Stromness Academy Library

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Local Illustrator Visits


Friday 16th March saw local cartoonist and illustrator, Tony O’Donnell visiting the library’s Manga/Graphic Novel Club. Tony is known for doing work on The Beano‘s ‘Ivy the Terrible’ and has illustrated a number of books as well as carrying out freelance portrait, comic strip, logo design and caricature work, tutoring evening classes and running a local youth club.

Due to the nature of the split lunch there were two distinct sessions. The first let pupils have a look at and discuss Tony’s earlier work, as well as how looking at how comics are put together. The second session got the pupils and staff learning how to draw a comic superhero and a face, looking at the correct proportions.

Pupils were wholly engaged and focussed on what they were doing and the feeling was that they would have liked to have had longer but afternoon classes beckoned.

Some comments:



“Really fun and interesting. Art was awesome”

“It was really fun and informative. The artwork was brilliant! We got the chance to draw oursevles.”

“Excelently fun”


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