Happy Halloween Everyone!!!
Jamie Hardy is very kindly providing us with our Halloween illustrations for our social media this year. Today is a pre halloween piece….keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for the next one…..
Here are just a handful of photos of the tutors at this years annual general meeting in Bristol. Rona Cox, our photography tutor set up a group photo for those who attended which you can see below.
It was a very useful and interesting day with plenty of topics on the agenda. Each year the tutors have plenty of topics to discuss about how the college is running, any changes that are being planned, how the courses are running and any feedback or concerns the tutors may have.
One of the most important topics that interests our students the most is – who won this years competition! We take a good amount of time looking at each entry and we all have a chance to comment on the artwork which is shown on the big screen in the conference room. You can view the entries, finalists and the winners on our Competitions Page. The tutors are all looking forward to meeting up again in 2016 and of course running the next London Art College competition too.
Digital Illustration student Bhagawati Chettri has earned herself a Distinction following her studies with the college. She demonstrated a solid grasp of all the technical concepts covered in the course and produced a digital portfolio of paintings, cartoons and vector based illustrations. Bhagawati tackled each assignment with enthusiasm, creativity and thoroughness to earn herself the highest accreditation. This image was produced for the fifth assignment and is a Mithila mirror from the mythology and Hindu texts of Southern Nepal and Northern India.
Digital Illustration Tutor
By Eleanor Patrick – Illustration Diploma
I was happy doing assignments 1 to 4 in the Illustration Diploma – it was even fun and exciting to try out new things. And then came sequential illustration tasks in assignment 5. I struggled to get going on this for a number of reasons (besides being good at procrastination).
Firstly I don’t read graphic novels, and not many cartoons either, or cartoon strips. It wasn’t going to be intuitive, even after studying the chapter! Secondly, the instructions offered a loose brief, in terms of context, in order to help us – although the words and thoughts were given. The additional suggestions to help us think about possibilities actually ‘stole’ my initial idea, and that seemed to stump me. Sometimes I only have one idea, which in illustration, as in life, is a dangerous thing!
So I emailed tutor Spencer Hill and asked for help – and sent him my draft outline sketch of the first one. He gave really helpful encouragement and feedback, and so I was able to continue. Knowing it wasn’t totally off-track in an area I was unfamiliar with really helped get things going.
I chose to link real drawing with digital colouring for the first one, so I wanted to do something different for the other one (a free choice). This therefore ended up with collage, drawing and digital colouring combined.
I was pretty pleased with myself for even managing this assignment. Very satisfied to have moved out of my comfort zone. And more than pleased (again) with the college for having such helpful tutors! I hope you like them.
By Eleanor Patrick – Illustration Diploma
Josephine MacLeod was a student with the London Art College; she studied painting and drawing on the general diploma course, where she was tutored by Alan Dedman. At the time she resided in Lagos, Nigeria. Her husband Norman MacLeod, used to download her mp3 feedback and sent it to Josephine and became acquainted with the LAC and its ways through doing so. To begin with, Josephine’s work seemed tremulous. Over time she gained confidence and has developed well since beginning her studies. She has been very active in her home country, working with African artists and painting with a group of people who meet on a weekly basis.
When she and Norman visited the UK, Josephine had some one to one tuition from Alan Dedman in Somerset. In her landscape study she coped well with the physical conditions, including a herd of bullocks. She worked with acrylics, which although quick drying, allowed her to make rapid progress in painting. The lush, green environment and cool breezes were a change from the heat of Lagos.
Back at Studio Dedman, she spent a morning making spinny paintings and thermal drawings, plus other exercises. Josephine also made a life painting in oils.
Getting a student to do such a large amount of learning in a condensed time frame was ambitious, but successful. Josephine always wanted to do art and came to it late, after having children and working in business. Correspondence courses with the LAC help adult learners in English speaking countries across the World to realise their ambitions in art and design. Norman MacLeod commented that Alan Dedman supports students with constructive criticism – but doesn’t make them feel bad about themselves. This gentle encouragement allows learners to flourish and grow.
My name is Nina and I’m a freelance illustrator, artist and designer. I’m studying the illustration for children’s books diploma with Maggy. This is the fifth assignment, illustrating for a poem ‘When all is dark’.
I’ve worked with ink and pen, where I shifted from white on black at the top half, descending to black on white for the bottom half of the artwork.
Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma
Stella Faliagka is studying with Alan Dedman on the Colour Awareness course and this is a piece of artwork that Stella created for one of the exercises in the course. this not only has helped Stella in working out colours, tones and hues, but its a fabulous piece of artwork in itself. Move over Mondrian!