Nigel Owen took 8 students to see Senior designer Julian Humphries at Harper Collins today. Julian is an experienced book designer who was able to take students through the process of commissioning illustrators, developing the concept and navigating a route through the maze of editorial meetings with editors, sales and marketing, the author etc. it was very revealing for students who asked intelligent questions throughout.
Later in the morning Rachel Dunn took 22 students to Saatchi & Saatchi. This was a new visit for Falmouth students that had been organised by Linda Scott (thanks Linda). The students were met by ex Falmouth illustration student Layla Boyd who is now a project manager at Saatchi & Saatchi. Layla gave students a wonderful insight into the world of advertising and her career pathway. Students were looked after from the moment they walked through the doors and Layla’s professionalism and words of advice were inspirational. Thank you Layla…
Students with Layla Boyd at Saatchi & Saatchi
Early in the afternoon Nigel took five students to Arena Illustration Agency. Arena are based in Stratford, east London, close to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The Long trip was really worth it. Tamlyn and Caroline spent well over an hour talking at length about the role that Agents play within an illustrator’s career. Their in depth knowledge of the industry is just what students needed. Topics such as characterisation, copyright, marketing, visual language amongst others were discussed all under the watchful eyes of Tamlyn’s cats! It was great to see three ex falmouth students that are represented by Arena doing so well (Levi Pinfold, Emily Fox and Euen Cook).
Tamlyn Francis at Arena
Many thanks for the free book Tamlyn…..
Eight illustration students from Falmouth University have just come out of a really interesting and insightful visit to Penguin Books. Two of the art departments senior lecturers gave up almost an hour of their time to pass on their personal experience of working within the publishing industry. They talked at length about how they source illustrators (predominantly online now), how they commission illustration, the realities of what goes on in editorial meetings, their personal journey to become art directors and much more. We are very grateful to them for spending some of their valuable time to talk to us. Falmouth already has direct links with Penguin through our ex student Richard Bravery working as a senior designer there, but we also found out that a recent Falmouth illustration graduate, Jess Hart was starting within the design department the very day we were visiting. It’s a shame that we were not able to hook up, good luck Jess!
View from Waterloo bridge
Our 1st year llustration students arrive in London today for our annual trip to visit some of the best art directors, publishers, designers and illustration agents in the world. It should be an amazing week that will culminate in the illustration Forum that we jointly hold for our students and the LCC illustration students at the Elephant and Castle site. Lucinda Rogers, Mark Smith and Cyriak will be speaking at the event. Other visits that will be taking place this week include; Artworks illustration Agency, Nobrow, The Folio Society, Harper Collins, Transworld, Hodder Childrens Books, Arena Illustration Agency, Human After All, Egmont, You Magazine, Saatchi & Saatchi, Dorling Kindersley, Walker Books, Dorling Kindersley, the. Telegraph, Penguin Books, Dutch Uncle Agency. There is of course also a lot going on in the way of exhibitions at the moment. Will try and keep posting updates as often as I can.
There is a stack of news that has built up over what has been a very busy term so far and so I will start to feed this through into the blog in various postingsover the next couple of weeks so that we can get up to date.