Art, reviews and thoughts from a young artist in Plymouth, UK.

A month ago I went to the BA (Hons) Illustration show at Plymouth University.  There was so much there that I loved that I won’t be able to fit into one blogpost, so here is the first of my posts on the exhibition. (Edit – here is Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5)

The Illustration degree at Plymouth University encourages students to experiment with animation, comics, and illustration for commercial products like cards and labels.  This is different from the approach at PCA where you choose a specific pathway for your degree from the beginning, e.g. BA (Hons) Animation.  Below are some of my photos of different artist’s work.

Rebecca Hughes had several storyboards on display as well as a monitor showing her animations.  I like the simply drawn characters and warm colours.

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Stars – Storyboard for animation by Rebecca Hughes

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Dreamweaver – Storyboard for animation by Rebecca Hughes

Wallace Smith (Instagram) illustrates comics and zines.  I like how Wallace has chosen colours reminiscent of a sunrise for his morning scene.

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Comics and zines by Wallace Smith

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Morning/Evening – Comic by Wallace Smith

Anne Helene Åmo (Instagram) had on display this heavily detailed and quite sad scene which I found really emotional.

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I found you in sunlight, lost you at midnight – Ink Journal project by Anne Helene Åmo

Emily Mead (Instagram) does greetings cards illustrations with a humorous tone.  The colouring looks like it could have been done in watercolour and the inking on the second image below has a cool, sketchy texture to it.

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Design for a men’s birthday card by Emily Mead

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Christmas card design by Emily Mead

Chris Perry (Instagram) had on display some dramatic and creepy linocut pieces which illustrate a picture book.  I think the two-tone artwork is very striking.

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Page from Yokai & I – Linocut picture book by Chris Perry

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Page from Yokai & I – Linocut picture book by Chris Perry

Frankie Hill (Instagram) illustrated the walls of their display with an enormous creature which really stood out.  I like the different shading techniques they used on their pen drawing of a character with horns and it would make a great t-shirt print.

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In One’s Mind – Illustrations by Frankie Hill

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In One’s Mind – Illustration by Frankie Hill

Hannah Cavaney had character and concept art on display.  When I look at the image below I feel like I have been on a journey and the end is in sight.  The character below is cute and her different expressions make her look confident and opinionated.

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Concept art by Hannah Cavaney

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Character Designs for a project on the legend of King Arthur by Hannah Cavaney

Verity Robson (Instagram) has illustrated a picture book about bereavement called Letters to Dad.  Her simple artwork and messages give the effect of being drawn by a child and help make sense of a really difficult subject.

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Letters to Dad – A picture book by Verity Robson

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A page from Letters to Dad – A picture book by Verity Robson

Another post with more from the exhibition will follow!

 

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