Friday, 30 September 2016

Dedicated to All Defenders of Human Freedoms: The Art of Paul Peter Piech runs from October 1 until February 12 2017

This Exhibition - "Dedicated to All Defenders of Human Freedoms: The Art of Paul Peter Piech" runs from October 1 until February 12 2017 at the Peoples History Museum in Manchester.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Painting with Rainbows: Michael Foreman at Harris Museum 9 July – 6 November 2016

Michael Foreman as a boy

Michael Foreman has been creating well-loved children's books, as both illustrator and author, for over 50 years will be exhibiting at the Harris Museum from July.

Learn about Michael's experiences growing up in wartime Britain in his childhood memoir, War Boy, rediscover your favourite characters in Moose, The General, Dinosaurs and All that Rubbish, and imagine yourself in a world without conflict, where friendship is celebrated and the environment is cherished.

Michael's illustrations encourage us to reflect on how we care for each other and the world around us. Don't miss this unique chance to see Michael Foreman's work at the Harris and meet his engaging, colourful characters.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Year Three Student Katie Lennon in Secret Seven Inch Show

Well done Katie Lennon year 3 illustration for being selected for the fifth annual Secret Seven inch show for Amnesty International with this cover design for John Lennon's "Imagine" - the lyrics to which were inspired by Yoko Ono's "Grapefruit".

After months of secrecy and speculation Secret 7" - the annual exhibition and sale of 700 vinyl singles covers has revealed the identity of artists and designers behind each record cover.

Each of the works is based on one of seven songs: CHVRCHES's Clearest Blue, Etta James' At Last, Jack Garratt's Worry, The Jam's Art School, John Lennon's Imagine, Max Richter's Dream 3 and Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better.

This year's exhibiting artists included fine artists, illustrators, designers and musicians. These include Sir Anish Kapoor, Sir Paul Smith, Jenny Holzer, George Hardie, Gavin Turk, Bob & Roberta Smith, Anthony Burrill, Rob Ryan, Jean Julien, Kate Gibb, Tom Dixon, and Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch and many more...

The Show ended on May 1st.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Ben Tallon wins Dot London Awards Creative Agency of the Year

Congratulations to Ben Tallon 2006 graduate who has won Dot London Awards
Creative Agency of the Year.

Ben who has lectured a couple of times to students at UCLan decamped to Greenwich in London a couple of years ago since then his practice has grown and diversified.

"Multi-award-winning illustrator and art director Ben Tallon's work is 100% hand-crafted using a wide range of organic materials. Since making his name as an illustrator, he has expanded into multi-disciplinary channels, creating set design and art directing in film and television. He now also lectures and hosts workshops and has a podcast with Illustration Ltd." He has also written a book about his travails as a freelance illustrator.

Ben will be back in Preston talking to Year Two students  in February as part of the contextual studies programme.

You can see more of his work by following the link on the menu right.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The splendid Jonny Hannah will be exhibiting at YSP in November. "Main Street" will be at YSP from the 14 November until 28 February 2016.

"Transforming YSP Centre, Jonny Hannah: Main Street features three pop-up shops made entirely from the artist’s 2D and 3D artworks, all of which are available to buy. Navigate Main Street using Hannah’s traditional hand-painted signs suspended above the YSP Centre concourse; natter with the owner of the Record Store; and nip to The Hand and Heart junk shop to pick up anything your heart desires!"

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

BA(Hons) Illustration Degree Show 2015

Propercorn selfies by Kelly Ma

Another Illustration final year over - they have exhibited their work in Preston and visited London's New Blood Festival and are about graduate. Here is a small showcase of some of this year's final year show. We congratulate everyone graduating on Thursday 16th July and wish them all luck for the future!
Happy Cafe by Maya Jones

Lonely Hearts by Stef Maden
Editorial about the plight of the honey bee by Jack Wilkinson

"Let Forever Be" by James Dixon this illustration
was selected for the Secret Seven Inch Exhibition
at Somerset House for Nordoff Robbins Trust back in April/May 2015

James Dixon's Graphic Novel based on Kurt Cobain's diary.
Polish Icons for an artist's book by Marlena Nowicka

Eagle Girl by Zuzanna Krolik
Hejdasz by Zuzanna Krolik 

A character from a children' book by Kelly Burrows written by the illustrators daughter
Propercorn by Kelly Ma

Paul Esposito cuts his vinyl illustration directly onto the studio windows, freehand.

Illustrations for "The World's Greatest Scarf" by Romana Noray
nominated for UCLan Creative Focus Award

Saffron McCormick's "Monster Teeth"
highly commended in the Macmillan Prize 2015

Jillian McLellan illustrated Scottish Folk Tales

A Fashion Spy's Gadget Guide by Hannah Gunn

Ashley Craggs poster designs for International Women's Day

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Ben Tallon Champagne and Wax Crayons

Always good to see Ben back at preston illustration and he was here a couple of weeks ago to speak to students about his experiences as a freelancer over the last seven years or so. He has written a book "Champagne and Wax Crayons" which comes out on the 25th May about "Riding the madness of the Creative Industries" an honest and personal insight into the trials and tribulations of a young illustrator entering the world of freelance illustration in one of the worst recessions seen since the early nineties. The book has an extensive review and preview in the Creative Review blog.
I found it an enjoyable and at times toe-curlingly accurate portrayal of the thick skin you need to absorb the ups and downs of life as a freelance illustrator.

"Individuality is everything and how each person responds to adversity, triumph and disaster especially in the freelance world is impossible to teach or understand. This original and engaging book contains savvy advice from someone who has survived the unpredictable and often surreal world of the creative industry." 

Available from all good book sellers soon!

You can find examples of Ben's work here. And here is a bit of advice that Ben wanted to pass on to our students.