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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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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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Promontory – a neon dream

Wednesday saw the successful opening of our technician/lecturer/artist Stuart Robinsons show – Promontory – at Plymouth College of Arts The Gallery’s South West Showcase, pt2.

Promontory’ features new work conceived and built for the show, building on themes and ideas that he has been developing over a number of years.

Stuart’s sculptural installations feature frameworks, structures and illuminated elements intended to explore our shared experience of the everyday and reflect on how the world is presented to us.

The work explores the shapes, colour and materials familiar from our daily encounters of media, signs and surroundings as well as specific inspirations from Plymouth itself.

The show runs until Wednesday 5th April.

All photos by Dom Moore.

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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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A-Level Architecture Talks

On Friday the 4th of November A level students studying Product Design & The Built Environment had the opportunity to meet two highly regarded Architects. Jennifer Dixon (Architecture Lead) For AECOM ( One of the Worlds Largest Architecture and Infrastructure Companies), and Mark Elton Director for Cowen Eco Design and UK Specialist for Passivhaus and sustainable design. 14 dedicated students came to college on their day off to listen to talks by both, about their experiences in the industry followed by a question and answer session which was very enlightening.

Both Jennifer and Mark were invited to review 2nd year architectural projects and give highly valued feedback to the students, last year Jennifer also helped organise a once in a life time visit to Grimshaws Architectural practice in NYC where students where able to see some of the worlds leading architectural projects happening in real time.

When asked to comment about the student’s work Jennifer said ” The outputs in the studio and the level of design thinking are clearly well beyond the normal expectations of an A level study program” Mark Elton when asked the same reflected the positive comments made by his peer adding “Having been invited to Truro to review students’ progress on the architecture module led by Sean Dugan, I was delighted to also get the chance to introduce them to the Passivhaus design standard as well. I was really impressed with their awareness of the issues surrounding sustainable design and the ambition of their projects. For those students wishing to advance to architectural careers, this course will give them an incredible foundation for the challenges facing them in architecture school. Gwrys yn ta pubonan! / Well done everyone!”

 

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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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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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