STAFF NEWS- DECEMBER

We are delighted to share the news that visiting lecturer and graduate of the course BEN HENDY has been award the 2020 Maureen Duke Award by the Society of Bookbinders. The award comes with a £2,000 grant for a professional in the bookfield to further their skills and education. With plans to open a print and bookbinding studio we are very excited to see what Ben does next!

Having graduated from the course in 2012 Ben has gone on to work as a professional print technician and bookbinder. As well as teaching on the course he also currently runs a print and bookbinding workshop for our first year students.

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As well as as her post as our Contextual Studies lecture, SAMANTHA LIPPETT is part of the South London Gallery. The space was recently named joint winner for Arts Award Museum of the Year.

Founded in in 1891 by philanthropist William Rossiter with an aim to ‘bring art to the people of south London’, The year-round exhibitions programme showcases the best in international contemporary art, complemented by an events programme for people of all ages and interests. As well as championing work by new and emerging artists the gallery also aims to provide opportunities for learning and participation in the community.

For a look at what the gallery has been up to check out the film below;

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GRADUATE NEWS- PIP TALK WITH CHARLOT KRISTENSEN

2015 graduate Charlot Kristensen will be talking with Knights Of publishing co-founder about the importance of Black representation in books and the issue of appropriation next week on November 29th;

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  The talk will be covering topics such as practical ways for the illustration community to encourage diversity, why it’s necessary to ensure Black representation isn’t just tokenistic, the difference between appreciation and appropriation, why it’s key to have open, nuanced conversations outside of your bubble and the power of positive everyday actions.

Charlot’s clients have included her Penguin Random House, New York Times and the New Yorker. She also recently illustrated the cover of the Irish Times Magazine;

Her debut graphic novel What We Don’t Talk About which deals with issues of race, bigotry and the difficulties that interracial couples face was released this year by Avery Press and has just gone into it’s second print run.

Find more of Charlot’s work online;

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STUDENT WORK: ANIMATION

As well as illustration our course also teaches and encourages our students to use animation as a means of conveying narrative and messages. Below are a selection of short films made by our students over the last academic year;

In this frame animation student YULING SUNG explores growing up in Taiwan. Find more of Yuling’s work online;

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Exchange student ALICIA BLASCO used a mix of 3D modelling and frame animation to retell the poem THE MAN WHO WALKED. Find more of Alicia’s work online;

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2020 graduate PANDORA MUNFORD provides a solution for existential dread in her short animation WELL EXIST. Find more of Pandora’s work online;

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2020 graduate ELIISE VAHI explores compartmentalize in a short combining stop motion, frame animation and photography. Find more of Eliise’s work online;

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GRADUATE NEWS – OCTOBER

This month has also seen some exciting developments in the careers of some of our graduates. Fristly we are delighted to say that 2019 graduate ISHAA LOBO is now being represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Since 1981 Andrea Brown has worked to bring to light the voices and perspectives of new writers as well as to nurture and develop the careers of experienced authors.

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2018 graduate HANNAH CARWARDINE has now joined animation studio The Like Minded as junior illustrator.

The studio works with clients to explain their work, engage their audiences and strengthen their brands. Working in a broad range of disciplines (including 2D animation, infographics and stop motion, their goal is to bring fresh creativity to any project.

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GRADUATE WORK ROUND-UP: OCTOBER

In this post we’ll be looking at some recent commissions, campaigns and new releases from our past students.


THE CANDY MAFIA

Graduate DANIEL DUNCAN was commissioned to illustrate Lavie Tiehar’s new early reader’s book THE CANDY MAFIA. Released this autumn by Peachtree Publishing this book also marks the 10th that Dan has worked on since graduating from the course!

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WORLD ROULETTE

Graduates YUNROO TAN and EMILY ABEYDEERA both contributed to LIGHT GREY ART LAB’s latest project, WORLD ROULETTE.

Each of the 150 artists who contributed to the project created a world inspired by four randomized prompts (a little toss of the cosmic dice) and developed a place that encompasses the attributes, beliefs, weather patterns, government, or other given parameters. In addition to developing a new landscape, each artist wrote a story about this new world. The illustrations were then compiled into a 200+ page book featuring the final outcomes;

Yunroo Tan- “Dawning”

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Emily Abeydeera- “Xah’raba”

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BUUZA!! VOL. 2

This Summer graduate and GAA SHAZLEEN KHAN successfully crowdfunded the second print volume of her award-winning web comic BUUZA!! with the kickstarter campaign reaching its goal within 9 hours of launching.


BUUZA!! is a comic about found family, diaspora and religion, set in an urban fantasy 90’s middle east and central asia in which a misdialed number leads to an unexpected, long distance romance. It is available to read on both tapas and webtoons and was the winner of Broken Frontier’s best webcomic of 2019.

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VAUXHALL SWITCH IT UP

Graduate and GAA ALEX MOORE was one of the illustrators commissioned to work on Vauxhall’s SWITCH IT UP campaign for the new Corsa E. Each artist drew a frame to create a 360 degree loop showcasing the car;

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STUDENT NEWS- Templar Illustration and Design Awards 2020

We are delighted to share the news that student LORRAINE ANSELL was longlisted for the 2020 Templar Illustration and Design Awards with her cover design for Isla Fisher’s Marge in Charge.

Now in its third year, the Templar Design and Illustration Award is for illustrators and designers who are new to the children’s book industry. The 2020 award for the first time included categories for children’s non-fiction illustration and children’s fiction cover design (For which Lorraine was longlisted), alongside its picture book illustration category. The aim of the award is to celebrate new talent in children’s book illustration and design and  looks for bold, innovative art and design for books that will turn children and younger people into lifelong readers.

See Lorrain’s full jacked below;

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GRADUATE WORK ROUND UP

Here’s a look at some of the projects our graduates have been commissioned to work on in the recent weeks;

Graduate JAMES OSES Created this illustrated poster for TNT to help promote the second season of THE ALIENIST which sees a Newspaper illustrator and criminal psychologist joining forces to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.

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Graduate CHLOE SMITH was commissioned by creative agency ADJUST YOUR SET to create this illustrated guide to digital dating in the age of Covid for DUREX.

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Graduate CHARLOT KRISTENSEN created this illustration for September 1st’s GOOGLE DOODLE. The portrait celebrates Jamaican-born British doctor, humanitarian, & activist Dr. Harold Moody who dedicated his life to helping others, advocated against discrimination, & helped pave the way towards a more equal future.

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GRADUATE NEWS- D&AD ONE TO WATCH AND LGAL 2020 SENIOR SHOW

Our 2020 graduates are already making an impact! We are delighted to say that TYRELL OSBOURNE , HA TUNG ANH NGUYEN and SUADAH MUKADAM have all been selected as part of the D&AD Newblood Festival’s ONES TO WATCH

The Newblood Festival is a celebration of emerging design talent and an opportunity for new graduates to not only showcase their work but also receive guidance and mentorship from leading figures in the industry.

TYRELL OSBOURNE

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HA TUNG ANH NGUYEN

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SUADAH MUKADAM

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The 2020 SENIOR SHOW was an international online exhibition organised by Minneapolis-based art gallery Light Grey Art Lab in response to the Covid 19 outbreak. As arts courses around the world were forced to cancel their end of year shows the gallery organised a digital alternative with sponsorship from the likes of Adobe and mentorships from leading illustrators and art directors. We are delighted to say that outgoing students BEATRIZ MARMELO and KATIE O’DONNELL were both selected for the online showcase

BEATRIZ MARMELO

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KATIE O’DONNELL

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GRADUATE WORK- UPCOMING RELEASES

Guides to gouache, picture books and self care- this Summer sees a number of new releases from our graduates. Read on to find out what’s coming up in the publishing pipeline!

GET STARTED WITH GOUACHE

GET STARTED WITH GOUACHE is graduate EMMA BLOCK‘s follow up to her debut book, The Joy of Watercolour.

“Gouache is a beautiful, versatile medium that’s been much neglected, it’s rarely taught at art school and there are very few books on the subject. I absolutely love using this medium, it’s been hugely influential on my work and my style. I’m so excited to share this beautiful paint with people. The book introduces the the materials needed, the basics of colour theory, and fundamental techniques like drybrush, layering, diluting gouache, working on coloured paper, using negative space and wet on wet technique. This book teaches you to paint everything from people to plants, and every project teaches you a new skill or technique.”

Get Started with Gouache will be released by Watson-Guptill on 7th July in the US and 7th September in the UK.

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YOU ARE POSITIVELY AWESOME

YOU ARE POSITIVELY AWESOME is a colourful and practical book for an everyday burst of positivity and an extra dose of self-kindness from Graduate STACIE SWIFT and Pavillion Books.

“We all weather some difficult days, sometimes we need a reminder that nobody really has it all together all the time. This book is for all those days – a rainbow of good vibes, full of self-care prompts and words to live by.” 

You Are Positively Awesome is out July 9th.

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THE CHAIR WE SIT ON

THE CHAIR WE SIT ON features 9 iconic moments in design with words by Erik Nash and Pillustrations by graduate JAMES BOAST, out this September!

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