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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Award Winning International Illustrator Mentors Students At Brighton Metropolitan College

Award-winning Lithuanian illustrator Akvile Magicdust has been mentoring students at Brighton Metropolitan College as part of the Pop Up Projects" International Illustrator's Exchange programme
Akvile Magicdust with Lily Gould

The students have created Leprello graphic stories, which will be published by NoBrow and exhibited at the London Book Fair 2018. 

Akvile said: "For me it was interesting that the students chose very different topics for their leporello stories such as diversity, elephant ivory trade, tea history and the apocalypse. 

"I'm sure this project will create lots of opportunities for the students to work in the illustrator industry and with publishing professionals... they're going to exposed to a number of, hopefully, very useful connections.
"Through this project I have had a chance to visit Brighton for the first time. It's an incredibly artistic and cosy town, and I'm inspired to come back and work with artists and other professionals here in the future."

The programme is an international exchange of outstanding and emerging illustratorsand comics artists across the UK, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Brighton Metropolitan College is one of the twelve universities and colleges taking part in the project in the UK.

Student Rina Salee added: "My final major project was going to be about diversity and identity in general. 

"I feel it's important to visually communicate ideas to younger audiences and I came up with the idea of representing people as different kinds of plants in my leporello story. 

"I like working under a time limit as it drives me to work fast and ideas start coming. This has made this project really exciting."

For more information on the Pop Up Project CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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