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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Student’s art portrays a futuristic vision of Barrow

A STUDENT has produced artwork illustrating Barrow’s skyline in the year 2164.

BAE Systems’ familiar Devonshire Dock Hall can be seen nestled among futuristic skyscrapers, sporting the BAE logo, featured in the special effects for film student’s work.

Barrow’s town hall is also present, unchanged alongside the town centre’s imagined offices and tower blocks.

Bolton University student Robert Halfpenny, 21, made the picture of his hometown using a computer programme.

Now in the second year of his three-year degree, he says his inspiration came from fantasy and science fiction films like Jurassic Park.

He said: “I’ve always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. I grew up films like Jurassic Park, which massively inspired me.

“I was always drawing dinosaurs and animals from a young age, and it hasn’t really changed since then.”

Mr Halfpenny attended Kendal College studying art and design for two years to help him to get on to his university course.

He said: “I worked at South Lakes wild Animal park through college, so was surrounded by animals, then took a change in path I wanted to go down.

“It was then I decided to look into the world of conceptual art for the film industry which I have always taken an interest in, having lots of books based on the art of different films, and I have always wanted to do similar type work.”

The art student originally applied to study computer games design but later swapped to special effects in film.

He said: “It was my flatmate who pointed out the special effects course, where I managed to enrol by showing my work via Facebook. The course tutors allowed me to join without an interview, which was lucky.”His ambition is to work in the art department for the film and television industry.

He added: “I want to work with special effects – from concept art to model building and prosthetic make-up art – following the footsteps of people like Stan Winston or Rick Baker.”

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