Falmouth Illustration Alumni Successes

Here is a quick post to let you all know (if you don’t already) of a number of significant success stories for Falmouth Illustration alumni;
Will Grill has recently been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for his highly acclaimed book
‘Shackleton’s Journey’ Flying Eye Books. Other artists shortlisted this year include: Laura Carlin, Alexis Deacon, Chris Riddell, David Roberts, and Shaun Tan. Will follows hot on the heals of other Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted from The Falmouth BA Illustration course, Rebecca Cobb and the 2013 winner Levi Pinfold
Three ex falmouth students have been chosen to represent the best of British Children’s book illustration at the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (or BIB for short) 2015. Once again Will Grill Shackleton’s Journey) is amongst the Falmouth contingent alongside former Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold (Black Dog), and Viviene Schwarz (I am Henry Finch) http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2015/may/15/bratislava-bib-childrens-illustration-awards-2015
Well done to former Falmouth Illustration student Emma Yarlett, who has won the 4-7 year old category of the English Association Picture Book Awards 2015 for her book, ‘Orion & the Dark’. Not surprisingly, Will Grill won the 7-11 category for ‘Shackleton’s Journey’!
A number of former Falmouth Illustration students have recently been working with Nobrow Books /Flying Eye Books. They include:
‘Hungry Roscoe’, by David Plant
‘Mad about Monkeys’, by Owen Davey (coming out very soon)
‘One Day on our planet’, by Ella Bailey
‘Imelda and the goblin King’, by Briony Smith (coming out very soon)



Falmouth Illustration Student Business Cards 2015

Here are a sample of business cards from Falmouth Illustration students. Their degree show will be open to the public on Friday 5th of June in Falmouth. The majority of students will also be showing work at their year’s New Designers Graduate Showcase at the business design centre in London between the 1st – 4th July 2015. Apologies to any Falmouth student whose card is not on this post. Please get your card to Nigel and he will post it on this blog ASAP….

Deborah Levy: Visiting Professor at Falmouth University

Falmouth University’s visiting Professor of Writing in Illustration gave her final School of Art lecture last night in front of a captivated audience who were treated to an exclusive reading of a passage from her latest work. Many thanks to  Deborah for passing on her considerable knowledge and experience during her Three years as visiting professor at Falmouth.

Falmouth illustration Degree show goes up.


The third years have been working hard to hang their final degree shows just prior to handing the work in for assessment. All are looking forward to the Private. View on Friday 5th June….

Falmouth Illustration’s Reportage 2015 Competition Judging Complete!

Many thanks to all students that entered this year’s ‘Reportage’ competition. 16 students across the School of Art entered this year and the standard was very good. Five members of the illustration teaching team judged the work that was submitted on Monday afternoon. The winner and runner up are now known and will be announced on the evening of the degree show private view (Friday 5th June).

Here is a sample of the work submitted this year….

Hot off the press! The latest ‘Quotes & Sayings’ annual (Volume 10)

1200 copies of the 10th Volume of our very successful ‘Quotes & Sayings’ annual were delivered recently just in time to be taken to New York and London. The book looks great thanks to the efforts of all the students that took part, and to Keryn Bibby who did such a great job in designing and typesetting the book.

This book has now become well known amongst many of the top art directors both in Europe and the U.S. and showcases the work of our 3rd year students. Packed with over 90 full colour illustrated spreads in serves as an illustration source book for the visual communication industry.

This will be the last year that we publish the Quotes book. After ten great years we feel that next year will be a good opportunity to run with a new concept. Ideas on the back of a postcard please….

Quotes & Sayings Vol 10 will become officially available at our summer degree show. Please contact Nigel Owen (nowen@falmouth.ac.uk) if you are interested in obtaining a copy.

The studio is cleared in preparation for the degree show

Amazingly its that time of year again! The 3rd year students have only been back in Falmouth for little over a week since their successful study trip to New York and London but now attention has shifted towards preparing their work to submit for hand in. The studios have been cleared and the display boards erected.

1st and 2nd years are also working hard to put the finishing touches to their work before the hand in deadlines. They also are preparing for their own end of year shows during the final week of term. Good Luck to all of our students for their upcoming assessments.

It’s really great to hear that some of our ex students are doing well professionally, David Plant and Owen Davey have both recently produced books for Nobrow’s young audience off shoot Flying Eye Books, while Lauren Humphrey has recently been published in the New York Times.

The Falmouth School of Art Degree Show 2015 will be running from 5th June – 9th June.

Professor Alan Male: Principal Keynote at CONFIA Braga, Portugal, 10-12 April 2015.

Professor Male was invited as Programme Chair and Principal Keynote at a leading international conference in illustration and animation at Braga, Portugal, 10-12 April 2015. Organised by the Institute Polytechnic of Cavado and Ave, CONFIA 2015 is the third edition of what is now considered Europe’s premier conference for illustration. The Scientific Committee, published authors and delegate attendees represent a global community of scholars, academics and practitioners from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Italy and many other countries. This was the second invited keynote at CONFIA for Alan and further establishes Falmouth University as a key player regarding illustration on the international stage.

Alan’s lecture was entitled The Power and Influence of Illustration: A Future Perspective. He discussed how an increase in multi-culturalism, globalisation, political and environmental change will affect the future needs and expectations for professional visual communication. He also analysed censorship, freedom of expression, ethical and moral responsibility and which professional contexts of practice might diminish or increase.

Linda Scott, Senior Lecturer in Illustration further enhanced the Falmouth University presence by presenting her published paper entitled Illustrator as Activist: Conservation of Endangered Species and the Role of the Illustrator.

Professor Male has recently been approached and contracted to edit a 600-page volume to be published internationally in both traditional book form and digitally by the leading US educational textbook publisher Wiley Blackwell. Provisionally entitled Illustration: Art and Theory, Alan’s remit is to create a benchmark reference volume that is to set the agenda for the subject and to influence the shape of the intellectual conversation around the subject moving forward. Ambitious in scope it aims to make the most significant statement about the subject in a contemporary context. There is no comparative volume currently available.

Having already established the book’s Table of Contents and Philosophy, Alan will now commission approximately 25 specific and appropriately themed 10,000 word essays/chapters from an ‘A’ list roster of international scholars, authors, academics, illustrators, art directors and other creative practitioners.

To be published early 2017.

Professor Male’s first book about his subject entitled Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective (AVA 2007) is to be revised and published as a Second Edition, January 2016 by Bloomsbury. This has been prompted by the book’s huge success in terms of its international standing and sales. It is widely regarded as the principal reference for illustration in the United States and has been cited in literally hundreds of dissertations, PhD theses, academic papers and articles. The book contains numerous works by Alan’s Falmouth colleagues and former students and provides a significant statement regarding the quality and status of the Illustration Programme at Falmouth University

Professor Male’s published paper Communication Arts and the Polymath Principal: Intellectual Multi-Tasking and the Creation of Knowledge Bearing Imagery was first presented at the Critique 2013 conference at the University of South Australia, December 2013. It is now to be re-published internationally by Routledge in a Research Monograph entitled Critique-ality through/of/in Art, Architecture and Design. The overall publication is to contain approximately ten of the best and most original papers. Alan’s original thesis was a provocative one, advocating a need for illustrators and other professional visual communicators to acquire a greater knowledge base through focussed scholarship and an increase in intellectual capacity.

A specific practice-based research project by Professor Alan Male is being advanced in collaboration with the British Museum of Natural History in London. It involves the analysis and visual reconstruction of palaeo-invertebrata, species recently discovered or evaluated and never previously illustrated, the imagery contributing significantly to new knowledge related to evolution and the origins of life in the universe.

The case study shown is the first illustration of so-far unidentified microscopic zooplankton, analysed from the observation of particles and sediments from a sea-bed fauna-bearing ecosystem, dredged from the deepest known part of the North Atlantic Ocean by the HMS Challenger Expedition of 1873. At the time, scientists believed there to be no life on the ocean bed. Species shown are representative Forimanifera; crustaceans, copepods, isopods.

The original illustration artworks are to form part of an exhibition at the Yale Art Gallery, USA and to be published in National Geographic.


unidentified microscopic zooplankton, analysed from the observation of particles and sediments from a sea-bed fauna-bearing ecosystem, dredged from the deepest known part of the North Atlantic Ocean by the HMS Challenger Expedition of 1873.


New York and London: May 2015

Our 3rd year Illustration students have recently returned from yet another fantastic study trip to New York. They had researched and organised a wide variety of visits to numerous art directors, publishers and agents. The intention of the study trip was to gain critical feedback on their final portfolios from some of the best commissioners of illustration in the world. They were not disappointed!

The New York week included visits amongst others to:

The New York Times / The New Yorker / The Wall Street Journal / Mendola Agency / Men’s Health Magazine / Holiday House / Chase Design Group / Penguin Books / Little Brown Publishing / Nobrow 

A small group of students were also able to visit the legendary Push Pin Studios where they met Seymour Chwast who cofounded the studio with Milton Glaser in 1954 (incidentally a number of our students met Milton Glaser on the New York trip 2 years ago).

The London week included visits amongst others to:

Harper Collins / Walker Books / Arena Illustration Agency / The Telegraph / Artworks Illustration Agency and more…

The student have returned buzzing with inspiration and energy which is great as they now have a week and a half to prepare there work for the end of year submission. Thanks to all the hard work that Mark Keryn and Sue have put into helping organise these trips. Here are some images from both trips….