Falmouth Illustration Degree Show 2015

The Falmouth Illustration Degree show 2015 starts this Friday (5th June) with a Private view in the evening between 6-9pm. The best work from this year’s third years will be on display on the top floor of the Fox 2 Building at Woodlane prior to it going up to the two major London graduate shows New Designers and D&AD New Blood. This will be one of the first chances to glimpse the new generation of talented illustrators from the Falmouth course and also purchase your own copy of our newly published ‘Illustrated Book of Quotes & Sayings: Vol 10’. Some student work will be on sale at the show too. The show will be open from 10am on Friday 5th June and will end at 4pm on Monday 8th June. Don’t miss it! If you are in Falmouth on the Friday please feel free to attend the Private View.

Falmouth Illustration’s Reportage 2015 Competition Judging Complete!

Many thanks to all students that entered this year’s ‘Reportage’ competition. 16 students across the School of Art entered this year and the standard was very good. Five members of the illustration teaching team judged the work that was submitted on Monday afternoon. The winner and runner up are now known and will be announced on the evening of the degree show private view (Friday 5th June).

Here is a sample of the work submitted this year….

Falmouth Illustration Students Visit ‘Human After All’, Dorling Kindersley & Dutch Uncle Agency

Thursday saw the final visits for the week. Sue Clarke took seven students to Design Group ‘Human After All‘. This company has been involved in a variety of innovative projects in recent years. Students were asked to create their own Christmas cards form a variety of rubber stamps that were created for a recent Ad campaign. As well as gaining really relevant knowledge of the design process, a  lot of fun was had by all.

Rubber stamp printing at Human After All

Rubber stamp printing at Human After All

Straight after the Human After All visit Sue had to rush back to Russell Square to pick up nine students for the visit to Dorling Kindersley. DK are based in the same building as Penguin Books and have employed a number of Falmouth students over recent years as paper engineers. It was fascinating to get an insight into this important publisher of non fiction books. Many thanks to the team from DK for their time.

Dorling Kindersley

Dorling Kindersley

Finally Rachel took nine students to the Dutch Uncle illustration agency. Dutch Uncle was founded in 2005 and has become known as the home of some of the worlds best illustrators. As well as London it has offices in Tokyo and New York. Students were treated to a fantastic overview of the industry by the Agency Founder, Helen Crowley and creative Director, Dan Crichlow. A really great visit that ended with students being given a number of freebies that included beautiful portfolio stands. We have decided to refer to these as ‘Dutch Uncles’ or ‘Duncles’ for short. Many thanks to Helen and Dan…

Students at Dutch Uncle Illustration Agency

Students at Dutch Uncle Illustration Agency

Dutch Uncle

Dutch Uncle

A final London Post will follow shortly……

Saatchi & Saatchi, Harper Collins and Arena Illustration Agency

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.

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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

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

Tamlyn Francis at Arena

Many thanks for the free book Tamlyn…..

The Annual Falmouth / LCC Illustration Forum

This event had been eagerly anticipated with some great speakers being booked. The range of speakers  this year was particularly broad in range, and included one of the country’s leading reportage artists (Lucinda Rogers), an international award winning illustrator (Mark Smith) and a truly innovative animator (Cyriak).

After getting both Falmouth and LCC students settled in the Lecture theatre the day kicked off with Lucinda Rogers  presenting a broad range of amazing drawings from across her career, spanning her her time living in New York where she was able to thoughtfully document events surrounding the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Also covered in her presentation was an articulate discussion surrounding the threat posed to the architectural heritage of great cities like New York and London. Its really great to see an artist who feels that her work can make a difference to the world in which we live, not unlike the recent lecture given by Sue Coe at Falmouth.

Lucinda Rogers

Lucinda Rogers

Next up was Mark Smith. Mark has worked with students at Falmouth before but it was great to see his work once more and even more exciting to gain a glimpse of his approach to visual problem solving. Falmouth students that were present will hopefully recognise something of the strategy that Mark outlined in the workshops that they have been participating in during the first term. A really great presentation.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Finally after lunch students sat down and were treated to an amazing opening sequence to what turned out to be an inspirational talk by the animator Cyriak. For those that haven’t come across his work I recommend that you seek it out on You Tube at the earliest opportunity. His work has evolved organically from early experiments with animated GIFS and now can be seen as part of major ad campaigns or in the form of innovative music videos for bands like Bonobo and Bloc Party. Cyriak delivered his presentation with a good deal of humour which went down well with the audience.

Cyriak

Cyriak

Cyriak, taking questions in the Illustration studio after his lecture.

Cyriak, taking questions in the Illustration studio after his lecture.

The Forum event was a real success this year and both LCC and Falmouth students left feeling suitably inspired and enlightened. A big thank you to Lucinda, Mark and Cyriak for letting us into their thought processes and amazing visual worlds for the day.

Organising this event is always a challenge and great credit goes to Sue Clarke with help from Rachel Dunn, Linda Scott and Nigel Owen and the team at LCC (thanks Paul & Stuart).

Falmouth Students Visit Walkers Books and Transworld

Every year Louise Power at Walker Books is kind enough to present to twenty Falmouth illustration students, outlining the process of developing a Childrens picture book. Her advice is invaluable in helping students understand what is required from a successful picture book. We are also grateful to her looking at and giving feedback on a number of Level three dummy books that Sue Clarke brought up from Falmouth for the visit.

Louise Power at Walker Books

Louise Power at Walker Books

Later in the day Nigel took 8 students to see Margaret Hope at Transworld Childrens Books. Margaret explained the international co-edition principal for funding the publication of picture books and also gave an insight into potential of teen fiction as an outlet for our students. A really useful visit…

Margaret Hope at Transworld

Margaret Hope at Transworld

Students talking to art directors at Transworld

Students talking to art directors at Transworld

Visits to Nobrow and The Artworks

Tuesday saw four visits take place. Sue took 10 students to visit Sam Arthur at Nobrow. Nobrow is an increasingly influential independent publisher both within the UK and International market. In recent years its young audience imprint, Flying Eye Books has been drawing attention and has become known for its innovative and brave approach the the young audience market. Nobrow has built a connection with Falmouth illustration over the last couple of years, having published graduates such as Ella Bailey, David Doran and recently to great acclaim, Will Grill whose award winning Flying Eye book, ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ has caught the eye of critics both in the UK and the US and was recently voted into the top ten Childrens Picture Books in the New York Times Book Review.

Nobrow has also, very recently, and very kindly donated a considerable amount of screen printing equipment to Falmouth as part of their studio restructure. Many thanks for that donation Sam and for seeing students who really appreciated the experience.

Sam Arthur at Nobrow

Sam Arthur at Nobrow

Later during the morning Nigel took 10 students to see Artworks Illustration Agency. Artworks are one of the most established agents in London and in our opinion one of the best. Their approach to managing their artists is really professional and their understanding of the industry is second to none. Students learnt an enormous amount from the hour that we spent with Alex and Lucy. Afterwards we were able to squeeze in a visit to a great bookshop round the corner called ‘Material‘. I highly recommend this bookshop. It stocks a treasure trove of the most beautiful books covering most of the visual arts and including a number of Nobrow and Flying Eye books. I couldn’t resist purchasing the Nobrow concertina ‘Swan Lake‘ by Ping Zhu.

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More reports on visits soon and a report of Wednesday’s Illustration Forum at the LCC…..

Falmouth Students visit The Folio Society

Ten Falmouth Illustration students visited The Folio Society yesterday. Art Director Sheri Gee gave the students a warm welcome before taking them through the commissioning process. The students asked excellent questions and got a lot out of the visit and left the visit inspired. Previous Falmouth students that have been commissioned by The Folio Society include Finn Campbell-Notman and James Boswell.

Sheri Gee talking to Falmouth illustration students

Sheri Gee talking to Falmouth illustration students

Falmouth Illustration success at D&AD New Blood graduate showcase!

A great evening was had by all at the 2014 New Blood show in London’s Spitalfield’s market last Tuesday. The evening started off with the news that Fiona Rose Batey from Falmouth had won one of the coveted New Blood Best in Show Awards. This is a great achievement when you become aware of the great work coming from other illustration courses around the country? The atmosphere at the private view was buzzing with a number of significant art directors, agents and designers spending a long time looking at students work both on the wall and in dummy books. Really good contacts have been made at this show and Falmouth’s reputation for producing talented and interesting illustrators has certainly been enhanced. The show continues for today (Thursday 3rd July) and will come down on Friday. Get down to see it if you are in the area.

New Blood best in show winner Fiona Rose in front of her work

New Blood best in show winner Fiona Rose in front of her work

Best in Show award goes to Fiona Rose from Falmouth university

Best in Show award goes to Fiona Rose from Falmouth university

During the NB private view

During the NB private view

Students in the Ten Bells Pub just before the NBA private view

Students in the Ten Bells Pub just before the NBA private view

During the NB private view

During the NB private view