Alumni’s illustrations have made her a name to watch out for

Truro and Penwith College alumni Charlotte Leadley is a name to watch out for according to the national Association of Illustrators (AOI).

After completing her foundation degree at Truro College, Charlotte went to Plymouth School of Art to study Illustration.

Charlotte, who is from Truro, is an up-and-coming illustrator whose work was recently recognised by the AOI, an organisation that champions illustrators and the illustration industry through education, promotion and campaigning to ensure illustration remains a thriving industry. This accomplishment places her as one of the top 10 graduates that the association are ‘in awe of’ for their creative capabilities.

Charlotte studied A Levels in Illustration & Graphics, Photography and English Literature and Language (plus an AS in Film Studies) at Truro College. As a budding artist, Charlotte chose to come to the College due to the variety of art courses on offer, an area her secondary school lacked. She saw the variety of subjects as a great opportunity to develop her creative voice and was drawn in by the facilities which she believed to be second to none.

She shared: “I really wanted to work in the darkrooms and use all the camera equipment so I was really excited to start. I remember when I started, I really made the most of the printmaking facilities and I also enjoyed the sessions where we explored mark making with unusual tools.”

The Illustrator also enjoyed lots of other elements about her College experience, particularly being based in the White Building, which as an Art student is where she spent most of her time. She felt that the atmosphere in the building was hugely beneficial for developing her work and gaining inspiration. She added: 

Being in a whole building with lecturers and students who all love creative subjects was great, very inspiring and motivational

Charlotte Leadley

Charlotte enjoyed her College experience so much so that after finishing her A Levels, she chose to study the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at the College’s Tregye Campus, a qualification that is important for those wanting to pursue further education in the arts.

Now a budding Illustrator in her final year of study as a BA Illustration student at Plymouth College of Art, Charlotte’s work is making a big impact. Not only has she created pieces for a number of organisations across the UK, including Laud magazine and Plymouth College of Art, but the recent recognition of her work by the AIO has established her as an up and coming artist in the industry.

For anyone looking to follow in Charlotte’s footsteps, she has shared some insightful words of wisdom: “Be prolific at an early stage! Create lots of work, experiment, try out every technique and medium you can. Also make lots of mistakes, because now is the best time to figure out what you do and don’t like about your work. Most of all, make artwork inspired by your own experiences, and make sure you enjoy the making process.”

More of Charlotte's work can be found here

The power of political illustration- a piece by Charlotte Leadley