Building on its national reputation, this year’s graduates are a credit to the Illustration course here at Cambridge School of Art.
Often combining traditional drawing skills many are using cutting edge technology and software to question current and future trends in the world of illustration. From picture books to editorial and digital book packaging, from repeat pattern to paper engineering, from analogue collage to digital print, the current graduates rely on their own passions, interests and visual language rather than pre existing “styles”. Continuing in a long tradition of nurturing student’s individual approaches to illustration and image making, I believe that the work being displayed captures the ethos of the course perfectly. It is vibrant, highly individual, professional and often playful.
The “Class of 2012” like other recent graduates, enter a market full of financial uncertainty and challenges, but with these uncertainties come new opportunities.
Hopefully with their talent, their ability to adapt, to think creatively and the enormous possibilities to distribute their work to a global audience, they will be able to capitalise on these new opportunities and thrive.
It is of course gratifying for all involved when the work produced on the course is recognised at a national level. Recent students have won awards and Student of the Year at the Young Creative’s Network (YCN), been Highly Commended in the Macmillan’s Children’s Book competition, won the Glastonbury Festival T Shirt competition, regional winner of Lloyds TSB Nurture competition and Tim Parker who is showing this year, has been shortlisted for the Penguin Design Awards 2012
We wish the students the very best with their future plans and hope that they will keep in contact in the years to come.
Chris Draper MA RCA
Pathway Leader, BA (Hons) Illustration
Illustration students will also be exhibiting at “New Designers –Part 2” in the Business Design Centre in Islington 4th -7th July at Stands VC3 and VC4.