Monday, 13 June 2016

Guardian Review Cover
For Illustration Lecturer

As well as recently being awarded 'The most like Wolverine in our house' prize by his 8 year old daughter, Grillust's Illustration lecturer, Dwayne Bell (33) created an illustration for the cover of this week's Guardian Review segment. A very prestigious illustration commission and piece of printed real estate on which to show your work.

The piece was to illustrate an article / review of an upcoming book about a female spy. Fun! The Guardian wanted something that had a hint of pulp spy novel book jackets whilst not being a pastiche

Firstly, here are some, but not all, of the (very) roughs that Dwayne sketched in his omnipresent sketchbook and presented to The Guardian, for discussion with their art editor.
The hi-lighted thumb is the one that was picked to take forward.

Once a direction is decided upon, reference material is needed. Bring out the dressing up box.
Here are the elements that were photographed as drawing reference.

When you've gone to the trouble of getting dressed up and finding the nerf guns, you're not not going to do this, are you!

With Reference photos taken it was time to get down to drawing. The completed drawings along with a selection of scanned textures were taken into photoshop - this is where the magic happened. Sarah (art ed) at The Guardian was kept up to date and offered feedback on all stages of the process. A PDF of the cover blank was provided to offer context.

Working time for the piece was 2 days.
And here's the final piece at is appeared in print.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Exhibition Private View

Saturday 4th June 6.009.00PM

Nice to see Nathan with some clothes on...

The students have got a small shop. Here's Samm (21) giving Mr. Jim (33) the 'hard sell'. 

Judging by their futuristic eye-wear  this couple must be from the future. Dave (33) is zooming in to check if they are kindred spirits or simply 1950's throwbacks.

Boys will be boys... 

 Baxter & Byrne.

The Blackpool massive. 

 From the class of 2015 and now with a successful freelance career, Mr Jake Clarke (33).

 From the class of 2003 Ms. Lynn 'Miss' Greaves and Patrick Bjorkman (both 33). Lynn is one of the country's best art teachers (she don't take no lip from da kids...) and Patrick is a top creative at Equator.

 Lock up your daughters! Here are Nick Dodds and Edwin Burrow, both 33 and both hep to the jive daddy-o!

The Queen of Papcastle, Zoe Garnett-Scott (33) and new P.A. Mr. Ben Pinkney (21).

PLEASE REMEMBER: The exhibition is open to the public Monday 6 – Friday 10 June, from 10.00am – 4.00pm daily.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Instagram, etc.

For the last couple of weeks, 3rd year graphic design and illustration students (all 21) have been busting their humps producing an exhibition "grillustetc." and all of the other stuff that goes alongside it.

There's a good record of their efforts on their Instagram site here so cut along there now and have a look...

Back in the box Fido!

Come final assessment time we're usually wise to any ploys to try and 'secure a better grade' - these 'persuaders' usually come a suitably tangible and tasty form like, for example, meat pies.  However, the bar has now been raised by our very own Shona Lett (21), who really pushed the boat out this year. Well, more accurately, she pushed this cute™puppy into a box for us to open the following week.

The little chap was still chipper after his ordeal and really perked up in the loving hands of 'Uncles' Tony and Dwayne (both 33).

*No puppies were harmed in the production of this blog post. It took ages for Tony and Dwayne to clam down after we took it away from them though.


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The End of Year Exhibition is Nearly Upon Us

The smell of fresh emulsion paint combined with the sound of distant hammering can mean only one thing here at Grillust towers - it must be time for the end of year exhibition!

The private view will be held on Saturday 4 June, 6.009.00PM at the Brampton Road Campus, Carlisle CA3 9AY. 

Afterwards the exhibition is open from Monday 6 – Friday 10 June, from 10.00am – 4.00pm daily. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome.

You can read more about the various arts courses exhibiting here.

The Graphic Design and Illustration students have also been busy creating their own 'ETC' exhibition website here. It showcases all of our year three students' work and contains links to their personal websites.

Here's a sneaky peak of what's been going on in the studio combined with a sample of the many posters designed by the students for their 'ETC' exhibition.

Hope to see you on Saturday.

OS Board and A frames awaiting student work

 Miss Rachel Tunstall (Year 3 Illustration)

Feeling down? Try holding an 'H', it brings a smile to most people's faces.

 Mr. Nathan Linney (Year 3 Graphic Design) - get some clothes on dirty boy!

Samm attempts to screw down Isaac's right hand

Ms. Katie Lock (Year 3 Illustration) 

Simon & Garfunkel Grillust style...

Miss Catt Fearnley (Year 3 Illustration) 

If you're a lover of OS board then oh boy is there'a treat in store for you!

 Master Peter Aspey (Year 3 Graphic Design) 

Can you tell what it is yet?

 Mr. Jake Barker (Year 3 Illustration) 

Mr. Vincent Walden prepares his poster/vegetable barrow. Melons two for a pound!!!

 Mistress Maddy Mould (Year 3 Illustration) 
 Miss Rhian Wood (Year 3 Illustration)