Friday, 21 January 2011

The Book Cover Archive

The Book Cover Archive is a thorough and expansive collection of book covers. You can browse the archive by designer, illustrator and publication. It even tells you what typefaces are used on the covers - very useful. Here you can find all of the Great Ideas/Loves series by David Pearson as well at the 70 commemerative covers by Penguin. There is a broad selection of both illustrative and typographic book cover design - all have been carefully selected and represent the best there is to offer! It's well worth a look. Here are just a few that I found - I particularly liked a series of Nabocov books published by Vintage.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Illustration Drawing Visits: 25th & 26th January

There will be an Illustration drawing visit to London on Tuesday 25th January. Followed by a drawing visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford on Wednesday 26th January.

Years 1 & 3 Tuesday 25th January
Years 2 & 3 Wednesday 26th January

Further information will be posted on the Year 1 and Year 2 notice boards in RM 127.

1" squared Linocut workshop

Year 1 Illustration students developed a sequence of three one inch linocuts. This one day project encouraged students to explore ideas development at a small scale. Whilst also developing skills in lino cutting and sequential imagery to support their 'Entrance and Exits' narrative brief.

Friday, 7 January 2011

World Press Photography Awards 2010

... I then started thinking about an exhibition I had seen at the South Bank Centre of this years World Press Photography Awards. Although all of the finalists are very worth a look - they don't make for particularly comfortable viewing - one particular photographer will perhaps be of most interest to Year 1 working on the Pro/Con eating meat....

Tommaso Ausili

... Slaughterhouses in Umbria, Italy. Neatly packaged meat in supermarkets is often completely detached in consumers’ minds from the process of its production...

Views of America

After discussions in the first year crits about their Pros and Cons Project, I though of a couple of photographers that might be useful - particularly if you have chosen the Pro/Con USA.

Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

....In downtown Detroit, the streets are lined with abandoned hotels and swimming pools, ruined movie houses and schools, all evidence of the motor city's painful decline. The photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre capture what remains of a once-great city – and hint at the wider story of post-industrial America... Taken form a article in the Guardian.

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. These images are from his book 'Sleeping by the Mississippi'.

William Eggleston

...Had you to guess where he came from and what he did from his appearance alone, the words 'English' and 'aristocrat' might spring to mind way before 'American' and 'photographer'. And yet, at 65, William Eggleston is perhaps the most innovative American photographer of the past 50 years whose unique style has transformed the way we look at the world.... From the Observer 2004, read more here.