Roisin Swales, ‘Big Hid’ and Flying Eye Books.

Roisin Swales graduated from Illustration with Animation in 2016 with a portfolio of work that clearly identified picture books as a career direction she was interested in following. There had already been early indications of Roisin’s potential when as a second year she was recognised with inclusion in The International Lemniscaat Worldwide Picture Book Illustration Exhibition at The Hive in Worcester. (image below)

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of the the final year student show down to the New Designers graduate showcase in London…..this was a success for the course overall but in particular Roisin’s work received a great deal of attention form publishers and agents.

You can read what happened next in this interview with Roisin in Creative Review April 2017:

Further research:

The Macmillan Prize

The International Centre for the Picture Book in Society

New Designers



Alumni: Thomas Hartnett O’Meara animates David Hockney for Tate Britain.

Alumni Thomas Hartnett O’Meara graduated from the BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation programme in 2012 going on to complete an MA at the RCA in 2015. Previously profiled here on this blog Thomas is also an alumni of the School of Art Foundation Diploma.

In recent work Thomas has just completed a high profile commission from Tate Britain for the current sell out: David Hockney Retrospective – you can see the animated film on the vimeo link below.

Thomas has also been working for renowned film maker Wes Anderson on puppets for forthcoming The Isle of Dogs animated feature film, due out in 2018. More news on this as it goes live.

Link to Thomas Hartnett O’Meara’s website

Alumni Awards 2016

The Alumni Awards are selected by a renowned former student of the School of Art with a  renowned professional connection to the profession of illustration or animation. These awards are selected on the afternoon the private view, and are in the sole gift of the alumni without reference to academic performance or staff comment.

This year we welcomed back the renowned illustrator Ian Pollock to select these awards. Pollock as he is known, is  recognised across the world for his work for clients including the RSCRoyal Mail, Rolling Stone and most recently his Grammy nominated collaboration with Vaughan Oliver on packaging of ‘Indie Cindy’ for The Pixies.

Two awards are given one for Illustration and one for Animation.

Winner of the Illustration Award 2016: David Howe: website


Winner of the Animation Award 2016: Alex Davies: websiteScreen Shot 2016-05-27 at 02.55.11Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 02.55.34

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