Sunday, 27 March 2016

Alumni - Paul Wardski

Paul Wardski graduated in 2010 and has just sent us an update...

Hope you guys are all good, sorry its taken me so long to get back, in my defence I've been incredibly busy, and was waiting to have an interview and for them to get back to me, before I update you guy on my progression as a Pompey graduate.

I recently spent 3 weeks printing a new set of images at the Edinburgh printmakers where I have been working on a new series called ‘Intimacy and Nature’. I have been developing the idea and the concept of intimacy with in imagery, the image that we look at in private, defining the viewer or observers of the work as the voyeur.  I like the idea that an image from the viewer’s perspective can hold a personal connection to the work.



Similar to my previous work creating images that mix ephemera with typography. The imagery that
I have chosen to incorporate in to this series of works have been from articles and photographs that people that I know have deemed throwaway or not needed, with no value and out of date. Reusing discarded images and redefining them in a way that makes them new and relevant to the viewer.

The images are all printed on to Magnani 310gsm with deckled edges.
Paper size - 100 cm x 70 cm
Image size - 65.5 cm x 57 cm
They are all four colour prints, Limited Edition of 10 and hand signed.

I currently print at Thames Barrier Print Studio, my work is now also available at Art Republic, Gallery, 10 Edinburgh and Scream Editions London, along side recent shows at The Affordable Art Fair and Selfridges London.

I have also just been accepted at Camberwell College of Arts - UAL, really excited to be studying a Masters Degree and being a student again. I will be studying MA Printmaking form September this year.

Hope you dig what I've been up to and is always a pleasure to hear for you.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Storyboarding workshop

Bob Wright led a storyboarding workshop recently as part of the Narrative Illustration unit. The task was for the students to draw themselves out of the Solent after being mysteriously marooned in a boat with two oars and a foggy recollection of how they ended up there. The results were surprising and often funny. Enjoy a selection of those done on the day.

Illustration students' work to travel the world

BA (Hons) Illustration students produced designs for the International Office to offer as gifts 'made in Portsmouth' to our international partners. Students had to consider the practical necessities of travel and the designs had to be light and packaged appropriately. All the designs reflect the city, the university and our Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.The final selection made by our marketing team in the International Office included gift cards, a long folded tabbed illustration, and a limited edition screen print.

The winning students each received Amazon vouchers and a commission for further copies of their work. We can't wait to see where they end up!

Winning design: Happy Portsmouth by Emily Allison, a stage full of Portsmouth's landmarks
Second place: Ship in a bottle screen print by Rachel Douce, inspired by tattoo art
Third place: Sailor series by Lilian Zacharia, inspired by Portsmouth's naval heritage

Left to right: Marianthi Dalkiadou, Emily Allison, Rachel Douce, Dr Maureen O'Neill, Lilian Zacharia and Laura Knowles.

Our International Office team, Laura Knowles and Marianthi Dalkiadou making the final selection with Principal Lecturer Dr Maureen O'Neill.
The winning design by Emily Alison during the selection process.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Success for students in the Southsea Rock Brief

Linzi came in on Monday to view the work for the Southsea Rock Brief. She was really excited and impressed by the work and spent a lot of time looking for potential cards and prints for her shop. She would like to have a ‘shop window take over’, possibly to link up with the week of the private view and show. This will feature work from the students she has chosen. She had some very useful comments to make, some general and some pertinent to the pieces of work.
The student’s chosen were:
Emily Allison
Megan Highland
Rachael Brain
Jemma Sharpe
Sophie Bolton
Sam Boyle
Aggie Davis and Abel McCormack
Eleanor Tomkin
Lillian Zacharia
Corrine Davies
Ellie Cheatle
Chloe Banks
Thanks for producing such lovely work and again promoting Illustration in such a successful way.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Student commission for the University International Office - Prize Winners

Bryony Whitmarsh, International Coordinator for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, Laura Knowles and Marianthi Dalkidou from International Marketing came to look at your work. They asked me to convey to you how delighted they were with the concepts for the solutions and the professional manner in which they were presented. They really enjoyed seeing all of the work and found it quite difficult to choose. They were so pleased with the submissions for the International Office Gifts that they have decided to award three prizes of Amazon Vouchers for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This is in addition to the possibility of a paid commission from these for gifts to be presented to international institutions.
1st Emily Allison - £50
2nd Racheal Douce - £40
3rd Lillian Zacharia - £30
Well done to you all for your submissions. They were a delight to look at. You represented the Illustration course very well.

Shakespeare's Animals - Illustrated Menagerie

The Illustrated Menagerie has just installed a new group exhibition piece in the Portsmouth Guildhall

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death the Much Ado about Portsmouth festival ( will be coordinating an array of events and activities celebrating the Bard, and our involvement has been in exploring and illustrating Shakespeare's use of animals and their characteristics in his plays and sonnets. 

We couldn't undertake all 4000 plus allusions, but 31 of the animals are represented in this year's exhibition, which can be seen between now and June 7th in Portsmouth Guildhall's Freda Swain room. Portsmouth Cultural Trust tells us thousands of visitors will see the work over the next few months, coming for a wide range of events at the site, we hope they enjoy Shakespeare's Animals, and we think our first year students can feel proud of the breadth and diversity of imagery they have produced.

For more on this project and previous years' exhibitions have a look at the Illustrated Menagerie's blog.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Mail Art Exhibition - Conceived and Curated by Oliver Tubb

What a joy to see all of that fabulous work in the Library. Please go and view it. If your work is in the show you will want to go and take some pictures for your websites. Great concepts and creativity around 'exchange'.

'The Mail Art Collection' collaborative brief is currently on display on the First Floor of the University Library (1B). The works will now form part of a touring exhibition, starting at the University Library, prior to moving to the Dental Academy, and Eldon Building coinciding with the Graduate Show 2016.
A catalogue of the works can be viewed here:

Matt Dunn - Alumni

Hi Maureen,
I thought it would be nice to update you with how I’ve been doing lately and I think it’s safe to say I’ve become some sort of design wizard. I still remember the day you taught me the basics of laying my book of symmetry out in InDesign and how alien it felt to use the Adobe Suite, I think from that day onwards I have loved all aspects of design.

Anyway, just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know I’ve got my first advert up and running and its nationwide. I still get quite excited inside when I see it in the train stations. (I’ve attached photos to show you, I’m also in one of the photos somewhere. I’ve matured my taste in clothes as well as my taste in design.) I’ve also been working with some really big clients and I was thinking of taking a little visit down to Portsmouth sometime this year and show you some of the work I’ve been doing.

Anyway, I hope this brings a little smile on your face. Have a lovely day.

Kindest regards

Matt Dunn


Monday, 7 March 2016

Visiting Lecture - Fang Qi

PhD student and artist/illustrator Fang Qi delivered a powerful talk on narrative and connecting to the emotional and psychic layers of experience in illustration. Her moving image work and sketchbook are a feast for the eyes and inspirational for their bravery and complexity. Her work can be seen here . See below for images from the lecture and the workshop.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

MA illustration - field trip

For a field trip MA illustration visited London, The House of Illustration to see Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics - The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the work of pioneering female comics artists.

Great to see Portsmouth alumni Fay Dalton's work in the exhibition too!
The original paintings of these spreads were on display.

Then off to the Cartoon Museum which has a great selection of drawings by Hogarth, Ronald Searle, Gerald Scarfe, Dan Dare and the Beano, the special exhibition was A Taste of Honeysett: The Acerbic Wit of Martin Honeysett

Thanks to Bo for the photos