The 3rd Years go Professional
The new 3rd year started with a bang and off the back of the successful 5th Stoke Con Trent event we invited a range of visiting artist to come in and talk to the students about life in the comic industry. First out of the blocks were AccentUk publishing House.
This year also saw Alan Batson (Managing Director of Character Building UK Ltd) come and talk all things from Star Wars to art composition and direction to the students
This slightly departed from what our guest lecturers usually talk about
Dan Painter Storyboard artist also made an appearance helping to students to realise the other potential areas of the industry that they might want to venture into.
And as ever we welcomed our very own Fig Taylor from the Association of Illustrators to talk to students about working freelance and getting themselves an agent to work with .
Stoke Con Trent - Also had in Frazer Irving who hasn't been on the Comic Convention scene for a few years, but was ready to step out again. We were very lucky that he decided to do Stoke Con Trent and also to grace us with his brilliant presence.
Frazer also has developed his digital drawing skills and was willing to show this off to students.
During the first week we also tried to run a mentoring scheme where 3rd years and 1st Years came together to help in a pub quiz.
As part of the mentoring scheme there was a trip to the Monkey forest which provided the opportunity for the students to study and draw real life action. If forced them to look and observe the creatures and the environment.