Monday, 25 January 2016

MA Illustration - Workshop and Observation

Tuesday was a day about observation. Starting with a print workshop we explored embossing and printing with lino, looking at how small elements can come together to form a larger whole.

In the afternoon we walked out to the City Museum to consider drawing and how we use reference objects. We were exploring details, colour combinations, unusual fonts, the fabric of the building and atmosphere.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Guest Lecturer: James Smithyes

Thanks to James Smithyes for the lecture and workshop he gave our Level 5 students today. It was great to hear about his collaborative work and see the diversity of what illustration practice can be.

Guest lecturer; Luke Spooner

Thanks so much to Luke Spooner who gave a really interesting, informative and entertaining lecture today to the Illustration students. He gave a superb insight into the life of the freelance illustrator from the initial stages of going it alone and the learning curve of finding, creating (and getting paid for) the work which we are really pleased to see is going very well. To see more of Luke's work visit; 

also see this link for a magazine article from an interview with Luke.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Workshop colliding old and new technologies

This Level 5 workshop looked at old and new technologies. Each student started with a Street View location, then virtually wandered around until they found an interesting view.
They bought sketches and print-outs of their location to the workshop and we then rendered this using Scraper Board (most popular for advertising images in the '30s -'50s).
Here is some work in progress.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Guest Lecturer: Darren Garratt from Little Loud

Thanks to Mr Darren Garratt who gave a talk to MA Illustration on Tuesday about designing Games with Meaning. He shared his experience setting up award winning company Little Loud and his new projects, character design and storytelling.

We all loved Sweat Shop

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Book Cover Exhibition

Twas a night of book covers, bands and bon ami. First year illustration students exhibited their book covers produced in the Line and Colour unit at the Fat Fox in Southsea. It was a grand affair with a wonderful student band called Puck and the resident lecturer band called Vanchango. Additionally, we had a raffle that raised some money for the first year students. See a selection of book covers and shots from the event below. Well done everyone!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

MA Illustration - Bookbinding workshop

Ros ran a bookbinding workshop today, where she demonstrated the idiosyncrasies of the concertina fold, leporello format and making the perfect hardback cover. We looked at some beautiful examples from the Ministry of Books Collection.

Then everyone had a go at making concertinas with hard covers and folded-sheet structures.