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.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Mike Giblin designs characters for ITV Newzoids

Former UCLan illustration graduate Mike Giblin has become an established caricaturist since leaving University in around 2001 and has most recently been involved in the development of ITV's new puppet comedy sketch show Newzoids .
Here are some of the character studies that were used by Citrus TV/Factory to design the puppets used in the show which is currently airing on ITV on Wednesdays at 9pm. The show has been dubbed the spiritual successor to Spitting Image - and it is actually funny.
Ever topical I have only chosen the political character designs from Mike's website and in the interest of balance would like to say don't vote for Cameron, I couldn't find Mike's designs for Farage but do not vote for him either...

You can see much more of Mike's work on his website here.