Events and Exhibitions

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 2

This is my second post covering the Plymouth University BA (Hons) Illustration Graduate Show 2017.  (Edit – here is Part 1, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5)

Laura Hole (Instagram) is a webcomic and zine creator.  I managed to get a copy of Pumpkin Spice from the pop-up shop selling work by the artists exhibiting at the Show which is now in our Zine Library.  You can also read the comic on her website.  Laura’s work is colourful and enchanting.

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Pumpkin Spice – Webcomic and Zine by Laura Hole
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A page from Pumpkin Spice by Laura Hole

Laura’s wall at the exhibition was a huge display of each and every panel from Pumpkin Spice.

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Exhibition display of Pumpkin Spice by Laura Hole

Sophie Ridley (Instagram) is an illustrator whose work provides social commentary on modern life.  This project was really inventive, with the story told through phone-shaped frames and dialogue shown in messaging apps.

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Love at First Swipe – Illustrations exploring online dating by Sophie Ridley
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Two frames from Love at First Swipe by Sophie Ridley

Thomas Simpson (Instagram) draws incredibly detailed illustrations of wildlife.  This page is from his zine Woodland Birds.  Thomas had some fantastic examples of his work on display, unfortunately I couldn’t get good pictures of them as they were in glass frames which reflected the light behind me.  I hope I get another chance to see his work on display, I really like his crosshatching and shading which gives a lot of depth to his illustrations.

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A page from Woodland Birds – Zine by Thomas Simpson

Kira Timpson (Instagram) uses soft friendly tones and happy-feeling colours to make engaging illustrations of interesting characters.

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On the theme of night – Ink Journal piece by Kira Timpson
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For an Eden Project calendar – Illustration by Kira Timpson

Lucy Hirst (Instagram) creates character designs.  This project links animals with humans to create exaggerated and fun characters.

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Humans & Animals – Character Design by Lucy Hirst
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Humans & Animals – Character Designs by Lucy Hirst

One of the benefits of going to Graduate Shows is that some of the artists include their sketchbooks in their displays.  Lucy included several thick and full sketchbooks for visitors to look through in her section of the exhibition and I found these as fascinating as the finished work on display around the room.  It is really good to see the working process of artists and how their designs progress.  I would love to go to an exhibition based completely around artists sketchbooks like these.

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Sketchbook pages by Lucy Hirst

Annie Gordon (Instagram) is a character designer and animator.  Her character design work gives a good range of expressions and poses and this project had a dark and moody atmosphere.

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Search and Rescue – Character Design by Annie Gordon
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Frames from Search and Rescue – Animation by Annie Gordon

Dawn Louise Sims (Instagram) had on display these scratchy and scary images of hairy toothy creatures and a girl.  Other work of Dawn’s included nautical themed work exploring mythical beasts and stories.  I would highly recommend a visit to her website to see more of her work, including this illustration of the Kraken attacking Winstanley’s Eddystone Lighthouse.

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Illustration by Dawn Louise Sims
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Illustration by Dawn Louise Sims

Tara Prudden (Instagram) combines prints of text and images to create powerful illustrations.  I really liked her zine about Secret Pocket Poetry which was filled with faded and shattered imagery.

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A page from Secret Pocket Poetry – Zine by Tara Prudden

Unfortunately Tara’s zine was not available to buy in the pop-up shop.  This is usually the case for many of the comics, zines and picture books on display at Graduate Shows, as they are final projects and not necessarily produced for sale.  This also means that the only chance most of us will have to view these publications is by visiting the Shows in person.

Another post will follow featuring eight more artists!

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Personal Work

Comic strips and my zine

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Character sketches of myself and my brother.

I have been coming up with ideas for comics recently.  The first one is a fan comic about Monster Hunter and features me and my brother.  The sketch above are characters based on us with neutral faces.  I’m going to draw them from different angles with different expressions this week.

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Monster Hunter fan comic ideas.

This is a page of my initial idea.  I like to read manga (One Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Monster Hunter Flash Hunter, Gon, Fairy Tail..) and comics and comic strips like Peanuts, Garfield, Bone, and Calvin and Hobbes.  I started writing my own comic strips a few years ago.

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Journey fan comic sketch.

A lot of my comics are based on video games I like.  This one is based on Journey which I played last week (free via Playstation Plus!).

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Back in 2014 me and my brother created the first issue of our zine MACS (Magazine of Awesome Cool Stuff..)

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The Misadventures of Link by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014

The zine included several of my comic strips at the time including ‘The Misadventures of Link’ which followed Link from the Zelda games.

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More from The Misadventures of Link by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014

It also featured my comic strip The Odd Days which was inspired by the asdf movies on Youtube by Tom Ska .  My versions really didn’t make a lot of sense.

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The Odd Days by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014

Me and J have plans to FINALLY get round to our second issue very soon.. until then you can enjoy this page from issue 1 by Jenson!

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MACS issue 1 page 11, 2014 – Jenson reviews Fruit and Doctor Who.