Alex DavisonStationary Illustration
What better way to celebrate youthfulness and joy in these trying times, than to indulge in some shamelessly cute stationery. Illustrator and crafter, Alexandra Davison, has done just that, by launching her own brand, Bubble and Squeak Stationery. The brand features a mouse and an elephant which can both be seen on the products on show in this exhibition space, as well as those available to buy on the brands Etsy store.
Fun colours and cute phrases aren’t hard to find within the brand, so if you’re interested in adorable, feel good illustrations, hand designed products with a passion for sustainability, look no further than Bubble and Squeak!
Anna HepburnChildren's book illustration
Anna Hepburn is a freelance illustrator who specialises in Children’s Book illustration. Originally from Northern Ireland, she now lives and studies in England pursuing her career in publishing. Anna’s work is aimed at a young children’s audience, and features whimsical, charming yet contemporary characters with a sense of joy, intended for narrative led picture books. Anna uses a warm, welcoming colour palette and enjoys themes of nature, animals, and diversity. She uses a digital collage technique in all her work, adding different traditional patterns and textures to create a handmade and visually intriguing quality to her work. Her illustrations display Anna’s ability to maintain attention on the specialist market and keep up with trends. It shows the capability of creating vastly different scenarios, environments, and characters, yet retains a consistent artistic voice throughout.
Callum MoffittComic book illustration
For Callum’s final major project, he aimed to work in an analogue medium, creating a short self-written comic book called: “Underdog”. In today’s illustrative industry Callum believes the market is becoming oversaturated with digital artwork and illustrators, and the traditional values and mediums of illustration are being lost, which is why he prefers to work in an analogue medium using materials such as inks, watercolours and paints.
The story for “Underdog” follows the relationship between a detective and a superhero who overshadows him, repeatedly stealing his limelight as heroes are adored by society. However, the protagonist (an ordinary person) does not share this view of the hero while constantly trying to prove his own worth through his detective work. This contrast from the usual superhero comic book creates a refreshing outlook on the superhero genre, highlighting the potential Callum can bring to the Industry.
Carly MawhinneyChildren's book illustration
Carly Mawhinney is a UK-based freelance illustrator whose speciality resides in the Children’s illustration sector. Carly’s work uses bright, appealing colours with a cheerful atmosphere and fuzzy textures through brush strokes to add a touch of softness and depth. Her illustrations typically include friendly and animated characters with a focus on expression, interaction and a sense of fun and adventure, all tied to together in a round, contemporary style.
For the final major project Carly created series of illustrations with a variety of themes aimed at the children’s illustration demographic. This was done to showcase her versatility and range when it comes to her capabilities, as well as showing that she keeps an eye on current trends within the industry. She also created a small range of product designs as an independent store is another avenue she would like to pursue after graduation.
Charlie Wilcock – IllustrationTattoo Design
Charlie Wilcock is an aspiring tattoo artist and illustrator based in the North East of England. Designing digitally has become a strength of hers over the last three years while studying at The Northern School of Art. Therefore for her FMP she wanted to highlight her strength by designing tattoo flash sheets and prints digitally. Her collection of work is based on the 12 zodiac signs because she is passionate about astrology and wanted that to be portrayed in her body of work. Her main inspiration for the project came from searching for a tattoo design and not liking or being inspired by them so she wanted to create a body of work that resembled her ideas for each star sign that others like herself could get tattooed or inspired from. Her 24 final pieces consist of 12 A4 tattoo flash sheets and 12 A5 zodiac prints.
Charlotte MaddisonProduct Illustration
Charlotte Maddison is a digital illustrator who in 2021 set up the brand ‘cheese and crackers’ which specialises in prints, cards, stickers, mugs, t-shirts and other illustrated merchandise. They work mostly with bright, block colours and black outlines to make funny and naive work based around their life, thoughts and feelings. They often draw animals, flowers and inanimate objects which they personify to convey human emotions and thoughts.
The use of these often cute and familiar animals allows their work to be relatable and visually fun whilst contrasting with the existential, blunt and often aggressive typography they use. These combined emphasises the humour in their work through diverting expectations of what you expect the text to say when paired with their naïve illustration style.
Elleanor SteadmanPen and Ink illustration
Elleanor Steadman, also known as “Inkcapp”, is an illustrator specialising in bespoke, high detail drawings using pen and ink. Inspired by folk horror and drawing upon traditional inking and engraving techniques, she explores the dark and macabre through her traditional freehand pieces. For the FMP, Elleanor has drawn upon the meticulous research she conducted for her Dissertation module to create a set of folk horror illustrations that use mushrooms as a visual motif to explore the concept of death, ritual, knowledge, and consumption in a set of five A3 works. Growing up in a semi-rural village right next to one of the oldest untouched denes in the country has certainly left a mark, as she has started to scratch the old-world itch surrounding the folklore and dark history of England’s rural lands. Elleanor has opened a shop to sell her prints while she pursues a tattoo career: TheInkcapp on Etsy!
Em MorrisseyConcept art
Emily Adamson is a concept artist located in North East, England. Going by her stage name, she aspires to do character design for game and film. Emily also has skills in creating environments and scenes with the intention of having a versatile body of work. Emily creates her artwork in Photoshop, and Procreate. For her progression into the creative industry, Emily has adapted and developed skills that help her to communicate her different concepts. Furthermore, Emily has developed a portfolio website and creative CV which further display her skills which she has gained over her time at University. With the help of digital painting and photo bashing, she creates her art in a paint-like style. Emily’s exhibited work consists of 5 character turnarounds, 2 environments and a scene which contains one of her characters in an environment. Emily’s influences are a mix of nature, Japanese folklore, Japanese dolls, and hybrids.
Emily DavisEditorial Portrait Illustration
Emily Elizabeth Davis is an illustrator based in Washington, Tyne & Wear, who is currently studying Illustration for Commercial Application at The Northern School of Art. She has spent her time over three years developing varied editorial illustration styles, allowing her to produce a diverse professional portfolio. Her final major project surrounds the topic of the importance of music during the lockdown periods, producing a zine and posters based on the musicians that “kept her sane in isolation”. Stylistic decisions, such as using a warm but muted colour palette, and thin but rough lines were made to encapsulate the conflicting mentality that developed through being in lockdown for almost a full year, spending more time with the now familiar faces of celebrities on screens than those of friends and family. Her aims for the future are to work in museum/gallery curation, having harboured an interest in history from a young age which progressed into a niche of art history over the course of her studies, writing her dissertation on the subject of appropriation in museums.
Georgia NealePin-Up Calendar illustrations
Georgia Neale is a 22-year-old illustrator based in the North of England who works predominantly in a digital, flat, bold and colourful style inspired by their interest in 20th century illustration and design particularly Interwar, Pin-up and Mid-century styles, as well as contemporary editorial illustrators such as Satoshi Hashimoto and designers such as Valfre, this illustrator is interested in editorial and advertising illustration, and plans to go freelance in 2022 after completing a Master’s Degree next year in either Design history or Illustration. This Pin-up Calendar project features 25 illustrations capturing various themes for the different months and seasons, the goal was to capture as many different subjects and environments as possible whilst keeping a consistent visual language and overall theme throughout the calendar. This project is the result several years of forming a style from both historical and contemporary influences to create a unique style that is recognisable and modern.
Hannah BibbyConcept art
Hannah Victoria Bibby is a concept/freelance artist with experience in dealing with and producing personal commissions for a wide range of customers online. Wanting to go into a master course of concept to art to further her ability and skills but first wanting to properly try her hand at focusing on commissions fully and immersing into her art.
She focuses primarily on character creation and development; she gives charm and life to the characters she creates through her ways of digital media which are inspired by the artists and concept creators she follows. On top of this, she also dabbles in experimenting with environmental work and up-close details as well. With her love for video games came the love for the concept art behind them. Helping her to find her passion and fuelling her forward. The project shown is a set of concept art pieces for a video game concept.
Imogen ClarkeIllustrator and Mural Art
Imogen thrives on creating unique artwork that generates excitement and immerses the senses through fun imagery, textures and energetic linework. She enjoys the challenge of adapting her techniques to fit a wide range of briefs, therefore throughout University Imogen has consistently developed a unique digital style which is influenced by her traditional skills in acrylic painting and aerosol mural art to increase her employability after graduation.
Her artwork is unusually realistic with a whimsical twist. She always combines multiple reference images and ideas to create one, unique illustration. Her love for animals, food and encouraging body positivity are all components that are prominent throughout her pieces. Full of personality and colour, her artwork captures the attention of a large-scale audience and as a visual communicator, she loves for that audience to feel as excited about her work as much as she is creating it for them.
Jenny OrmstonIllustrated Movie Posters
Jenny Ormston is a digital illustrator based in Newcastle Upon Tyne who aspires to capture a sense of character and nostalgia in her work whilst exploring her passion for music and film. For her Final Major Project at University, Ormston utilised her interests and inspirations from her upbringing, sharing her parents' affection for all things vintage. The result, a series of illustrated posters celebrating the life and work of Audrey Hepburn in conjunction with the release of the 2020 documentary ‘Audrey: More Than An Icon’, captures this enthusiasm for dated aesthetics. The illustrations were inspired by classic illustrated posters from the 1950s and paired with elements from the 70s and 80s. She attempts to balance this nostalgia with modern ideals and visuals. Her final illustrations hope to reflect Hepburn’s whimsical performances with elegance. The posters demonstrate a marriage of the work she currently explores and the work she desires to create moving forward.
Lauren PattisonFreelance Illustration
Lauren Pattison is a North East based illustrator who specialises in animal-based illustrations. For Lauren’s final major project, she has produced a series of prints based on the subject matter of endangered animals. These prints are created through digital software such as adobe photoshop. An interest of drawing animals has been a life-long passion for Lauren, this project has allowed her to explore the growing issue of endangered animals. The choices of the animals that feature in her prints allow her to bring light to the issue of the decline these animals and that even the most well-known animals can be seen as endangered such as the red deer and the Galapagos tortoise. Lauren uses subtle colours for these images along with expressive line work over the top. The reason behind this is to highlight the issue of endangered animals so that people will listen and see the delicate, vulnerable animals that are in decline without having to use bold harsh colours to do so.
Lewis WoodwardTattoo Design
Lewis Woodward is an aspiring tattoo artist who has created for his Final Major Project a series of playing card designs. In keeping with his artistic style, Lewis has used minimal colour and relies on his use of line to create his work and to make clear the influence he has taken from various tattoo artists. The content - as well as the illustrative style - is heavily linked with tattoo culture with the key identifying feature being the use of skeletons to replace the jacks, kings, and queens. While designed specifically as playing cards, Lewis has made them available also as stickers, prints, and T-shirts, as is commonplace at the tattoo conventions after which he has modelled his exhibition.
Lily PorrittCharacter Design
Lily Porritt is a digital character designer. Her love for creating characters is inspired by the films she watched as a child. Lily’s love for 2D animation and character design, has shaped her personal and professional style. For her Final Major Project, she was inspired by her love of film and classic Disney and produced characters for a 2D Disney-esc animation. The chosen characters are from the novel and live-action film ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’. This film choice gave her the opportunity to create unique characters, and she produced a series of character pages which demonstrated her capability in creating fully realised characters. Lily designed from the descriptions given in the book, and other factors like period clothing and hair. She has tried to tell a compelling story for her audience and has aspired to capture the magical feeling that film and animation gave her as a child.
Liz CarterEditorial Portrait Illustration
Liz Carter is a Newcastle-based portrait artist specialising in editorial illustration. Bright colours accompany bold lines, a style inspired heavily by neo-traditional tattoo artistry and the portfolios of fellow digital portrait artists. Liz works with various mediums, both traditional and digital, using similar application and blending techniques to achieve a consistency throughout her work. She is currently developing her digital style, experimenting with texture and design through the use of Procreate and Adobe creative programs. Liz has also recently taken an interest in including activism and diversity in her work, demonstrated through illustrating people of all backgrounds, identities and races.
Upon graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in the editorial industry, accompanying magazine text and interviews with striking portraiture. Through building her online presence and strengthening her style, she aims to follow in the footsteps of artists like Sean Ellmore and Helen Green: becoming a published illustrator upon developing a unique, recognisable style.
Max GoldsmithCharacter Design and Automotive Illustration
Max Goldsmith is a northern based illustrator who primarily focuses on character design, motorsport and concept art. Using bright exaggerated colours and unique interpretations on form/perspective he aims to elevate his work from conformity. Drawing heavy inspiration from the 90’s aesthetics of automotive media such as Option magazine as well as taking unique visual ques from modern animation and video game development styles Max has created a visual language in his work that aims to be expressive and representative at the same time. For his Final major project, he has created a series of character designs based around themes like apocalyptic sci-fi, 80-s action and hyper fantasy as a way to show the range of his creative voice when it comes to producing interesting and unique characters. He plans to continue his study into design by taking a masters degree in concept art.
Olivia TeagueChildren’s card game
Olivia Teague is an illustrator who focuses on bold line work and bright colour, creating refined and detailed pieces of art. She currently designs and sells art products online and hopes to expand this business further while also developing her illustration skills. With an interest of people, Olivia has focused much of their work on the human form, with a deeper attraction to illustrating clothes. Over recent years, her work has mainly been digital, allowing her to create these illustrations with much more detail and using a wider range of colours, as well as assisting in giving their work a polished finish. This fascination with colour has assisted with her recent project that is focused on food. With this project, Olivia was allowed to reach out of her comfort zone and use their skills with line and colour to create a series of illustrations for a children’s card game.
Poppy WestTattoo inspired brand illustrations
Anais West is an aspiring tattoo artist who is also the owner of shop ‘Dream for the Dead’. They are heavily influenced by alternative culture, particularly the tattoo community and gothic fashion. She starts her process by sketching out ideas and developing them digitally. Resulting in illustrations that are mainly blackwork with very minimal colour. For her final project, Anais wanted to create a brand which not only represented her creative voice as an illustrator but a brand that creates pieces that were made with the product and target market in mind. For ’Dream for the Dead’s first drop, Anais produced 3 shirts, 3 tote bags and 4 prints. Everything produced is consistent with the brand’s iconic colour palette black, white and red. As well as keeping in line with the theme of mushrooms, eyes and all things frightening and gothic! Specifications of which Anais enjoys their work to be.
Sophie Bainbridge – IllustrationComic book illustration
Sophie B. is an illustrator and writer who uses pencil textures, simple colour schemes and an overdeveloped sense of humour to evoke a fun and playful visual setting while telling stories that deal with the big questions of life, death and whether or not it’s acceptable to dip fries into a milkshake. For the FMP, Sophie has produced a graphic novel pitch titled The Author is Dead, about a fanfiction author who becomes a literal ghostwriter after one of her (now deceased) contemporaries—with one last story to tell—starts to haunt her. The comic is an examination of fan culture, online friendships and an artist’s fear of shuffling off this mortal coil before leaving their mark on the world. This doesn’t represent any of Sophie’s fears whatsoever and any similarities to actual events, circumstances or people, living or dead, is purely coincidental so let’s not make a big deal of it.
Stacey HogarthFantasy Character Illustration
Stacey Wuff is a passionate artist with a huge love of animals. Because of this love most of her illustrations are of animals. She draws everything from pet portraits to character design. She personally finds animals more exciting to draw, it is a lot more therapeutic to draw fur and there’s something satisfying about telling an animal’s story strictly from body language. She also draws anthropomorphised animals as well which means she gives them human emotions or qualities. Her work is mainly in digital illustration using her iPad and procreate, however she does like to play with other mediums, trying new materials and techniques. Stacey thinks there’s nothing better than buying a fresh sketch book and unloading ideas into the blank pages. Her goal in life is to be able to work doing what she loves, creating illustrations for people and seeing it make them happy. It is extremely rewarding and motivates her to work harder and put more smiles on customers faces.
Tabbi GarrattLyric Book for Carrie and Lowell
Tabbi Garratt is an illustrator based in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a love for detail and storytelling. Her work is heavily influenced by Japanese animation and art, especially the works produced by Studio Ghibli such as ‘Howls Moving Castle’ and ‘Spirited Away’, films which are rich in detail and imagination and evoke emotions of comfort and warmth. Garratt’s work aims to elicit these same feelings of comfort and warmth in those who view it, through detailed linework and subtle narrative elements which showcase her love for storytelling.
For her Final Major Project, Garratt was inspired by her interest in the music industry and entertainment industry as a whole to create something which married this interest with her passion for narrative elements. The result was an illustrated book of lyrics for the Sufjan Stevens album Carrie and Lowell in the style of a series of polaroid photographs, which explored the themes of the album.
Yanna SaponComic book illustration
Yanna Sapon is a digital artist specialising in comics and sequential art, whose half-Ukrainian background informs her work. This can particularly be seen in the art of her final major project, which features soviet and post-soviet aesthetics intertwined with folklore and folkloric creatures. Yanna’s work is colour-orientated and features bright and intricate traditional Ukrainian patterns. Red River captures the bold and oppressive aspects of Soviet graphics and propaganda and situates the reader in the shoes of the main character, Nika - a disillusioned factory worker struggling to break free from her monotonous life. She contrasts to the character Vesna, a Vila (a Ukrainian, fairy-like creature) whose carefree and untamed nature presents both an alluring and dangerous chance of escape.
Helen’s work as an illustrator is all about representing narrative and storytelling. Whether this is included in a book or through the design of a character being worked on everything, she always aims to tell a story. When creating, Helen primarily works with digital tools but continues to create with traditional media. This has an important impact in the way that Helen has developed as an artist. The production of harmonious, balanced imagery that incorporates a healthy amount of pattern and varied texture is vital to the creation of her work. An important element of her creativity is inclusion and an awareness of the world around her. The impact an artist can have is significant, so Helen always strives for an awareness of her creative impact. Ensuring that the people she creates represent the real diversity our society holds. This is a responsibility she holds close to her heart.