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Plymouth University Illustration Years One and Two Show at RWY

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Poster for the Plymouth University Illustration Years One and Two Show 2017.

On Friday I went to the Opening event for the Plymouth University Illustration Years One and Two Show at Victuals Cafe at Royal William Yard.  The artworks are printed onto long strips of paper hung from the ceiling in double-sided rows so you can walk up and down between them like alleyways of artwork.  I met several of the illustrators whose work is on display and saw a lot of different styles of work.

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Illustration by Isabelle Hobbs

Isabelle Hobbs is a second year student and she says she usually works on till rolls to make long streams of art.  She told me she focuses on drawing women and their faces, hair and outfits and said “subconsciously I think I draw myself a lot”.  She said that for her “doodling is a natural process, like breathing”.  I like how in some areas Isabelle puts in lots of detail but in other areas her drawing is really simple.

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Jennie Scampton’s comic illustrated inside a sarcophagus.  In the background are illustrations on the glass window by Isabelle Hobbs.

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Detail from Jennie Scampton’s comic

Jennie Scampton‘s piece was for a project on narrative sequence and is the first comic she has made.   She said “I love anything to do with legends, myths and history” and so she chose to draw her comic about the Egyptian Gods onto a real papyrus scroll and within the shape of a sarcophagus.  Jennie’s comic is really cleverly done and the story is very funny.

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Psychotropics by Seren Pascoe-Davies

Seren Pascoe-Davies’ said she did her colourful piece Psychotropics on the theme of Visions.  She drew the line art on A3 paper then added colour using a tablet and Photoshop.  I like the colours she has chosen which work really well together and her curly line work.  The piece feels very dreamlike.

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Illustration by Iona Desouza

Iona Desouza told me that she is interested in rural traditions and “things being lost”.  I like how this illustration is quite busy with layers of pencil drawn objects on top of each other.

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Comic by Keir Nicholson

Keir Nicholson‘s comic focuses on a character called Steve the Robot.  Keir described how in his comic Steve goes to work on a normal day but that “his day takes a turn for the worst” and that the story “is about how terrorism can strike at any time”.  I like the limited colour palette Keir has chosen to use and his cute character.

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Illustration by Sophie Mahadevan

Sophie Mahadevan has two pieces on display.  She described the process of making this print to me, and it is a complicated process involving etching on to a copper plate then dipping the plate into acid multiple times to create layers of depth and make the print look three-dimensional.  She said she had never tried this before and she really enjoyed how the first year of her course was very experimental.  I think the tones of blue used in this make the piece seem melancholy.

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Illustration by Chloe Drage

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Detail from Chloe Drage’s illustration

Chloe Drage‘s piece on display is very peaceful and she told me that her goal was to “use nature to tackle depression”.  She usually works in pencil and said “I don’t usually work digitally, so I stepped out of my comfort zone” when working on this piece.  This was my favourite piece in the exhibition and I think this piece would be great concept art for the opening of a video game.  It is calm but mysterious, I wonder if she is a tiny girl on normal sized lily pads or a normal sized girl in a world of giants.

This exhibition is on until the 22nd of May and anyone interested in illustration or what young artists are making in Plymouth should try to go along and see it themselves.  I want to thank all of the artists above for speaking to me about their work. Thank you also to John Kilburn and Ashley Potter who spoke to me about the exhibition and are Plymouth University BA Hons Illustration tutors.

Some of the other pieces I enjoyed at the exhibition are pictured below but unfortunately I didn’t get to meet these artists.  I would be happy to add credit for the art and a link to all of the artists in my photographs below, just contact me and I will edit my post 😀

Edited to add:  The illustrations below are by Plymouth University students Daniele Caruso, Elise Arden-Trew, Sophie Evans, and Millicent Venton.

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Illustration by Daniele Caruso

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Character by Elise Arden-Trew

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Comic by Sophie Evans

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Illustration by a Plymouth University student

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Illustration by Daniele Caruso

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Illustration by Millicent Venton

 

 

NatSatClub Devon Dialect Project

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My final illustration for the word “zart”.

We have been given a project at our NatSatClub to choose a word from the Devon Dialect and then illustrate it.  I made a long list of words, some of my favourites are:

Snishums : Sneezing

Flink : To sprinkle

Zummit : Something

Drumbledrone : Bumblebee (apparently this one was inspiration for Dumbledore’s name!)

I chose to illustrate the word ZART which means “daft”.  I looked up the meaning of daft and its synonyms.  They fell into two main groups, one with words like “stupid”, “idiotic”, and other not very nice words.  The other group contained “eccentric”, “absurd”, “peculiar” and “crackers”, and I thought that this group had a more fun and friendly character, and would be good to illustrate.

I thought about this group of synonyms and tried to make a list of my visual ideas.  I came up with lots including Wonka, circuses, spirals, dizziness, wonky, uneven, twist, and drunkenness.

Next I made sketches with the letters in “zart”, trying different forms of the letters and playing with the sizes and the way they came together.

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My sketches playing with the letters in ZART

At this stage I had chosen a basic shape I liked.  I drew it out bigger and tried it out as an outline and a sort of silhouette version.  I started adding extra parts, like a Mad Hatter top hat and drunken bubbles popping.  I felt that these would give an eccentric dizzy feel to the illustration.

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Working with my sketches in a bigger format.

After I had a good idea of what I wanted I tried a sketch using a thick graphite stick to help me make the letters flow better and to be more expressive.  I played with this a bit erasing and adding to it, thickening the letters, changing the way they sloped and trying out stripes.  When I was happy I copied my design out in ink using my Pentel brush pen.

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Trying my design out with a graphite stick then in ink.

I really liked my design as it was but I wanted to fill in some of the stripes with the black ink to finish it off.  I haven’t coloured it yet but I think that this piece would work really well in a purple shade with either a green or an orange as a secondary colour.  The final black and white version is at the top of this post.

It is fun learning about different words and doing this project reminded me of the Devon Words art project by Caitlin Hennessy which I saw at last year’s Weekender exhibitions and which I wrote about here.  I really enjoyed this project and will definitely be doing more lettering and illustrating with words in the future.

 

Graduate Show at PCA

Illustrators at PCA

Illustrators clockwise from the left: Cameron, Alice, Emma, Lorna, Elena, Alice, Cameron

I’ve been to the Graduate Show several times this year, partly because I have something on display in the Young Arts Club section.  I’ve been really interested in the Illustration and Game Arts exhibitions, because those are the areas i’m hoping to study and work in, but I had a good look around the other galleries too.

This year I met Elena O’Neill and Lorna Davey who are graduating in Illustration.  They showed me around the exhibition and talked to me about their course.  Elena had some beautiful patterns on display and had pencil cases and pouches made from printed fabric of her work.  She also had really cute tiny clay(?) birds scattered around her section. Lorna had an amazing self portrait up on the wall in a comic style.  She also had a book of other portraits there and I love the details in the hair and how her portraits have loads of character.  Lorna is staying in Plymouth after graduation, so i’m really hoping we can meet again to do some sketching.

I bumped into Alice Kensington, who is also graduating Illustration, on opening night.  I’ve met Alice a couple of times before at DevCon (the local science fiction/comics convention) and we are both into cosplay, cartoons like Gravity Falls and Steven Universe and games like Zelda.  The first time I saw her she was in costume as the Other Mother from Coraline and I was Mabel Pines,  the second time she was Scarlet Overkill from the Minions movie and I was Frisk from Undertale.  I really like her illustration work, which is so colourful and soft and curvy.  Alice is really sweet and i’m definitely going to meet her soon to buy her a piece of cake and do some drawing together :3

There was a badge making machine in the Illustration shop and I made three custom badges with my own quick sketches.  One was for a friend and I didn’t take a photo, but here are the other two, one is a picture of my brother and the other is the character Ellie from the game The Last of Us:

custom badges by midnakitThere were so many amazing things in Illustration and I got a zine called Floating Around by Cameron Williamson.  It’s about someone who’s anxious about going to the Art College, but makes a decision to give it a shot. In the center theres a great picture of him staring out to sea on Plymouth Hoe.  It reminded me of what it felt like when I started at the Young Arts Club.  I also fell in love with the work of Emma Baker for zines, fanzines and the characters she designed to illustrate phobias.  I wanted to buy one of her zines but it wasn’t on sale, so i’m going to contact her about it to see if she has any copies.

I’ll do another post about the rest of the exhibitions another time.

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