Events and Exhibitions

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 3

This is my third post covering the Plymouth University BA (Hons) Illustration Graduate Show 2017.   Previous posts are here: Part 1 & Part 2  (Edit – here is Part 4 and Part 5)

Sophie Downer (Instagram) is an illustrator specialising in character creation.  I really liked her fan art illustration of Eleven from Stranger Things which communicates the mysterious atmosphere of the story well.

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Illustration by Sophie Downer

Christie Wills’ (Instagram) work is very much centred around wildlife, and she creates illustrations with soft, sketchy lines and calm, muted colours.  I met Christie last year at the Plymouth Arts Weekender and really liked her papercut and watercolour art.

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Observational Drawings by Christie Wills
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Deforestation – Painting by Christie Wills

Lily Byron-Martin (Instagram) is an illustrator creating sketchy-style portraits and animations.  She also does branding and design for business.  Her work for Drift Records is really eye-catching and cool.

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Drift Records – Designs by Lily Byron-Martin
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Gifs – Animation frames by Lily Byron-Martin

Lauren Ogbourne (Instagram) specialises in designing patterns, logos and other artwork for events and small businesses.  She has created some really cute and charming designs, like this bear enjoying beer for a craft beer label, and uses different styles throughout her work depending on the project.

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Huggons – Illustration by Lauren Ogbourne

Briony Trott specialises in watercolour and children’s marketing. Her artwork for her picture book uses flashes of strong, bright colours and lots of curvy, wavy lines which gives her characters lots of life.

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One Day I Went To The Library –  Picture book illustrations by Briony Trott
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A page from One Day I Went To The Library by Briony Trott

Hannah Bone (Instagram) has a really pretty, cartoony style and uses a lot of warm shades and colours.  Her work on display was narrative based, and focused around children’s books.

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My Grandmother is an Alien! – Character Design for a picture book by Hannah Bone

I like how Hannah uses only a small range of colours in The Magic of the Gallery to draw attention to the artists and their work.

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The Magic of the Gallery – Picture book illustration by Hannah Bone
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The Magic of the Gallery – Picture book illustration by Hannah Bone

Anna Bowen (Instagram) creates humourous illustrations with simple linework.  Her caricatures of people on social media in her zine Social Media-ing are hilarious and I really wanted to get a copy, but unfortunately they weren’t available at the Show’s pop up shop!  I was gutted about this because Social Media-ing is one of the most enjoyable zines I’ve read this year.  You can read Anna’s very funny comic Counting Bits here (adult themes warning!).

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Social Media-ing – Zine by Anna Bowen
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Illustrations from Social Media-ing by Anna Bowen
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Exhibition display from Anna Bowen

Lizzie Day (Instagram) specialises in detailed papercut artwork, individually hand cut.  Her piece at the exhibition was based on Greek mythology and showed each of The Twelve Labours of Heracles as if it were on a piece of Ancient Greek pottery.

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The Twelve Labours of Heracles – Wall display of illustration work by Lizzie Day
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Detail from The Twelve Labours of Heracles by Lizzie Day

More to follow!

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Events and Exhibitions

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 1

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This weekend is Plymouth Art Weekender, an annual event lasting three days and celebrating visual arts in Plymouth.

 

This afternoon I started by meeting some friends in the Radiant Gallery’s exhibition called Dog Show.  The first thing we saw when we entered the gallery were three enormous dog sculptures.  Snoopy dog is a scaled-up model of a Fisher Price toy from the 1960’s by Liam Ainscough.  I had never seen the toy before but it is a cute design and has a fun springy tail.  The other two sculptures were made from paper mache and had wheels on the bottoms and leads attached around their necks so that visitors can take them for walks around the gallery.

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We walked to the back of the room and found a display of bowls holding dog biscuits.  This section was an interesting way of gathering information about visitors, as we had to answer the questions on the wall by putting a biscuit into one of the bowls.  We had to work out how old we were in dog years, and I found out that 1 dog year is worth 7 human years.

There was a dressing up corner containing a coat rack of costumes and creepy dog masks.  I dressed up in different outfits and posed to have my pictures taken.  It was really funny coming up with bizarre combinations and my favourite was a shiny gold jacket, a pug mask and a top hat.  I looked at the photos by Emma Saffy Wilson of people with their dogs or groups of friends playing with costumes, and it felt good to see the happy relationships in them.

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We stayed at Rumpus Cosy afterwards and I had a strawberry and vanilla cordial fizz and a slice of blueberry cake.  The cafe is pretty and the cake was tasty.  If you would like to visit yourself, Dog Show will be at the Radiant Gallery until the 30th of September.

We moved on to the Barbican and stopped at 40RTY5IVE Southside, a shop which sells lots of different things by local designer-makers.  We saw two of Piers Edsall’s Krakens and pottery by Christina Peters.  I really liked some of the prints that I saw here by Jan Brewerton (twitter) which have a unique style.  We went into Only Originals and it was filled with tons and tons of Sue Wills’s paintings, some still in progress.  I spoke to her daughter Christie Wills (instagram) who is an illustrator studying at Plymouth University and who had some of her own work on display.  Her artwork is inspired by animals and uses unusual techniques.  She made one print using an extremely carefully cut out paper elephant, and she has dripped and layered watercolours to make colourful paintings.

Lastly we went to Barbican New Street Artists.  Their studio is on the top floor of the building up lots of steep winding stairs.  Here we talked to Glyn White who does extremely personal paintings, some with shocking stories behind them.  The painting of a shore he was working on was inspired by an accident he had where he broke his foot and wasn’t able to go surfing for many months.  Glyn is really friendly and I recommend a visit to his studio to hear his stories.  I also looked at paintings of pubs by another artist in the studio, Dave Crocker, and he told us about his plein air painting at weddings.

I had a good day and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.