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).
Tamlyn Francis at Arena
Many thanks for the free book Tamlyn…..
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…
Margaret Hope at Transworld
Students talking to art directors at Transworld