Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas


This is our Gothic looking tree made by first year students Lauren Kidner and Louise Goves

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Special guests

We have had four excellent guests this term.

Rising Illustration star Dominic Owen came to visit in early December. Dominic explained how he is working with Young Creative Network  to help him get his portfolio out to as many potential clients as possible. Dominics youth and energy will bring a useful insider view to the students as they try to do the same thing next year. Dominic will be returning in the spring to advise on developing 'Introductory Media'. HCA Illustration are proud to say we gave Dominic his first ever visiting teacher post!

Marion Elliot helped out our resident Book Arts  guru Guy Begbie with some paper engineering workshops based on her recent book 'Paper Sculpt Sensation' published by David & Charles. Marion has written over 20 titles relating to many processes and techniques used in the world of crafts including tin-working and papier-mache. You can see more of her work at her Folksy shop.

Christmas card 2011 from Matthew Richardson
Matthew Richardson recently won the 2010 Folio Society award for his terrific illustrations for The Outsider by Albert Camus. Matthew talked through his portfolio and gave the students an insight into his working process. This is the Christmas card Matthew sent us.

Illustrator Rebecca Gibbon has been helping out due to a staff illness. Becky helped the students complete the mural project (see below) and hopefully will be coming back in the New Year. Thanks Becky.

Waterstones mural project in Hereford

The third year Illustration students were invited to design and construct a mural for the awkward stairwell space in Waterstone's bookshop in Hereford City Centre. They solved the problem of  the wall shapes and immovable permanent light fittings by making a series of boards that could be pre-prepared and transported to the site. Working on boards also allowed them the freedom to retain their own personal solutions to the subject matter, by effectively making a giant 'collage' of printed material, paint and stencils. This was thought of as a risky strategy (would the mural fit together stylistically) but ultimately it worked as positive comments from the public are proving. The Waterstone's staff are 'thrilled' with the result.