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.
Students outside Artworks
Graffiti Old in Shoreditch
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
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
Students talking to art directors at Transworld
The creative team at Egmont Children’s Books went out of their way to present our students with an insightful view of the various facets of this successful publishing company.
Egmont Childrens Books
Egmont Childrens Books
A couple of hours after the Egmont visit Sue and a group of six students arrived at the Telegraph for a meeting with Art Director, Gary Cochrane. This visit was a real eye opener for students who were taken into the heart of one of the UKs most established broad sheet newspapers. Editorial illustration remains an important component of the course at Falmouth and this visit was great opportunity to ask an experienced art director the kind of questions that only an art director can answer.
Thanks Gary and also the team at Egmont
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
Hodders Childrens Books
Seven Falmouth Illustration students were treated to a fantastic professional practice visit to Hodder Childrens Books this afternoon. After a long walk from Russell Square everyone was feeling a little cold but we got a warm welcome from Emma Layfield who had prepared a presentation of the children’s book publishing process. She outlined what was current popular for Hodder and explained the differences between the UK and US markets. She discussed the close working relationship that they encourage between authors, illustrators and art directors and editors. She also gave a really useful breakdown of the international market particularly in relation to both the Bolgna and Frankfurt book fairs. It was heartening to hear her passion for new and upcoming illustrators and we really want to nurture this relationship with Hodder in the future. After about an hour packed with extremely useful advice we were once again outside in the crisp London evening air but inspired and with plenty to think about.
Students meeting Emma Layfield at Hodder
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!
Students waiting outside Russell Square for their 1st visit
9 visits have taken place since the last posting. These have included Disney, Egmont, Arena Illustration Agency, ‘Human After All’ (design group), Artit Partners, the Telegraph, Penguin Books, Dorling Kindersley, designer Matt Cooper’s studio, with Phosphor Agency and Walker Books still to come this afternoon.
Yesterday’s Illustration Forum at The London College of Communication was a great success. Catherine Anyango
gave a great presentation of her acclaimed Graphic Novel interpretation of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’. Ian Whadcock
(who had travelled down from Macclesfield especially gave a fascinating insight into his own conceptual processes while Matthew Richardson
delighted bothe Falmouth and LCC students with case studies of recent work. It was a incredibly valuable day. Thanks to all the speakers and also Paul and Stuart at LCC for allowing us to use the college’s facilities for the day.
I think everyone is beginning to flag a little but it has been a fantastic week and a great ending to the autumn term.
Here are some photos with more to come in future posts.
Students Outside Harper Collins
Looking at Portfolios at Arena Illustration Agency
Discussing the ‘Face Stamp’ project with Victoria Talbot at the design group, ‘Human After All’
Matthew Richardson speaking at the Falmouth’s London Illustration Forum (in association with LCC)
Students meeting Senior Designer at Penguin, Richard Bravery (who also happens to be a former Falmouth Illustration graduate)