Eva Cano has just passed the Graphic Design Art Diploma course with flying colours and one of her pieces is shown below. We hope that Eva has a very long and successful career in graphic design.
Just received this memo, perhaps some of our students who are studying on the Illustrating Children’s books course might be interested! Let us know if you attend.
Some of your students may be interested in this, Anglia Ruskin Uni run Children’s book illustration courses and as well as their summer school they also hold a one day conference….. which is much more affordable! It’s on 3rd August is £80
Details at – ‘Something to Shout About‘
My style is detailed, with lots of things going on for children to look at and I like it to be funny with lots of bright colours. My work is hand painted with pen and ink and watercolour.
Lucy, studying on the Illustrating Children’s book course, has also entered the Illustrate It competition and you can see her entry below along with a detail of her beautiful illustration. We wish Lucy all the best with the competition!
I have also entered the Illustrate 2013 competition. I felt that it would be good experience for me to try illustrating a double page spread for an actual story. I enjoyed the challenge and have learnt a lot from it. It gave me an insight into what it would be like to illustrate for a children’s book as this is what I would love to do. If I got the chance to illustrate the whole book that would be great but I feel I have benefited even if I don’t win.
If you like my illustration please vote for me here http://www.illustrateit.co.uk/viewillustration.asp?SubID=27 many thanks if you do!
I asked Jon, a student who is currently studying with Maggy Roberts on the Illustrating children’s books, if he would write about his sink city painting for the blog. I was very interested to hear how he created the piece using both traditional and digital media. Jon has written about it below and we hope you enjoy it!
Sink City – Assignment 2 Children’s Book illustration Diploma
My entry for assignment 2 took about 3 months to finally complete as Sink City kept getting knocked down and rebuilt. I knew I wanted to do something detailed but finding the right approach was what eluded me for sometime until I basically took everything I had doodled, scanned it all into Photoshop then played around with it till I had a few compositions that i liked. I chose one, printed it out at A2 then using a lightbox redrew all the buildings to the right scale with pen and ink. Then I scanned that A2 drawing in (in 4 sections) got them all lined up in Photoshop to make a new A2 document then chopped everything up and rearranged it till I had what I was after. I later drew some extra people, a plane and other bits and pieces to add to the mix until I had a finished ink drawing ready to be coloured.
I had originally wanted to do a traditional line and wash drawing for this project but it got so big and detailed I didn’t feel like I could do it justice with watercolour, not to mention having to redo the ink drawing if I fudged it up (time is not something I have a lot of at the moment!) so I opted for digital colouring
I find its always a good idea to have an idea of what you want to achieve in Photoshop otherwise you can end up meandering down different avenues trying various techniques and variations and ultimately not getting anywhere which is, needless to say, what happened to me.
I found it hard to get the colours right as it needed to clearly show the line but also split the different elements up so they can be clearly read. In the end I went for a basic brown/orange for the background and bright colours for the figures to make them pop out. I think it works but looking at it now I still want to change bits and pieces…but assignment three is pulling at my sleeve trying to get my attention so I best go.
Thanks for reading this, its been an honour and a pleasure to be asked to write about it for the Course Blog
Jons Preparatory studies. So important when collating and composing any kind of painting or illustration.
The full final illustration.
A detail of the illustration.
Kasia Gudacz emailed to ask if we would add her entry to the illustrate-it competition. We were more than happy to! Kasia has written about her entry below and we wish her the best of luck in the competition. If any of our other students are entering, drop us a line and let us know!
I am currently studying Illustrating Children’s Book course and I have entered a competition for children’s book illustrators. It has been organised by the book author and the main prize is to illustrate his book, which would simply be my dream!
The illustration has been hand-painted with gouache paint and finished with black line. I chose this kind of paint as I love playing with bright, bold colours! I also thought this would be suitable for the target audience (3-7 year olds). In order to engage children and their parents, I chose simplicity, lots of colour and detail, and facial expression of the main character, Stanley. Having followed the brief, I have also included the orange Lucky Book in each picture.
In the first instance all entries go to an online public vote, and then the judging panel will choose the winner from 3 finalists with the highest number of votes. That’s why, if you like my illustration, I would be really grateful for your vote! Every single vote counts!
It takes about 1 minute, all you have to do it to go to this link http://www.illustrateit.
Thank you very much for your help.
Illustrating Children’s Books
We have received an email from the The Construction Industry Council letting us know about a competition they are holding for photographers. if you enter and are successful let us know! As usual the college is not affiliated with this company and cannot be held responsible if any issues arise if our students enter.
Our company (The Construction Industry Council) are in the process of running a photography competition to celebrate our 25 Anniversary which will be focused on the built environment.
The competition is split into three categories:
1. The changing face of construction: building the past 25 years
2. Visualising the future: what will UK 2050 look like?
3. Diversity in construction: aspirations of a generation
The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £500 and two runners -up will each receive £250.
For further details on how to enter and terms and conditions click here
Tamara Dale Marketing & Communications Executive
This piece of artwork has been waiting in my inbox for a while to blog and so at last here it is! The student gained a distinction for passing her Graphic Design Art Diploma with Vanessa Weaver. We love the collage so full of colour, it could be in a children’s book too. Congratulation tot this student on passing her course and we wish her the best of luck in her future career.
This is a piece of artwork from a student on the Pet portrait Diploma Course and I felt it was absolutely blog worthy! I have another piece id like to blog created by this student, however I will save it for another day! We definitely have a student with a wonderful up and coming career in pet portraits and wildlife art!