Category Archives: Illustration

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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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 – Chris Mutton

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!”

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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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Beyond Truro College – Papio Press


Next up in our `Beyond..` series is past student Zanna Goldhawk.
Here is her story in her own words –

“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.

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Julian Opie Style Self Portraits


AS Illustration Graphics students have been practising their vector drawing skills by rendering their own Julian Opie style portraits.
We think you’ll agree, they look pretty good!
So we decorated the computer room walls with our results.

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Student Showcase : Holly Summerson

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.

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Meet the Staff – Arlo Tinson – Illustrator/Photographer

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.

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Notebook making 101

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Creativity never sleeps at Truro College. Its out with the old and in with the new, students that is. The A-level students have just begun their second year studies in the department & their first project.
The A2 Illustration Graphics students have been busy creating their own hand-made notebooks. Covers and end papers used have been designed by the students using their own lino-prints, which have then been worked on digitally to create their own designs – so each and every book is 100% hand-made and unique.

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Horizons – the countdown begins.

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This time next week the department will be busy on Truro Plaza setting up the show.
Preperation continues apace here at college with piles of plinths ready to go and artwork being readied for exhibition.

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