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“October 2016”

Illustration BA(hons) Alumni Matti Walker’s Killer Illustrations

(pun very much intended!)

As Halloween is looming we thought these brilliant illustrations by Illustration BA(hons) Alumni student Matti Walker, were pretty apt! We grabbed a chat with Matti who is now a freelance mixed media illustrator, check it out below.

Follow Matti on Instagram: @matti_walker

and check out Matti’s website and portfolio here:



These illustrations are fantastic! What have you been up to since you graduated from CCAD?

Thank you so much! Compliments are always appreciated! Since graduation I’ve been pretty busy, I’ve started 3 part time jobs and moved in with my girlfriend (we’re currently in the hospital as she’s in labour, by tonight I’ll have a baby boy!) but more professionally I’ve started teaching one day a week at St Michaels Secondary School in Billingham as “art teacher” is the end goal for me, but I’m also working on illustrations for some conventions I have lined up next year.

Wow! Congratulations! Can you tell us a little bit about your time at CCAD?

I’m pretty passionate about CCAD, I wouldn’t be anywhere near who I am today without it. There were so many amazing aspects of the course that it’s quite hard to pin down a favourite part of it. The tutors are amazing, really creative people and by the end of level 6 they felt more like really wise friends than a group of people who mark my work. The studio space was brilliant and definitely something I’ll really miss, as well as the print room and it’s facilities. The guests that we had come in were ridiculously good, I’ve been a fan of Dan Mumford since I bought an A Day To Remember album that he illustrated so it was kind of surreal to be able to meet him. Lastly the opportunities we had to do amazing things; the exhibitions, the stalls, the trips were all incredible. It was only when I got to around the start of third year that I could look back on the students in level 4 and 5 doing the assignments I did that I really began to appreciate the course for what it is, CCAD is an amazing college and it’s truly been the best several years of my life. beetlejuiceborder


What are your aspirations for the future?

I’m hoping to become an art teacher in secondary school. It was my fine art tutors, Judith and Sam, that started this path for me. I only spent two years with them but they helped me progress in so many different ways and helped me overcome a lot and I’d like to do this for other people too. I quite like the thought of sending a few of my future students up to CCAD with some Haribo sweets and asking them to tell my old tutors I say “Hi”. I respect and look up to all of my tutors a huge amount and if I can help a student half as much as they have done for me I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something.predator-alienborder

That sounds fantastic! Could you name drop one of your favourite illustrators?

Daniel Egneus has always been a favourite illustrator of mine along with Lou Ros and Dan Mumford but from the illustration course I discovered GodMachine who I’m quite fond of and also one of my illustration tutors Nik Holmes (ZombieDollars).


Thank you so much for these Halloween illustrations Matti and thank you for taking the time to chat with us! 

10 Halloween Pumpkin Ideas!

Halloween is just around the spooky corner and we’re so excited! As an art college we love finding new and creative ideas and pumpkin carving is no exception. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite design to give you some inspiration for your own pumpkin, Halloween creations!

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(via Pinterest)

Pumpkin or Pineapple? We feel this is a super trendy way to keep the room looking very pinterest whilst embracing the Halloween spirit.

(Via Brit & Co)

(Via Brit & Co)

Classic scary carvings with a twist! This spooky creations look this biz.

(via Brit and Co)

(via Brit and Co)

Typography at it’s finest. A stencil would come in handy for this one but the finished ‘lit up’ effect would look amazing!

(Via Pinterest)

(Via Pinterest)

This one would be for the more patient/ artistic folk among us. A beautiful intricate owl is less scary, more chic.

(Via This Old House)

(Via This Old House)

Grab a paint brush for this one. Look’s very very fun and suitably scary!

(Via Good Housekeeping)

(Via Good Housekeeping)

minimum carving work, maximum effect! Jazzing up the pumpkin with foliage and props gives this creation the wow factor!

(Via Country Living)

(Via Country Living)

A lick of black paint makes this pumpkin the perfect set up for a spooky midnight scene.

(Via Wit & Whistle)

(Via Wit & Whistle)

The holes drilled in this pumpkin gives a great effect! More Autumn, ‘cosy nights in’ than Halloween… but we like to cater for all!

(Via National Geographic)

(Via National Geographic)

This beautiful ‘Day of the Dead’ design looks fab and very ‘on trend’

(Via Buzzfeed)

(Via Buzzfeed)

A good old ‘jack-o-latern’ with a twist. This baby pumpkin didn’t stand a chance!

Phil Illingworth: Apocalpyso Exhibition

On Septemeber 29th, Phil Illingworth’s exhibition, Apocalypso arrived at Platform A gallery in Middlesbrough. Illingworth’s experimental work is said to explore the relationship of painting, drawing, three-dimensional works and the conceptual; with each piece of art breaking preconceptions of conventionality. The spontaneity of the art is very important to Phil and his methodology involves following the seed of his original idea as closely as possible to maintain that early ‘vital spark’.

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Phil has previously exhibited in the UK, the USA, and at the 53rd Venice Biennale and his works have been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize, the Marmite Prize IV, and the Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Venue: Platform A Gallery

Dates: Sep 29th 2016 – Nov 3rd 2016

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Hartlepool Open Day Guest Lecturer – Artist and Costume Designer Kim McDermottroe

We’re very excited to be joined by the incredible Kim McDermottroe at our Hartlepool open day on 20th October! CCAD Alumni, Kim, is a freelance artist, costume designer and puppet-making entrepreneur with her business Greener Lavelle where she crafts innovative creations from the weird and contemporary to the historical and ethereal.

Kim will be bringing along with her and demonstrating the dragon she built for Stockton Riverside Festival which has gone down a storm on social media!

Make sure to join us at our Hartlepool Campus open day as it will be a fantastic opportunity to listen to Kim’s advice and story and see her amazing work in action.

Alumni: Lizzy Drennan

Foundation Illustration Alumni, Lizzy Drennan, has been making waves right across the country with her incredible sketches. With a waiting list packed up right until Christmas, Lizzy’s commission drawings are a hit with all her customers and followers on Facebook. After starting up a Facebook page, EGD Art, a few months ago, it has racked up almost 300 likes with many people sharing Lizzy’s drawings and commissions daily.

Speaking highly of the foundation course, Lizzy said, “I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Andy Edwards, my tutor. He taught me the accuracy and precision, choosing the best materials, managing and allocating my time to certain pieces, having a professional finish, even little things like keeping the paper white and measuring everything perfectly. He drummed the creative process into me”.

Every now and again Lizzy gets a really special customer; here is an illustration of world record holder and multi Olympic Gold Medal horse, Valegro. The majority of her work is animals and pets yet she’s extremely gifted in all areas of illustration.


£189.14 Raised at CCAD’s Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday, Jess Solan and Catherine Wilkinson of our Student Services team organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Atrium. The morning was buzzing with students and the cakes were delicious! After totting up, as a college we have raised a fantastic £189.14 for Macmillan Cancer Research. The coffee mornings are Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer and we’re so proud to be part of it!


Check out a few of the images of the day below



CCAD Student Recognised by Stars

(BTech) Fine Art student, David Lee Rogers is pretty #instafamous with almost 50,000 followers on his Instagram account. Regularly drawing all the top celebrities and posting images of his illustrations on the social networking site has got David recognised and re-posted by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Tom Daley and more. He is aspiring to widen his fan based and develop his fine art, illustration and make up work. Recently David was commissioned to do work by Huda Beauty (15 million followers) but unfortunately had to turn this down but will be collaborating in the future when he has more time to commit to the amount of work. David also has an online store where all his prints are available to purchase, check them out at


follow David on Instagram at @davidleeillustrations