100 Posts on this Blog!

WordPress statistics have just informed me that the last posting was the 1ooth one that I have made since I started back in January 2013!

That means 58,290 views and 9,202 visitors!

Thanks to everyone that is following the blog. There are more posts to come in the next few weeks with the upcoming degree show and graduate showcases coming soon after.

Wunderkammer Hot off the Press!

Many of you will know that for the last ten years, Falmouth Illustration has become known for its popular ‘The Illustrated Book of Quotes & Sayings’ publication

What is essentially an illustration source book, ‘The Illustrated Book of Quotes & Sayings’ has proved to be incredibly successful and well recognized in the world of illustration. The book can be found on the desks of all the top illustration agencies, publishers and design companies in New York and London such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Walker Books, Penguin Books, Design Bridge, to name just a few.

This year we felt it was time for a change and have produced more of a magazine style publication re-named as ‘Wunderkammer, our illustrated book of curiosities’.

The concept behind ‘Wunderkammer’ was to create a more magazine style book, rather than the former catalogue, which features not only this years graduates but also celebrates our amazing Alumni. The magazine includes ‘hot picks’ from Alumni published books, industry comments, tips for students, national and international awards and of course this years graduates. The magazine is aimed at students, graduates and industry providing inspiration, advice and tips from experts in the illustration industry.

The magazine is a wonderful celebration of our students and Alumni and such an invaluable promotional tool not only for them, but us as a course during very difficult times for Universities. In July our students take part in D&AD and New Designers, and we will use this opportunity to feature the new magazine, hopefully encouraging the next generation of budding illustrators to come and join us on the course whilst providing support and advice for those who have recently graduated.

Both the staff and students are incredibly proud of the magazine. Many thanks go to Keryn Bibby who did an amazing job on the design and production of the book.

Details on how you can purchase a copy will posted on this blog shortly.

Third YearFalmouth Illustration students begin to put their degree show up

Third year Falmouth illustration students have been putting up their work and submitting their 2nd semester work for assessment a week after returning from London and New York. This is the culmination of three year’s hard work. It’s at this time of year that the studios temporarily transform from the usual vibrant working space into a gallery space to showcase the students output. The teaching staff now have exclusive access while they assess the work after which the students come back later this month to put the finishing touches to their spaces in time for the degree show private view on Friday 3rd June.

1st year students complete ‘Project X’

Earlier this spring 1st year students took part in the annual ‘Project X’ challenge. This project has taken different forms over the last 15-20 years at Falmouth but essentially involves an editorial text being treated as a real life brief. Students have about 3 days to develop a concept, produce full colour artwork and then present it in context. It’s really a slice of reality.
We usually find that the pressure of this exercise often brings the best out of the students and this year was no different with the conceptual strategies that had been delivered earlier in the year being used on a regular basis. ‘Project X’ is presented as an informal competition. The winners are shown here.