14 May 2015

Rubber Stamping!

Visiting lecturer Stephen Fowler on rubber stamping:

''I hear a Rubber Stamp bug has struck the Illustration course - ghosts, octopuses, cats, bees, garish faces, fast growing tentacled plants, all manner of slogans, are appearing on books, paper, stickers and studio walls. The immediate and assessable process has caught, not only the students’ imaginations, but also prospective applicants during open days.''

image by Stephen Fowler

 applicants' stamps

Leah Fusco - Reportager Award

Alumni and guest lecturer on the illustration course Leah Fusco was shortlisted for the Reportager award at UWE. The award is intended to encourage new, existing and emerging talent and projects in the area of reportage and documentary drawing.

Pushing the envelope - House of Illustration

image by Robin Chevalier

Illustration tutor Robin Chevalier is part of an exciting exhibition at the House of Illustration; imaginatively illustrated envelopes have been collected from around the world to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black, the world's first potage stamp.

image by Eda Akaltun

image by John Vernon Lord

The opening of the exhibition was accompanied by David Gentleman's excellent talk about his long career and  contribution to the royal mail.

image by David Gentleman

19 March 2015

Matilda Tristram - Workshop

A tablefull of zines and short stories created by the 1st year illustrators as part of Matilda Tristram's workshop. There were only a few hours to write and draw all the zines but the results were spontaneous and refreshingly original! 

Matilda also gave a talk and showed her work, comics and short films, and brought along her huge collection of small comics and zines, accumulated over the years. Check out Matilda's website

18 March 2015

LeGun - Lecture and Workshop

A day with LeGun's Robert Rubbish and Neal Fox, taking over the studio to make collaborative murals with the second years! Where do these strange creatures live and what stories are they part of?

 ...and second year tutor Robin Chevalier's birthday cakes!

16 February 2015

3rd year student on the long list for The Book Illustration competition

Well done to current 3rd year Louis Burrows for being on the Folio Society - House of Illustration book Illustration competition longlist!
Have a look at all selected entries here.

10 February 2015

Visiting Lecturer - Ben Cain

Illustration course alumnus Ben Cain gave a very personal and insightful talk to current third years.
It was great to hear Ben talk about the thoughts he had as a student and how his career keeps taking different directions after his graduation eight or so years ago.
Ben has produced books for the Folio Society, as well as a variety of editorial commissions but he is also involved with a lot of graphic design work. A very interesting perspective of the range of work that illustrators can be part of.

4 February 2015

Guest Lecturer - Isabel Greenberg

Excellent talk last week by Isabel Greenberg.
Isabel spoke about researching for her graphic novels, the importance of being on location and drawing from observation and mythology as a source of inspiration.

Have a look at her website and blog