Thursday, 31 May 2012

Preston Illustration Degree Show 2012

The Degree Show has been built - the assessment is nearly complete - and the Preston Illustration Private View will be on Friday 15th June from 6pm -9pm we are in Victoria Building on the main campus. The show is on the second floor in studios VB214a with book works and children's books in VB212. Look forward to seeing some of you there! A taste of what you can see this year:

Jake Tyas

Rik Das

Georgia Gloss

Bell Bound Das Gloss Hall Jack Skinner Wright Young, and ten others who unfortunately don't have such catchy names but are just as good, in the Illustration Degree Show 2012!

Naomi Jones is Highly Commended in the Macmillan Prize

It's that time of year again and for the second year running Naomi Jones has been Highly Commended in the Macmillan Prize. All she needs to do is win it now!!! Naomi is studying on the MA in Children's Book Illustration here in Preston. She entered a beautiful version of Sing a Song of Sixpence which she  illustrated with screen prints (see image below). Well done again Naomi!

No other winners disappointingly this year, why? Well, a lot more research was needed by our entrants this year we feel- more looking at and analysis of the qualities of successful work that's out there in the marketplace now. More observational drawing, goes without saying, this would bring more believability to characters and situations? Also rather more sensitivity to the target audience was needed more child friendly stories and tone generally? 

Oh and when you are also up against postgraduates from Cambridge, (a great course down there), also Brighton, Kingston, Falmouth and Bristol did well too - so all that competition dahn sarf doesn't help. I would love to get a winner next year! 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Well Done Tim Hall D&AD Best in Year

Well done to Year Three student Tim Hall his piece for the D&AD Student Awards 2012 Illustration Crafts category was selected as one of the Best in Year. His watercolour portrait of a character from the film Super Eight for the "Little White Lies" magazine cover brief can be seen on the D&AD website. along with all the nominations.
 Best in Year is awarded to work that has taken a particular aspect of the criteria and developed it to a point of excellence making it worthy of a special mention.
So on top of becoming a new dad - in his final year!! He has picked up an award for his work so congratulations on both counts!