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….