Friday, 26 September 2014

Inspired by Dickens

Last chance to see the exhibition of artists books at the Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum in Portsmouth, before it closes on Tuesday 30th September. The books draw on the universality of some of Dickens' themes, including: freedom, love, social commentary, humour, industrialisation, politics and morals, and mark Dickens as a relevant influence for contemporary creative practitioners.
Exhibitors include Jackie Batey, Ros Simms & Christian Bennett.
Note: Admission rates to museum apply.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Print Room Blog - Christian Bennett

Please all take some time to look at the Portsmouth University Print Room Blog designed by Christian an Illustration Alumni who works as a technician. Here you can see what students are up to, find inspiration for your next project or learn some new techniques! He is going to upload illustrated tutorials and handouts, opening times and news features. He is posting some wonderful work from students using the facility and will start to upload pictures and work produced in course workshops over the coming year. We will be linking in with this as staff and posting alumni and student successes in this area that cross over from Illustration.

There are some great images of level 5 and 6 Illustration student work produced this week. We would encourage Illustration students to go down and use the print rooms as soon as possible.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Alumni - Lauren Scott Smith

It's me - Lauren Scott-Smith, graduate of 2013....

How are you? I hope you are well! I bet things are busy there with new students.

I thought I would let you know that yesterday I was offered a very new exciting job working for One Two Four Digital and a project with the Navy...

I'll also link the video I made to help me get the job, just for fun!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Sophie Burgham - Work Experience and Internship

Hi Maureen,
So sorry it's taken me so long to get in touch and tell you what I've been doing!
On finishing the course, I did a two weeks work experience at Kew in the Fungarium, continuing on from my research for final major project. During my time there, I saw a post on the internal intranet, looking for publishing interns to help in picture research and design for a new drinks recipe book. I sent them an email and have been there since!
It's been great and really made me think I would like to push forward in publishing for a career.
I also applied for a volunteer role at the Natural History Museum, doing the same kind of work I had initially done at Kew, and I got it. I have been working there once a week, which has been very inspiring. All good stuff for my CV. I have been applying for paid work and more experience along the way too. Hope you and everyone is good and had a great summer.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Alumni - Emma Dinnage and Alex Meli - pictures of the open studios event

A while ago lisa let us know about their open studio night. Below are some pictures of the event.

"Last week we had some very exciting news. First Thursdays is an event run by Time Out magazine, every first thursday of the month galleries and studios in East London open their doors, host a little party and allow the public to take a look at the work and meet the people who create it. Alex and I went last month and saw some incredible work and met lots of exciting people (we also bumped into Richard Goddard!). Next week First Thursdays is taking place again and our studio will be open to the public. Hackney Downs are expecting between 800-1000 visitors so the two of us are working super hard to get our space looking lovely, make enough business cards and get some art work ready for sale. It's an incredible opportunity and we're feeling very lucky to be involved."

Alumni - Lisa Hassell and Inky Goodness

Lisa studied at Portsmouth on the illustration BA. She graduated in 2005 and moved to Bristol for several years, co-founding Inkygoodness in 2008. She currently resides in Birmingham.

Inkygoodness is a showcase for illustration, character design and graphic art. As a creative agency they offer a range of services from consultancy to project management and visual solutions. Clients include Metro, London Evening Standard, BBC and Argos. Follow on twitter @inkygoodness.

Hi Maureen

Hope you and the rest of the team are well -

You may remember me - I graduated the illustration course at Portsmouth University back in 2005, and since then I've been pretty busy!

After working in various marketing roles, I launched Inkygoodness in 2008 – a showcase for illustration, character design and graphic art, curating numerous exhibitions and events in and around the UK for like-minded illustrators. Fast forward six years and we've done shows in London, Birmingham and Bristol and a couple further afield in Antwerp and Berlin – notably at Pictoplasma Character Design festival in 2011.

'Character Totem' presented 35 hand painted totem poles by international artists and illustrators, exhibited in Berlin and Birmingham in the same year. Our most recent exhibition happened in London last Spring - 'Beermat Characters' featured over 85 customised beermats displayed at The Coningsby Gallery. Alongside and since then I have worked as a freelance journalist / design writer, reporting on illustration and graphic design for a growing number of publications including Creative Review, Communication Arts, IdN, Digital Arts and IdeasTap. I am also co-organiser of Glug Birmingham which launched in August 2014 – a creative networking event for the design industry.

Much of the writing I do is focused on creative business, developing skills, practical tools & tips for illustrators, and interviewing artists on their creative process, so it was a natural progression for me to start working with educational institutions. Having worked at both Worcester University and Birmingham Institute of Art & Design in recent months, I wanted to get in touch with you to see if there might be an opportunity to get involved with your Illustration course in a similar way.

There are a few videos on our vimeo page here of past projects & exhibitions that you can take a look at:
And of course plenty of visual eye candy can be found on the inkygoodness website:

Thanks Maureen. Look forward to hearing from you!
Best regards
Lisa Hassell