Artist of the Week: Dom Lord

“I respect realism in art, but I find it so boring; why not take a photograph instead? So for me, art is about getting stuck in and expressing yourself.”

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Dom is from Blackburn, Lancashire, and has recently started his third year doing Graphic and Communication Design student at the University of Leeds.

“Similar to a lot of my friends on the course, I’ve taken third year out to gain experience by interning at Graphic Design studios. I’m currently interning at a small studio close to home.”

Dom started doing art at an early age. Spending most of his time developing his style. Dom mainly focussed on two things; portraiture and album covers.

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“When it came to the end of college, I felt art just wasn’t enough for me. I had also studied Graphic Design for two years at College, at the end of the two years I finally realised I wanted to pursue Graphic Design, whilst implementing my own art and style.”

As Dom looks back on his college work, seeing how far he’s come in the past four years, he grows excited for the years to come, to see the development and improvement in his work.

To check out more of Dom’s work head to his website at http://www.djnl.co.uk

Artist of the Week: Ollie Weaver

“With my illustrative career, I’ve funnelled my work into two main categories, one being imprinted with music, skate culture and film.

Ollie Weaver is an illustrator from Poole, who presents his work through a graphic styling of colours and line work, or through the subject material, such as his collection of portraits on various musicians in all forms of genres.

More lately, Ollie has taken a different direction with my work, looking into the satirical form of illustration through Politics, or his project looking at mental illness in life and art, and the stigma attached to illnesses like Dementia and Schizophrenia.

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“I have to also take into consideration the fact that I am colour-blind, and with that I have a very hard time both distinguishing colour and incorporating colour into my work, either choosing simple black and white or opting for a more abstract and less “life-like” style.”

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This approach on the other hand has really aided Ollie during his first year of uni, learning about similar artists and the simple fact to embrace anything you are given, disability or not.

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“When I was starting my FMP, I was certain on a children’s book as it became a real love after my two recent projects and I wanted my book to be unlike any other, a real stand out.”

Alongside the recent events of America involving trump that he was passionate about, Ollie decided to revolve him into a Childrens’ book, as something like that hadn’t have been done.

“As I got further with my progression, the story and themes got more humorous and an edge of satire and black humour began to bleed into the book, and my target audience was jolted to a universal target, but with the exterior designed for little children.”

Ollie Weaver is soon to be starting at Camberwell College of Arts in London, studying Illustration; after his recent Foundation Diploma at Arts University Bournemouth.