Category Archives: Drawing

Book Illustration

Illustrator and Truro College lecturer Tom Heard talks about his work on latest book – Project Bugs.

You say latest book, how many have you worked on?

I’ve been fortunate to have illustrated just over thirty titles so far across both fiction and educational markets. These have been for clients including Ladybird Books, National Geographic Learning and Miles Kelly Publishing. I am represented by the Bright Group in London and have been with them since I graduated back in 2012. Project Bugs is the second title I have worked on for Miles Kelly Publishing forming part of the Project book series. The first, Project Body was written by John Fardon, published in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2016.

What’s your role, is it illustration and design of the book? 

I illustrate the pictures within the book, (for Project Bugs I completed all of the cartoons throughout). I am provided the text by the editor and the layouts by the designer.

It must be fascinating for students to know their lecturer is published, do you ever talk about your work in class to help inspire and educate those wishing to go down the publishing route themselves? 

Yes, I think it’s important that students develop an understanding between the tasks they complete in lesson and how these relate and prepare them for the creative industries.

Do you have a particular process when creating content for the books? 

I often start recording my ideas in a sketchbook using a variety of pencils and pens. I then scan them into Adobe Photoshop and work on a Cintiq tablet to produce my artworks digitally. For each project I will often send sketches to the editor for approval before moving onto colour. Generally, when I work on a project it will be published anytime after six months, or sometimes the following year!

What advice do you give students who are interesting in illustration? 

Keep drawing, practise is key. I always encourage students to keep a sketchbook with them at all times, you never know when that next spark of creativity may arise!

Toms book can be seen here.

Thanks Tom.

 

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Page Turner – Turning heads

On from now until this Sat 27th May, 3pm – Page Turner.

A celebration of great student art from Truro College, Cornwall.

Take yourself down to Lemon Quay Piazza in Truro and become inspired by the wealth of talent on display.

From fine art to jewelry, from architecture to graphics design, and everything in between.

Our 12th annual show, Page Turner.

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further fine art

This week our exhibition space is once again filled with fab works of fine art. This time its the work of the 2nd year ND fine artists. And yet again another fine display of eclectic art works covering print, photography, painting and sculpture.

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A-level Fine Art

On display this week in our exhibition space is work by the 2nd year A-level fine art students. Ranging from sketches, oils and prints the work shows off some of the students skills honed over the past year and a half.

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Eden Project Trip

Our entire first year Level 3 art and design Diploma students enjoyed a working visit to the Eden Project. This provided them with a fantastic opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich, exciting and diverse environments that Eden offers. It was a beautifully atmospheric day, full of autumnal colour set against a backdrop of grey stillness. During the day they produced a body of work that will be extended and developed for their Environment project upon their return to college. The students produced drawings and designs and took many photographs that examined the diversity of Eden’s collection of plants and artworks displayed within the varied environments and climates.

Photography by Robin Dowell and Alex Woodhouse

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artist visit by caroline pedler

Caroline Pedler, Cornish based illustrator and artist, took time out from her busy life to give an informal talk and discussion, on the realities of being a full time practising illustrator.

She then led a collage workshop, one of the techniques used within her own practice. The students were a willing and captive crowd and the results were fun and amazing. 

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Beyond Truro College – Anika Manuel

Our next post college student success is Anika Manuel –

“My name is Anika Manuel and I currently live and work in Cornwall. At Truro College I studied the A level in Fine Art which was taught by Tristan Sherwood and Louise Walter, this gave me the opportunity to develop my interest in art and the basic skills I had. I particularly remember being taught how to use acrylic paint and this, along with my personal study and the knowledge gained from my History of Art A level, ultimately influenced my career as a portrait painter in the years following. At college I developed an interest in figurative painting, and then concreted this area of specialisation on the foundation diploma that I went on to study. I greatly enjoyed the level of experimentation on the course and encouragement provided from the tutors and it was on the recommendation from Gareth Edwards, my painting tutor, that I went on to apply and get accepted for a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. After graduating with a First, I came back to Cornwall as a self employed Fine artist with a gallery in London that exhibits my portraits internationally. My practice involves creating realistic depictions of the human figure (often celebrities) and this work is currently on show at The Moreton Gallery in the Cotswolds, as well as through Degreeart (http://www.degreeart.com/users/anika-manuel) All of my work can be viewed on my website www.anikamanuel.com or through my Facebook page: Anika Manuel Artist.

To all students currently studying the arts the best advice I could offer would be to persist, as long as you have a passion for art and you believe in what you are doing then you can make a successful career out of doing something that you love.”

Wise words!

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Sculpture Masterclass

On 14th Feb the National Art and Design Saturday Club held a sculpture masterclass. The event was run by internationally renowned sculptor Peter Randal Page, and local sculptor (and Truro College tutor) Reece Ingrams, both of whom have large sculptures sited at the world famous Eden Project.
The Truro group were joined by the Falmouth Saturday club for the days event. The students made large charcoal drawings of natural objects in morning –

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And after lunch they all sculpted clay maquette`s from their drawings.

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The day was a great success as the results show.

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T-Shirt printing at the Saturday Club

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Another fun and art-tastic session was had by all at the Saturday Art Club here at Truro college.
The students first carved out images in relief on lino. Then under Gwyls watchful eye they hand printed their unique t-shirt designs in our print studio.
The finished results look great.

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Foundation Diploma: Work in Progress

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A selection of work by Foundation Diploma Art & Design students from their latest project. The brief was to explore a personal investigation of ‘Personal Space’ developing ideas and exploring these within all the areas of the course; Fine Art, Textural Surfaces, Visual Communication, Printmaking, and 3D.

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