Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Graduation 2013!

WELL DONE! to all our graduating students of 2013 it was a lovely sunny day and it was great fun to see everyone dressed-up in their robes. (thanks to Alice for some of these great photos).

Remember, we'll add any useful info, contacts, comps etc. on our Facebook group here:
Let us know how you get on, keep in touch and good luck


Monday, 8 July 2013

Alumni - Nigel Sharman, live Urban Art Show

Just thought I'd let you guys know I'm featuring in a live Urban Art Show at Vibe Gallery in Bermondsey, London from Thursday the 11th of July until the 23rd of July! If any of you guys are free you should definitely pop down! Would be great to see some old graduate friendly faces, as well as new faces! There's loads of live painting going on and works on sale, oh! there's a bar! ;) as well as live music on certain nights etc. :)
This is the link to their facebook page > aLIVE Urban Art Show and it outlines all the live events that will be happening such as aLIVE Urban Art Show - Club Night among others and also workshops, of which one I'm leading! Scary!

There is also more info on their websitehttp://www.vibeplace.com/events/ as well as loads of information on my website www.aceonedesigns.com and my design pageAceOne Designs


Alice Bourne

Alice was mentioned in DigitalArts, an online magazine while at New Designers. She was picked out by them with some of their favourite works from the show. They are showing their favorites on their website.

"We round up the best work from 2013's New Designers grad show, where the latest batch of graduates from universities across the country came together to showcase their talent."


Luke Spooner - One year on

Just thought I'd let you guys know that my online portfolio has received a little bit of a sprucing up under the 'Work' heading. I've uploaded a load of new work under some new client headings in that section so it might be worth having a look to see how my style has evolved in the space of a year (seriously....where has that time gone). Anyway, in regards to what I'm doing other than the stuff you can see on my site:

  • I've started looking for an agent, now that my portfolio has reached a fairly decent size and variety. 
  • I'm working on 3 different publications that contain ONLY my work for two different clients, all of which are horror and sci-fi based anthologies. The work in them is quite unlike my other stuff so they'll add a far bit to my portfolio in regards to style. 
  • I have 3 children's books coming with a new publisher, they'll hopefully be released between July and October. One I just illustrated but the other two I wrote as well as illustrated. They're currently entitled 'The Girl Who Could Make Things Float' and 'The Boy Who Could Breathe Fire.' They rhyme as well which is quite funny :) 
  • I don't know if you guys remember 'The Morrow Secrets,' the project I found through the uni during my final year? Well the author has signed a publishing deal with a children's book publisher and has got me to redo all the illustrations for the first book, covers and all, as well as signing me up to do the next two books in the series - which I didn't even know were happening. So that's a nice little surprise :) The publisher of these books has also asked me to consider working on their other upcoming projects, there was talk of re-working some of Shakespeare's work for a children's audience so I'm very excited. 
Other than that I get regular commissions from a couple of the people you can see in portfolio and am always looking for new ones. I currently have 3 more possible clients that are looking over their upcoming projects (and budgets) for things that might be suitable for my style in particular, so it's taken a year or so but I'm finally starting to get noticed and actually asked for work. Don't get me wrong - I still have to beat down some doors, and I constantly have to remind people I even exist but 99% of my workload is paid work, so I can't complain :)

Saturday, 6 July 2013

New Designers 2013

Portsmouth Illustration Stand at the New Designers exhibition in London.

New Designers is the exhibition for emerging design. Taking place over two weeks, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking.

The show sees over 3,000 of the most talented, newly graduated designers from the UK's leading universities. For a taste of what to expect check out the Arts Thread blog which is live from the show.

Well done to our exhibiting graduates, who fund raise, organise and hang the entire show themselves:
Emma Nicol
Lizzie Hug
Mitch Williams
Jazz Hutchison
Rebecca King
Emma Dinnage
Amber Jefferson-Grant
Amber Elliot
Richard Goddard
Alice Bourne
Polly Frank
Alexandros Meli
Lauren Baldwin

For more on this group see their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/PortsmouthIllustrationNewDesigners2013