Plymouth Illustration Symposium
  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

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This symposium coincides with the launch of the second edition of Becoming a Successful Illustrator (Bloomsbury, 2017) by Derek Brazell and Jo Davies, Associate Professor of Illustration, University of Plymouth. 

It will feature artists from the best-selling book, talking about their practise across a breadth of contexts, including children’s publishing, games design, comic books, concept art, editorial and printmaking formats.

There will be an opportunity to ask the illustrators questions during the event.


  • 13:00 - Introduction. Jo Davies, author and Ashley Potter, Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Illustration, University of Plymouth
  • 13:05 - Viv Schwartz is a writer and illustrator of books, mostly for children. She is published internationally and her work can be seen in award- winning picture books, comics, craft books and interactive books. She also invents games.
  • 13:45 - Tom Jay has a background in printmaking and a love of mid-century design. He is successful across many areas of illustration and works for top clients internationally.
  • 14:30 - Badger Tracks is a Concept Artist and Designer who has worked on award winning games across PC, mobile and consoles, advertising and film.
  • Break
  • 15:30 - Panel Q&A
  • 16:15 - Andrea D’Aquino is a New York based Illustrator and ex-art director. She has always resisted labels like art director, illustrator, graphic designer and finds herself happiest straddling the line between all those areas of practice.
  • 17:00 Close

Contact Jo Davies ( for further information.

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Illustration is all around us, in all forms of communication.

We encourage you to explore a range of techniques, media and approaches – so you are just as likely to see your work on the side of a building or on a tablet screen as on the pages of a book or magazine.

Our Illustration awards are: Illustration (core) || Animation and the Screen || Children's Markets || Comics and Visual Narratives || Printmaking

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