Week of Visiting Lecturers for Falmouth Illustration

BA(Hons) Illustration students at Falmouth University have just enjoyed a series of visits by range of visiting lecturers covering themes such as professional practice, editorial illustration, collectives, illustration agencies, life drawing, painting techniques, children’s picture book illustration with a workshops in digital illustration and web site optimization still to come.

Following on from Gary Long‘s scenario based life drawing day in the previous week, Tim Clarey, successful local artist and illustrator worked with Level 2 students on Tuesday, providing additional specialist advice to students interested in ‘wet media’, painting techniques.

On Wednesday both Holly Wales and Emma Yarlett visited. Holly is an established illustrator and academic, working in both the UK and the US. She gave a fantastic presentation of her work to Level 3 students and then held portfolio reviews on the students New York portfolios.

Emma is a recent graduate of Falmouth who is already making waves in the publishing industry. Her first author, illustrated book ‘Sydney, Stella & the Moon’ has just been published by Templar Books. It was this book that formed her presentation in the morning. In the afternoon she was able to look at students portfolios.

On Friday we were able to welcome back Robert Fresson, another former graduate of the course. Robert, who left the RCA last year gave a demonstration of traditional Japanese Woodblock printing (Moku Hanga) normally associated with the Ukiyo-e artistic genre. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to witness such a specialist technique at first hand. Robert spent 3 months in Japan learning this technique from a master print maker as part of his studies at the Royal College of Art.

Thanks to all of the visting lecturers who took part. We look forward to next week’s sessions from Jago Silver (digital media) and the extra web optimization session for Level 3 students with another session from Gary Long (for Level 1 students) still to come.


Illustration Alumni Visit

On Tuesday 5th February Levels 2 and 3 were visited by three of our most successful recent graduates, Emma Dibben, Owen Davey and Robert Fresson as part of a Business Forum event organised jointly with our Learning Futures department. The day was a fantastic success, starting with a series of business related lectures in the main lecture theatre and culminating in an afternoon of illuminating talks by by our visiting alumni.

Owen Davey is a freelance Illustrator, well known for his children’s Picture Books but has worked extensively within editorial and advertising areas too. His work has been published in every continent except Antarctica, including picture books in UK, America, Australia, France & China. http://www.owendavey.com

In 2011, Owen won ‘Junior Magazine Most Promising New Talent Award’ for my debut picture book, Foxly’s Feast.Clients include: Orange, BBC, Microsoft, Persil, The Guardian, New York Times, The Times, The Telegraph, Jamie Oliver

Emma Dibben has become well known for her splatters, fingerprints and splodges, (You may recognize her work from the Waitrose Bag for Life), a visual language that she has carefully developed and is now part of her trademark style.

On graduating in 2004, with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration, Emma and moved to Bristol.Commissions soon followed and saw her creating images for prestigious clients including Waitrose, The Guardian and the BBC.


Whilst food illustration is a core element of her practice, Emma thrives in the challenge of editorial illustration with commissions from the Guardian, Conde Nast and the Financial Times amongst others. http://www.emmadibben.com

Flag enthusiast, artist and illustrator Robert G. Fresson has spent the last few years honing the usage of technical drawing tools and materials. He has his own drawing board and some French curves. He also has an inclination towards off-white papers, Ukiyo-e from Japan and CMYK colour separation. Humour is an important aspect to his work, and he has been quoted as saying (probably to himself): “while it is difficult for me to be seriously funny, I find I have an aptitude for being funnily serious”. His lifelong dream is to own a cabin in Novascotia, though conversely he currently lives on a boat on the River Avon in Bath.

Robert has recently completed his MA at the Royal College of Art http://www.rgfresson.co.uk