A Graphic Design Students Story….

Blog Post By Hana Tesar

I have been drawing all my life and I always wanted to work in any kind of field which has something to do with arts, unfortunately I’m still waitressing (very hard to take, sometimes) and I’m not living from the art at all. I still didn’t break the ice… It all started in Ireland where I applied for Bachelor of Art, but they told me that I’m too far along to go all the way back and repeat everything I already did ages ago. They were right. I started anyway but I was so bored in the class so I left after a while. I took graphic design courses instead on Galway Technical Institute in Ireland. Last year I applied for Illustration in Edinburgh in Scotland but I didn’t get in. I’m not really use to talk about my work and the interview was disaster even my work is outstanding. I learned from it lot.

Shortly after that I discovered London Art College webpage. How fantastic on-line diploma course in Art in Graphic Design, wow.. and many more interesting courses…I was so so happy because on-line course gives me more freedom, specially with the time. I love to take also Science Fiction & Fantasy course after cause my sketch books are full of characters and I love comics, tales & short stories…. Art in Graphic Design course gave me a lot. It enriched my personal style for bold ink style which I never had before and gives me fantastic pieces for my personal portfolio, which can open me a door to graphic design which I try to learn.

I took the art in design course with a hope to start freelancing on-line, what is my dream. I moved to London recently and plan my solo exhibition for next year…My personal work is drawing on MDF- wooden boards, based on organic unusual pieces which I usually resize or just simply take out from context and change from organic to industrial or industrial to organic. This way I play on peoples perception, what they actually see is nice delusion of little humble object what will otherwise pass us by…I attached one of my object pictures below : Dust mite of Neil Mc.Carthy

Art Competition by Daler Rowney

Dalery Rowney have a new competition on their ‘Make Your Mark’ website. If you have a passion for art get involved! You could win a great prize and gain exposure for your talent in the media. Visit the Daler Rowney website for more details, some details are added below.


‘MAKE YOUR MARK’ is an art competition open to anyone worldwide. This is the second consecutive year that the competition has run, following a very successful first year.
We would like to invite you to express your creativity and be inspired.

Your entry
If you are taking part in the Student competitions (Under 12’s & Under 18’s), you can create your piece of art using any kind of paint and/or drawing media.
If you are taking part in the Professional competition, you must create your entry using acrylics.
Once complete, please take a high quality photo of your painting, and upload by clicking ‘Click here to enter’ follow the simple steps, and you will soon have your artwork uploaded for the judges to deliberate.

Students: Under 12’s and under 18’s
Leisure and Professional Painters
Note: You qualify as a Professional Artist if you have a formal art qualification at University level or you are currently studying to get one

Entry submission
Your entry should be submitted via the Enter Now link. Then simply follow the instructions below:~
1. Select your category
2. Enter your details
3. Upload a photograph or your entry

All competitors must register on the web site and entries must be uploaded into the competition gallery on the website for judging before the deadline of February 28th 2010 17:00 hrs (GMT).

Sci-fi Fantasy Course Student

There are some wonderful pieces of artwork being produced by our students at the moment. I have collected a folder full of images I would like to post here and this one has to be at the top of my list. It has been produced by a student currently studying on the sci-fi and fantasy correspondance course and he has been experimenting and creating some of his artwork in digital form. Joseph Byrne has very kindly written about his piece below and we hope to see more of his digital work soon.

This piece was done in a about two weeks using Photoshop 7 with a graphics tablet.  The picture offered me good practice in learning to illustrate different textures, such as water, rock and clouds and It also was a learning experience in terms of how much detailing and using a limited colour palette.  I feel I still have a long way to go, but the course is helping me streamline my process and practise skills I might otherwise ignore, so from what I’ve learned on this piece, I think my next work in this vein will show even more improvement.