Monday, 16 March 2015

Narrative construction

These images are from a recent workshop exploring narrative depth and foreground, middle and background layers in an image. Using cardboard, the students worked together to create layered images, conscious of the potential of spatial depth in their constructions. Their text was the original Grimm tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Nicely done level 4.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Storyboard Workshop

The following images are from a recent workshop focusing on the storyboard for level 4. Bob led the workshop and gave the students a scenario which put them stranded in the solent on a small boat. The rest was up to them. Utilising the conventional narrative shots of close up, middle shot and establishment shot, the students went about creating their own narrative. What resulted was a surprising, highly creative and diverse array of outcomes. Enjoy!


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Neal Layton: Exhibitions

Neal Layton, one of our visiting lectures is having two exhibitions that start this month. You are invited -  his message follows...

Thought I'd drop you a line as this month I'm having a couple of exhibitions of my children's book work in the Aspex gallery and the Guildhall. Perhaps it might be of interest to some of your students? ...if you or any of your students did pop over I could meet in the gallery for a quick cup of tea and chat. Anyhow here are the dates–

Aspex< ‘Illustrating’ 13 March – 7 May

Aspex Guildhall ‘Illustrated’ 18 March – 17 May

Congratulations to Bhavisha - InDesign Accreditation

Well done to Bhavisha who has successfully completed her InDesign accreditation. I think she is our first.

"I found the InDesign study guide, that I sent Maureen, and she posted for students on Moodle really helpful. I am so happy that I have done it and completed it. I can sleep tonight"

Monday, 2 March 2015

Anglepoise - Thanks from Simon Terry

Hi Maureen

I have been extremely impressed from the moment that I started the presentation all those weeks ago. I do not think I have met such a lovely group of young people. They were engaged and enthusiastic from the start, listening attentively to the presentation and asking intelligent and informed questions. I have also never presented before where nearly all the students have stayed at the end of the talk to ask even more questions – extremely impressive and a testimony to the open and positive way that the course is run.

Due to the secret nature of the project between us and also between the students we just had no idea what to expect. I was quietly optimistic due to the way the initial encounter had gone. I was not however expecting to be hit by the sheer volume and quality of the work overall, and this was seriously impressive. Going round the room and talking to the students about their work it was clear just how much time and effort that had gone into this from each and every one of them. They were passionate and inspired, and it was great to see how they had connected this project with their other projects. For many of them the process had really taught them a great deal on how to approach future projects which was great to hear.

The format of the brief and the medium, a concertina sketchbook has clearly worked really well and it has inspired many of the students to carry on the kind of thinking and learning that this project has thrown up which is always pleasing.

In the end the quality of the work was so high that we found it impossible to get down to a final five and we had to settle for nine, and even then there could have easily been another eight or so that could have been chosen. Hopefully this will lead on to an exciting exhibition, awards ceremony and who knows where all this might go.

Many thanks for everything and looking forward to hearing from you all soon. Should be able to respond shortly on the other bits and pieces.

Inspiring and wonderful …… the whole teaching team and the course as a whole should be proud!

All the best


Mathew Dunn - Alumni

Hi Maureen and Ros!

I hope you all are keeping well and everyone in the illustration department are creating and still inspiring all the new faces and soon to be graduates.

I thought I would send you an email in regards to my whereabouts, especially as it's been several months since graduation.Where do I start? Experience is the key! I cannot stress this enough to any students currently wanting to land jobs straight after graduating, many many digital companies or agencies want experienced graduates may it be freelance or a week or two interning.

Warning - do not be disheartened when companies expect you to intern for free, just impress them during this period.

Since graduating I have landed a contract job art working and creating digital work in a digital company not far from home working for Regus, the company is pretty well known worldwide for its business suites.

Since the new year, I have landed myself my first permanent job at Shoosmiths as a Print/Digital Designer, the company is a law firm situated in Reading but also dotted around the UK.
They have a digital team that have worked alongside Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and even Macmillan. I'm beyond excited for my positive future, for me it's the first step on the ladder of success.While landing this job I have been offered interviews, it's quite nice to be in demand!

I will keep in contact and look forward to visiting the illustration team in the near future!