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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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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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Oil Painting workshop with Carol O’Toole

Fine Art A-level students enjoyed their first day of a two day oil painting workshop with local Artist Carol O’Toole.

Students were encouraged to work with a limited pallet and explore the range of colours they could mix. Students then began to use oils to create work from their own imagery, all under the helpful instruction of Carol.

Everyone had a great day and we can’t wait to see the results of the workshop next Saturday!

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Verb Project

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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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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Life Drawing

Students from one of the life drawing classes get to grips with the human form this week.

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Saturday Art Club Summer Show 2015

The Summer Show, the culmination of the Saturday Club year, was open from 5 -12 June in the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House. 3,500 people visited the exhibition and commended the high quality of work on display by over 1,200 Saturday Club members.
The highlight was the surprise appearance by Brit-nominated spoken word artist George the Poet who performed his poem ‘All Existence is Contribution’ to a rapt audience at the private view on 9 June. Earlier this year, George led a project with the Saturday Club at Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon Creative Hub, organised by the Caspian Arts Foundation.
Our guest speaker was Darren Henley OBE, who took over as chief executive of Arts Council England in April. Darren said “The National Art&Design Saturday Club is opening the eyes and minds of young people all over the country to exciting skills and techniques that artists and designers use and to the possibilities of a career in the creative industries, which generate £76bn for the economy each year”.
The real VIP events took place over the weekend of 6 & 7 June, when over 1,200 Club members, their families, tutors and student assistants attended their own private views and a special – and very noisy! – ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

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Fantastic work all round, amazing to see what young people can achieve! The Club kept my daughter excited to get up every Saturday
Commented one proud parent.

Many others echoed this sentiment, and were keen to support their children’s decisions to studying creative subjects and follow a career in the creative industries.

The layout was so professional and to see my work in that context was a real privilege.”
Isabel, Club member.

Roll on this years club, running once again here at Truro College.

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