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……