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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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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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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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TENTh – showcasing our talent!

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Its that time of year again where we at Truro College Art & Design department take over Lemon Quay, Truro, for our annual show.
This is our tenth year, hence the name, and we grow from strength to strength each year. This, I think, is our best yet. From fine art to fashion, 3D desig to graphics, ceramics to photography, its all on show for all to see. There is such a wealth of talent here in Cornwall, and it is such a great way of showing it off to you the public. I hope it inspires and amazes in equal measure.
So, if you are in the area, PLEASE pop in to our big tent of art on the piazza, have a mooch around and enjoy the multitude of art on display!

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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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Beyond Truro College – Matthew Tremaine

Next up is Matt Tremaine. He is currently in his third year studying at Bath School of Art and Design. Matt works in all areas of design but predominantly within publication/editorial design, typography, advertising and printmaking.

“My areas of interest are in fashion and sport. I am always testing myself and developing my skills in all areas of design. I see a challenge as an opportunity to show my abilities and I crave learning from others and gaining experience. Simplicity and minimalism in my work is key whether it be the design or the concept.

Whilst at Truro College I was taught the fundamentals of design, using software, analog processes and many more. I had a a lot of freedom and from experimentation I was able to generate a love and interest for all area’s of art and design. Originally I wanted to progress as a printmaker, mainly down to the passion of my lecturer George Hounsome, later on I found a love for typography but I still use all the skills and knowledge learnt years ago in my current practice.”

You can view more of his work HERE.

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SUMMER SCHOOL ART CLUB

Summer School flyer

Summer school is on once more here at the college. Get in touch for more details HERE

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