Artist of the Week: Luan Barber-Norton

“Hmmmm a paragraph about me? I am luan. I’m 19 goin on 9.  I am an illustrator.

luan 5Luan studied interactive media at bury college , where she tried different art styles such as photography, film, graphic design and, in the last year, finally started to experiment with illustration.luan 4

Gemma Correll was a huge inspiration for Luan in her college years because it is important to Luan to incorporate humour into her illustrations.

“I just want people to look at my illustrations and feel a bit better”

Luan now studies at DMU in Leicester and came out with a first after year one.  Uni has really helped Luan develop her style and skills.

“On the first day of uni I turned up with one fine liner and a pencil, having no clue what the fuck to do and only knowing how to draw funny cartoons.”

Towards the start of university Luan became more and more interested in Frances Cannon.

Luan also designed and drew the logo for Cult Clash!

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“Her and her art have given me a lot more confidence within myself and my art work. From the 2 years studying illustration I’ve discovered making people feel better about themselves is what I want to do. I want people to feel good when they look at my art. And that’s what I plan to do for the rest of my illustrator life.
Thanks for listening *drops mic*.”

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.