Sunday, 29 November 2015

Alumni Fay Dalton illustrates Ian Fleming's Casino Royale for the Folio Society

Alumni Fay Dalton illustrates Ian Fleming's Casino Royale for the Folio Society.
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"This lavish edition, with artwork by acclaimed illustrator Fay Dalton, and an introduction by Booker-Prize winning author John Banville, pays homage to the enormous success of Ian Fleming’s iconic novels. Few characters have come to define a genre as James Bond has done, and this introduction to his world, with its merciless villains, spectacular dangers, ill-fated romances and exotic settings, is Fleming at his best." Images and copy from the Folio Society Website

Friday, 20 November 2015

Salvatore Rubbino Guest Lecturer

Salvatore Rubbino was a recent visiting lecturer for Illustration. He gave a great talk about his work as an illustrator and author, with examples from A Walk In Paris and from his sketchbook - beautiful work and wonderful observational drawings. Thanks to Neal Layton for the photos.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Line and Colour Workshops

Here are some images from various workshops in the Level 4 unit Line and Colour. From a very literal exploration of 'thumbnail drawing' to drawing from sculpture and responding to music, students are making connections between experimentation and invention. Through different tasks and media experimentation, students are engaging in a dialogue with their own working methods and the potential of different approaches. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Bo shares her Chinese painting expertise with Helene - MA illustration

MA illustration student, Bo has expertise in Chinese painting and actually won the The 33rd International Japanese & Chinese Drawing Competition last year. She spent time with Helene also on the MA to show her some of the techniques used.

"The Chinese painting I did with Helene this afternoon was one of a traditional theme - A flower.
I chose to teach her how to paint a Peony because it is the most popular one. Artists normally draw it on a large scale or on long paper such as A2, A1 or even longer than that.
As Helene was just beginning, we decided to go for A4 first. We bought pure white and soft Japanese paper from the art shop. Basically Japanese and Chinese painting materials are very similar. Helene was using the smoother side of the paper, so the Chinese ink will be easier to control. Today we only outlined the whole structure including the flower (very thin line), the leaves (tiny line), and branch (thick line with not much ink). "

Drawing for research - MA illustration

Meg and Helene went on a trip the the Grant Museum of Zoology on Monday 9th Nov. 

Here's what Meg said about their research trip:

"I wanted to go as my project involves anatomical studies of creatures and collecting specimens and Helen needed to research the anatomy of wolves. It is a wonderful place filled with all manner of things in jars, skeletons, taxidermy and they actually get specimens out for you to draw close up (although it is best to ring before going to make sure they reserve a table for you). You are free to take photos so I ended up with about 150 pics.

We also popped along to The British Museum after as Helene needed some research of old garments for her character development (The last 3 photos are form there)."

Sunday, 8 November 2015

MA illustration - Presenting their illustration heroes

MA illustration students each presented a PechaKucha (20 images, 20 seconds per image), about their illustration heroes and heroines. Meg presented about Edward Gorey, Bo on Peichung, Helene - Cyril Rolando, Jordan - Oliver Jeffers, Malu - Quentin Blake, Erica - Simms Taback and Antonia spoke about Andrea Dezo. A great day for sharing visual research and some fascinating discussions after.
Later we will be exploring 'advanced techniques' and considering 'emerging trends'.
Thanks for everyone for taking the photos.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Aline Dovlatyarian - Work exhibited at Battersea Art Centre

An update on what I have been up to since leaving.

I entered this competition for images inspired by the Battersea Power Station and the prize was to exhibit at the Battersea Art Centre in London for a weekend, there were some really amazing pieces of work exhibited by other artists. Over 500 artists entered so I was excited when I got chosen to exhibit.

I did an internship at an illustration/design agency for two weeks where I mainly got to do layout work for the Evolve Books Project which was great for me. After finishing that I had my exhibition at Battersea Art Centre and I am now currently doing a three month internship in London with an artist management agency where I get to walk past the buildings I was illustrating in my final year.  How great is that ha ha. Its very different from illustration as I work with fashion photographers, stylists and beauty stylists.   I’m really enjoying it and feel like I’m picking up new skills and I also get to see how the agents work. I think it was worth doing the short internship first and then moving on to a longer one so that I could see if I would like it. Applying for internships is definitely handwork. The earlier you start the better…preferably before you finish University as there are so many people going for the same internships.

Aline Dovlatyarian

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

MA illustration students selected for the 'New Educator' project

Well done to MA illustration students, Jordan Baines and Bo Sun Lam who have been selected to become a 'New Educator' - a collaborative professional practice project with CCI and Aspex.

This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in a programme where they will learn from creative professionals how to deliver their own creative workshops to young school students. Students will experience what it's like to work in a gallery environment and experience how creative professionals work. Please see the link for more information regarding the project: