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Portfolio Chats for Local Illustrators

17 January 2024 // 13.00 – 17.00 // Free

Initiated by local illustrator Owen Davey, his virtual portfolio chats have matched illustrators from around the world with mentors, with the aim being to encourage diversity in the sector.  Owen and a group of local illustrators are coming to Colonnade House for the very first time! If you are working, studying or a budding illustrator working in any field – bring your portfolio and sign up for a free 1 to 1 portfolio chat.

The sessions are for people from marginalised and oppressed backgrounds, you can be of any ability and at any point in your career. Each FREE half-hour chat is a one-to-one conversation with somebody in the industry. Talk through your portfolio, get advice on professional practice or chat through some ideas.

Please look at each mentor’s bio to understand each person’s knowledge and experience level and ensure they are right for you to chat with.

Owen Davey // 13.00 – 17.00

My name is Owen Davey. My pronouns are he/him and I am an award-winning Illustrator from the UK. Since 2009 I have worked with many clients including (but not limited to) Google, WWF, Facebook, Sony, Lego and National Geographic. I have produced many picture books which have been published in over 25 languages all over the world. ‘Curious About Crocodiles’ from my non-fiction ‘About’ series with Flying Eye Books won Best in Show in the 3×3 Professional Show 2022. From the same series, ‘Bonkers About Beetles’ won Best in Show in 2019.

You can book your half hour slot here.

Owen Davey: Lord of the Halflings
Laurie Rowan // 13.00 – 15.00

Laurie Rowan is an animator, illustrator, director and art director known for his distinctive style and unique approach to characterization and playful modular design.

Laurie began his career as a studio-based creative lead, then later a freelancer, creating content for clients such as the BBC, Channel 4, and Disney. His projects have achieved numerous accolades, including a Children’s BAFTA win, nomination and Lovie Award.

You can book your half hour slot with Laurie here.

Laurie Rowan
John Bond // 15.00 – 17.00

John Bond is an illustrator, author and artist who lives and works in Worthing on the south coast, UK.

He now works independently as an illustrator and artist from his studio at Colonnade House, balancing commercial jobs with self initiated projects and running his online shop. John’s work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and he has spoken at industry events such as Pictoplasma, Glug and Pecha Kucha.

Book your half hour slot with John here.

John Bond: Mixed Prints
Michele Payne // 13.00 – 17.00

Michele Payne has been creating surface patterns, placements and characters professionally for over 25 years. The designs are mostly digitally created, using Illustrator, or sometimes created through doodling, drawing and painting. In recent years, Michele has been exploring abstract, making playful, colourful, intuitive paintings that incorporate details and symbols.

Michele has been lucky enough to collaborate with many clients over the years, including; Pigeon Organics, Lilly + Sid, Hibou Home, Mothercare, Lucy + Yak, John Lewis, Mamas + Papas & more.

Book your half hour slot with Michele here.

Michele Payne: Woodland Morning
Garth Jones // 13.00 – 15.00

My name is Garth Jones and I’m an animator and illustrator. I’ve been co-running the animation studio Persistent Peril for 12 years now. I’ve directed music videos for Diagram and The Leisure Society, animated book trailers for Owen Davey & John Bond, created AR posters and made short films which have screened at festivals all over world including Pictoplasma in Berlin & the international children film festival in NYC.

Book your half hour slot with Garth Jones here.

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