Last week I visited Plymouth College of Art’s Graduate Shows, and this post will cover some of my favourite work from PCA’s 2019 BA (Hons) Illustration graduates. Click here to read what I wrote about their Pre-Degree show.
Michael Spark (@spark_plug_96) has created an interactive book named “Inner Fears: Dungeon Descent”. It follows a lone knight as they journey down a winding path through a precarious dungeon. The pages have tabs to unfold and new sections to pop out, revealing abandoned dining rooms and giant monsters. I really enjoyed the physical process of discovering the story and the three-dimensional effect of looking at characters through cut out doorways.
Rose Bell (@rosebelldraws) has designed characters for an original comic, Silva, drawing inspiration from plants and flowers. The colour scheme makes the sinister nature of this character clear, and I like how their leaf cloak drapes around their body, allowing the veins to provide dramatic highlights.
This custom skateboard featuring a hissing cat was designed by Paige Goddard. Paige’s project centred women skateboarders, and as well as the skateboard she produced a number of illustrations which she combined into a zine. The unusual framing of this illustration around the movement of the board, rather than showing the whole character, creates an energetic and exciting image.
Jade M Eggleton (@nanootter) has created watercolour illustrations and felted sculptures of woodland animals. Some have been anthropomorphized with outfits in a style reminiscent of familiar characters from the early 1900s, such as Wind in the Willows and Peter Rabbit.
Eleanor Tolfts’ children’s book, “My Fears in Rhyme”, illustrates the fears and terrors of small children. Her macabre art style fits the spine-chilling theme perfectly, and made me think of Edward Gorey’s work on The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
Amy Tilsed (@amyamyteeart) specialises in illustrating and writing comics, and had several on display including her new original comic centred around a character called Burger Boy and his fast-food themed friends. Amy has a distinctive curvy style to her illustrations which I find really charming.
Zacky Xavier Hughes (@zackyhughes) made a beautiful book of illustrations based on Japanese folk tales. My favourite piece was this red monochromatic image of a geisha wearing a garment featuring multiple ornamental patterns. This was used as a wraparound cover for the book making it feel really special. Zacky had also created some fascinating three-dimensional pictures created by layering precisely cut vinyl.
Kate Coffin (@kate.coffin) specialises in cover design for young adult books. Michael Grant’s “Gone” series follows a group of young people trapped in their town and trying to survive after all the adults have disappeared, and Kate’s illustrations of crazed lettering surrounding tiny figures under a dome captures the theme and pace of the stories really well.
Jamie Woodward-Jarvis has designed greetings cards based on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and humorous rhymes. He has a rough but cute punky style, and his work would be great on T-shirts.
Sophie White’s (@illustrator_soph_) main focus in her work is body positivity. Each of these patches has been hand-printed or embroidered with simple line illustrations of the female body, and then they have been sewn together in a choppy style to make these provocative combinations.
Josh Beamish’s (@joshbeamishart )”Things” album art is eerie and otherworldly. I like how Josh has used blue and purple light reflecting off of this figure to give them a plasticky, synthetic appearance.
I did visit other parts of the graduate show, including graphic design, animation, game arts, and surface pattern design, and I was impressed by the diversity and originality on display. Don’t forget to read my post about the work by this year’s Extended Diploma graduates, you can also take a look back on my coverage of past local graduate shows, and check back here for more soon!
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