Visits to Nobrow and The Artworks

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

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.

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More reports on visits soon and a report of Wednesday’s Illustration Forum at the LCC…..

More Visits for Falmouth Students (Egmont Children’s Books and The Telegraph)

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

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.

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Thanks Gary and also the team at Egmont

Falmouth Students visit The Folio Society

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

Sheri Gee talking to Falmouth illustration students