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Graphic Communication with Typography at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017

After I visited the Illustration degree show, I went to look at the other creative graduate work around the Plymouth University campus.  This post shows my favourite pieces from the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography show.

Sophie Niman (Instagram)

Sophie had on display her zine SOS #1.  What I like about this zine is how noisy the graphics are, with a mix of busy shapes and active and bright colours.  The black and white checkered pattern is really simple but eye-catching, and looks really great with the black text on yellow “Welcome to #1” labels.

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SOS Magazine  – Zine by Sophie Niman

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Pages from SOS Magazine by Sophie Niman

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Page from SOS Magazine by Sophie Niman

Kaisa Koisti (Instagram)

Kaisa’s project included animation with spinning, flashing and other moving parts, and packets of stickers, to raise awareness of the lack of equal opportunities to female DJs.  I think the use of equipment dials and read-outs to demonstrate the issues is clever and I like how the poster colours make them look like gig posters.

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Equalise the Mix – Campaign poster by Kaisa Koisti

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Equalise the Mix – Campaign design by Kaisa Koisti

Eve Whitehead (Instagram)

Eve’s project promoting veganism has a soft and friendly approach with a powder colour scheme and white text.  It is almost the opposite of the approach taken by Kaisa above.

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The Environmental Impact of Veganism – Posters by Eve Whitehead

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The Environmental Impact of Veganism – Packaging and promotional design by Eve Whitehead

James Dodds (Instagram)

I really like the mixture of different text types used in James’s Analog Magazine, which includes handwritten words of different thicknesses and slopes, typed text, and text which has been printed or stamped.  The magazine looks really interesting and I think it would appeal to graphic designers as well as people who are interested in vintage creative equipment like old cameras and typewriters.

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Analog Magazine – Zine by James Dodds

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Page from Analog Magazine by James Dodds

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Design for Analog Magazine by James Dodds

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Designs for Analog Magazine by James Dodds

Timothy Pascoe (Instagram)

Timothy has created a set of playful images that are great visual representations of the different film genres.  The text is clear but unobtrusive and lets the images take centre stage.

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Great British Classics – Poster design by Timothy Pascoe

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Great British Classics – Cinema ticket design by Timothy Pascoe

Lucy Allen (Instagram)

Lucy has created a zine which draws attention to the design of really useful everyday items that we might overlook as great examples of design, but they are!  I like the way she has limited her colours in each picture to give a 3-d effect to her simple lines.

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Overlooked – Poster design by Lucy Allen

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Overlooked – Zine by Lucy Allen

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Page from Overlooked zine by Lucy Allen

Gemma Beard

Gemma has designed a set of alternative street designs that look at the sort of problems that might happen if we were to start modifying human DNA.  The signs have a dry humour to them and very clear messages that provoke thought.

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Modify? – Design by Gemma Beard

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Modify? – Design by Gemma Beard

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Modify? – Exhibition design by Gemma Beard

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 5

This is my last post on the Plymouth Uni BA (Hons) Illustration show, previous posts are here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.  This post features eight more of the artists who had work on display at the show.

Natalia Pątkiewicz (Instagram) takes inspiration from fantasy and sci-fi themes to design characters, environments and worlds to illustrate short stories and games.  Natalia thoroughly explores her ideas about a character’s background, story, costume and expression.

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Visual Development of Fables for Robots by S. Lem – Character Design by Natalia Pątkiewicz

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Visual Development of Fables for Robots by S. Lem – Character Design by Natalia Pątkiewicz

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‘Failures of Felix’ – Game art by Natalia Pątkiewicz

Failures of Felix was one of the game jam projects from a jam I participated in locally.  The jam only went on over 48 hours but Natalia still made time to take a lot of care over her character design and his background story.

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Story ideas for Felix – Personal sketchbook work by Natalia Pątkiewicz

Natalia’s sketchbooks were fascinating to look through and alongside her sketches they contain written story and character ideas, as well as her research notes.  As a young illustrator, being able to look at some of the artists’ sketchbooks is one of the biggest benefits of going to the Graduate Shows.  On the wall above Natalia’s sketchbooks were prints of some of her Daily Speedpainting Studies which each took between 30 minutes and 1 1/2 hours.

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Sketchbooks by Natalia Pątkiewicz on display under her Daily Speedpainting Studies

James Robinson (Instagram) specialises in portrait and editorial illustration.  I like his work’s cartoony, yet carefully detailed style. The contrasted colours give a great impression of opposite sides or enemies.

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Film Poster for King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword by James Robinson

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Trump Vs Clinton – Illustration by James Robinson

Darius Gilbey is an editorial designer inspired by music, politics, and science.  His Plymtek Poster design reminds me of sailor-style tattoo designs and graffiti art.  I like how bunched up the main illustration is.

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Plymtek Poster by Darius Gilbey

Another piece on display by Darius, titled Visual Metaphor and Editorial design, has a soft and warm feeling to it because of the airbrush style of shading and highlighting and the colours chosen.  I like the way that the bright illuminated colours bring your eyes to the centre of the picture.

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Visual Metaphor and Editorial design by Darius Gilbey

Calum Hanchett specialises in caricature illustration and often incorporates humour into his work.   I really like the oil painting style of his caricatures and how carefully detailed they are.

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Political Caricature by Calum Hanchett

Calum’s piece INK Journal illustration on the theme of Night reminds me of the natural environments in Studio Ghibli movies like Princess Mononoke, the long winding branches or vines give it a mystical feeling and I can imagine hidden creatures just out of sight.

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INK Journal illustration on the theme of Night by Calum Hanchett

Amber Dunsford (Instagram) specialises in editorial illustration based around and inspired by genetics.  Her illustrations on display had a muted colour scheme, and she uses collage and print in her work.

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Editorial Illustration for New Scientist by Amber Dunsford

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Fruitflies and Neurons – Editorial illustration by Amber Dunsford

Jonathan Brimble is an illustrator who strives to produce atmospheric work based around moving narratives.  I like his unsettling and dark imagery, and parts of his teaser trailer for Wake Unto Me make me think of Tim Burton movies.

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Wake Unto Me – Conceptual design for a narrative game by Jonathan Brimble

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Digital art by Jonathan Brimble

Jordan Sales (Instagram) is inspired by the natural world and monsters.  His creature designs are really imaginative, and some of the monsters look like they would be in a fantasy or horror video game.

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Gods and Monsters of the Cthulhu Mythos – Illustration work for a zine by Jordan Sales

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Gods and Monsters of the Cthulhu Mythos – Illustration work for a zine by Jordan Sales

Adam Martin’s (Instagram) work is very much inspired by fantasy themes, and takes comfort in the relationship between fantasy and reality.  I really like the moody style in his work.

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Illustration work by Adam Martin

Below is the full list of exhibiting students at the Plymouth University Illustration show.  I really enjoyed the exhibition and look forward to next year’s.

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List of exhibiting students at The Plymouth University BA Illustration Show 2017

Uptown Junk at Studio 102

Yesterday I visited Studio 102 to view its new exhibition, Uptown Junk.  Studio 102 is an art gallery and shop with studios above supporting emerging artists in Plymouth and it is based on Vauxhall Street.

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Illustration incorporating upcyled plastic by Adrian Bishop

Uptown Junk is the current exhibition at Studio 102.  The exhibition showcases “upcycled and innovative artwork from the local community” and the pieces are being auctioned to raise money for the marine conservation society.  This piece by Adrian Bishop draws attention to the danger to living creatures caused by dumping plastics in the ocean.

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Beautiffly Twisted by Marcus Crandon

This piece by Marcus Crandon is a slimy looking skull tangled with what seems to be real hair.  It looks like the rotted remains of a pirate sentenced to death for his crimes…

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Artwork by Ryan Arthurs

I think these mutated characters by Ryan Arthurs are intended to make us consider the impact pollution has on the environment and living creatures, including ourselves.

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Artwork by Ryan Arthurs

I really like the colours and scratched away effect on these pieces, also by Ryan Arthurs.

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Upcycled fashion by Mariana Lopez

This hat and bowtie by Mariana Lopez are upcycled from marine debris washed up in Cornwall.  In 1997 a ship containing tonnes of lego pieces sank off the coast of Cornwall, pieces are still being washed up today.  I visited Liskeard & District Museum earlier this year and enjoyed their Plastic Age exhibition about plastics dumped in the ocean where they have collected lots of these lego pieces and other toys.

Uptown Junk is on throughout this week (until the 26th) Monday to Friday, 12-6pm at Studio 102.  If any of the artists above would like me to add more information or links please get in touch with me @midnakit on instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

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