I’ve been to the Graduate Show several times this year, partly because I have something on display in the Young Arts Club section. I’ve been really interested in the Illustration and Game Arts exhibitions, because those are the areas i’m hoping to study and work in, but I had a good look around the other galleries too.
This year I met Elena O’Neill and Lorna Davey who are graduating in Illustration. They showed me around the exhibition and talked to me about their course. Elena had some beautiful patterns on display and had pencil cases and pouches made from printed fabric of her work. She also had really cute tiny clay(?) birds scattered around her section. Lorna had an amazing self portrait up on the wall in a comic style. She also had a book of other portraits there and I love the details in the hair and how her portraits have loads of character. Lorna is staying in Plymouth after graduation, so i’m really hoping we can meet again to do some sketching.
I bumped into Alice Kensington, who is also graduating Illustration, on opening night. I’ve met Alice a couple of times before at DevCon (the local science fiction/comics convention) and we are both into cosplay, cartoons like Gravity Falls and Steven Universe and games like Zelda. The first time I saw her she was in costume as the Other Mother from Coraline and I was Mabel Pines, the second time she was Scarlet Overkill from the Minions movie and I was Frisk from Undertale. I really like her illustration work, which is so colourful and soft and curvy. Alice is really sweet and i’m definitely going to meet her soon to buy her a piece of cake and do some drawing together :3
There was a badge making machine in the Illustration shop and I made three custom badges with my own quick sketches. One was for a friend and I didn’t take a photo, but here are the other two, one is a picture of my brother and the other is the character Ellie from the game The Last of Us:
There were so many amazing things in Illustration and I got a zine called Floating Around by Cameron Williamson. It’s about someone who’s anxious about going to the Art College, but makes a decision to give it a shot. In the center theres a great picture of him staring out to sea on Plymouth Hoe. It reminded me of what it felt like when I started at the Young Arts Club. I also fell in love with the work of Emma Baker for zines, fanzines and the characters she designed to illustrate phobias. I wanted to buy one of her zines but it wasn’t on sale, so i’m going to contact her about it to see if she has any copies.
I’ll do another post about the rest of the exhibitions another time.