1st & 2nd Year Falmouth Illustration student exhibition a great success!

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.

Here are some examples of work from the show…..

2016 Falmouth Illustration Degree Show Private View!

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 hope to fund ‘Silent Quarter’ – Falmouth Alumni Tim Lane’s illustrated short story

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.
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You can support Tim’s project by visiting:

Level 2 Berlin Study Visit, Report and Photos 

Earlier in the year 2nd year Falmouth Illustration students travelled to Berlin. Here is an outline of how the week went from Natalie Hayes, our Level 2 Course Co-ordinator…

‘On the Monday of the trip Linda and myself took 20 students to visit the illustrator Sophia Martinek , who spoke at length about her work. She was able to show the students a range of projects, from publishing to editorial and music promotion. It was interesting to hear from her that she doesn’t get much work from Germany, but that she regularly works for British and American publications such as the New York Times. She also spoke about a nine month project where she produced over 100 illustrations for the book ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Arthur Conan Doyle, published by Rockport Publishers.

In the evening we went to an Exhibition of the work of Professor Henning Wagenbreth from the University of the Arts Berlin. The exhibition was at Re:Surgo Gallery, which is an independent gallery run by printmakers. Henning spoke to a group of 20+ students about his work, his methods and the large scale production of his screen prints. The gallery also sells beautiful printed books .

On Tuesday afternoon we took a group of 15 students to the independent publisher Reprodukt. They are primarily responsible for publishing graphic novels and comics ranging from serious titles including ‘Irmina’ by Barbara Yelin to translations of books such as the Hilda series, originally published by Flying Eye Books. We met with Klara Gross who spoke to the students at length about the titles, and took many questions from the students about getting work published.

On the Wednesday morning we took 20 students to visit the Illustrator Jacob Hinrichs in his studio. He showed several of his recent projects to the students, including the substantial graphic novel ‘Hans Fallada’. He also spoke of his experiences of working on Editorial projects for a range of clients, including The Guardian and The Times and spoke of the importance of Illustrators valuing themselves by charging fees reflective of the quality of the work and time spent producing the work.

On Wednesday evening all students (37) were the guest of the Illustrator and artist Patrick Thomas who gave an extensive illustrated visual presentation, documenting his journey from the RCA, through to his current practise creating prints, exhibiting and teaching. Highlights included examples of his work for the maverick designer / artist Mariscal and designing logos for the clothing company Desigual.’

Thanks to Natalie, Linda and everyone involved in organising this fantastic trip. Apologies that it has taken longer than intended to get this up on the blog.

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.

New York 2015: Day 3

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So we head off the Famous Brooklyn Diner on west 57th. This is establishment is the real deal with a clientele that includes the likes of film star James Caan. Authentic American food that sets us up for the rest of the day…

Students have visits today with; Mendola Illustration agency! Penguin Books, Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Plan Sponsor Magazine, JKR Global, Scholastic Publishing and Stranger & Stranger. I will post feedback on the visits and photos as soon as I can.

 

Amazing Snarky Puppy Gig!

A small group of us have just returned from a truly amazing gig at the York College of Performing Arts. Snarky Puppy are a collective of some of the world’s most talented musicians. Tonight they played a mix of the  jazz fusion that they are known for with some material from their new album. It was a real treat to see them perform in their home town. Thanks to Rachel for sorting the tickets out. You can check them out on You Tube.

More visits tomorrow with more updates….

 

Falmouth Students Visit Penguin Books & Egmont

Student from Falmouth BA Illustration visited both Penguin Books and Egmont Childrens Book Publisher today.

Senior designers Chris and Jill were able to stand in at the last minute for ex Falmouth student Richard bravery who was ill today (get well soon Richard). Chris and Jill did a great job of outlining the processes that underpin the design of book covers and how illustrators can get their work in front of the designers at Penguin.

The visit to Egmont was great. Tiffany Leeson, art director and the team gave a wonderfully informative presentation on Childrens books from pre school to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction, focussing on the commissioning of illustrators. Many thanks….

 

Falmouth Illustration Students Visit ‘Human After All’ and the Telegraph

Sue Clarke took two groups of students to see innovative design group, ‘Human After All’ and then the ‘Telegraph’ yesterday.

Human After All is an innovative creative Agency who specialise in Brand Identities. Their awards include:

  • World Illustration Awards 2015
  • Magpile Best New Magazine 2014
  • Computer Arts Top 30 Studios 2014
  • The One Show 2014
  • FPO Awards 2014
  • Type Directors Club 2014
  • D&AD Professional Awards 2013
  • Society of Publication Designers 2013
  • Art Directors Club 2013
  • Type Directors Club 2013
  • Creative Review Annual 2013
  • Creative Circle Awards 2013

The Telegraph is of course one of the UK’s most iconic Newspapers with a long history of commissioning some of the best illustrators in the world.

Bothe visits were incredibly useful for our students. Thankyou to all involved…