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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

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!

July Zine Workshop

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My flyer for the July Workshop

Next week will be my fourth Zine Workshop!  Here are the details:

ZINE WORKSHOP

Saturday 29th July, 1 to 5 pm, £2 entry

@ THINQTANQ, Central Plymouth

Book online at: tcnv.re/zineworkshop

You can read about previous zine workshops here..

 

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.  Part 1 is here

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!

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 1

A month ago I went to the BA (Hons) Illustration show at Plymouth University.  There was so much there that I loved that I won’t be able to fit into one blogpost, so here is the first of my posts on the exhibition.

The Illustration degree at Plymouth University encourages students to experiment with animation, comics, and illustration for commercial products like cards and labels.  This is different from the approach at PCA where you choose a specific pathway for your degree from the beginning, e.g. BA (Hons) Animation.  Below are some of my photos of different artist’s work.

Rebecca Hughes had several storyboards on display as well as a monitor showing her animations.  I like the simply drawn characters and warm colours.

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Stars – Storyboard for animation by Rebecca Hughes

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Dreamweaver – Storyboard for animation by Rebecca Hughes

Wallace Smith (Instagram) illustrates comics and zines.  I like how Wallace has chosen colours reminiscent of a sunrise for his morning scene.

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Comics and zines by Wallace Smith

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Morning/Evening – Comic by Wallace Smith

Anne Helene Åmo (Instagram) had on display this heavily detailed and quite sad scene which I found really emotional.

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I found you in sunlight, lost you at midnight – Ink Journal project by Anne Helene Åmo

Emily Mead (Instagram) does greetings cards illustrations with a humorous tone.  The colouring looks like it could have been done in watercolour and the inking on the second image below has a cool, sketchy texture to it.

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Design for a men’s birthday card by Emily Mead

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Christmas card design by Emily Mead

Chris Perry (Instagram) had on display some dramatic and creepy linocut pieces which illustrate a picture book.  I think the two-tone artwork is very striking.

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Page from Yokai & I – Linocut picture book by Chris Perry

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Page from Yokai & I – Linocut picture book by Chris Perry

Frankie Hill (Instagram) illustrated the walls of their display with an enormous creature which really stood out.  I like the different shading techniques they used on their pen drawing of a character with horns and it would make a great t-shirt print.

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In One’s Mind – Illustrations by Frankie Hill

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In One’s Mind – Illustration by Frankie Hill

Hannah Cavaney had character and concept art on display.  When I look at the image below I feel like I have been on a journey and the end is in sight.  The character below is cute and her different expressions make her look confident and opinionated.

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Concept art by Hannah Cavaney

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Character Designs for a project on the legend of King Arthur by Hannah Cavaney

Verity Robson (Instagram) has illustrated a picture book about bereavement called Letters to Dad.  Her simple artwork and messages give the effect of being drawn by a child and help make sense of a really difficult subject.

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Letters to Dad – A picture book by Verity Robson

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A page from Letters to Dad – A picture book by Verity Robson

Another post with more from the exhibition will follow!

 

YEA Plymouth

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My flyer for YEA Plymouth

I’ve been working on a really exciting project called YEA Plymouth for the past few months, it is a new independent organisation for young emerging artists, and you can read all about it in my blog post on the YEA Plymouth wordpress site!

About Zine Workshops and Gurt Noodle

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Flyer for my third Zine Workshop on 24th June

 

In April, I set up my first Zine Workshop in collaboration with MESH at ThinqTanq, Plymouth.  I didn’t charge a fee to take part because my intention was to introduce zinemaking to people who hadn’t tried it before as well as attract current zinemakers, and I thought it would be more likely people would want to come and have a go if it was free!  I created a  “zero” issue of my zine Gurt Noodle (issue one is in its early stages) to give out as a simple guide to zinemaking for people who had never done zinemaking before.  In this issue I included a brief history of zines, some ideas for new zinemakers (zinesters) and instructions on how to make a minizine.  You can look through my portfolio for this issue in the video below:

I chose to do my zine in a comic style because I am an illustrator who loves reading comics and drawing characters!  One of the characters is a comic version of myself and the other is one I invented.  I knew I would be printing in black and white (because of the costs involved) so I used different crosshatching styles to provide texture, shade and ‘colour’.  On the back cover I included a folding guide to make a minizine.  I packaged an A6 copy of Gurt Noodle Issue Zero with a minizine I had made earlier (each pack got either Robot Ads and Odd Creatures or The Tale Of The Girl Who Ordered Zelda: BOTW But Could Not Play It Because The Console Broke) and a handmade Gurt Noodle badge in a clear plastic envelope.

 

 

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My Gurt Noodle Issue Zero package

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My flyer for the first Zine Workshop was based on the cover for Gurt Noodle Issue Zero

Around 14 people took part in the first workshop, including some professional local illustrators and a number of young artists.  A few participants had made zines before but others weren’t completely sure what a zine was.  Everyone seemed to like my Gurt Noodle package (I have now given away around 200 of these all over Plymouth!).  At the workshop I demonstrated how to fold a minizine and helped some of the participants to come up with ideas.  I also made a few minizines myself.

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Minizines and tiny zines that I made at the first Zine Workshop

As we worked, we shared and passed around the zines we had made or were still working on.  Everyone made at least one design for a badge, and I used my badge-making machine (a birthday present!) to make those into badges that they could wear home.  At the end of the workshop the feedback was really good and everyone wanted to come back again.  Most of the participants had made minizines on topics as diverse as The Short Lived Life of Hairyworm John or How To Function As A Human BeingWe left with bundles of minizines and ideas for our next projects and I felt the entire workshop had been a huge success!

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My illustration for the second Zine Workshop flyer was based on the design of my Tippa typewriter

In May, I organised a second workshop, again supported by MESH. This time, I had to charge a small entry fee towards the (discounted by ThinqTanq) venue hire, MESH provided snacks and drinks, and I brought all my zinemaking resources from home to share (vintage typewriters, white paper, black pens, scissors, stapler etc).  I made a new flyer (above) and this time I drew a typewriter as I was hoping to entice some writers into coming along, to hopefully provoke some collaborative work between them and the illustrators who were already planning to come.

Again there were around fourteen participants but not exactly the same people – a couple of different professional illustrators came to take part and a couple of new young people came to give zinemaking a try, but for the most part the participants from the first workshop came back again.  Although I was intending to introduce some teamwork exercises, unfortunately I didn’t have a very good plan to encourage work crossovers and collaborations, and no new writers came along.  It didn’t seem to matter though as everyone seemed quite happy with the work they were doing and with the workspace. I have also collected quite a decent collection of zines (mostly perzines or comic style zines, and many are by local zinesters) for my Zine Library (available to browse at the workshops) and the participants seemed to really enjoy looking through those.

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Some minizines made by participants at the second Zine Workshop

This time the (many!) minizines made by participants included Perfect Pairs, The 90’s: Yay or Nay, Spider and The Many Artstyles Of Me.  I made some more minizines of my own including Link Responds To Things and Periods Suck. My brother also finished his first solo zine Sweet Tooth that he started before the first workshop and I added a copy to the Zine Library.

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My flyer for the June Zine Workshop

 

 

The next Zine Workshop is on the 24th June (TOMORROW!).  I plan to take along some short creative exercises for anyone who would like to try those.  I would like to collaborate with some of the other participants on a project, so I am taking some ideas for how we could do that. I hope that previous participants come back and that new people join us!

There is a fee of £2 towards the venue hire, but there will be tea, coffee, biscuits, and zinemaking resources (such as paper, spare pens and pencils, scissors, and glue) all there to use for free.  I will also be taking my badge machine (making a badge will cost 50p to cover the cost of the materials) and more copies of my Gurt Noodle Issue Zero for anyone who doesn’t have one yet!  If you or anyone you know may be interested, you can find more details and book on the MESH Eventbrite link or you can contact me via email or Instagram.

 

Thank you to:

MESH and ThinqTanq for supporting these workshops

The Art Side, Final Frontier, Make, PCA and the Peninsula Gallery for allowing me to put flyers in their windows or flyer displays

and to Everyone who has participated in the workshops so far!

 

 

 

 

Illustration at PCA Summer Show #BreakingThrough17

Last week I went to have an in depth look around the BA (Hons) Illustration rooms at the PCA Summer Show.  I have written previously about the BA (Hons) Game Arts exhibition and the BA (Hons) Animation exhibition (click the links for my posts).

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Sophie Clark – Sensory Monsters

Though Sophie Clark‘s main work is centred around illustration (and some pattern designs) the project that she has been working on and has displayed at the Show includes these cute, fluffy, hand made monster toys.  The monsters come from the children’s book she has been working on, There are Monsters in My Head.  The ears of the cuddly monsters crinkle and the large one has a squeaker and a rattle.  My little sister (who is nearly three) really loved these toys and was fascinated with them.

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Jake Cutler – King Arthur Narrative Concept Art

Jake Cutler‘s concept art on the story of King Arthur makes me feel like the environments he has illustrated are cold and mysterious.  My favourite image is the illustration on the top left.  I love the way the distant cliffs and mountains are covered in mist but you can still see there is a ravine down the middle..  What could be in there?

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Nathaniel J. Hall – Sunshine

I talked to Nathaniel J. Hall while at the college about his artwork and about his experience on the course.  He mentioned that an animation he created (also on display) was inspired by his “thoughts and feelings about coming to Plymouth” and pointed out that the animation starts off with negative words and illustrations but gradually becomes happier and more positive.  He also told me that before enrolling in the Illustration course, Nathaniel visited and looked around a previous Summer Show at PCA and was inspired by what he saw.  His artwork is normally monochromatic, and Sunshine is one of three screenprints on display inspired by his favourite films.  I love how this one is dramatic, like an explosion.

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Anita Yip – The Guardian’s Contract

 

Anita Yip‘s work is inspired by anime and manga, and she incorporates lots of geometric shapes into the backgrounds and characters that she illustrates.  A lot of her characters also have animal traits or features, for example this character is wolf-like.  Anita also has on display prints covered in tiny hieroglyphic symbols, and her zine Meep! which tells a funny and endearing glimpse of her life.

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Joe Mouzourus – Reel Women

Joe Mouzourus was also available to speak to when I visited.  Joe said he has “always wanted to be an artist since secondary school and that with illustration, “you can go in any direction”.  Joe has displayed a collection of posters of films with strong female leads, including this one of Rey from Star Wars VII.  I really like the dry brush style background and in the foreground it looks like he’s used pencils to create a detailed, shaded sketch which really stands out.

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Nicola Owen – My Visit to Grandma

Nicola Owen‘s work has cute and simple lineart, colouring and shading.  This display contains pages from her comic My Visit To Grandma.  The artwork is adorable but the story is really sad and thought provoking.  Nicola also has some minizines/comics on display and her overlapping cat pattern is clever and humorous.

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Cosmo Lloyd – Uprooting/Dragon Slaying Character Designs

Cosmo Lloyd‘s work is inspired by medieval and fantasy themes, and her work centres a lot around character design and comic art.  She is the author of a webcomic called Uprooting, which is about “self worth and family issues with a sprinkle of medieval” and a printed preview of Uprooting is on display at the Show.  She uses lots of colours in her work, and creates very detailed and well developed character concepts.

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Briony Difford – Asian Folktales

Briony Difford specialises in illustrating book covers, and her work is inspired by Asian folktales.  Her illustrations are beautiful and detailed, yet she keeps her colouring simple by using separate individual shades, and leaving out any highlights or shadows.

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Stephanie Parnell – Legs Occult: Dark Rituals

Stephanie Parnell made this artwork for a small vinyl record sleeve (also on display was a poster version of the same piece).  I find Legs Occult: Dark Rituals creepy and dark but also beautiful.

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Amber-Louise Crawford – Untitled

Amber-Louise Crawford’s creature illustrations are full of life.  She combines simple, sketchy lineart with heavily shaded and blended colouring.  This creature in the photo above looks like a forest spirit.

There are so many artists I haven’t covered in this post who had work on display, but today is the final day of the exhibition and I wanted to show how brilliant the work on display is so that if you’re interested in the Summer Show, you can take this last chance to check it out for yourself!  I will most likely write a second post about the Illustration show later covering some of the things I missed here, so come back later to look for that.

 

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