Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Images Annual

A number of our former students have been recognised by selection in previous Images annuals.
The following former Preston students were selected;

Images 30
Jay Taylor (2 illustrations selected)
Harvey (2 illustrations selected)
Ric Liptrot

Images 29
Harvey (3 Illustrations selected)
Jo Shuttleworth (2 illustrations selected)

Kevin Hauff lecturer was also the Editorial silver award winner.

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Rachel Goslin
Ben Small

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Rachel Goslin
Not only did Rachel have an image selected but she also illustrated the cover, section dividers, and judges' portraits.

You can follow the title link and have a look at their work!


Here are the illustrations by our former students in the last Annual Images 31:
Ceri Watling, Harvey, and Jay Taylor.
You can look at archived Images annuals at the AOI website.

AOI Images 33 Call for Entries

Competition - Call for entries Images 2009

Deadline: Friday 1st August 2008, 5pm

Created or commissioned a piece of illustration you're proud of?
Want other professionals working in illustration and design to know about it?
Then enter your best work into the Association of Illustrators' Images competition, the most comprehensive and prestigious illustration award in the UK.

We are delighted to present the new Call for Entries for our next competition: Images – the best of British contemporary illustration 2009.
Images continues to evolve into an ever more exciting publication; not only is it the sole jury-selected illustration annual and touring exhibition in the UK showcasing the best of contemporary British illustration, but from Images 2009 it will be art directed by a new designer each year. Commencing with renowned designer and writer Adrian Shaughnessy, who is sure to create something special. Categories will be expanded, with editorial articles to introduce each of the eight sections: Advertising, Books, Children's Books, Design, Editorial, New Media, Self-Promotion and New Talent.

The jury consists of 9 of the most respected personalities in the industry, with each judging multiple sections:
Jason Ford, Illustrator
Choi Liu, Art Buyer, M&C Saatchi
Nat Hunter, Managing Director, Airside
Margaret Hope, Art Director, Transworld Children's Books
Stuart Outhwaite, Art Director, Mother
Malcolm Garrett, Creative Director, AIG - Applied Information Group -
Maggie Murphy, Design Director, Guardian Weekend
Gavin Morris, Designer, Faber & Faber
Richard Robinson, Art Director, BBH

Monday, 30 June 2008

D&AD New Blood Exhibition

Another group of fledgling illustrators head off into the big wide world!
A very busy exhibition plenty of interest in our folk and their work.
Pinched this pic off Debbie's blog but didnt think she would mind as I was behind the camera!
All the best everyone!

Friday, 13 June 2008

Preston Illustration Degree Show

Here are three of the images we think were some of the best in show by Jen Dunn and Debbie Greenaway.
You can find links to their blogs to the right.

Preston Illustration Degree Show

The show ends on Saturday 14 June.
Here are a couple of images taken during build up

Thursday, 15 May 2008


Hello all year 2 students racking their brains about what the future of illustration holds? Look at/buy/borrow/steal a copy of Varoom mag the AOI magazine (click the title link).
Also includes comment in an article about self promotion from Jay Taylor a recent graduate and visiting lecturer.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Mr Lee Ford

We would like to thank Mr Lee Ford For coming into prestonillustration last week.
Lee was a founder member of Black Convoy and is a collaborator with Neasden Control Centre and many more.
He showed us his work and ran a zine brief for a day.
We really enjoyed meeting him and we will post some more stuff about the zines produced by students thanks to his project as soon as possible

Friday, 4 April 2008

The BIG PICTURE Best New Illustrators

Hello All

Hope you have had a good Easter!
I didn't as I was ill for most of it.Yeah thanks for the sympathy.

The Big Picture is a national campaign to promote picture books has just announced its best 10 new children's illustrators - click on the title link to see who has been selected.

Have a look at the Big Picture website too -

There's lots of information for those interested in childrens books.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Cope-ulation part 2

Mark Penman's Julian Cope portrait appears on Julian Cope's own blog "March Drudion" - I am so jealous.
Click the title link to read Julian's blog.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Friday March 7th National Doodle Day

Its National Doodle Day tomorrow!
In support of Epilepsy Action i like the section
on their website about the meanings of doodles?

Manly Men!

Mark Penman, year 3 student - we really like this manly hommage to the moustache - and think he should make some posters. Check out his blog - where there are more equally charming and witty images.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

How to...make a cup of tea

The following images are pages taken from Year 1 student Stephanie Dominguez's How to make a cup of tea. I particularly like the text, which concentrates on the politics behind even the most mundane task...

How to...make a cup of tea

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Picasso light drawing

That Pablo were right clever.

Post fish

These images are by Debbie Greenaway - year three- this piece of mail art is soon to be published in a mail art collection.

Light drawings

These drawings were made by Andrew Thomson from the first year, as part of a brief entitled "how to... change a lightbulb". The l.e.d. drawings were photographed using a 30 second exposure - no photoshoppery was used!

Light drawings

Monday, 25 February 2008

Ten tips on how to design an eye-catching book cover

The design team at Harper Collins have come up with ten tips to help you create an eye-catching book cover.

1. Look at the competition - what are other designers creating, what are the current trends, and what will make your design stand out?

2. Create a moodboard - get a feel for the book by amassing ideas and inspirations.

3. Give yourself a deadline to come up with initial concepts.

4. Always fulfil the brief – but don't be afraid to try other ideas as well

5. Keep all the roughs or initial workings you do – you never know where the inspiration for the winning design can come from!

6. Listen to any feedback. Remember, you don't always have to agree with what other people say, but do get their opinions.

7. Read the book. It sounds obvious, but you'd be amazed how many artists and designers don't. This is the best way to understand what the title is.

8. Keep it simple - straightforward, plain ideas are sometimes best.

9. Keep it legible - you want people to be able to read what they pick-up off the shelf.

10. Get your work in on time - don't miss the competition deadline!

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Ex students spotted

Hazel B has created this illustration for Design Supremo quote "Make people smile and make people think with our brand new Cotton Bags by Hazel B - a very limited edition of only 250. Tough enough to carry your heaviest shopping and lightweight enough to scrunch up and put in your pocket. Not only will your black, cotton bag be helping to rid the world of plastic, it will be a cool piece of artwork that the world can admire as you do your shopping."


Saint Julian Cope

Some of the third year students were invited to take part in the opening of the new William Blake exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester by Sally. The exhibition was opened by Julian Cope.

For those of you too young to remember Julian (or Saint Julian as he is known to those who do remember), is a rock star, poet, and antiquarian, with huge success as both solo artist and lead singer of the great Teardrop Explodes!

This drawing is by Andy Wong.

Monday, 4 February 2008

Year One Subversion

The new year 1 brief is to subvert advertisements and magazines!
Like this gently humourous subversion of Tom Gauld's Boots campaign:

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Chris Riddell

See more about Chris Riddell at

Monday, 21 January 2008, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Meet your favourite authors
Paul Stewart, ILLUSTRATOR Chris Riddell
The Lost Barkscrolls

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, authors of the fantastic 'Edge Chronicles', will be here signing copies of their new book 'The Lost Barkscrolls'. All welcome!

Further details: 01772 555766

Welcome to the blog for preston illustration

This will hopefully develop into a site for the dissemination of news and images from BA(Hons) Illustration and MA Children's Book Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston Lancashire.