Degree shows are always a great place to discover new illustrative talent. I recently visited Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art degree show in Dundee and was super impressed by the amazing work on display. I am admittedly perhaps a little biased as I am currently studying at DJCAD myself but the work really was brilliant!
Here are my 4 top picks from the show...
Lauren Morsely had one of the most diverse displays in the show. Her body of work included screen-prints with co-ordinating ceramic characters, dog cushions and a story book. Each project allowed Lauren to show off how broad her creative skill set clearly is. With such a diverse portfolio, I am confident Lauren's first year post-graduating is going to be an exciting one!
Glasgow-born artist Nicola Jane Henry's inky portfolio was another of my top picks from the show. Nicola takes inspiration by horror and sci-fi to create work with drawing and storytelling at it's core. Whilst Nicola had a selection of more colourful work on display at the exhibition, my favourite pieces were the most simplistic ink drawings as they put the most focus on her unique, elegant drawing style.
Out of everything on display at the degree show, the most eye catching piece was an A1 print of this hectic illustration by Chris Hampton. Seeing it full-size you realise how much characterful detail has been crammed into one single piece and the colours pop even more in real life. Chris says he takes inspiration for his work from plants, carpets and toasters. I can't wait to see what they inspire him to conjure up next!
Last but by no means least, Ruth Mae Martin had my favourite collection out of everything exhibited in the show. Originally from Glasgow, Ruth embraces a host of analogue processes within her work including screen-printing, risography and ceramics. Exaggerated characters and playful hand-drawn patterns play a large role in Ruth's work, adding to the effortless charm which each of her creations exude.
I am more than sure I will be blogging about all these creatives lots more in future. And I have included links to all of the illustrators' Instagrams above so that you can follow along on their creative journeys too. It is crazy to think that in a couple years time it'll be my degree show at DJCAD. I better get working if I want to match the quality of work from this year!