The Cartoon Studio 2014We made it!
It is with great pride that I write. A new start of the academic year, what appears to be a great cohort and a brilliant studio. There is a few people I'd like to thank at the start from this piece, and they include the FACT Management, including Astrid and Mark Garner and Fin Dineen for their faith and support. The Technicians lead by the Fearless Harry Porter have poured sweat and tears into the moving of the equipment and supplying new stuff. For Gareth for his painting skills! and the students, Will Vaughan and Kieran Hayes who did so much for the mural. But a special thanks has to go to Becci Such my PA is waiting, DIY, Painter, Wall paper-er and artist for giving up so much of her summer along with her boyfriend Liam. I am in their debt!
Here is a brief history in images of the birth of the cartoon and comic arts area at Staffordshire University
The Start - What we inherited
as you can see from the outset we were up against it with the amount of stuff that had been left behind by the Fine Art team.
So from this position we had to start to clear the area so we could get in there, clean it and start to decorate it. Unfortunately some of the new equipment arrived so it caused a bit of a bottle neck getting the old stuff out and our stuff in.
The reduction of Fine Art stuff made the area look a lot better, but there was still a lot of work. The are had basically bee left to fall into ruin, and probably hadst been cleaned out for many a year.
It was going to be a tough job, and with the introduction of a new server the area had to be abandoned for a month while work was being completed.
An when we got back we found this stuck in the middle of a perfectly good teaching area!!
With everything cleared out, the area took a lick of paint well.
Above is a before and after of the same place.
Journalism donate their old desks to Cartoon & Comic Arts. Thanks
A Finished Room for 1st Year Students
The painting of the stair well
Becci Such and John Charles drawing together
Adding a little bit of humour to the room
John Charles (MarvelUK & 2000AD) Will Vaughan cartoon student
From top of the stairs down wards, Becci Such, Kieran Hayes and William Vaughan
Becci Tries her hand at wall papering, under the watchful eye of Liam
TA DA! the finished thing, and it is still hanging.