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Leeds College of Art, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
GiD things is a blogspot for students studying the Graphics, Illustration and Digital Media specialism on the Leeds College of Art Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course. This blog exists to highlight contemporary designers and their practises which are relevant to ongoing studies and topics investigated throughout the course.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Tale of How from Shy the Sun on Vimeo.

The Blackheart Gang took 9 months to create this absolutely stunning piece of animation and illustration. Go to their website here.

It reminds me very much of Ernst Haeckel's illustrations too

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Animate TV

Tad's Nest - Petra Freeman

Some really interesting animations and techniques in this program for Channel 4's "Animate TV"

Nomoco Illustration

Japanese illustrator Nomoco creates beautiful images with paint and ink. She's part of a collective called "Pocko People"

Hand Drawn type

There are some nice examples of hand drawn type on this blog, I particularly like this one by Linzie Hunter made out of some manila coloured paper for drawing sheet music on and the insides of envelopes, really simple but effective. Materials like this are quite cheap to get hold of and with a little consideration can have quite suprising effects. Remember you don't always need to start with a blank white piece of paper to create something beautiful.

Rob Ryan @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Normally I don't really need much of an excuse to get down to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, but this month there's an extra special reason to go.

"Artist Rob Ryan will be transforming the Visitor Centre at Yorkshire Sculpture Park this winter as his imaginative paper cuts and screen prints go on display from 11 November.

Famed for his detailed hand-cutting of delicate papers into intricate patterns, often revealing whimsical stories or poetic phrases, Ryan will be decorating the four metre-long shop window at YSP with a huge paper cut panel. Framed one-off paper cuts and limited edition screen prints, exclusive to YSP, will be on display throughout the Centre.

Decorated vinyl panels by Ryan will also adorn the windows in the Visitor Centre, and a brochure designed by the artist featuring all the work on display will accompany the exhibition. A range of items will be available in the YSP Shop, including an exclusive laser cut Christmas card."

For more info

Also, if silhouette is your thing, check out Jan Pienkowksi's illustrations for Joan Aitken, Lottie Reiniger's animations and Jane Ray's book illustrations.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Anna Garforth

Check out Anna's work. Using natural / recycled media she creates urban, situational art which is often typographical like this recent piece where she created type with fallen leaves and cocktail sticks. If this isn't your bag, she is also a really competent illustrator. See her website here.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Pixel Girl - My favourite Halloween Costume

Check this out for a Halloween costume. Also, is a pretty cool site to bookmark and find out about new technologies.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Jeremy Deller - Battle of Orgreave

Old Dog New Trick's Team "Blind Vs Curtains" Might want to take a look at Turner Prize 2004 winner Jeremy Deller's piece on The Battle Of Orgreave, a re-enactment of The National Union of Mineworker's strike in 1984. You can find out more about that here