The Hartlepool Festival of Illustration kicked off in June and continues until late August, so this three month exhibition is not over yet!
Illustration is prominent in the creative industry, from traditional hand drawn and coloured, to the modern digital age. This exhibition shows art is a very visual language; every picture can tell a story. The festival features an exciting mix of over 40 renowned artists exhibiting their original works, and sketches. Seemingly an art style to suit most tastes and ages, from the popular Axel Scheffler who illustrated The Gruffalo (below). Works by Gerald Scarfe, a satirical cartoonist for the Sunday Times and Chris Lovell (above), heavily influenced by fantasy and Sci-Fi his artwork is used in band merchandise and clothing.
"A Gruffalo? What's a Gruffalo?" I bet kids will know. For more on the showcasing artists take a look here.
In collaboration with Hartlepool Borough Council and hosted by Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), the Festival runs until the 29th August at various locations, including Hartlepool Art Gallery, which is situated in a restored Victorian church, CCAD Church Square Campus and Central Library.
Cover image: Visitor to the exhibition, viewing the lively Moose Kid comics, featuring character filled panels by Jamie Smart.
All images rights reserved to the artists, with permission from The Hartlepool Festival of Illustration.
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