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Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 1

Last year I documented what I saw of the Plymouth Art Weekender, an annual city-wide art event where different galleries and venues open up to the public with temporary art installations made by artists based in Plymouth and abroad. It takes place over three days, and there are lots of exhibitions and events to enjoy.  This year, as an official blogger for PAW, I will try to cover as many of this year’s art installations as I can!

Today, I was part of an art tour surrounding We The People Are The Work, a project that “will explore ideas of power, protest and the public” and involves exhibitions by five sets of international artists in five different venues.  Each project involves working with the public in some way.

People who want to view the exhibitions can visit them individually but the curator Simon Morrissey suggested it is best enjoyed as a tour, starting at Peninsula Arts, then Plymouth College of Art, on to Plymouth Arts Centre, then the Council House, and finally to KARST gallery.

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Image depicting brainstorming for We The People Are The Work (PenArts)

We did our tour in a slightly different order, but still began in Plymouth University’s Peninsula Arts (PenArts) gallery, with a video installation by artists Antonio Vega Macotela and Eduardo Thomas called Advice From a Caterpillar.  The artists are from Mexico City and when they were approached to create a piece for WTPATW they researched Plymouth and decided to do a piece collaborating with extras who had been in the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland.  The piece features locations which appeared in the movie or that the actors wanted to talk about.

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Advice From A Caterpillar (PenArts)

Peninsula Arts also has the first of two big black walls called We The People Are The Words which the public are encouraged to write words or doodle on using the provided chalk.

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Cat doodle I drew with chalk in PenArts

We moved on to the second part of our tour, an exhibition in Plymouth Arts Centre (PAC) by Ciara Phillips.  The space has been transformed with new colours, shapes and patterns on the walls and large prints everywhere.

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View of the cafe area in PAC from the ground floor

 

Parts of the gallery have been turned into workspaces with a darkroom, screen printing area, and a relaxing space for reading.  Every week new work will be created here by different groups of people working with Ciara, and that work will be added to the display changing the space over time, until the show ends in November.

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A higher view, this time of the same two prints and a small printing workshop (PAC)

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Screenprinted artwork (PAC)

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A small tent, as part of an art piece about anxieties and peace (PAC)

The second big black wall and chalk set is at Plymouth Arts Centre, and I drew another cat.

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My cat in PAC

We moved on to the Council House which is not usually open to the public because it is still a working building, but the city museum have been negotiating with the council to be able to use it while the museum is being remodelled.  The piece here has been planned by artist Peter Liversidge.  Peter started with doing text generating projects with different members of the public, and the pieces of text were reviewed by the council (to check for anything “problematic”) then compiled into a large book.

The gallery space is taken up with a large white stage where every day two or three sign painters will take requests from visitors, who can choose any piece of text from the book, and create big cardboard signs from them.

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Sign painters painting and assembling signs (Council House)

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Signs painted with the word “nothingness” on top of a cabinet (Council House)

On the way to the next exhibition, we stopped to look at the billboards outside the Council House for the #AtlanticProject.  These bring up questions about what it means to be a good neighbour.

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My favourite of the “Good Neighbour” billboard series

We moved on to KARST for the next WTPATW exhibition.  The artists here are a feminist collective called Claire Fontaine.  As soon as the door opened we smelled burning and smoke.  The first piece here is a huge arrangement of thousands of matches set in the shape of the United Kingdom.  Students from Plymouth College of Art took five days to place the 58500+ matches, and they were set alight on Thursday evening.  The whole place filled up with smoke and parts of the gallery have actually been burned and melted by the process, which was documented.

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View of Claire Fontaine’s piece from a small hole cut out of a doorway (KARST)

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Burned matches in Claire Fontaine’s piece (KARST)

The second room is completely filled with red light and here there are neon signs, some of which are animated and seem to respond to each other.

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A scary message in the second room of Claire Fontaine’s exhibition (KARST)

On the way to the last exhibition we passed by another PAW art piece, The Truth Wall.  This features political letterpress prints by Kiss & Bite Letterpress Studio.

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The Truth Wall

The last stop on our tour was Plymouth College of Art (PCA).  In the gallery here is a film and sound installation by Matt Stokes.  This piece looks at DIY culture and how live music venues are disappearing locally.  Four local independent bands are filmed playing their music live at the locations of once iconic, but now closed, music venues.

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The Bus Station Loonies performing at Plymouth’s recently closed bus station (PCA)

 

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Suck My Culture performing in a flat on the site of the old Van Dike Club

Tomorrow I will be going to The Plymouth Athenaeum to take part in PAW myself at the YEA Plymouth table.  We will be giving away free copies of our collaborative zine YEA ’17 which features work by ten young artists aged 11-16.  This is a Plymouth Art Weekender project and our first big project together.  We will also be selling zines by YEA Plymouth members and badges to raise money for future projects together.

You can find out more about these events and exhibitions online on the Plymouth Art Weekender website.

These are my posts from last year’s PAW event:

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 1

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 1

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 2

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 3

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 3

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Plymouth Art Weekender #PAW17

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I will be blogging all throughout the Plymouth Art Weekender from different events, so look out for me and keep checking back here!  I will definitely be at the Athenaeum for parts of Saturday, alongside other YEA Plymouth members, giving out free copies of our PAW exclusive zine, YEA ’17, and selling badges. I’m going through the PAW17 map now to decide where else to visit!

Find out more information at these links:

Plymouth Art Weekender #PAW17

YEA ’17 – our free zine featuring 10 young artists!

YEA Plymouth table at the Athenaeum

YEA Plymouth blog

I am also talking about YEA Plymouth and other projects in the new issue of Made In Plymouth so pick up a copy from your friendly neighbourhood art venue!

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!

NatSatClub Summer Show 2017

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Last year I was a member of the National Saturday Art and Design Club at Plymouth College of Art.  We got to experiment with different media and artforms throughout the year, and take trips to local exhibitions as well as two trips to London for bigger NatSatClub shows featuring our work alongside work made by other groups.

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It was really early so at the services I grabbed an iced coffee..

Our final trip to London was on the 17th of June.  We met up really early to catch our coach just after 6am so we could get to the exhibition at Somerset House around 11am.  It was really busy as hundreds of young people from NatSatClubs around the country had come to see their work on display.  We were greeted and each given goody bags of art supplies, water, and snacks, and shown in to the first area where all the Masterclass work was on display.  Our Masterclass was in making word drawings with Barnaby Barford.

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Plymouth College of Art’s NatSatClub word drawings done in a Masterclass with Barnaby Barford

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Next we went upstairs and had a look around the different clubs’ work.  Plymouth sent in a lot of our work, and the pieces that were chosen for display were our beach glass jewellery, and our glass houses which we made in a class led by our Student Ambassador Ben Lintell.

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Some of the members from Plymouth College of Art National Art & Design Saturday Club 2016-17 stood next to our display at Somerset House.

This video shows our glass houses lit from below with a torch to cast shadows on the white wall.

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My glass house – the design is based on my home and it was etched by sandblasting

 

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Our beach glass jewellery on display

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My piece of jewellery is the one in the centre.  I found a piece of glass and transferred an image  lighthouse onto the back of it, then encased it in silver.

We were all called into a large room filled with benches for a speech by the National Saturday Club founders, Lord and Lady Sorrell.  Then we were called up one by one and received our Certificates and Yearbooks.

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The Plymouth NatSatClub group holding our Certificates

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A sneaky picture at the podium when noone was looking..

After the ceremony some of our group went to the National Portrait Gallery, but I stayed to look around the exhibition for a while longer.  There was a huge amount of different types of work on display by young people from the many clubs, including zines, puppets, film, fashion and ceramics.

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The first projects of our year were self portraits.  We saw these on display on our previous visit to London but smaller versions had been put together into these huge wall displays.

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Self portraits from NatSatClub members

At the end of the day, we met up with the rest of the group to get back to the coach.  Unfortunately, the coach had overheated (it was a really hot day!) and was broken down, leaving us stranded in London!  Our group leaders brought us all water to drink and we took a walk around Covent Garden watching a clown and looking in the Moomin shop.  The coach was fixed in an hour or so, and we headed back on the five hour journey home.

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Me at Somerset House

I was sad that some of the work I was most proud of from our many projects wasn’t put on display, but I hope to be able to put photos up of those pieces here soon, and I did have a really good day.   It was really amazing seeing so much work from young artists all in one place and I was really inspired by all that I saw.  I would recommend joining the group to anyone aged from 14 to 16 who likes art and really wants to try different things.

Below are some photos of work from National Saturday Clubs all around the country.  I have included lots here so that people who didn’t get to go on the trip can still enjoy some of the work we saw.

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There was a “We Want To Be Heard” banner above the exhibition

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Work from Cornwall College

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Work from Cornwall College

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Work from Cornwall College

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Work from Cornwall College

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Work from Cornwall College

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Zines from Kingston University, London

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Work from Cleveland College of Art and Design

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Work from Cleveland College of Art and Design

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Work from Cleveland College of Art and Design

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Work from University of West London

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Work from University of West London

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Work from University of West London

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Work from University of West London

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Work from Standpoint (a collaborative Masterclass between Ravensbourne and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College)

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Work from Cove Park

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Work from Ravensbourne

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Work from Ravensbourne

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Work from Ravensbourne

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Work from Ravensbourne

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Work from Bradford School of Art

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Work from Nottingham Trent University

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Work from Highbury College

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Work from Highbury College

 

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Work from Havering College of Further & Higher Education

 

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Work from University of Huddersfield

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Work from Coleg Sir Gâr

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Work from Bolton School of the Arts

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Work from Bolton School of the Arts

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Work from Banbury and Bicester College

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Work from Banbury and Bicester College

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Work from Banbury and Bicester College

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Work from Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

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Work from Cambridge School of Art

 

 

 

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Work from Cambridge School of Art

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Work from Cambridge School of Art

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Work from East Coast College and Time and Tide Museum

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Work from Goldsmiths

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A frame from an animation by University of Westminster NatSatClub

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Zines by University of the Arts London

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Zines by University of the Arts London

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Work by Grimsby Institute

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Work by Victoria and Albert Museum

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Work by Victoria and Albert Museum

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Work by Victoria and Albert Museum

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Work by Cleveland College of Art & Design

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Work by Cleveland College of Art & Design

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Work by Cleveland College of Art & Design

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Work by Cranford Community College

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Work by Cranford Community College

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Work by Hull School of Art and Design

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Work by Hull School of Art and Design

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Work by Hull School of Art and Design

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Work by Hull School of Art and Design

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Work by University for the Creative Arts Rochester

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Work by University for the Creative Arts Rochester

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Work by University for the Creative Arts Farnham

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Robots made by University of Westminster National Science & Engineering Club

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Work by Kingston University London National Science and Engineering Club

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Work by Ravensbourne Science & Engineering Club

Here are some links to previous posts I have written about NatSatClub:

National Saturday Club Part 1

NA&DSC London Trip

NatSatClub Devon Dialect Project

 

 

Graphic Communication with Typography at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017

After I visited the Illustration degree show, I went to look at the other creative graduate work around the Plymouth University campus.  This post shows my favourite pieces from the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography show.

Sophie Niman (Instagram)

Sophie had on display her zine SOS #1.  What I like about this zine is how noisy the graphics are, with a mix of busy shapes and active and bright colours.  The black and white checkered pattern is really simple but eye-catching, and looks really great with the black text on yellow “Welcome to #1” labels.

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SOS Magazine  – Zine by Sophie Niman

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Pages from SOS Magazine by Sophie Niman

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Page from SOS Magazine by Sophie Niman

Kaisa Koisti (Instagram)

Kaisa’s project included animation with spinning, flashing and other moving parts, and packets of stickers, to raise awareness of the lack of equal opportunities to female DJs.  I think the use of equipment dials and read-outs to demonstrate the issues is clever and I like how the poster colours make them look like gig posters.

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Equalise the Mix – Campaign poster by Kaisa Koisti

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Equalise the Mix – Campaign design by Kaisa Koisti

Eve Whitehead (Instagram)

Eve’s project promoting veganism has a soft and friendly approach with a powder colour scheme and white text.  It is almost the opposite of the approach taken by Kaisa above.

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The Environmental Impact of Veganism – Posters by Eve Whitehead

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The Environmental Impact of Veganism – Packaging and promotional design by Eve Whitehead

James Dodds (Instagram)

I really like the mixture of different text types used in James’s Analog Magazine, which includes handwritten words of different thicknesses and slopes, typed text, and text which has been printed or stamped.  The magazine looks really interesting and I think it would appeal to graphic designers as well as people who are interested in vintage creative equipment like old cameras and typewriters.

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Analog Magazine – Zine by James Dodds

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Page from Analog Magazine by James Dodds

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Design for Analog Magazine by James Dodds

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Designs for Analog Magazine by James Dodds

Timothy Pascoe (Instagram)

Timothy has created a set of playful images that are great visual representations of the different film genres.  The text is clear but unobtrusive and lets the images take centre stage.

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Great British Classics – Poster design by Timothy Pascoe

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Great British Classics – Cinema ticket design by Timothy Pascoe

Lucy Allen (Instagram)

Lucy has created a zine which draws attention to the design of really useful everyday items that we might overlook as great examples of design, but they are!  I like the way she has limited her colours in each picture to give a 3-d effect to her simple lines.

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Overlooked – Poster design by Lucy Allen

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Overlooked – Zine by Lucy Allen

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Page from Overlooked zine by Lucy Allen

Gemma Beard

Gemma has designed a set of alternative street designs that look at the sort of problems that might happen if we were to start modifying human DNA.  The signs have a dry humour to them and very clear messages that provoke thought.

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Modify? – Design by Gemma Beard

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Modify? – Design by Gemma Beard

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Modify? – Exhibition design by Gemma Beard

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 5

This is my last post on the Plymouth Uni BA (Hons) Illustration show, previous posts are here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.  This post features eight more of the artists who had work on display at the show.

Natalia Pątkiewicz (Instagram) takes inspiration from fantasy and sci-fi themes to design characters, environments and worlds to illustrate short stories and games.  Natalia thoroughly explores her ideas about a character’s background, story, costume and expression.

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Visual Development of Fables for Robots by S. Lem – Character Design by Natalia Pątkiewicz

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Visual Development of Fables for Robots by S. Lem – Character Design by Natalia Pątkiewicz

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‘Failures of Felix’ – Game art by Natalia Pątkiewicz

Failures of Felix was one of the game jam projects from a jam I participated in locally.  The jam only went on over 48 hours but Natalia still made time to take a lot of care over her character design and his background story.

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Story ideas for Felix – Personal sketchbook work by Natalia Pątkiewicz

Natalia’s sketchbooks were fascinating to look through and alongside her sketches they contain written story and character ideas, as well as her research notes.  As a young illustrator, being able to look at some of the artists’ sketchbooks is one of the biggest benefits of going to the Graduate Shows.  On the wall above Natalia’s sketchbooks were prints of some of her Daily Speedpainting Studies which each took between 30 minutes and 1 1/2 hours.

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Sketchbooks by Natalia Pątkiewicz on display under her Daily Speedpainting Studies

James Robinson (Instagram) specialises in portrait and editorial illustration.  I like his work’s cartoony, yet carefully detailed style. The contrasted colours give a great impression of opposite sides or enemies.

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Film Poster for King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword by James Robinson

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Trump Vs Clinton – Illustration by James Robinson

Darius Gilbey is an editorial designer inspired by music, politics, and science.  His Plymtek Poster design reminds me of sailor-style tattoo designs and graffiti art.  I like how bunched up the main illustration is.

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Plymtek Poster by Darius Gilbey

Another piece on display by Darius, titled Visual Metaphor and Editorial design, has a soft and warm feeling to it because of the airbrush style of shading and highlighting and the colours chosen.  I like the way that the bright illuminated colours bring your eyes to the centre of the picture.

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Visual Metaphor and Editorial design by Darius Gilbey

Calum Hanchett specialises in caricature illustration and often incorporates humour into his work.   I really like the oil painting style of his caricatures and how carefully detailed they are.

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Political Caricature by Calum Hanchett

Calum’s piece INK Journal illustration on the theme of Night reminds me of the natural environments in Studio Ghibli movies like Princess Mononoke, the long winding branches or vines give it a mystical feeling and I can imagine hidden creatures just out of sight.

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INK Journal illustration on the theme of Night by Calum Hanchett

Amber Dunsford (Instagram) specialises in editorial illustration based around and inspired by genetics.  Her illustrations on display had a muted colour scheme, and she uses collage and print in her work.

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Editorial Illustration for New Scientist by Amber Dunsford

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Fruitflies and Neurons – Editorial illustration by Amber Dunsford

Jonathan Brimble is an illustrator who strives to produce atmospheric work based around moving narratives.  I like his unsettling and dark imagery, and parts of his teaser trailer for Wake Unto Me make me think of Tim Burton movies.

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Wake Unto Me – Conceptual design for a narrative game by Jonathan Brimble

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Digital art by Jonathan Brimble

Jordan Sales (Instagram) is inspired by the natural world and monsters.  His creature designs are really imaginative, and some of the monsters look like they would be in a fantasy or horror video game.

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Gods and Monsters of the Cthulhu Mythos – Illustration work for a zine by Jordan Sales

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Gods and Monsters of the Cthulhu Mythos – Illustration work for a zine by Jordan Sales

Adam Martin’s (Instagram) work is very much inspired by fantasy themes, and takes comfort in the relationship between fantasy and reality.  I really like the moody style in his work.

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Illustration work by Adam Martin

Below is the full list of exhibiting students at the Plymouth University Illustration show.  I really enjoyed the exhibition and look forward to next year’s.

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List of exhibiting students at The Plymouth University BA Illustration Show 2017

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 4

This is my fourth post about the Plymouth University BA (Hons) Illustration show.  Each post so far has looked at work from eight different illustrators.  Here are my previous Posts – Part 1 Part 2 Part 3  (Edit – here is Part 5)

Christopher Reilly (Instagram) is a comic and book illustrator.  His graphic novel Asclepius Origins is based on Greek mythology and the story of Apollo and Coronis. I really like his dark, rough, and sketchy style of drawing and it suits the dark story.

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Asclepius Origins – A page from a graphic novel by Christopher Reilly

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Asclepius Origins – A page from a graphic novel by Christopher Reilly

Jessica Parnell (Instagram) Is a creature creator who works with mixed media.  Her character designs are brought to life in her three dimensional models, and they remind me of the puppets and characters of Jim Henson movies like The Dark Crystal.  I can imagine the Kadoti chirping and trilling.  Jessica’s work was completely unique across all the Graduate shows I went to this year.

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Creatures of Neconia – Character design by Jessica Parnell

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Creatures of Neconia – Character creation by Jessica Parnell

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Creatures of Neconia – Character design by Jessica Parnell

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Creatures of Neconia – Creature creation by Jessica Parnell

Joanna Cole (Instagram) is an illustrator with a passion for nature and narrative.  She had panels from a children’s book she was making on display.  I love the muted colours and dreamlike, detailed watercolour work.

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A panel from Roots Part One: The Outside – Comic by Joanna Cole

Lewis Collins (Instagram) is a sculptor and conceptual artist whose work is inspired by fantasy and sci-fi themes.  His concept sketches showed amazing menacing creatures that would look great in a video game.

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Concept art by Lewis Collins

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Sculpture by Lewis Collins

Matt Royhl (Instagram) specialises in editorial illustration.  His work on display included illustrations he has made for different clients.  I really like the way Matt uses contrasting shades of colours without outlining and smooth rounded edges.

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Visual pun and metaphor in Editorial Illustration by Matt Royhl

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Matt Royhl’s display included a huge ‘Gazette’ page with screens showing his moving GIFs

Ellie Wilkinson’s (Instagram) illustration, design, and graphic work is inspired by social and political issues.  I like the doodley style of her Fight your Cause pattern, and the way she has combined typography with colouring and simple shapes in Refugee makes a really strong statement.

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Refugee – Poster by Ellie Wilkinson

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Fight Your Cause – Pattern design by Ellie Wilkinson

Callum Cowie (Instagram) specialises in illustration for book covers and editorial and narrative design.  His work has been inspired by the human condition, technology, and politics.  His designs are bright and colourful, and made with lots of detail.  The backgrounds in his illustrations help to get the message across, for example, in the first image below, the spirally background paired with the icons and notifications in front make me feel like i’m being sucked down a vortex..

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Technology Today – Editorial illustrations by Callum Cowie

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Technology Today – Editorial illustrations by Callum Cowie

Renee Sheppard (Instagram) works with print and collage to create surreal and dark interpretations of stories and films.  I like the dark sketchy shading and lineart, and the stripes of blotchy colours on the mostly empty background.

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Peter Pan – Collagraph by Renee Sheppard

I have one more post on the Illustration show to follow, plus a post on the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography Graduate Show at Plymouth University.  They will both be up this week so keep visiting and make sure you check out all these artists on Instagram and their own websites!  You can also see my own Instagram here.

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