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.
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.
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.
Our next college alumni that has gone on to bigger things is VFX whizz kid Chris Mutton –
“I’m currently working as a Rigging TD / Technical Artist in the VFX industry in London. The company is called Framestore, and after a brief stint in their commercials department I am now working in the world of feature films. I have only been here a couple of months so far, so haven’t worked on any big blockbusters that I can boast about …yet!
My job is the bridge between the modelling and animation teams. I take a 3D generated model and add the control systems and skeletons, as well as defining how the model deforms and anything else animation need to make a character move in a believable way. It’s a great mix of artistic eye and technical knowledge.
Since University I have also worked in the games industry for Sony Computer Entertainment on the Killzone franchise, and for a company called Jellyfish Pictures on a children’s animated TV show called the Floogals.
At Truro College I studied Fine Art with Louise and Tristan, Graphic Illustration with Natalie, as well as Maths and Music Tech. I also got involved with the regular Life Drawing classes on offer, which has been invaluable to my understanding of human form and function and something I kept up throughout education and still try and attend as often as possible. I had an enjoyable year on Truro’s Art Foundation course before heading off to Bournemouth to study Computer Animation and Visualisation which is how I got into the career I have now.
Truro was a really great place for me to get a excellent grounding in Art. The department was always such a fun place to be, full of energy and friendly faces!”
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.
“I’m Zanna Goldhawk, originally from Penzance, but now I live in Cheltenham and study Illustration at the University of Gloucestershire.
Going to Truro college completely changed the course of my life, and I’m infinitely glad I chose to travel the hour and fifteen minutes it took me to get there every day because it was more than worth it for the incredible standard of teaching available at the college. Illustration was never a path I’d considered going down until I started my Graphics A Level at Truro, where I fell in love with it completely. I was lucky enough to have some really incredible teachers there (Jago Silver, Georgina Hounsome, Jo Doidge) who were a huge influence and a great inspiration to me, and who I still keep in touch with and still encourage and support me with my work.
I met my partner Harry Marshall at uni, and we started Papio Press together. Papio Press is largely an online business where Harry and I sell our illustrations on various products. We wanted to take our future into our own hands, instead of relying on commissions as illustrators. Our idea was to bring something beautiful into the everyday at affordable prices. We sell iPhone Cases, Notebooks, Pocket Mirrors, Tote Bags, Tea Towels and Prints – and we’re always expanding.
We have storefronts on Etsy and Not On The High Street, and business is booming. One of our products was recently featured in the January issue of Idea Home Magazine, which we can hardly believe since we’re just a couple of third year students who started a little business six months ago.”
A great success and great artwork I think you`ll agree.
You can also follow Zanna and Papio press on Facebook too.
The first Student Showcase of this year features some animated work by AS Level Illustration & Graphics student Holly Summerson.
See the full animation here – VIDEO LINK
“My work is a 15 second animated ident for National Geographic channel which I designed for Illustration and Graphics coursework. I was looking at the theme of sustainability, particularly in Cornish beaches, and wanted to emphasize the beauty and importance of the sea. Each of the frames was printed using a card-relief technique, before being animated on a light-box and later edited in Photoshop.”
The music is by Eric & Magill, and can be found on the Free Music Archive.
You`ve seen what we do and what our students do, so now its time to meet some of the talented folks who run the show.
Next up is on of our graphics tutors, photographer and illustrator Arlo Tinson
“I am a Freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Digital Image Editor based in Cornwall. I have worked on a substantial variety of commissions for numerous clients. My work is in national publications, I produce images for Features Writers amongs`t other, more varied work, such as book illustration and specialist design.”
Check out his work here.