Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Friday, 5 December 2008
Chris Howker in Year 1 told me about this fab site. (Sorry Chris - I couldn't wait to share!) 'Grain edit' is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. Site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books. http://grainedit.com/
Thursday, 4 December 2008
How to be an illustrator -- At last! Here is true practical help for budding freelance illustrators. This book helps you avoid the pitfalls that can ruin a career, with advice on crucial first impressions, how to create a portfolio and approach clients, how to negotiate contracts, and how to handle, deliver, and bill the first job. It discusses how to set up a studio, maintain a steady flow of work, and manage time and money. In addition, it provides information on successful self-promotion, self-publishing, and the pros and cons of agents.
Packed with useful tips gleaned from the author's own career and his work as an agent handling major artists in the US and UK, the book includes interviews with nine big-name illustrators. The reader benefits from their experience of starting out; what they learned during the metamorphosis from student to professional; what their expectations and experiences have been. In addition, art directors and commissioners describe the ways they like to be approached—and the ways they really dislike.
It is written by Darrel Rees who runs the Heart Agency - this guys knows is onions. This book would be great for any aspect of Professional Practice. Add it to your Christmas lists!
Friday, 28 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Monday, 3 November 2008
Wednesday 5th Nov 9pm
Series which reveals the enchanting story of our childhood reading.
This opening part looks at our very first books and the picture book heaven they create for under fives, exploring the magical interplay of words and pictures and how they begin to shape our childhood imagination.
Featuring favourites from The Tale of Peter Rabbit to Charlie and Lola, from Noddy to Thomas the Tank Engine, plus modern classics such as We're Going on a Bear Hunt and Each Peach Pear Plum.
There are also interviews, readings and demonstrations of their art from leading writers and illustrators including Michael Rosen, Shirley Hughes, Alan Ahlberg and Lauren Child
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Digging around for some Gillian Blease stuff I came across this site, I can't remeber if she mentioned this one directly in her talk but I figured I'd post it either way because it's got some funky characters on there ;) but could also benefit surface design (although this is jus for illustration this blog aint it? :S ) ah well .. some one will pass it on I'm sure
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Friday, 3 October 2008
Cheryl graduated from the course 3 years ago and has carved a free-lance illustartion career for herself based in London. In this interview she talks about her experience of starting out and her time at Stockport College. http://substanceorstyle.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18
See more of her work at:
Monday, 29 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
Guy Mckinley an illustration graduate from Stockport College has been exhibiting work, see it for your self at: http://www.carhartt-streetwear.com/news/art/2008/05/guy-mckinley-exhibition for more info on Guy see his webpage:http://www.guymckinley.com/
Friday, 19 September 2008
Take a look at an interview with SK8wear company Stussy.
"It's nice that" seems to have some really interesting illustration posts, its worth a look:
Thursday, 18 September 2008
and a bit more on paper installations :)
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Matthew taught the 2nd years last year and I know it is too far for us to go to but we wish him all the best with his new exhibition.....
As staff we are constantly looking at your work, so to even the process up I'll encourage the illustration staff to post work so you can see what we do (besides teaching)
My turn first ............. http://www.illustrationweb.com/illustrators/home.asp?artist_id=109
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Sunday, 7 September 2008
The new edition of Varoom is out now ..........available in the LAK from Tuesday 9th Sept.
In the seventh edition of Varoom Charlotte West profiles female duo Sofie Hannibal and Nan Na Hvass – Hvass&Hannibal - who are already stars in their native Denmark, and are fast gaining an international reputation as creators of enchanted dreamlike domains. This is a remarkable achievement as for much of their current career they have been full-time students. The montage works of Peter Kennard have been described by John Berger as ‘pure and dirty.’ Today they are bought by the Tate and revered by fashionable street artists. But throughout his life Kennard has been pursuing a path of opposition and the rejection of cosy consensus. For Kennard, the image is a way of answering back. John O’Reilly investigates this powerful artist. Varoom 07 also covers the Young Americans. Interviewed by Steve Heller, four young artists reveal how American editorial illustration is developing in the hands of a new generation, as they wrestle with the traditional questions surrounding commercial and personal image making. Featuring Tamara Shopsin, Oliver Munday, Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch, and Jeremy Traum. Editor Adrian Shaugnessy interviews Brian Grimwood, one of the UK’s most successful illustrators. He describes his style as “loose and free – just blobs of colour with a line.” Today he combines his role as founder of illustration agency CIA with that of a freelance illustrator. And Haley Potter asks ‘What makes a Successful Fictional World?’, looking at the psychological, creative and professional challenges surrounding creating believable fantasy world. Also in this issue, four generations of illustrators meet for a round table discussion on the craft of illustration in 2008. In a wide-ranging discussion, John Vernon Lord (69), Paul Burgess (46), Jasper Goodall (35) and Jim the Illustrator (27) reveal their surprisingly congruent views on illustration, education and beards. Varoom is free to AOI members, and is published in early September. To subscribe go to www.varoom-mag.com ‘I love reading Varoom because it really is a most astonishing magazine, making the world seem more interesting, more multi-dimensioned, more full .Once I have absorbed a copy of Varoom I feel ready to take on the universe because I can see new colours, dance new steps, and think thoughts I never thought I was capable of thinking!’ Ian McMillan Poet, writer and broadcaster 'The naysayers say that illustration is a dying art. Nonsense! It’s vital and necessary, and a magazine that analyzes, critiques, and reports on the field is just what the doctor ordered.' Steven Heller, Editor AIGA VOICE and Co-chair School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author program.
Friday, 5 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
The judges were particularly struck by Mithuns latest work for a project on Forced Marriages which stemmed from his own cultural background and his dissatisfaction with the current campaigns run by the FMU (Forced Marriage Unit) which he felt were not striking enough to get the point across. Competition is tough with graduates from the top universities in art & design such as St Martins, Kingston, Glasgow School of Art & Edinburgh University all vieing for attention.