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FL.EDGE MA Grad Show 2017 Arts University Bournemouth

I did my MA in Illustration as a one year program from 2016 – 2017 at the Arts University Bournemouth. Our MA Grad show encompassed the gradating MA students from the fields of Illustration, Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Commercial Photography. But this blog is dedicated to my MA in Illustration family ❤ .

For my Final Master’s Project I chose to create more of what became know as Sewer World; a spinoff of my Master’s Project 1 Plastic E-scapes. Sewer World basically was continuing the construction of the world from which a picture I called Alluring Sewers theoretically is a part of.

I hope you enjoy and appreciate the great works and the hard effort put into making them by my MA family and I 🙂 !

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Forbidden (top) by Katie Jane Andrews

I am an illustrator with a diverse practice deriving from over a decade of experience as an artist, designer and educator. Using a tactile range of tools, mediums and resonant materials, my illustrations often seek to interrogate society and its values. I like to raise questions and communicate differing or oppositional ideas through creating expressive and affective imagery.

My practice primarily responds to illustration briefs and commissions. Yet at the same time distinctly individual visual sensibilities and notions of creative identity drive me to challenge my processes and thinking throughout. Embracing the implementation of new techniques and shifting styles, outcomes are cemented by critical reflective analysis.  Interrogating the contemporary contexts and discourses affecting my work, I continually expand my repertoire and further collaborative relations with other practitioners and creative industries. 

My growing research interest in museums, galleries and curatorial methods of display plays an important role in extending the reach of my illustrative enquiry.  For this reason, I am currently seeking internships and practical gallerist experience in support of my practice.”


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Sewer World by Lana Charara

Sewer World is inspired from the ancient ruins of the Mediterranean and Levant region. I’m Lebanese and so I wanted my final work to pay homage to my culture’s history and geography.

This world is neither on the same planet, universe or dimension as our world. What these images are meant to evoke is an eerie feeling that questions who was, and what happened to whoever that must’ve built this now vacant and ancient-like world.

Certain architectural elements found in these locations were substituted by lookalike elements I’ve abstracted from the sewer system. Pipes evoke columns, marble and stone is replaced by rusted metal surfaces, and finally frescos and mosaic floors and walls are represented by tile work.”


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Saying Goodbye by Zoe Cheng

I am an illustrator and picture book artist from Taiwan, it wasn’t until the start of my MA degree at the Arts university Bournemouth that I started turning my daily doodling into professional practice. My ideas and inspirations derived from daily observations resonating with familiar emotions.

I like to think that there is a sensitivity and warmth to my illustrations. I usually incorporate vibrant primary colours to draw out sequential storyboards. First person perspective is a frequent way for me to tell stories. I hope they give out positive messages and hope, in a gentle but impactful way.

Turning the stories and images into picture books is something I am very passionate about, I am always seeking ever more challenging narratives to address.

The concept for this picture book ‘Saying Goodbye’ is focused on the delicate emotions between parents and their children, especially focusing on dealing with depression as a family and this story is seen through a child’s perspective. I looked at themes, symbolisms and colours, then incorporating them into the story. This story is quite personal to me, coming from a family that had similar struggles. It was really important for me to send out a positive message through my work, I hope the viewers can feel a sense of comfort in the story and know that they are not alone.”


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Natural World by Nicky Stockley

I am interested in exploring the space between reality and the surreal. My work is heavily influenced by the natural world, it fascinates me how versatile wildlife and plants can be and how evolution has cooked up some remarkable ways for creatures to survive and adapt to an ever-changing world centred around humans. I create a dialogue of the relationship between man made objects and fantastical, extraordinary environments and habitats with a quirky and playful theme.

I’m fanatical about line and detail I can get lost in reciprocating the wild places I want to create, my practice combines this obsession of mine with unusual stylized shapes and colours.

Drawing is the most fundamental element to my work, I find working in pen or pencil is the most natural way for me to connect to my projects and watch my imagination and drawing grow. Drawing constantly challenges me and is how I generate ideas for my characters and landscapes, engaging these meticulously, labour intensive, handcrafted works with digital flat colours provides and interesting contrast and balance to my work. The harmony between traditional and digital media in my practice is an ongoing, constantly developing process echoing the nature of my subject matter between human and earth.

“Narrative has become an increasingly central motivator for my creations during my time at AUB, it is another way of exploring, thinking and getting lost and found between the fantasy and what is real. My inspirations now search for stories and new wondrous places in the habitats at our doorstep.”


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Ocean of Life by Katie Rewse

Katie has studied MA Illustration at the Arts University Bournemouth, where she is also a lecturer on the Foundation Diploma. Katie’s work is primarily created for the child audience, but she also produces decorative work for both prints and products. In 2016 Katie was longlisted for the Folio Society and House of Illustration Competition, and in 2017 shortlisted for the Batsford Prize.”


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Dog teaches a child how to be a dog… by Ran You

As an illustrator, my work is informed by moving through the world around me. This has been informed by the interactions of dogs and children.

The imaginary world I create visualises this in brief humorous narratives. A French bulldog teaches his infant human friend to do all the important things in life, such as chewing a bone or playing fetch. The resulting picture books offer up a peculiar anthropomorphism and an amusing critique of ca-nine values.”


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Sewer World by Lana Charara

Sewer World is inspired from the ancient ruins of the Mediterranean and Levant region. I’m Lebanese and so I wanted my final work to pay homage to my culture’s history and geography.

This world is neither on the same planet, universe or dimension as our world. What these images are meant to evoke is an eerie feeling that questions who was, and what happened to whoever that must’ve built this now vacant and ancient-like world.

Certain architectural elements found in these locations were substituted by lookalike elements I’ve abstracted from the sewer system. Pipes evoke columns, marble and stone is replaced by rusted metal surfaces, and finally frescos and mosaic floors and walls are represented by tile work.”


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Ceramics & Pottery by Luara Huartson

I am an Illustrator, my work is inspired by that of objects; specifically ceramics and pottery. Primary research within museums and galleries within sketchbooks is an important part of my practice, and provides me with a starting point for my work. The use of the sketchbook allows me to research, think and observe through drawing. For this reason, my images interrogate the limits of the sketchbook spine and edges, pushing the boundaries of its traditional format to create interesting studies of the things around me.   

Focussing mainly on ceramics from different countries of the world, I try to find those that tell a story of their own social and cultural histories. Through drawing and painting, I hope to find a new way of looking at these pieces. Observational drawing and research for me is a way of learning and understanding a world around me that I want to learn more about.

“Initially through the use of coloured pencil, I explore through visual language these three-dimensional objects on the page. I am then able to further this investigation through gouache paint; a material which I am able to challenge myself with in regards of the composition and perspective of my images. I also look to paint on ceramics themselves, to find new ways of telling stories through the glazes.”


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It’s all about Bees by  Susan Johnson displayed next to Luara Huartson‘s works.


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Travel (and other titled works) by Rosan Magar

Rosan Magar is an Illustrator who studied graphic design at college and got First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration from Arts University Of Bournemouth. Born in Hong Kong, He has lived in both Nepal and UK.
​An upbeat, quirky and fun theme of adventure and utopia underpins my illustration practice. I am inspired by Charlie Harper’s concept of Minimal Realism, employing economy of line and simplification of imagery.  A love for the mixture of organic and geometric is evident.  Derivative of Cubist collage, drawing uses shape and form to create line, which is then emphasised by a vibrant colour palette.  The questions ‘What is Illustration?’ and ‘What can illustration be?’ drive me to address the boundaries of styles, persona, visuals, perception and techniques that define the discipline.”


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Outerspace Tourist Guide by Qinyuan Yan

Like many small boys, I had an obsession with being an astronaut and space travel, deeply believing this was my chosen career. It was a innocent dream that stayed with me into adulthood as an illustrator. Much of my work is influenced by imagery and ideas about the cosmos. I am still an explorer of other worlds and planets, only now the space I inhabit can be limitless through my drawing. Humour is never far from the surface of my images and narratives. For me, beneath an amusing story may lie wisdom. Therefore this book arose as an unofficial, illadvised and tongue in cheek guidance for travel in outer space. As my work implies, it is set in a generic part of space, simply a ‘non-earth’ world – the culture shock is hopefully laughable. Scientific differences such as gravity and the animals of this unnatural envirounment are all highlighted to exaggerate a feeling of entertaining renewal by design.


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The Wanderer by Nahyung Park / Hani Park

‘The Wanderer’ is the wordless book about two wanderer’s adventure in dreamy world.”


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Nahyung Park / Hani Park  & Ryoko Matsukura’s works exhibited next to each other during FLEDGE.


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CATS by Ryoko Matsukura

The main theme of my creation is always cats. I love their naughtiness and selfishness.

My work in the exhibition is made up of both drawings and ceramics. I have always linked drawing and making things. I am currently keen on ceramics, a bunch of ceramic cats are showcased alongside the drawings.  

 The daily life of a cat and dude is depicted in the drawings. They are off-beat, eccentric, and quirky buddies. They live everyday in a matter of fact way. This isn’t a world everyone wants to inhabit, but I am sure everyone loves peeping through the window of very strange people.”


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Legal Drugs by Alex Chien / Alexandros Andrianopoulos

This personal project is two stories about cigarettes and alcohol ,the most  profitable businesses in the word which have deadly effects to people.

​The whole meaning of my artworks is humorous and i don’t want to offend anyone . However i wanted through the story to challenge and discourage  the users of these substances in order to show them that they are doing a big hazard in their health and they don’t need these substances to live. 

The stories are divided in 3 parts The Machine , The Consuming Part and the final part witch is The Effects . They are two very long , non stop stories ( 8 meters long ) and the height is like an A3 paper.”


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Just A Though.  by Zaak

we are such stuff as dreams are made on…”





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