UWE Bristol Illustration students support Comic Creations at the Festival of Ideas

Issue date: 09 November 2012


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UWE Bristol Illustration students have been working in partnership with the Bristol Festival of Ideas and Jonathan Cape Publishing to design posters to promote the event 'Comic Creations' at the Arnolfini, Wednesday 14 November from 18:00.

Comic Creations - will be celebrating graphic novels published by Jonathan Cape featuring interviews and panel debates with Simone Lia, Karrie Fransman, Katie Green, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Joff Winterhart, Hannah Berry, Alison Bechdel, Ravi Thornton and Othon.

60 final year Illustration students were asked to participate in a competition to design a poster for the event that would celebrate the artists taking part and encourage people to attend.

Three finalists - Simon Khoo, Moomie Swan, and Karl Whiteley were selected by a judging panel from Jonathan Cape Publishing. Their promotional A3 posters have been printed and displayed around Bristol. A winner and prizes will be announced at the event, and all the entries will be on show at the Arnolfini from which a people's favourite prize will be awarded on the night.

A Paris summer trip to Le Chat Noir gallery, Monmartre inspired Simon Khoo's entry. His poster uses silhouette art transferred on to the image of a ship to add texture to his design. He says, “I was very surprised to get through to the final, as this was the first competition I've entered. I grew up reading Japanese comics back home in Malaysia and it's what inspired me to come to UWE to study Illustration. I'm really looking forward to the evening, it's a great opportunity to network with professional illustrators.”

The competition was a dream opportunity for Moomie Swan to showcase her passion for comic books. Her poster illustrates the creative process behind creating a comic using panelling and a bold central single image of a woman sat at her desk with a thought cloud of ideas. Moomie adds, “I'm really excited to get through to the final, as there are some great artists in class. I've been obsessed with the comic book industry my whole life, so it was great to get this endorsement.”

Karl Whiteley's inspiration for his poster also came from his love of comic books. His poster uses a sequential narrative (comic book) style to follow the journey of workmen transporting the Comic Creation logo from Clifton Suspension Bridge along the river Avon to the Arnolfini. He said, “I'm really chuffed to be a finalist, the fact that it was judged by industry professionals makes it even more special. I have books by Jonathan Cape and would definitely want to work for them in the future.”

Jonathan Ward, Joint Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Illustration, said, “Comic Creations has been a creatively stimulating project for all the Illustration students taking part. They have achieved a high standard of imagery that playfully explores the theme of the event while retaining their own visual identity. The collaboration with Jonathan Cape and the Bristol Festival of Ideas has been really fruitful and has lent the project a level of professionalism that has benefitted the students in developing their professional practice. We look forward to other collaborations in the future.”

Andrew Kelly, Bristol Festival of Ideas, said, “We were delighted to have this opportunity to work with UWE and were impressed by the quality of the designs submitted by the students and the variety of ways in which they had interpreted the brief. We are keen to work on similar projects in the future as we see this as an excellent opportunity to engage with creative young people.”

Comic Creations is just one in an inspiring programme of Bristol Festival of Idea events running throughout the autumn. Click here to see the full programme.

Price: £12.00 / £10.00 Contact Arnolfini, Bristol on: 0117 917 2300, book online, or visit in person.

UWE students will benefit from a £5 discounted ticket rate. If booking directly with the Arnolfini, UWE students will need to show their student ID.

To view all the students 'posters see: http://uweillustration.blogspot.co.uk/

Find out more about studying BA(Hons)Illustration at UWE Bristol.

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