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Lightpainting

Second year Extended Diploma students tried their hand at Lightpainting this week. The technique involves using a digital stills camera set at a slow shutter speed to capture the trails light makes when moved in front of the lens. By controlling the aperture and shutter speed you can get some awesome effects simply using a few torches and fairy lights.

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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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Axisweb – Artist of the Month – our own Robin Dowell

Our very own lecturer in 3D, Robin Dowell, has been selected as Axisweb artist of the month for October. Read the article here.

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South West Showcase

 

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Part two of the South West Showcase will see Stuart Robinson produce new work specifically with The Gallery space in mind. Utilising ideas and themes developed through his recent practice, such as signage, props, scale and modelmaking, Stuart will create sculptural installations featuring frameworks, structures and illuminated elements that explore our experience of the everyday and how the world is presented to us.

The work will explore familiar shapes, colour and materials from our daily encounters with media, signs and surroundings, as well as specific inspirations from Plymouth itself.

Stuart Robinson is a mixed media sculptural installation artist currently living and working in Penryn, Cornwall. Having studied Fine Art at the University of East London, Stuart relocated to Cornwall and lectures on the Foundation Diploma Art & Design at Truro College.

His practice explores imagery and inspiration from a wide range of sources across art, media, landscape and popular culture digested and condensed into object and form. He has shown across the UK and internationally and has just published the book ‘Ham Fisted Half Cocked’, exploring his work.

Find out more here – INFO

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DARE Prize 2017

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Art & Design lecturers Joanna Lampard and Robin Dowell have recently been shortlisted for the first DARE Prize 2017, awarded by Opera North and University of Leeds. The prize “challenges artists and scientists to think differently about the creative process” by forging links between the disciplines during a year-long project. Hoping to develop a nascent project, which entertains the idea that emotions might be cultured in the laboratory, Joanna and Robin are intrigued by the impact of linguistic categorisation. Can we conceive of a time when this might be superseded by another analytical approach, and if so, could this transcend current systems to attain a Mendeleevian rigour? Their initial proposal is to explore these concepts, among others, in a book format, though they are keen that other options would remain open in the developmental stages.

 

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ED Photography Classes

A few examples of what the second year Extended Diploma students have been producing during photography workshops.

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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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Frontier(2016) mahogany and concrete

Frontier (2016) mahogany and concrete

Installation by Truro College Art & Design lecturer Robin Dowell.

The work forms part of the Inland Art Festival’s ‘The Future Project’ (21-23rd October) in Redruth. The work was made in response to recent developments in world politics which seem to carry reverberations from and reflections of multiple twentieth century crises.

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Verb Project

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GRAMMAR
noun
1. a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen.
First year students were given a verb, and had to produce artwork based on that verb.
Here are their results, interesting I think you`ll agree.
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