Monday, 31 December 2012

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Congratulations RJ

Hannah Banana Bakery recently got in contact with me through my illustration page - and I was asked to create a front and back cover for a collection of vegan recipes from top vegan bakers. It is called 'Southcoast Vegan Charity Zine'. 100% of the profits will go to a local charity Oakhaven Hospice.
It will be published and stocked in shops in the UK, Toronto, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin and Iceland!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Winner! Jade Spranklen

Winner!!!! So happy to have won the 'Most Creative Award' at the Cygnett Design Competition!

Alumni - Leon Caddick

Since graduating (last year)  I've been working hard to get a multimedia studio up and running. I've learnt how to create a decent business plan including projections, and I've been viewing commercial properties. Also, I have been grooming investors and learning from accountants. Hardest thing I've ever done. I've been green lit by the Enterprise Allowance and the studio would function as an extension of what the Uni offers, but open 10 til 10, 7 days a week.
Aside from that, Ben Pinwill (ex illustration student) and I have a Bondgirl exhibition celebrating 50 years of James Bond in January.

I thought I'd send the Two Sisters collage that won the Flo & Stan competition as well. Everyone seems to like that.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Congratulations Kevin Marsdon

Kevin has won the Graduate School Christmas Card Competition. Well done

 "Congratulations - your Christmas Card design is the winner of this year's competition. We are looking forward to using the design when we offer our festive greetings to GS students, tutors, PhD supervisors, alumni, Senior UoP staff etc."

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Paul Wardski

I’m an Illustrator and Bookmaker currently living in London and left the Illustration course in 2010. I have some new work, thought you guy's might want to check them out. These are some of my new prints I’ve been working on using found imagery, typically landscapes, from old encyclopaedias.
They are all 3 layers and editions of 50 at 420mm X 420mm, the ones with the text back grounds are editions of 20 and are 420mm x 590mm.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Congratulations Sarah Garland

Sarah was a student here at Portsmouth on the illustration BA. She left in 2005 to attend a Typographic Design MA at Anglia Ruskin University. She now works at Mash Media. 

Mash Media is the leading publisher of magazines and directories for the event, exhibition, meetings and conference sectors for meetings and events industry.

"The magazines I am senior designer on was up for some awards this evening at the PPA independent publisher of the year awards. The magazine I redesigned last year won best redesign/relaunch of the year and I got highly commended designer of the year for my typography and use of imagery/photography which I am absolutely chuffed with. We worked very hard on the redesign and its nice to see it has been noticed."

Lucie Rutty

A story has been created using my illustration and used in the new Portsmouth Review.

I was invited to  Blackwell's bookshop today for the
launch of the website and the magazine is  published on the 18th of December.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Guest Lecturer - Sam Chivers

Thanks to Sam Chivers for giving a lecture about his artwork and that of Magic Torch, the illustration collective he runs with Sam Williams and Mike Chipperfield. All three graduated from our course back in 1997. It was great to have an overview of how Magic Torch was set up and the balance between fabulous commissions and less exciting ones. Sam also discussed the balance between digital work and hands-on illustration and how keeping your own 'personal work' going was necessary and could feed back into commercial work. We were all very impressed with the quality of screenprints!

For more about Magic Torch visit:
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Friday, 30 November 2012

Alumni - Fay Dalton

In November 2010 I won the Pickled Ink agency's Pickled Award, launched earlier this year in a bid to find an artist to draw a new graphic novel Party Girls by Super Gran creator and writer Jenny McDade. The judges, who included 2000AD creator Pat Mills, felt my submission set me apart amongst entries from around the world.

"Her photo-realistic characters ooze class, emotion, attitude," they declared, "and have an airbrushed quality that parallels the celebrity photographs splashed over the covers of today’s glossy magazines."

"She's the most exciting female comics artist I’ve seen since the Golden Age of female comics, which was so long ago most people have forgotten it existed (Jackie, Misty, Tammy etc) and that mainstream female comics once outsold male comics by at least a ratio of two to one," says Pat.

Alumni - Frazer Irving

"I also have another cover that needs to be shared. For those of you that follow the Hellraiser series of comics by Clive barker, I am proud to be a part of a new series called Hellraiser: The Dark Watch which I believe is solicted around now for a release early next year. Fellow dark doodlers such as Tim Bradstreet are providing regular covers and I get the elusive and collectible incentive cover (that means it’s going to be rare as hen’s teeth, so cherish it if you find it). Some industrious folks have already previewd the cover (with text) on Tumblr, but I’m a selfish glory-hog so I’m posting it as well sans text, in order to maximise coverage."  excerpt from Frazer's blog:

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Paige Calvert, finalist of ILWF Next Top Designer

ILWF NEXT TOP DESIGNER, in love with fashion were looking for a dress design to sell in store and their co session stores which is Topshop. I submitted a design and was lucky enough to be shortlisted to the final 5. The five finalists got to see their dresses actually made-up and worn on the catwalk.

As a finalist and a fashion blogger ( )  I got to go along to an evening event in London where they hosted a catwalk of our dresses. A panellist of a writer from More magazine, ILWF Buying and other awesome people judges. It was a great opportunity and I made some great contacts during the night, and the best thing is I got to keep my dress!

Paige Calvert (left)

Friday, 23 November 2012

Alumni - Devan Lawrence

Hey I have just finished this large paper cut for a fine food shop in Shepperton, Surrey called 'Aziatics'.

Emma Nicol, Jazz Hutchinson, Lizzie Hug and Curtis Hylton have been working with pupils at Fernhurst Junior School and Devonshire Infant school to produce murals for the school playgrounds.

Illustration students on film!

Here are a selection of short interviews with some of our students...

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Fast and Slow Drawing Workshop

This was a Level 4 (first year) workshop in the Line and Colour Unit exploring the combination of gesture drawing with deliberative mark making (slow drawing). We were drawing peculiar objects mostly for their surface qualities and unique forms. Some of the objects included a cheap figurine, a strange wooden ashtray of unknown origin, a hacked up pumpkin, pineapple, red peppers, stuffed animals, and a large rubber dragon. Enjoy.