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Falmouth illustrators launch new industry sourcebook

The great and the good of the illustration world converged on the Royal Society of Arts in London this month to celebrate the launch of University College Falmouth's 'Book of Illustrated Quotes & Sayings 2'.

The book features the work of the latest graduates from the University College's internationally-renowned BA(Hons) Illustration course, each of whom selected a quote or saying and then illustrated it in their own style. The result is an evocative mix of styles and genres.

"I selected the 'Quotes & Sayings' theme because you can apply any illustrative context to it – from advertising illustration and narrative fiction to editorial comment and information source," explained course leader Alan Male. "Fundamentally, it is an essential industry sourcebook that provides publishing, advertising and media professionals with a rich vein of creative talent to commission work from."

Male himself is no stranger to the world of international book publishing, having illustrated more than 30 complete books during his career. His latest book, Illustration: a Theoretical & Contextual Perspective, is due to be published by Watson-Guptill Publications in New York and Thames & Hudson in the UK, and translated into 30 languages for publication across the globe.

"This new body of work by Falmouth graduates shows the distinctive qualities long associated with the College," said leading illustrator, Michael Foreman, who provided the foreword for the book and attended the launch. "The work is recognisably 'Falmouth' but there is no house style as such, quite the opposite in fact. The visual language of Falmouth is one of great variety and innovation, and of obvious enjoyment in the making of work. What makes it really special, however, is the determined professionalism and an awareness of who the work is for."

Copies of the book are available to order online by visiting

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through higher education. The CUC is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

The book was designed by Peter Bennett and production was overseen by Stuart Odgers.

For further information about BA(Hons) Illustration at University College Falmouth, please visit or visit, email or telephone 01326 214369.

For further information, please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.


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