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OCA recommends: ‘Manga’ at the British Museum, until 26 August 2019

Until around 20 years ago, it was possible to determine a comics artist or illustrator’s national and cultural origins from their aesthetic – from the elements of composition, mark-making, gesturality and myriad other aspects of image-making that comprised their personal visual language. Now none of these origins can be taken for granted. The fundamental question this raises is about the future of design and illustration generally – is the increasing similarity of visuality a ‘good thing’ or not?

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Contemporary drawing research

I wanted to bring together a short summary of the most recent book in the Drawing series – Vitamin D2, focusing particularly on some of the artists featured whose drawing practices it might be interesting and useful for students to look at.

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My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates…

Under the Visual Communications umbrella you can study a range of disciplines including graphic design and illustration and explore the overlaps between those and other disciplines within the area.

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Holiday reading habits

Airports stock a lot of books for holiday reading, and if you’re aiming at a popular market in it’s a good idea to take a good hard look at what’s on sale. Crime and romance come top, but these days they all have strap-lines that sound exactly the same.

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In conversation with: Beth Dawson

Watch OCA tutor Beth Dawson below in our latest Creative Conversations video.

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John Minton

Join OCA tutor Jim Cowan on the 16 September in Chichester.

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Visiting an illustrator

If you could meet your favourite creative practitioner, what would you ask them? Work-related learning, such as visits to studios, conversations with practitioners, or more involved relationships through live projects and placements, all offer direct ways to help inform your knowledge and understanding of your discipline.

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Laura Jones Arnold, Alice Cleland & Elizabeth Vessey

OCA tutors and assessors Christian Lloyd, Jo Davies and Beth Dawson look at the work of illustration 1 students Laura Jones Arnold, Alice Cleland & Elizabeth Vessey.

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In conversation with: Dorothy Flint

I accidentally got involved. Saw an advert for new Illustration course and signed up. It was some time before I realised I was on a degree course, and by then was hooked.

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Samuele Bastianello

OCA Tutor and Assessor Doug Burton looks at the work of Creative Arts Level 3 (HE6) student Samuele Bastianello. Samuele brings together his two subject areas of drawing and illustration in an original and focused way. His dynamic ideas have manifested in books, cards and newspapers which evoke a sociological questioning within ourselves.

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