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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.