Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

August and July zine workshop posters

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My August Zine Workshop poster

My poster design for the August zine workshop is a vegetable kebab on a pencil. I often feature pencils or scissors in my zine workshop designs to refer to the handmade DIY aspect of making zines. I went for a barbecue concept because of the heat recently, but going by the last couple of days an umbrella might have been more appropriate! If you’re interested in the workshop see the details here!

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My July Zine Workshop poster

July was International Zine Month so I made this Summer themed poster advertising that as well as the zine workshop. It is black and white to accentuate the black and white DIY photocopy style of many self-published zines.

I have started using the same header and text on the workshop posters to save time as all my work on those and the Zine Library is voluntary, and they were taking too long to make when I was personalising the header on each one. I have been so busy recently at The Clipper and organising the YEA Plymouth exhibition, as well as other illustration work, that I had to cut the time I was spending on these posters unfortunately.

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Events and Exhibitions

PCA Graduate Show 2018 – Illustration & Game Arts

This afternoon I went to visit the PCA Graduate Show 2018.  I only had a chance to visit the Game Arts and Illustration exhibitions, but I plan to go again tomorrow (the last day!).  I’ll try to post about the full exhibition later, but for now, below are some of my favourite pieces that I’ve seen so far.

Game Arts

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On the Brink – The Reawakening by Holly Andreu

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Rush Hour Apocalypse by Emmett Ford

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Underwater Aliens by Nathan Coutanche

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Ziva’s Journey by Stina Teesaar

Illustration

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Adam Endacott

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Lisa Vella

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Danielle Cormack

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Freya Lovell

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George Goodwin

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Olivia Wright

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Harley Jones

The last day for the show is tomorrow, Thursday 21st June, and the campus is open from 10am – 6pm.  Get down to the Tavistock Place PCA campus quickly if you want to check it out!

 

 

Professional Work

My bag design for The Art Side, Plymouth

Last year in November, I won a design competition for an art shop in Plymouth, The Art Side.

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My winning design for the competition

I was told that my design would be printed on bags that would be on sale in the shop.  They have now been printed and are in stock!

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Me, posing with one of the new bags!

It’s really exciting knowing that people are walking around holding something that I have designed (as well as wearing my badges)! The chance to create a design for a local company has been an immensely awesome experience, and the fact that an arts shop liked my design best out of all the entries is really flattering.

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Close up of the bag

The bags are printed on both sides, and are pretty strong, even though they’re made of plastic.  I hope that at some point they’ll print my design on a reusable cotton tote bag.

You can read about my design process here.

College Work

Viewing of the Pre-degree first year’s work

Today me and my colleagues at Plymouth College of Art Pre-Degree will be putting on a show with our final project work for our first year. It’s open from 4pm to 6pm, and all are welcome. Spread the word, come down to the Palace Court centre and have a look 🙂

 

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One of my work in progress pieces, which has been finished now!

Address:

Plymouth College of Art – Pre-Degree Campus

Palace Court
Buckwell Street
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 2DA

Time: 4pm-6pm

 

 

 

 

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Tiny Mart

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Me at my Tiny Mart table!

On the 7th December I had my own table at the Tiny Mart Xmas Fair, where local maker-sellers gathered to offer their zines, comics, art prints, and more.  The event was organised by the Plymouth Drink and Draw team. Drink and Draw is a social drawing event which happens monthly on the first Thursday of every month in Boston Tea Party, Plymouth.  This is the second Tiny Mart event they have organised this year, I went to the first in May as a visitor and was really excited to be able to take part in this one as a table holder myself.

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Casting Call zine by Alice Kensington

There were lots of awesome illustrators there who I admire, including Alice Kensington, LJ Durose, Cath Garvey, Adam Endacott, and the 2 Plums collective.  Check them out (the links are to their Instagram accounts).  I wasn’t able to buy much this time as my funds were short and I was busy at my own table, but I did manage to get the newest zine from Alice Kensington, Casting Call.  I really wanted to offer swaps at the other tables but was too shy, I really need to work on that next time!  If you see me around and want to swap anything, please ask me because I’m really up for exchanges with other artists!

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My haul of zines from May’s Tiny Mart!

Make sure to take a look at the #tinymart and #drinkdrawplymouth tags to get a sense of what Tiny Mart is all about, hopefully there will be another one soon, and if you like to draw and illustrate then I really recommend coming along to Drink and Draw, it is a lot of fun and a really friendly environment.

 

 

 

Professional Work

I won a Design Competition!

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My entry for the Design Competition

My local art shop, The Art Side, opened a competition last month to find the new design for their shopping tote bags. After finding out all of the details I needed and what my limitations were, I drew some sketches for different ideas, mostly based around art supplies and local landmarks. From those sketches I chose to do a selection of artists materials because (a) their previous bag (by Diana Mazuru Hooper) was illustrated with a picture of Plymouth’s beloved turtle Snorkel so I didn’t want to do a lesser local-based idea and (b) because I’m always looking for accessories that are decorated with illustrations based on illustration as a topic. 

Because I wanted to do illustration as the theme, I thought it would be great to use a hand-drawn rather than clean digital style.  I drew lots (and I mean lots) of different individual materials, from spray cans and markers to sharpeners, erasers, paints and glue.  Then I scanned and cleaned up my images a little, keeping the sketchy style.  I played with my images and came up with different compositions, sketching thumbnails as I went along to find balance and a good assortment of items.

Finally I found an arrangement I was happy with, and I entered it into the competition.  I waited for the results with excitement and nerves and guess what?  I WON!  (Slight spoiler in the title there..)

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My prize, as well as being the designer of the shop’s new bags and getting to see my work being carried around by people (and I will definitely get one for myself!) was a Daler-Rowney Screenprinting kit.  I have tried screenprinting before at a short Saturday Art & Design Club workshop and have wanted the chance to try it properly by myself for a while, and now I can play with my kit at home and learn more about the process.

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Collecting my prize from The Art Side!

I have also been wanting to get some of my designs screenprinted for a while but haven’t had the money to do it, so now I can practice and make test versions at home which will help me to make better decisions about whether to get any designs printed professionally.  I have tried lino printing on bags before but the results didn’t last well through washing, unfortunately.  Now I just need a couple of days in a row free to play with my new kit..

College Work, Professional Work

My new flyer for the next Zine Workshop

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This is my newest flyer for the September zine workshop.  It is based on an illustration I did on my first day of college last Monday!

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My Kitwatch game cover, based on the Overwatch cover

So I have started college now!  DID I MENTION THAT I HAVE STARTED COLLEGE YET?!  I am studying Graphics Illustration and Game Arts at Plymouth College of Art!