Friday, 16 November 2018

Alumni - DREPH Neequaye Dsane

Today we were lucky to have a visit from our alumni Neequaye Dreph Dsane who studied at Portsmouth about 20 years ago! He’s gone on to make amazing street art around the world but that’s not all he spoke about oil painting, portraiture, social issues, movie premiers and teaching. Later he spent more time in the studios talking to our current students.

Follow him on Instagram as: @dreph_
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Monday, 5 November 2018

MA illustration show at the Coastguard Gallery

Well done to the MA Illustration graduates! They arranged a group exhibition to show their amazing final projects at the Coastguard Gallery in Portsmouth Nov 1st - 2nd. Here are some photos from the private view.

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Congratulations to Livy Nelson for winning a Santander Travel Award which supported her project on the Mountains and the Sublime.


Congratulations to Beth Frost for winning the University Art Collection Award.
Presented by Roisin Gwyer


Congratulations to Orla Crean for winning the Student Achievement Award.
She was invited to write a paper about her research and development of her student
project Catalysts For Creativity in the international Journal of Illustration.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Typography and Image with Tristan Manco

Designer, director and arts author Tristan Manco gave a lecture and then ran a workshop for second year students asking them to design first a template for a new typographic font and then collaboratively create a poster targeting one social issue;

Friday, 12 October 2018

Alumni - Neequaye Drepth Dsane talking at 'Common Thread'.

I am happy to announce that I will talking at Common Thread: The Talk with CraftsCouncil and Creativedebuts! The event at 7-10pm on 23 October is hosted by Kelechi Okafor and marks Black History Month.

It includes an exhibition featuring 25 artists and a panel talk where you will hear from creatives across the arts including music, craft, fashion, and more. I will be joined by other panellists including music and culture writer Jess Bernard who has written for NME, FADER, Crack, Dazed, and Complex, and visual artist Simone Brewster. Find out more and grab your tickets that include entry to the talk, the exhibition, a goodie bag, and a drink now!


Monday, 24 September 2018

Alumni - David Lupton, Illustrations for the Folio Society

David Lupton IllustrationI'm very happy to be able to announce the release of Ursula K. le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. A new book that I've illustrated for the @foliosociety This is the first time that the novel has been fully illustrated and I am humbled to have been given the opportunity.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Alumni - Lorna Harrington working for the Wildscreen Festival

"The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s biggest global gathering of natural world storytellers. It convenes over 850 filmmakers, photographers, broadcasters, technologists and conservationists from over 40 countries for one week in Bristol, UK, to celebrate and nurture the wildlife film and TV genre... 
Since its inception in 1982, each Festival has utilised wildlife photographs or illustrations to provide its unique and memorable visual identity. As the 2018 Festival draws closer, we are thrilled to introduce Lorna Leigh Harrington, whose illustrations will become the face of this year’s Festival. We have commissioned Lorna to create five illustrations of species that highlight the diversity of life on Earth, focusing on the more underappreciated or endangered species from different habitats. The species are: the Iberian lynx, helmeted hornbill, Muller’s mushroomtounge salamander, Queen Alexandra’s butterfly and sea urchins, all of which will have their time in the spotlight throughout the Festival and will be showcased in this blog series.
We spoke to Lorna about her passion for the natural world and how it inspires her work."
See this great feature on our alumni Lorna Harrington!

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started in this creative industry
I’ve always had a real passion for art and design, and have always doodled. I find drawing really cathartic. I started working within the industry shortly after graduating university, taking up a few intern roles in London for a couple of magazines and a fashion website. After this I worked as a freelance illustrator and designer for a few years which took me from sunny Bognor Regis to Bristol city life. I have been lucky enough to work for some really great clients over print, web, app design and fashion.

Beth Frost - MA illustration work in progress on display

Beth Frost's MA Illustration project is on display in the University Library.
The project is called The Siren of Southsea, it's a limited edition artist book that contains an illustrated poem. The narrative is based in tudor portsmouth using the mermaid as a visual metaphor for perfection. The display shows sketches, plans and developmental work plus some finished concertina books.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Dr Maureen O'Neill & Dr Bob Wright

Bob and Maureen are retiring this summer - off to pursue new beginnings after many years working at the School of Art and Design. Both have been fundamental in the development and continued success of the Illustration Course.
We love them and will miss them dearly but wish them every success.


Graduation 2018

More photos from Graduation. Do keep in contact with us so we can share all your successes.

Congratulations to all our GRADUATES!!!

To all the graduates this year; WELL DONE, and many congratulations on the achievements you have earned.