A level one Illustration trip would not be same without our annual pilgrimage to the Marquiss Cornwallis near Russell Square for an end of week drink to celebrate what has been a great study visit. Pretty much everyone was exhausted after a week of travelling around London but it was good to reflect on the visits that we had and also the previous day’s forum over a beer.
It also gave Nigel the chance to honour his promise to perform some very amateur magic which he duly did (very badly!) in fact he was certainly out performed by the 1st year’s very own prestidigitator Ben Prichard.
It was a great evening and good way to round the week off.
Sue, Liberty and ?
Many thanks to Sue Clarke for organising the study trip. Thanks also go to Rachel Dunn and Linda Scott. Finally thanks to all of the art directors and designers that have up their te to see students, much appreciated.
Thursday saw the final visits for the week. Sue Clarke took seven students to Design Group ‘Human After All‘. This company has been involved in a variety of innovative projects in recent years. Students were asked to create their own Christmas cards form a variety of rubber stamps that were created for a recent Ad campaign. As well as gaining really relevant knowledge of the design process, a lot of fun was had by all.
Rubber stamp printing at Human After All
Straight after the Human After All visit Sue had to rush back to Russell Square to pick up nine students for the visit to Dorling Kindersley. DK are based in the same building as Penguin Books and have employed a number of Falmouth students over recent years as paper engineers. It was fascinating to get an insight into this important publisher of non fiction books. Many thanks to the team from DK for their time.
Finally Rachel took nine students to the Dutch Uncle illustration agency. Dutch Uncle was founded in 2005 and has become known as the home of some of the worlds best illustrators. As well as London it has offices in Tokyo and New York. Students were treated to a fantastic overview of the industry by the Agency Founder, Helen Crowley and creative Director, Dan Crichlow. A really great visit that ended with students being given a number of freebies that included beautiful portfolio stands. We have decided to refer to these as ‘Dutch Uncles’ or ‘Duncles’ for short. Many thanks to Helen and Dan…
Nigel Owen took 8 students to see Senior designer Julian Humphries at Harper Collins today. Julian is an experienced book designer who was able to take students through the process of commissioning illustrators, developing the concept and navigating a route through the maze of editorial meetings with editors, sales and marketing, the author etc. it was very revealing for students who asked intelligent questions throughout.
Later in the morning Rachel Dunn took 22 students to Saatchi & Saatchi. This was a new visit for Falmouth students that had been organised by Linda Scott (thanks Linda). The students were met by ex Falmouth illustration student Layla Boyd who is now a project manager at Saatchi & Saatchi. Layla gave students a wonderful insight into the world of advertising and her career pathway. Students were looked after from the moment they walked through the doors and Layla’s professionalism and words of advice were inspirational. Thank you Layla…
Students with Layla Boyd at Saatchi & Saatchi
Early in the afternoon Nigel took five students to Arena Illustration Agency. Arena are based in Stratford, east London, close to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The Long trip was really worth it. Tamlyn and Caroline spent well over an hour talking at length about the role that Agents play within an illustrator’s career. Their in depth knowledge of the industry is just what students needed. Topics such as characterisation, copyright, marketing, visual language amongst others were discussed all under the watchful eyes of Tamlyn’s cats! It was great to see three ex falmouth students that are represented by Arena doing so well (Levi Pinfold, Emily Fox and Euen Cook).
This event had been eagerly anticipated with some great speakers being booked. The range of speakers this year was particularly broad in range, and included one of the country’s leading reportage artists (Lucinda Rogers), an international award winning illustrator (Mark Smith) and a truly innovative animator (Cyriak).
After getting both Falmouth and LCC students settled in the Lecture theatre the day kicked off with Lucinda Rogers presenting a broad range of amazing drawings from across her career, spanning her her time living in New York where she was able to thoughtfully document events surrounding the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Also covered in her presentation was an articulate discussion surrounding the threat posed to the architectural heritage of great cities like New York and London. Its really great to see an artist who feels that her work can make a difference to the world in which we live, not unlike the recent lecture given by Sue Coe at Falmouth.
Next up was Mark Smith. Mark has worked with students at Falmouth before but it was great to see his work once more and even more exciting to gain a glimpse of his approach to visual problem solving. Falmouth students that were present will hopefully recognise something of the strategy that Mark outlined in the workshops that they have been participating in during the first term. A really great presentation.
Finally after lunch students sat down and were treated to an amazing opening sequence to what turned out to be an inspirational talk by the animator Cyriak. For those that haven’t come across his work I recommend that you seek it out on You Tube at the earliest opportunity. His work has evolved organically from early experiments with animated GIFS and now can be seen as part of major ad campaigns or in the form of innovative music videos for bands like Bonobo and Bloc Party. Cyriak delivered his presentation with a good deal of humour which went down well with the audience.
Cyriak, taking questions in the Illustration studio after his lecture.
The Forum event was a real success this year and both LCC and Falmouth students left feeling suitably inspired and enlightened. A big thank you to Lucinda, Mark and Cyriak for letting us into their thought processes and amazing visual worlds for the day.
Organising this event is always a challenge and great credit goes to Sue Clarke with help from Rachel Dunn, Linda Scott and Nigel Owen and the team at LCC (thanks Paul & Stuart).
Every year Louise Power at Walker Books is kind enough to present to twenty Falmouth illustration students, outlining the process of developing a Childrens picture book. Her advice is invaluable in helping students understand what is required from a successful picture book. We are also grateful to her looking at and giving feedback on a number of Level three dummy books that Sue Clarke brought up from Falmouth for the visit.
Louise Power at Walker Books
Later in the day Nigel took 8 students to see Margaret Hope at Transworld Childrens Books. Margaret explained the international co-edition principal for funding the publication of picture books and also gave an insight into potential of teen fiction as an outlet for our students. A really useful visit…
Tuesday saw four visits take place. Sue took 10 students to visit Sam Arthur at Nobrow. Nobrow is an increasingly influential independent publisher both within the UK and International market. In recent years its young audience imprint, Flying Eye Books has been drawing attention and has become known for its innovative and brave approach the the young audience market. Nobrow has built a connection with Falmouth illustration over the last couple of years, having published graduates such as Ella Bailey, David Doran and recently to great acclaim, Will Grill whose award winning Flying Eye book, ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ has caught the eye of critics both in the UK and the US and was recently voted into the top ten Childrens Picture Books in the New York Times Book Review.
Nobrow has also, very recently, and very kindly donated a considerable amount of screen printing equipment to Falmouth as part of their studio restructure. Many thanks for that donation Sam and for seeing students who really appreciated the experience.
Sam Arthur at Nobrow
Later during the morning Nigel took 10 students to see Artworks Illustration Agency. Artworks are one of the most established agents in London and in our opinion one of the best. Their approach to managing their artists is really professional and their understanding of the industry is second to none. Students learnt an enormous amount from the hour that we spent with Alex and Lucy. Afterwards we were able to squeeze in a visit to a great bookshop round the corner called ‘Material‘. I highly recommend this bookshop. It stocks a treasure trove of the most beautiful books covering most of the visual arts and including a number of Nobrow and Flying Eye books. I couldn’t resist purchasing the Nobrow concertina ‘Swan Lake‘ by Ping Zhu.
More reports on visits soon and a report of Wednesday’s Illustration Forum at the LCC…..
The creative team at Egmont Children’s Books went out of their way to present our students with an insightful view of the various facets of this successful publishing company.
Egmont Childrens Books
Egmont Childrens Books
A couple of hours after the Egmont visit Sue and a group of six students arrived at the Telegraph for a meeting with Art Director, Gary Cochrane. This visit was a real eye opener for students who were taken into the heart of one of the UKs most established broad sheet newspapers. Editorial illustration remains an important component of the course at Falmouth and this visit was great opportunity to ask an experienced art director the kind of questions that only an art director can answer.
Ten Falmouth Illustration students visited The Folio Society yesterday. Art Director Sheri Gee gave the students a warm welcome before taking them through the commissioning process. The students asked excellent questions and got a lot out of the visit and left the visit inspired. Previous Falmouth students that have been commissioned by The Folio Society include Finn Campbell-Notman and James Boswell.
Sheri Gee talking to Falmouth illustration students
Seven Falmouth Illustration students were treated to a fantastic professional practice visit to Hodder Childrens Books this afternoon. After a long walk from Russell Square everyone was feeling a little cold but we got a warm welcome from Emma Layfield who had prepared a presentation of the children’s book publishing process. She outlined what was current popular for Hodder and explained the differences between the UK and US markets. She discussed the close working relationship that they encourage between authors, illustrators and art directors and editors. She also gave a really useful breakdown of the international market particularly in relation to both the Bolgna and Frankfurt book fairs. It was heartening to hear her passion for new and upcoming illustrators and we really want to nurture this relationship with Hodder in the future. After about an hour packed with extremely useful advice we were once again outside in the crisp London evening air but inspired and with plenty to think about.
Eight illustration students from Falmouth University have just come out of a really interesting and insightful visit to Penguin Books. Two of the art departments senior lecturers gave up almost an hour of their time to pass on their personal experience of working within the publishing industry. They talked at length about how they source illustrators (predominantly online now), how they commission illustration, the realities of what goes on in editorial meetings, their personal journey to become art directors and much more. We are very grateful to them for spending some of their valuable time to talk to us. Falmouth already has direct links with Penguin through our ex student Richard Bravery working as a senior designer there, but we also found out that a recent Falmouth illustration graduate, Jess Hart was starting within the design department the very day we were visiting. It’s a shame that we were not able to hook up, good luck Jess!