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    A community arts collaboration between The Creative Arts Company & Stoneydown Park Primary School in Walthamstow, London. I became involved in th… Read More
    A community arts collaboration between The Creative Arts Company & Stoneydown Park Primary School in Walthamstow, London. I became involved in the project at the beginning of 2016, when Amanda Parker from The Creative Arts Company needed a graphic illustrator to turn over 200 individual pupils’ drawings into a huge mural to link the school’s two sites – over 40 metres long. Through a series of specialist assembly presentations by various local groups, the pupils explored four key project themes – transport, politics, entertainment and the environment. In response to these subjects, the pupils, who range in age from 3-11, presented their own creative ideas at a special assembly and their wonderful and varied drawings now form the core of this colourful art trail. My role was to provide creative input, technical advice, and practical skills on how the piece would work digitally. So the largest part of my role was to turn the children’s individual artworks into a huge digital composition, ready to send to print. I spent weeks, cutting out all images in Photoshop, working things up in Illustrator, drawing scenery for them to fit into, and adding text and quotes to tell the story of Walthamstow’s rich heritage and future. It has been an incredible experience working on a such a large scale – certainly the biggest piece of art I’ve ever completed. I also visited during assembly to chat to the whole school about how the project came together by showing a few animations of the process and a preview of the mural. I also saw this as a chance to give a little insight into the life of an illustrator. Read Less
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