Ruth Arnold and her next step…

We always love to hear from students who have completed their course to hear what they are getting up to in the next phase of their studies. Ruth Arnold is doing exceptionally well on her Graphic Design/Illustration degree and has very kindly written about her work below. We are absolutely thrilled and wish Ruth the very best of luck with her studies.


I live in Devon, with my partner Steve, and my very large dog, Finn. I’m the sort of person who has always wanted to learn to draw, but have always lacked confidence. Whatever level you are, there are always people who make you think “Thats amazing. I will never, ever, be able to do that”.

The Graphic Design Art course has been brilliant. As I neared the end of the course, I found myself thinking, I really want to keep going… I’m now a few months into a Graphic Design/Illustration degree – just getting started – but the London Art College course has been really good grounding.

This is my attempt to make the shift from pencil sketching to colour. This is for a simple point of display picture for a greengrocer. I decided to go very pared down, and hopefully evoke a bit of a Farmers Market type feel. I drew the fruit with pastel pencils, onto light coloured paper. Daft as it sounds, as its basically smudgeable pencil, which is less of a leap than paint! Next I photographed them, and used Photoshop to fully whiten the background, and add the lettering. The font is called Clive Barker (available on Hopefully the similar size of the apple and pepper, combined with the complementary colours pulls them together.

Ruth Arnold
Former Graphic Design Art student


1 thought on “Ruth Arnold and her next step…

  1. Your illustrations look amazing Ruth. You have captured their freshness and vibrancy and chosen a terrific font. The crisp, white background you achieved in Photoshop really enhances the freshness of the apple and pepper. The complementary colours between the produce and within the typography completes this visual treat. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us and good luck with your course. I am sure you will flourish and look forward to viewing more of your work in the future.

    Kind regards,


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