31 October 2011

Visiting Lecture: Olivier Kugler

Award winning travel illustrator Olivier Kugler delivered a fantastic talk at UCA earlier this month and also stayed on to help lucky second year illustration students with an afternoon workshop. Kugler's position as a leading reportage artist has been recognised by the Association of Illustrators, receiving their Gold Award in 2004 and more recently by the V&A Illustration Awards, both in 2006 and 2011. Kugler studied graphic design in Germany and Illustration as Visual Essay in New York. He exhibits his work and illustrates for editorial, book and design clients. Visit his great website here www.olivierkugler.com

30 October 2011

International Illustration & Writing Symposium

Two members of the illustration staff team, Jim Walker and Adrian Holme, will be guest speakers at the second International Illustration & Writing Symposium being held at Manchester Metropolitan University this week. The Symposium will investigate illustration as visual language and consider the image in relationship to writing. Here are a couple of images illustrating their lectures.

Jim's Lecture: Image by Matthew Richardson
Adrian's lecture: Find out more about Marshall McLuhan

27 October 2011

Cheltenham Illustration Awards

Third Year illustration student, Scott Crook, has had work selected for the Cheltenham Illustration Awards. Scott's work will feature in the Cheltenham Illustration Awards Annual and be showcased on the website. The selected work came from a second year reportage project, exploring the day to day lives of bankers in the City of London. Scott spent days drawing and observing bankers at work and play during the financial crisis. Well done Scott!

26 October 2011

Printmaking Competition

This year we launched a new printmaking competition sponsored by the Emma Mason Gallery. Students were invited to make prints in response to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. We had a fantastic response and our guest judge Emma Mason was very impressed by the winning entries! The overall winner, Spike Stephenson, received a £250 prize, with Faye Moorhouse as a runner up and 6 more shortlisted entries. We’re looking forward to seeing more great work from this year’s competition. To see more from Emma Mason British Prints follow this link: www.emmamason.co.uk

Faye Moorhouse 
Spike Stephenson

Megan Bentley

Catherine Pape

First Year Welcome

We kicked off September with a maritime themed week for our first years. Between boat building and drawing smugglers and pirates, (well, third years bribed to dress up), we managed to squeeze in a trip to Dover. The weather was beautiful and the students produced some great drawings. The week finished with an exhibition and a prize giving - well done first years!

Alumni: Ben Cain

BA Hons Illustration graduate Ben Cain has worked on some exciting projects since leaving the course in 2009. Ben's commissions include: The Financial Times, The Folio Society, The Guardian, Running Press and the Hampstead Theatre. Ben is represented by The Artworks illustration agency and you can see more of his work here: www.bencain

24 October 2011

Second Year Illustration Show at County Hall

The Second Year Illustrators organised a great end of year exhibition, Follow Me Maidstone, at Maidstone County Hall Gallery in the summer. Everyone was involved and loads of hard work went into finding the venue, designing, funding, promoting and hanging the show. The opening was a big success and we all had a lovely evening! Here are some images from the show...

Joe Becci
Esther Farmer
Spike Stephenson and Joe Becci

21 October 2011

Alumni: Paul Blow

Illustrator Paul Blow is one of our graduates. Paul has gone on to work for clients
such as The Guardian, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Boston Globe, The Times, New
Scientist and has collaborated with Nobrow and Magma. His awards include,
AOI Gold and Bronze, Silver in the 3x3 Pro Show No.5 and a V&A Illustration prize.
See more of Paul's work: www.paulblow.com

Visiting Lecture: Graham Rawle

We had a fantastic start to the year when award winning collage artist and writer, Graham Rawle came in to talk about his practice and to work with our First Year students on a one day project. Graham's novel, Woman's World, created entirely from fragments of found text, is currently being made into a feature film! Here is a taster of Graham's work, see more on his website: www.grahamrawle.com

20 October 2011

Visiting Lecture: Matthew Richardson

On Friday 28 October, Matthew Richardson, winner of the first Folio/House of
Illustration competition will talk about his commission to illustrate 'The Outsider'
by Albert Camus, together with two other projects - a year long advertising job
for the V&A and illustrating the mash-up classic, 'Meowmorphosis' for Quirk
Books, USA. Here are a couple of Matthew's illustrations and a link to his
website: matthewxrichardson.com

19 October 2011

New Blood 2011

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated this year! 
It was another fantastic show at D&AD New Blood in London, where 
third year student, Faye Moorhouse won Best in Show. This is the 
fourth time in five years the course has won a Best in Show award. 
Here are a few images of Faye's award winning work and the stand.