A famous writer, illustrator and cartoonist Martin Rowson gave a speech to the students of BA (Hons) Illustration programme.
His works are distinguished by multiple awards and for over three decades they regularly appear on the pages of The Daily Mirror, The Times, The Irish Times, The Spectator and various other influential papers. Stuff, his book of memoirs, was nominated for Samuel Johnson award in 2006. Martin Rowson is also chairman of the British Cartoonists’ Association.
Martin visited the British Higher School of Art and Design with a lecture on the boundaries of the acceptable and political elements in illustration, on proper visual metaphors and other subtleties of visual art. After the lecture, the participants engaged in a fascinating workshop where they were required to imagine themselves and their counterparts as birds and beasts, and then to put it down on paper.
Later on, Martin Rowson taught the audience to quickly capture the memorable facial features and instantly transform them into sketches. Meanwhile he himself was captured in pencil by one of the students.
The performance by a renowned master of illustration impressed the BA (Hons) Illustration students and inspired them to find new creative solutions.