Week of Visiting Lecturers at Falmouth Illustration

BA Illustration students at Falmouth University have just enjoyed a series of visits by range of visiting lecturers covering themes such as professional practice, editorial illustration, collectives, illustration agencies, life drawing, painting techniques, children’s picture book illustration with a workshops in digital illustration and web site optimization still to come.

Following on from Gary Long‘s scenario based life drawing day in the previous week, Tim Clarey, successful local artist and illustrator worked with Level 2 students on Tuesday, providing additional specialist advice to students interested in ‘wet media’, painting techniques.

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On Wednesday both Holly Wales and Emma Yarlett visited. Holly is an established illustrator and academic, working in both the UK and the US. She gave a fantastic presentation of her work to Level 3 students and then held portfolio reviews on the students New York portfolios.

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Emma is a recent graduate of Falmouth who is already making waves in the publishing industry. Her first author, illustrated book ‘Sydney, Stella & the Moon’ has just been published by Templar Books. It was this book that formed her presentation in the morning. In the afternoon she was able to look at students portfolios.

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On Friday we were able to welcome back Robert Fresson, another former graduate of the course. Robert, who left the RCA last year gave a demonstration of traditional Japanese Woodblock printing (Moku Hanga) normally associated with the Ukiyo-e artistic genre. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to witness such a specialist technique at first hand. Robert spent 3 months in Japan learning this technique from a master print maker as part of his studies at the Royal College of Art.

Thanks to all of the visting lecturers who took part. We look forward to next week’s sessions from Jago Silver (digital media) and the extra web optimization session for Level 3 students with another session from Gary Long (for Level 1 students) still to come.

Falmouth Illustration Students in New York

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Falmouth University Level 3 Illustration students have just returned from a successful and exciting trip to New York.  All students had diaries filled  with appointments to visit New York’s top illustration agencies, publishing houses and design groups.  Some visits were set up in advance using the contacts that tutors have built up over many years, such as the Illustrators agent Peter Lott at the prestigious Society of Illustrators and the children’s book publisher Holiday House. Students were given a warm and enthusiastic welcome and were offered honest and insightful feedback on their portfolios: important advice for their future careers.  Other appointments were set up by the students themselves with design companies such as Pentagram, The New York Times, Penguin and for some lucky students, the legendary designer Milton Glaser.  The excitement of experiencing the industry first hand was palpable as the students met up in the evenings to discuss their meetings, and all were left feeling inspired by those who had seen them.  Hugh Cowling summed up his experience : ‘I have learnt so much from this week and feel that I really made the most out of it. I had 13 portfolio reviews so I have come back with my head full of advice and suggestions on how to improve my options for when I graduate.’

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Illustrative Life Drawing with Gary Long

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The course was really happy to welcome back, artist Gary Long for a day of scenario based life drawing with Level 2 students. Gary worked as the course’s resident life drawing tutor for 18 years until he retired two years ago. Gary’s background is as an illustrator working in both the UK and Canada but for a number of years has focussed on painting, particularly Landscapes. His work can been in numerous galleries throughout the UK.

The main illustration seminar room was temporarily converted into a Jazz Club with students and staff posing while music from Gary’s extensive Jazz record collection provided the soundtrack. Gary will be returning to repeat the session for Level One students in June.

Level 2 Falmouth Illustration Student Shortlisted in Major National Competition

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Congratulations to Level 2 student David Doran who has been shortlisted in a group of 20 students from nearly 1400 that entered the PENGUIN DESIGN AWARD 2013.

This follows on from another Level Two student from two years ago (Adam Quinton) who was also shortlisted at this stage for his cover of ‘James & the Giant Peach’.

David’s cover for Raymond Chandler’s ‘The Big Sleep’ will now go into the final stages of judging. The winner will be announced on 19th June.

Good Luck David!

Falmouth Students Travel to New York

Around forty of our undergraduate illustration students are about to travel to New York to show their portfolios of work to some of the best art directors in the world. This study visit has been taking place now for well over 15 years and offers students the opportunity to get feedback on work that has been in development for the last year and a half.

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