Last updated: 13th May
Last week I visited Central St Martin’s degree show.
For me the illustration and photography work really stood out.
On first looks I’m afraid to say that I thought the quality of work on display was not as high as I’d expected. This soon changed on viewing students’ websites; their work was of a far higher presentation standard online.
It was an enjoyable evening snooping at everyone’s work in a lovely exhibition space full of character and art school atmosphere. A minor downfall was that small details were missed; the labelling of current room wasn’t so clear, business cards had run out and a lack of students were on hand.
Some of my snaps:
This illustration of a melting polar bear (any students know who this is by?) was strong both conceptually and visually:
Nikolay Volevski’s paper cut covers:
Emile Hamshaw-Jones’ Solar System project:
Very professional print finish from Jonathan Seary:
Notable graduates were:
Lauren Michelle Pires — Graphic design / Photography / Video / Fashion
A nostalgic take on fashion from a creative with high quality and varied work:
Olga Krasanova — Photography / Advertising / Video
An interesting collection of images showing realities of life in the depths of Siberia:
Emilia Buggins — Graphic design / Photography / Illustration
This image was particularly strong in her Family series:
Nikolay Volevski — Illustration
Detailed use of paper cutting to add depth to fragile images:
Lilias Buchanan — Illustration / Music / Film
Visually strong photo-realistic portraits:
Geraldine Nassieu-Maupas — Graphic Design
Attention grabbing posters:
Jake Snellin — Illustration
I found these Fantastic Mr. Fox illustrations charming:
Emile Hamshaw-Jones — Graphic Design
Anything to do with design and space catches my eye. These were a great way of depicting the solar system:
Jonathan Seary — Graphic Design
I was impressed with the quality of Jonathan’s CORE 80 project:
Others were Daniel Yijia You (Photography) and Xichu Wang (Graphic Design / Photography), both currently have no website available.
I found it interesting how many exhibitors listed several specialities on their business card, with one of the illustrators also declaring that they were a musician. I suppose this is where design is heading, with designers needing to have more and more skills at their fingertips.
Annoyingly there was the usual lack of online presence from some students, but that comes with starting out. My advice to students worrying about not having the means to create a perfect online portfolio would be to find a simple hosting site, borrow a decent camera and make sure contact details are prominent. Email domains that match your site URL are best, but if someone wants to contact you enough, a hotmail one will do for the short-term.
For a full list of students visit the CSM student index.
Next year I aim to visit some more degree shows, and hopefully visit my old course at the University of Plymouth.
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