Meet the best graduates from two corners of the UK

Falmouth University’s graduate Summer Shows run from Friday 19 May to Wednesday 24 May. Here are two illustration highlights from the show, and don’t forget you can catch Falmouth at Free Range 2017 from Friday 23rd June.

01. Calum Heath

  • Course: BA (Hons) Illustration
  • Projects: The Dinos; Ken Livingstone; Contagious Emotions; 1962

One top talent to watch out for from Falmouth’s illustration class of 2017 is Calum Heath. Specialising in editorial and narrative illustration, he also worked as an art director on independent short film Nation Down.

“My main source of inspiration is drawing people from life,” he says. “I have a great interest in the way people behave, and I always try to communicate different interactions and characters in my work.”

“I love drawing because it allows you to show people in a surreal way,” he continues, “taking them out of the normality of an everyday scene.”

02. Ella Kasperowicz

  • Course: BA (Hons) Illustration
  • Projects: Mean Girls 1 and 2; Illustrdating; Pencils at School; Make Some Medicine 1; Make Some Medicine 2

Another Summer Shows highlight is Falmouth graduate Ella Kasperowicz, who loves playing with pens, words and ideas. One third of collaborative and long distance ‘illustrationship’ Spud, Kasperowicz is inspired by screenprinting, among other influences.

“I love colour, making boring things fun and wordplay,” she says. “I often have an unusual interpretation of something, and regularly make connections between things that may seem a bit bizarre – which I hope means you can see my personality in everything I do. By doing this, I try to make themes and information more accessible.”

In future, she hopes to contribute to children’s magazines, publish some books, paint murals, make clothes and more. “I also want to continue our Spud collaborative and go wherever this crazy world of illustration takes me,” she says. 

Computer Arts will be bringing you the cream of the 2017 graduate crop in a special new talent issue, on sale 21 July. Subscribe now to make sure you get your copy (and make huge savings). Also, have you entered Computer Arts’ cover competition yet? Deadline is 2 July – good luck!

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.