Thursday was a busy day with 33 students attending four visits all over London.
First of all Tom took students to ‘Human After All‘. Human After All’s team of curious, creative minds have worked together for over 10 years. They’ve built strategic relationships with companies including Facebook, the World Economic Forum and BAFTA.
They collaborate with brands of any size that have passion and purpose and pride themselves on providing the best service and crafting communication materials that bring together rich ideas and intelligent design. Overall a really insightful visit for our students.
Early in the afternoon Rachel took students to see The Folio Society. Founded in London in 1947, The Folio Society publishes carefully crafted editions of the world’s finest literature. They believe that great books deserve to be presented in a form worthy of their contents. For nearly 70 years The Folio Society have celebrated the unique joy to be derived from owning, holding and reading a beautiful printed edition.
A number of recent Falmouth Graduates have produced covers for this prestigious publisher, including James Boswell. Many thanks as ever go to Sheri Gee and Raquel who provided a really informative talk about the company and in particular how they commission illustrators. A valuable visit and a privilege to look at such beautiful books.
Also early in the afternoon Nigel made the trek out to Stratford, East London with 5 students to see our good friend Tamyln Francis and Caroline Thomson at Arena Illustration Agency. Arena is home to four Falmouth alumni: Emily Fox, Euan Cook, Levi Pinfold and Joe Lillington. It is always amazing to see how they operate such a successful internationally recognised agency from two reception rooms of a Victorian terraced house (a beautiful one mind!). Tamlyn and Caroline took students through the whole process of a job from the perspective of an agent. The students were picking up metaphorical gold dust in terms of the detailed knowledge that Tamlyn and Caroline were passing on to them. Thanks to Arena once again…
Finally Tom took a small group to see Dorling Kindersley, one of the giants of non-fiction publishing. Martin Wilson met the group and gave a great presentation on this increasingly popular area of illustration…
After the Forum event held at Goldsmith on Tuesday evening staff, students and speakers adjourned for a drink and a draw’ at the ‘New Cross House’ (basically the nearest pub to the university. It was great to wind down after a full day of visits and gave to the students the opportunity to talk to the speakers a little more. Some impromptu drawing also took place…
In the pub after the Illustration Forum
Falmouth students drawing in the pub after the the Illustration Forum
Falmouth students drawing in the pub after the the Illustration Forum
This year’s 1st yr Illustration Forum was held for the 1st time at Goldsmith’s University in East London. The three speakers this year were Neil McFarland (Ustwo), Pete Fowler and Alice Dunseath.
Neil McFarland framed his talk around the 11 careers that he has had since his early days being inspired by reading comics in the 1980’s. These phases include him working as a cartoonist, album artist, animator & promo director, painter, commercial artist, motion graphics, ‘granulator’, App creator, digital game artist, creative team director, VR designer. His explanation of the origins and development of the hugely successful Award winning game ‘Monument Valley‘ was fascinating and inspiring.
Pete Fowler is best known for his work with the Welsh band ‘Super Furry Animals‘, having consistently produced artwork since the 2nd album in the mid 90’s. Having been an associate of both Neil McFarland and our very own Tom Barwick in the early days it was no surprise to hear that his early inspirations were comics such as the Beano and 2000 AD. Having begun his career in his home town of Cardiff Pete finally pitched up in London via a Fine Art degree in Falmouth. Influenced by popular culture he began to make all manner of visual statements often using whatever came to hand. His work ranges from large scale paintings and sculptures to delicately hand carved miniature wooden figures. Although he studied Fine Art his work is strongly rooted in an illustrative tradition through his desire to communicate to as wide an audience as possible.
Alice Dunseath was the last of our speakers for the evening. She started her talk with a truly profound animated Vimeo message from Ira Glass that really set the tone for what she was about to show (this is highly recommended). Alice is an animator who has evolved her early commercial into a wonderfully experimental and aesthetically stunning visual language that is both beguiling and hypnotic. Having cut her teeth on stop motion through working on the hugely successful animated version of ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’, Alice went onto organise the Sierra Leone Film Festival in 2012, before going onto study at the RCA. It was here that she began to develop a fascinating approach to working with ‘growing’ crystals and ice, literally enabling her to animate the creation of amazingly fantastic worlds. Her work gave our students a glimpse of what is possible if you open your eyes and push ideas and materials much further than you might normally do.
The final 15-20 minutes was handed over to a really interesting Q&A session that took in themes such as Virtual Reality and how to break into the world of visual communication. Many thanks to the speakers and to Goldsmith’s University.
Tom, Neil and Pete in the ‘old days’
Pete Fowler’s woodcarving
The Q&A with Alice, Neil and Pete
Falmouth University 1st yr Illustration Forum held for the 1st time at Goldsmith’s University, East London
Rachel took thirteen Falmouth Illustration students to meet a number of art directors at Egmont Books. This important children’s book publisher has become a regular visit for Falmouth students in recent years. It is a really valuable connection for which we are very grateful.
Falmouth students were treated to an extended 2 hour + series of generous and insightful talks by Tiffany Leeson, Laura and Sam (young audience) and Rebecca and Abby (Children’s picture books) that opened up the whole process of creating a book from sourcing an illustrator to the delivery of artwork.
Also good work from the students who asked great questions.
Eleven Falmouth Illustration students visited Pete Fowler‘s studio in east London this afternoon. Pete is an old friend of our 1st year course co-ordinator Tom Barwick, both having worked on comics back in the 90’s.
Pete gave up more than an hour and a half of his times providing students with his insightful view of the world of visual communication. His talk took us through his development from a fine art background through his time working for the Welsh band ‘Super Furry Animals’, his large scale advertising commissions through to his ‘bread and butter’ editorial output. A highlight was him talking about his interest in the craft of ‘making’ and seeing his vinyl toys, lino blocks, and fantastic wood carvings.
Thanks Pete, it was a great visit and we look forward to your lecture at Goldsmiths on Tuesday.
Pete Fowler in his studio talking about his work
Pete Fowler’s embroidered Synthesizer
One of Pete Fowler’s Lino Blocks
Pete Fowler’s amazing wood carved figures
Pete Fowler in his studio
Pete Fowler’s embroidered synth
Pete Fowler’s studio set up, East London
Pete Fowler’s studio, east London
Tom Barwick’s painting on the wall of Pete Fowler’s studio, east London
Pete Fowler talking to students in his east London studio
After something of a hiatus the Falmouth Illustration blogging season kicks off once again with the 1st year trip to London. This year there are some personnel changes to the first year with Tom Barwick taking over the reigns as head of 1st year from Sue Clarke who did such a great job developing the 1st year experience during her time as 1st year head.
Tom has put great programme of visits together with sterling support coming from Rachel Dunn. Visits this year include; The Artworks Illustration Agency, Us Two Games Ltd, Pete Fowler, Egmont Press, Human After All, The Folio Society, Arena Illustration Agency, Dorling Kindersley, Macmillan Childrens Books, Harper Collins, and Walker Books.
Also on Tuesday we are holding our 9th first year London Illustration Forum, this time at Goldsmiths University in East London. The speakers will be Alice Dunseath, Neil McFarland and Pete Fowler. Thanks to all staff back in Falmouth who helped make the last minute change of venue possible.
The day started off with a visit to Artworks Illustration. As ever Lucy And Alex were very welcoming and gave a great presentation, talking about the role that agents play in the life of illustrators. It was a really pleasant surprise to see our recent Falmouth Graduate Katie Ponder, who is currently working on a part-time basis at the agency.
I will keep you updated with photos from the study visit as it happens throughout the week.
A number of Falmouth Illustration students have been showcasing their work at the prestigious D&AD New Blood Graduate Showcase this week. Preparations had been underway back at Falmouth for the last 2-3 weeks Keryn and Sue have done a great job of designing the huge drop banners for the show. All of the show was packed up last Friday and driven down to London on Monday along with the New Designers boards (more of this in the next posting) and Sue, Cally and Nigel hung the show on Tuesday. It was hard work but well worth it. The show looked fantastic in time for the Private View on Tuesday night. The PV night was really crowded but there was a great atmosphere. A number of well known art directors, publishers, designers and agents have already begun to respond well to the Falmouth stand with really positive comments directed towards our graduates. Industry visitors have included Sam Arthur (NoBrow/FlyingEye), Louise Power (Walker Books) and art directors from Wired magazine and Andersen Press.
During the this years 3rd year degree show, we have decided to exhibit work from our talented 1st & 2nd year Illustration students. In previous years we have held this show at the Wellington Terrace foundation building but this year it was decided to run it in parallel with the 3rd year show to ensure that more people than ever get to see how talented our students are. The feedback that we have been getting has been tremendous. Well done to Natalie, Sue, Rachel, Linda, Nick, Cally, Rose and of course the students for doing such a good job of displaying the work.
This year’s Falmouth Illustration Degree Show kicked of with a fantastic Private View last Friday. The evening began with Ginny Button, the director of the Falmouth School of Art, addressing all FSA students before myself and other Heads of Subject handed out this year’s course awards. The winners of the illustration course awards were: Sara Hougham Slade (‘Outstanding Student Achievement’), Julia de Graaf(‘Outstanding Studentship’), Lucy Tomlinson(‘Outstanding Dissertation’), Seekan Hui and Ellen Bennett won the ‘Paper Rose Award’. The crowds then dispersed to the various exhibitions throughout the campus and the PV started for real.
This was one of the busiest (and warmest!) private views in recent memory. It was great to see students and parents enjoying what is undoubtedly a very strong show this year. It was also great to be able to see 1st and 2nd year work also on the floor below (see the next post for details of this show). Today is the last day of the show, so if you want to see it then come down before 4pm. If you can’t make then here is a sample of work that is on show….
More work can be seen on individual student websites by clicking Agency Website
Kickstarter is to fund the production and publishing of Falmouth College of Art alumni Tim Lane’s new bookwork Silent Quarter.
Silent Quarter is a short story told through a combination of writing and drawing. The playful structure is most akin to a concept album. It has short written passages that fit together in a loose story arch which are like the ‘lyrics’. The ‘music’ is then provided by the large images that literally ‘open-up’ on fold-out pages and augment the text – lending mood, symbolism and providing time for reflection. The idea is not a fixed narrative but instead something that is open and flexible to the reader. It is a project that Tim has been working on for over two years and exhibits his first foray into writing as part of his artistic practice.
TIM LANE Tim is a contemporary artist living and working in Bristol, UK. Originally from Cheltenham, Tim graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2004 with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Illustration. Since then he has been exhibiting his paintings and drawings in galleries, most notably in: London, Bristol and San Francisco. The fine art market was a natural progression for him, as it provided a far greater creative freedom enjoyed in terms of style and subject matter. Tim’s degree – in which he concentrated mostly on authorial/ book illustration – helped give his art a rich narrative quality and a concern with character and environment; offering structure to his love for working directly from his imagination as well as strongly encouraging a passion for drawing (which is at the core of all his work).
Tim’s anachronistic style takes strong influence from reading literature, particularly Classic and World Mythologies. The consideration of myth for Tim, provides a multi-layered structure and open narrative that then inspires highly symbolic imagery which seeks to explain the world in a visceral, imaginative, often dark way – but which prompts the viewer to interpret these symbols for themselves.