Monday, 9 October 2017

Level 4 workshop - Typography

The first years have been exploring typography and the content of their book. Laser cut typefaces were inked up, traced and splattered for a variety of effects addressing their chosen books. It was an exciting workshop with much thinking outside of the box (and book). Enjoy! 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Surface Tension - Connecting creativity Across Portsmouth - Aspex Gallery 2017

It was great to attend the Aspex Autumn celebration last night and see the exciting work our current BA(Hons) Illustration students, recent graduates and alumni (Josie Keable, Rainatu Habib, John Lihou and Ollie Tubb respectively) have been involved in as part of the current Surface Tension Project.

This project formed part of the Victorious Festival and is currently on show at the Aspex Gallery. The exhibition runs to 15th October 2017.

See link below for further details:

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Paper Cutting and Engineering Mini Exhibition

A small exhibition has been set up in the three glass cases near the lecture theatre. This is part of an ongoing collaboration with Illustration and the Library. It shows paper cutting, engineering and a small selection of books that the library hold on this subject. If you wish to borrow any or view them please contact the staff.


Friday, 22 September 2017

Induction week

Here are some images and Haiku poems from last week. It clear we have an energetic and enthusiastic group. We look forward to seeing what they come up with during this academic year.

"On the pier i see

The moving flow beneath me

I wave at the waves"

-Ahmed aka Tatts

Unchanged by time passed
identical in a row
the soul of my town
-Ally Stevenson

In the dock she waits
snubbed by her predesesor...
she is keen to leave
-James Williams

As I look across the water
I see what lies ahead of me
I wonder what lies beneath
-Tom Pippard

A magic fountain
grants generous wishes
dreams and desires
-Kristian House

On first inspection
everything looks normal
take a look again
-Aimee Lee

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Alumni Neequaye on Channel 4 News

Neequaye's murals were celebrated in the Guardian newspaper last month, now Channel 4 News has interviewed him as well.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

New Designers update

Congratulations to Dani Hackett on securing an internship with River Island, as a result of Exhibiting at the New Designers.
Dani sent this update:

A good bit of news is that I've managed to get myself an internship with River Island through New Designers! A woman who works there saw my work on the Wednesday and gave me a week to complete a brief, then after a quick Skype interview they offered it to me! So New Designers was definitely 100% worth it and couldn't be happier we got the opportunity. Here's an image I created for the brief:

Friday, 14 July 2017

Alumni Dan Kitchener (DANK) painting large scale in the US

Dan Kitchener (DANK) has been invited to America to paint the side of a building! Click the link to hear him talk about the project. Click to link to see him being interviewed for TV.

Follow @DanKtchenerART to read more as this develops...

"Ghost lines almost there, huge wall, this photo doesn't really show the scale, but its a tricky one to sketch, especially getting the proportions and perspective correct. It's all freehand, sketched by eye, no grids, guides or projections! I do like to challenge myself !"

To see the finished work:

An example of Dan's work.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Update from Caroline Misselbrook - MA Illustration

"Super excited to reveal what I've been working on for The Docks Coffee House on Oxford Street in Southampton! Pop into the cafe for delicious homemade cake, lunch or dinner and try their locally roasted coffee (Winchester Coffee Roasters) - the original ink and watercolour piece (50 x 44cm) will be up for a limited time only. It's going to be enlarged, printed and displayed on the wall as a mural... See more — feeling excited at The Docks Coffee House.

Just to give you an idea of scale.... I'm 6ft 3in! Looking proud
Limited edition prints have been delivered and will be available to purchase in the café very soon..."

///More news////
Very excited to announce that I am creating an entirely new series of 50's inspired britishbird illustrations for an exhibition at Mettricks Woolston at the end of July! Much more information coming soon...But in the meantime here's a happy little goldcrest enjoying the sunshine

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

New Designers Exhibition, London

Good Luck to all our Graduates exhibiting at New Designers Show in London.
The exhibition is open from Thursday 6th July and continues until Saturday 8th July.

Monday, 26 June 2017

LOOK at your city - exhibition at the ASPEX Gallery

Jonathan Scott currently studying MA Illustration is part of an exhibition at the Aspex Gallery which starts on Thursday the 29th and runs through to Saturday the 1st July

It's an exhibition exploring Portsmouth's architecture through the eyes of various practitioners based in and around Portsmouth. The exhibition is supported and funded by Arts council England and is part of Naty Lopez-Holguin's residency at the Aspex Gallery 

The Private view is on Thursday the 29th running from 6pm to 8pm.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Alumni News - Neequaye's latest street art project featured in The Guardian on Sunday

Artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane paints huge, beautiful pictures that celebrate black women’s stories in London

(Following excerpt from The Guardian)

London-based Ghanaian artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane has been busy adorning the capital’s walls with large, beautifully painted images of women of African and Caribbean origin as part of his You Are Enough series. The 43-year-old street artist aims to inspire and celebrate “amazing women who are not given the visibility they deserve”, by utilising the power of a very public art form to shine a light and empower. “Through the paintings and subjects’ backstories, I am paying tribute to ordinary women who do extraordinary work for the betterment of their communities and society,” he says.

To read the article click this link:


Alumni News - Well done Jade!

Well done Jade!

(Following excerpt from A+ C Studios website)

A+C Studios is delighted to announce a new member of the A+C family, in the form of an addition to our growing director roster.

Jade Spranklen is a 2D animation director and visual artist who goes by the gothic pseudonym, Sprankenstein. A doodler since a young age, Jade graduated with a First Class Illustration degree from Portsmouth University of Art and Design.

Hailing originally from London, Jade has quickly become a big part of the thriving creative scene in Margate. Jade’s wildly imaginative, often spooky style has become her trademark, with her projects often steering toward dark themes and twisted fairytales.

Much of Jade’s video work is 2D illustrated elements which animate over the top of live action shot video, which is a style that’s extremely popular at the moment; particularly with branded content for social media. She also creates wholly 2D animations that often feature unique flowing flourish style elements and transitions.

Being based in Margate means that Jade can work at the studio in a reactive way – available to jump on board to direct and illustrate on projects very quickly.

Her work has been featured by many major brands such as Levi’s and Dr Martens. She has also created work for global ASOS social media campaigns. Jade is heavily involved with creative work for the music industry, producing animation for lyric videos by artists such as Kygo and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

Jade commented,

“I’m really excited to join A+C. Margate is an inspirational place to be at the moment and it’s amazing to be here doing what I’m passionate about – illustration and animation. I think my style will really compliment the work being done by the studio and I’m already getting stuck in directing some great projects.”

A+C Producer Russell Jamieson said:

“We’ve all been big fans of Jade’s work for a while and were really happy with the work she did on a couple of recent collaborations, so it feels great to now be formally representing her. Jade’s unique style brings something new and exciting to A+C and I’m really looking forward to working with her again on upcoming commercial projects.”

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Congratulations Bo !

Well done to alumni from BA and MA illustration Bo Sun Lam.

"I've just won the Champion of Hong Kong International Art Festival 2017 run by the Hong Kong International Exchange of Art and Culture Association."

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Degree Show Private View

Congratulations to all our students taking part in the degree show and thank you to everyone who attended the private view last Friday.

The show is open to the pubic all this week (5th - 9th June 2017) from 10 am to 4pm, and can be found on the third floor (North wing) Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ.