22nd October 2015
Art & Design students went ‘large’ when their project work involved them in creating and making letter characters fit for a comic strip. The artistic talents of students studying the Art & Design Foundation and Extended Diploma (second year) courses had no limits, resulting in a range of alphabetical interpretations.
Art & Design tutor Stuart Harvey said: “This project was designed to be diagnostic, providing an introduction to the Visual Communication Specialist Pathway ie Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Advertising, Games Design. For most of the students it was their first experience of dealing with this type of research. It also encouraged students to take their work out of the security of the studios into the real world. Their research will provide ideas and images for the second part of the project which is to tell a story about a character made of a type form.”
Art Foundation student Jessica Baker, formerly of Thirsk School, is enjoying the project enormously. She says: “Working in pairs, each group was handed an envelope containing a letter and type face… it was exciting! We decided that our letter ‘A’ needed to be big, colourful and textured. We had just a couple of days to make it, taking into account the letter also had to be wearable. We bounced ideas around, did lots of research, and next we will animate our letter in character form, probably for a comic strip type of publication. The Art Foundation course is great fun, we work on interesting projects and it’s very motivating.”