brand was started by Vidal Bull and myself in the summer of 2008. We met while at Uni. We both attended university of Bedfordshire in London and we came to discover that we had a lot in common and decided to create a lifestyle brand, making it more about the lifestyle

are based in south London for specific

than just clothes .

AGE: 26 FROM: LONDON, uk TITLE: DESIGNER Tell me more about yourself?


The vision from the start was to create a lifestyle, to try and embody men and women into the VA (VISUAL ARTISTIC) lifestyle. Making each garment accessible and affordable, we came to an understanding to create visually stimulating garments, making them unique for our cut and construction. The aim was simple, it was to have a unique stamp on the clothing industry in the United Kingdom and have that appeal that connects

I have always been into design and from an early age was already designing and painting. I had a good eye for colour and textureI always wanted to be the one designing something different to make the eye wonder. Fashion was something I picked up as I grew older, as for many teens. I believe VA-Garments is different in many ways and we are inspired simply, by a vision to take a simple menswear garment, and implicate

with the consumers.

colour, print, cut and form in an

experimental and unique way, and give a fresh and innovative alternative to our urban society. Breaking away from the stereotypical urban trends affiliated with our common society which is LONDON, our main aim was to produce a brand, that could change perceptions and break barriers of what a modern youth culture, specifically young adults, felt were socially accepted.

va-innovation collection comupin’

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

alan with co-founder vidal and shoe designer jimmy choo


The aim is for the brand to have more awareness, we have expanded our brand marketing. We have moved beyond our social and cultural circles into the wider society. We have interests from many quarters and even recently we have expanded into Africans. We are very encouraged by the endorsements of any icons. But it could be better; we are still looking at more expansion. Of course we hope to get into well known stores to push the brand, and to have at least 8 out 10 people in London wear the garments religiously.


MARIA BATES name: Maria Bates age:19 from: maidstone, kent title: artist I would call myself a young artist on the road to completing my knowledge and apprenticeship in the tattooing trade. I work at shady adeys custom tattoo and piercing shop in Maidstone, I spend my days taking bookings for myself and the other artists the occasional days I have had my own tattoos to do in people. At the moment I have been tattooing my own artwork on my friends.

I do this job as I have work incredibly hard to get it, I have wanted to do some thing creative with my artwork my entire life and when I was younger I wanted to do animation for Disney, I still would love that job but i’ll stick to tattooing at the moment. The passion for this job came along when I met my boyfriend and his family 3 years ago, he comes from a line of tattoo artists and seeing what they do inspired me massively and gave me the drive and passion to do it, I went up to The Orkney Islands above Scotland a year ago and worked in his sisters tattoo shop there and learnt alot about tattoo culture and art.

what inspires you? and in 5 years? The things that inspire me the most are, people, places and even food I love drawing feminine things i.e Roses, Teapots, mirrors, birds etc. I love to paint also! I look up to past artists as well as new up and coming artists I love the works of Emily rose, Jean le roux, Horyoshi, Martin Abel, Megan massacre, Crispy lenox & all those at Jayne Doe tattoo essex.


In five years I like to see myself away from the grey atmosphere in England and I want to travel around with my tattoo kit and learn more about cultures and see new artists, I want to gain tattoos on the way from people I have met and hope to have alot more knowledge of the world and what it has to offer! I would love to retire in America or a small island, But we can all dream.

ivy scarlett age: 22 From: London, Uk title: fashion designer What do you do? I am studying fashion andworking freelance in the industry, I also blog occasionally. I am in the midst of finding myself as a designer and creating my signature. Currently studying a degree in Fashion Textiles at Middlesex University, I am learning the disciplines of both fashion and textiles, which allows me to express my passion for both disciplines. I work freelance jobs such as styling ‘Trade For Print’ photoshoots. I also volunteer occasionally for fashion companies whom I have previously worked for.


What do you love about it?

What inspires you?

I’ve always been the type of person who is happiest when doing something creative and hands on. I love designing and creating, working with colour and different textures are a bonus (and one of the many benefits of studying a Fashion Textiles degree).

In terms of fashion, clean cut impeccably sewn simplistic silhouettes with a little twist. Fashion for the people is what inspires me the most. I’m working towards designing for the next generation.

Where does your passion come from?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In all honesty, I believe that I was born with the love for all things creative and fashionable. My grandmother used to be a seamstress; sometimes I feel that her spirit is what is inspiring me. It’s like I woke up one day and just knew that this creative industry was for me.

Alive! I don’t predict the future. Have never been good at it! However, In a perfect world, in 5 years time I would have my own boutique in Covent Garden and perhaps a concessions store opening in John Lewis. By 5 years time hopefully I would be recognised as a Fashion Print designer, specialising in menswear and on occasion womenswear.

Who do you Look up to? My mum, my family, my grandmother, my ‘future self’ and of course God. I do not wish to be like any other designer today although I do find many current designers extremely inspirational.

First Collection: Graduate Menswear Collection R-T-W

What do you do and why? Mainly I create artwork, i redesign photo’s in my own unique style, I recreate and sell portraits for people. I also produce flyers posters logo’s and album art for several clients. Why because thats what makes me happy i enjoy everything I do, if i didn’t i wouldn’t do it.

Where does your passion come from? Im not sure., it initially spouted from boredom I would be just in my room with nothing to do so I started messing around with photoshop and later on moved to illustrator and yh i just started doing these pictures then people started asking for me to do pictures for them and after a while i started making money off it by printing it on canvas, Its more of a hobby then a job. One of my favourite quotes it “if you find a job that you love, you will never work another day in your life” and that exactly how i feel everything i do is fun to me :).


Ermm Im gonna go down the cheesy route and say my mum, I probably get my creativity and entrepreneurial drive from her, but other than that i would have to say music, It plays a big part in how i feel i cannot actually go a day with out listening to it.

Who do you look up to?


What inspires you?

In regards to my work, i don’t really look up to anyone, i don’t really watch other peoples work. If you was to ask me to name 10 graphic designers i would struggle because i don’t really look to other for inspiration, the name was some what based on this fact, that all you see from me is from me not recycled stuff I’ve seen somewhere else.

What was your most enjoyable job and why? It has to be my portraits, I’m not sure why, I do find it quite therapeutic, along with a nice piece of music.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? hmm five years i just want to have a bigger following and be making money on a larger scale. The long term aim is to have my own 3 tier studio hosting design music and photography studio.

Name: Ashley Greaves Age: 22 From: London, UK Title: Graphic Artist


JOELLE DUBOIS Name: Joelle dubois age: 20 Title: Illustrator from: Ghent, Belgium I’m currently studying at LUCA (school of arts) in Belgium to receive my master degree in Illustration. I love drawing with pencil and gouach, for my final assignment I have to illustrate John Steinbeck’s classic novel, “Of Mice and Men”. I’ve been drawing since I was born, lol , no at the age of 6 I was in a arts class during the weekend and till the day of today I never stopped drawing,

painting, creating... illustrating is my passion. I’ve always been creative. For example, I used to create dolls houses out of old shoeboxes. I loved to draw fantasy worlds etc. I think I get the gift from my parents, my mother used to draw too, she can draw very well but she couldnt go to art school because of her parents, my father aswell, he loves to draw little cartoonic figures and stuff.

and they always supported me with my creativity, they promoted art school. where do I see my self in 5 years??...hmmm... I dont know actually, haha I’ve never thought of that, I think I live from day to day.Iill see what my future brings, but one thing I know is that I would love to keep on drawing and be able to make a living out of it.




Marggalkina What do you do?

Why you do it?

What inspires you?

I mainly produce web apps and web design, UIX design, flash banners, polygraphy. Its a high valued job but you know, lacks in soul hahahaha.. I’m interested in illustrations and interactive installations, wall art and packing, rotoscoping, animation. I find it more lively.

I have been drawing all my life, i don’t know why. It makes me feel happy and satisfied. its a self-expression. As your work gets harder the more you become obsessed and happier. Designing, for me is not a profession, its a way of thinking, its the way of life.

I am inspired by real life, by what other designers are doing. Every night when I lay in my bed Im watching my Instagram’s feed. I following many designers and studios all over the world. Thats really nice to look at what they do. Their work gives me many ideas for work. And of course music inspires me! Most of all.

I would like to be a videomaker for bands. One of my dreams is creating animated rotoscoping videos for my favorite bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, Bastille, Kings of leon, Imagine dragons, The Maccabees etc. Its really excited, Im working on it right now hahaha...

your Most enjoyable job or creation you made?


Who do you look up to?

It was the wall art for my current job. At an office. Ive never done anything like it before, but it was a great experience for me. I drew a big picture on the wall. It was hard and a very detailed job. It took roughly 2 weeks to complete.

Where does your passion come from? From my heart ^_^

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? It’s difficult to guess it. You never know what tomorrow brings, I wish I will be happy at some place. And now I have no idea where I can be.



>>> comupin’

musketon I am an illustrator for flyers, posters, t-shirts, you name it. My workday is rather unorthodox, I don’t believe in a structured nine to five schedule in my line of work. I barely sleep to make it true the day and in the very little spare time I find in between working for clients, I have this urge to do some illustration from the top of my mind. I find inspiration everywhere, in the supermarket, the train, whatever kind of place. I’m working on some awesome projects with equally awesome clients. Since I need to beat my insomnia I sketch up all the things that are just piling up in my head.



name: graphik h age: 25 from: france title: Graphic designer/ illustrator

What is it that you do and Where does your passion why? come from?

What was your most enjoyable job?

I work from photographs. above I draw, I give another universe just like adding elements designed only to line. I create a difference. Drawing is my passion since I was a kid. I love to create new images.

Unfortunately I have never worked professionally in my area yet. But the work that I post on my blog are a real pleasure for me.

It came to me very young. When I was little I’ve always drawn and made my own comics.

Who do you look up to? I admire people who go to the ends of what they do.




What inspired you? Everything can inspire me. Just lookING with the right angles. Art in general� inspires me, but also everyday life.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope to continue to build as long as I can!


mathieux ngoje kapaj OF ‘GANGTHELABEL’ name: N-kay blessed age:19 From: ghent, belgium title: music artist

Mathieux Ngoje Kapaj is a member of “gangthelabel” a hiphop collective that consists of 4 members, dro, kuston, dipsy and mathieux goes by the name, Nkay Blessed, Nkay is short for his family name, and he is known by his crazy flow and mysterious sounding voice. Fans of gangthelabel are mostly in europe, but they have dreams of becoming famous overseas. They have already been touring in sweden and recently were the support act for Big Sean. With more than 2m. views on youtube their fame will definetly grow. Now they’re about to sign a deal with ‘the subs’, a Belgian Electronic band (based in London), and theyre


curruntly Working on a new album. What makes Gangthelabel so special is that theyre selfmade, they produce their own songs, beats, designs. Music makes me feel good and comfortable so I wanted to make it myself, when I make music I can be 100% myself and its my escape. I started rapping when I was 15 together with my best friend dipsy, and we got in touch with kuston and dro and then it all begun. Passion? When I was little I looked up at lil wayne. I wanted to be like him but better. In 5 years? Musically I hope ill live of my music and share my passion with others.

favourite verse?

look at me look at me, I’m a loser, I’m a winner, I’m good, I’m bad, I’m a Christian, I’m a sinner, I’m humble, I’m loud, I’m righteous, I’m a killer, what I’m doing, I’m saying that I’m human.

-kendrick lamar



GANGTHELABEL A group functioning as a label but bound as a gang that delivers you the freshest Hiphop out of Belgium, Europe

which artist or group do you guys look up to the most? One rapper we’ve always been looking up to. One rapper we’ve been following since 2007 before he got really famous. If we’d get the chance to meet anyone of our idols, we’d pick that one rapper. When people who run up to us for a picture, telling us we are their idols and that they’re so happy to meet us, it always gives us a feeling of joy. Seeing those

people happy is what we do it for. But the feeling they have when they meet us, their idols, is a feeling we never had before, until now though! At first, we couldn’t really believe it, but it seems to be true. He’s is doing a tour through Europe and guess what? He’s stopping in our hometown, Ghent, and they asked us to do the support act, ain’t that some shit?

On the 1st of March, 2013, we met the one and only BIG SEAN! He’s an american, 25 years old, rapper, millionaire and member of G.O.O.D. music, Kanye West’s label. We’re proud and we think we’re allowed to be. This is an indication for us that we’re doing well and it motivates us to work even harder for our music. It’was one hell of a show, and an unbeleivable performance and achievement.


CREATIVE AND DIGITAL MINDS WANTED Creative Pioneers is the nationwide search to find the country’s new breed of minds and place them into the UK’s top creative businesses. The UK’s creative and digital media industry has a plan to steer its future. It begins by finding a new breed of minds. Minds that play with technology, embrace change and advocate the innovative.

Chosen by today’s great minds, the cream of the crop will get internship, apprenticeship and entrepreneurship opportunities to kick-start their career in the fields of television, film, publishing, gaming, mobile, advertising and digital technology. The Challenge was launched last year (2012) to help develop the UK ecosystem for advertising, creative and digital media businesses, and to sustain its global competitive advantage.

Minds that Can-Do, Can-Code and Can-Start. Creative Pioneers is the nationwide search to find these minds and place them into the UK’s top creative businesses. This year’s Challenge offers successful applicants two different routes into the industry via paid for internships or apprenticeships.

Sharp minds? enter your online application now at comupin’

We’re looking to help those who want to make the content and platforms of tomorrow for digital domination. Those who are talented enough will get a leg-up into the digital creative community in London’s Shoreditch and beyond. You’ll gain contacts, exposure, investment, office facilities or mentoring to get your business off the ground and onto the path of triumph. Twelve month apprenticeships in creative and digital media, digital marketing and advertising, social and public relations, leading to an industry-recognised qualification and the opportunity for permanent employment.

may13 events


contact list: Sandjena Barnes

Ivy Scarlett twitter: jenasan92 instgram: senrabj

Ray-Ray P


Twitter: @Rayraypho




Rosea Lake Twitter: @roseaposey Flickr: roseaposey Email: tumblr:

Natalia Romanova-Ray



Alan Adewale

Graphik H GraphikH/361742533841612

Maria Bates

Matthieux Ngoje Kapaj









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Comupin’ is an independent student made, magazine. Its aim is to create a platform for creative, and creative minded, individuals and groups...


Comupin’ is an independent student made, magazine. Its aim is to create a platform for creative, and creative minded, individuals and groups...