2015 London Illustration Forum is a Big Success!

This year’s Falmouth illustration Forum was a big success. Students arrived early in the morning at the London College of Communication, for whom we are very grateful to for allowing us the use of their lecture theatre for the day.

Things kicked off with a presentation by renowned reportage illustrator, Olivier Kugler. Olivier is particularly well known for his work for the Guardian. He has worked however for a numerous publications across the world and regularly travels to obscure and often dangerous locations to capture and record his observations. This was a fascinating insight into the work of this award winning illustrator.

After a short break Jonny Hannah took to the stage. Jonny has spoken at this event before and always entertained and informed in equal quantity. This time was no exception. Jonny made clear his musical influences throughout the presentation and I am sure we are all going to be checking out his suggestions with interest! Johnny’s work is rich with his own personality and he wears his inspirations on his sleeve with pride. These include obscure New York graffiti to obscure Southampton Kebab shops. His work is full of humour and surreal interpretations of things that most of us take entirely for granted.

After lunch we were treated to a fascinating talk by Aude Van Ryn.

Born in Belgium, Aude studied at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art.

Her work has a diverse appeal providing her with opportunities for her work to be used as theatre posters, packaging for retailer ‘Le Pain Quotidien’ and campaigns for clients such as The British Heart Foundation. She is particularly well known for her beautiful compositional sense and intelligent conceptual solutions within the editorial sector.

It was great to have had such experienced and inspirational illustrators presenting at this year’s Forum. The feedback from students has been really good. It was also great to see so many LCC students present too. at the end of the day the three speakers, teaching staff and a number of students were able to reflect on the day over a well deserved drink in the ‘pub round the corner’.

Many thanks to Stuart Varley for his help in getting the event up and running . Thanks also go out to the technicians who were able to iron out a few last minute technical hitches. A big thank you goes to Sue Clarke who was instrumental in organising not only the forum event but the whole week’s study trip and also to Rachel Dunn who provided invaluable support throughout the week. Also thank you once again to all of the art directors, editors, designers, agents who gave up their valuable time to talk to our students.

Until next year……


Students visit Tate Publishing

Sue Clarke took students on a new visit to Tate Publishing yesterday.Tate Publishing is one of the world’s leading publishers on the visual arts. They aim to bring the best new writing on art and the highest quality reductions to the widest possible range of readers. The students found the visit very informative. Many thanks to all at Tate Publishing.

Visit to Transworld and the Folio Society

Earlier during the day Rachel took a group of students to the Folio Society. This is another much admired publisher for which recent. Falmouth Students have been commissioned, namely Jim Boswell with illustrations for ‘The Drowned World’ and ‘The Traitor’s Purse’. Students were met by Sheri and Raquel who gave a great talk about the company and it’s commissioning process. Students really appreciated being able to peruse through the amazing Folio society library. Many thanks…

Later that morning Sue took students to Transworld. This always is an informative visit and today was no exception. Tranworld is the UK’s leading fiction publisher. Originally founded in 1950 as a mass market publisher. The visit allowed students an opportunity to ask questions about how books are commissioned and projects handled. This is incredibly useful for illustration students. Many thanks to all involved.

Falmouth illustration Students Visit Artworks and the Nobrow Offices

Falmouth students were privileged to visit the offices of Nobrow and Flying Eye books and Artworks Illustration Agency this morning.

Steph and  Alex at Artworks have been seeing our 1st year students for many years now and as always gave up an hour of their precious time to talk to students about the illustration industry. The conversation moved between advice on how to approach clients to the roles that agents perform on behalf of their artists. We look forward to when The Artworks team pay us a visit back in Falmouth in the new year.

Shortly after 10 students were privileged to visit the the offices of Nobrow and Flying Eye Books. The co founder of Nobrow, Sam Arthur, has been a friend of the course for a number of years now, having kindly donated the original screen printing bed to the Falmouth school of Art about 18 months ago. He has also spoken at a previous Falmouth. Illustration. Forum and at Falmouth itself. A huge array of amazingly beautiful books were on display for students to peruse and then ultimately buy. Sam gave a talk on the origins of Nobrow and gave great advice to students about how to get their own ideas noticed. This has been a fantastic few years for ex Falmouth Students being commissioned by Nobrow and Flying Eye. Ex Falmouth students that have books published by In particular Flying Eye include; Bjorn Rune Lie, Bryony May Smith, Owen Davey, Ella Bailey and of course Kate Greenaway gold Medal winner Will Grill.  Many thanks Sam for giving up your time….

On the way to Artworks I spotted these fantastic letterforms….

Oh Comely Magazine and Walker Books

Later in the day Sue Clarke took students firstly to Oh Comely Magazine and then both Nigel and Sue took separate groups to see Louise Power at Walker books.

Both were excellent visits. It was good to be reminded of how many Falmouth Alumni have been commissioned in recent years for the innovative magazine ‘Oh Comely’. Oh Comely is a lifestyle magazine. Each issue is based around a theme, something that our students are used to doing. This month’s theme is ‘Secrets’. Included here are some spreads from recent Falmouth graduate Owen Gent

Walker Books is the world’s leading independent publisher of children’s books. Louise Power is an art editor that has been working there for over twenty years and has had a long association with Falmouth Illustration. Louise gave a really insightful presentation about the process of developing ideas for a picture book for children, focussing on the development of pace and flow and character design.

Many thanks to Oh Comely and Walker Books.

Falmouth Students Visit Penguin Books & Egmont

Student from Falmouth BA Illustration visited both Penguin Books and Egmont Childrens Book Publisher today.

Senior designers Chris and Jill were able to stand in at the last minute for ex Falmouth student Richard bravery who was ill today (get well soon Richard). Chris and Jill did a great job of outlining the processes that underpin the design of book covers and how illustrators can get their work in front of the designers at Penguin.

The visit to Egmont was great. Tiffany Leeson, art director and the team gave a wonderfully informative presentation on Childrens books from pre school to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction, focussing on the commissioning of illustrators. Many thanks….


Falmouth Illustration Students Visit ‘Human After All’ and the Telegraph

Sue Clarke took two groups of students to see innovative design group, ‘Human After All’ and then the ‘Telegraph’ yesterday.

Human After All is an innovative creative Agency who specialise in Brand Identities. Their awards include:

  • World Illustration Awards 2015
  • Magpile Best New Magazine 2014
  • Computer Arts Top 30 Studios 2014
  • The One Show 2014
  • FPO Awards 2014
  • Type Directors Club 2014
  • D&AD Professional Awards 2013
  • Society of Publication Designers 2013
  • Art Directors Club 2013
  • Type Directors Club 2013
  • Creative Review Annual 2013
  • Creative Circle Awards 2013

The Telegraph is of course one of the UK’s most iconic Newspapers with a long history of commissioning some of the best illustrators in the world.

Bothe visits were incredibly useful for our students. Thankyou to all involved…