Having graduated from Middlesex’s Illustration BA just last year YUNROO TAN has already gone on to illustrate her first picture.
‘GRANDMA AND THE THINGS THAT STAY THE SAME‘ was published earlier this year by Epigram Books. Written by Eve Aw, this engaging and humorous story explores the relationship between a girl and her grandmother. Every year at the reunion dinner Grandma will ask the same questions and through these we see how this sameness amidst our ever-changing environment makes home and family all the more precious.
“Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same” is my first big project out of uni. I have a friend who’s working in a publishing company, and she came across one of my drawings that I’ve uploaded on Instagram, which she liked a lot. She then introduced my works to the editors and they felt that my illustrations would make a great fit with the story they have in hand at that time, so that’s how I’ve gotten the job!
The whole project lasted for about five months, with emails back and fro from the editors and art directors. This is my first project dealing with people from the industry, and to be honest, it was pretty daunting in the beginning. I quickly learned that illustrating a book is a collaboration between many parties, as sometimes a lot of people has a say in the illustration, for example the art director, the author, the editor and the director of the publishing company. It can get confusing sometimes as well, as there are different opinions, but by the end of the day what everyone wanted was just a “perfect” book that’s getting published.
I’m ever so grateful to the team at Epigram Books for giving me this great opportunity to work with them, and to illustrate this wonderful book. In the process, I’ve learnt quite a great deal in terms of the procedure of illustrating a published book- what works and what doesn’t, and the way of dealing with an art director and editor. These experiences are really valuable to me, and I think they prepared me well for the projects that I’ve landed afterwards.
Epigram Books named ‘Grandma’ their Book of the Month for March;
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AOI award winning graduate ALEX FOSTER was recently commissioned by the Roald Dahl Office to create an illustrated map for their head quarters. The map features characters and moments from Dahl’s books, executed in Foster’s signature style;
(The full map in situ at the Roald Dahl Office)
Alex has also been working on a new series of city map prints featuring New York, Paris and London;
“Something about drawing maps has always interested me, and plotting the points, rearranging and adding little details and bits of personality to the work is exciting. For example in the new Paris map I’ve put in a few classic French cars like the Citroen 2cv.
I think another reason I got into maps is because I’ve been making a lot of House Portraits and 2d face on illustrations of buildings, so these maps are a combination of the cities most famous architecture. It’s great to see how different the places are as well – from the classic Parisian architecture to the relatively new skyscrapers of New York. There’s also of course a nice contrast of classic buildings right next to modern architecture.
The Roald Dahl print was of course a bit of a dream to make. Roald’s grandson Luke got in touch about how they were moving to a new office in London and would like me to make some prints to decorate the space – this included a tall thin chocolate time line of the history of chocolate from one of Roald’s books, and the main image was a large map in four sections to see as you walk in the office. This included all of his main characters and locations from the books, so that was a huge challenge and took a long time but was one of the most amazing projects I’ve been lucky enough to work on to date.”
Here’s a look at the next map in the works;
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As part of his core projects 3rd year student MATT INGRAM has created this series of studies of The Royal Festival Hall using a mix of on-site reportage and illustration. Check out the final results below;
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1st year tutor ANDREW BAKER has illustrated the cover for the most recent issue of AQUILA MAGAZINE. This monthly publication is full of facts and stories for curious children and has include work by a number of Middlesex graduates.
The March issue is celebrating the marvel’s of maths- check out the full artwork below;
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3rd year student NICOLE COWAN has created this long format narrative piece based on Kathryn Stocker’s novel ‘The Help’ for one of her final year projects;
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Last year graduate group THE LITTLE DOOR COLLECTIVE successfully crowdfunded their latest publication ‘The Little Door Colouring Book (for grown ups)’. This time the Collective have brought on board a number of our former students to create a fresh new entry into the colouring book cannon containing peaceful plants, pin up girls, bustling street scenes and dramatic dog-fights.
With a total of 38 A4 pages of quirky, beautiful black and white illustrations, patterns and typography featuring there’s plenty to keep you and your colouring pencils busy. Scroll down to check out just some of the spreads;
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Copies of The Little Door Colouring Book are available from the Collective’s ONLINE SHOP and you can find more of the group’s work online;
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As part of his final year work 3rd year student CHARLIE JOHNSTON has created a gritty graphic novel retelling of Graham Greene’s classic crime novel ‘BRIGHTON ROCK’;
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