Mr Richard Levesley

Position: Programme Leader

College: College of Arts

Department: Art and Design

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About

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Illustration

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Animation

Teaching responsibilities

I am programme leader for BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Animation, teaching across all year groups as well as on MDes and MA courses in Visual Communication

Research interests

My research explores characterisation, storytelling and visual narratives. As a practicing freelance illustrator my work is underpinned by my professional experiences. The influences on my work come from real life observations, through media, overheard conversations and my own curiosities with people, dialogue and humor. Exploring images that naturally explore humour, and making comment on my own experiences. The artwork is created using a variety of media drawing, printmaking, and digital media but it all stems from my sketchbooks that I obsessively carry around with on a day-to-day basis.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Qualifications

  • MA Communication Design , Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
  • PGPLT, University of Derby

Recent publications

Nov 2012, Illustrations published in: Editor: Richard Levesley 'Susan 'Derby: published by Wooden Dog Press Exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London.
Nov 2012, Digital prints exhibited at: Richard Levesley 'Staff Show 'Susan, Hats, Bears in Chairs University of Derby,
Nov 2012, Wooden Dog Press Website: Richard Levesley & Nicki McNaney promotion of research activity and alumni.
Oct 2012: Collaborative Illustrations have been produced by Stage 3 Illustration Students, hand-printed and published in: Editor: Nicki McNaney & Richard Levesley. 'Lost and Found' Derby, published by Wooden Dog Press Exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London and the Derby City Museum and Art Gallery Derby.
Oct 2011, Collaborative Illustrations have been produced by Stage 3 Illustration Students, hand-printed and published in: Editor: Nicki McNaney & Richard Levesley. 'Noir ': published by Wooden Dog Press Exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London and the Quad Derby.
2011 Wooden Dog Press: collaborative publication. Screen printed cards and prints "hats" distributed at Small Publishers Fair- RGAP: Conway Hall London.
2011 "The life and death of my tangerine imac " illustration for "The Observatory" publication, Visual Communication Research Group. University of Derby
2010 Wooden Dog Press: collaborative publication. Screen printed publication "cupboard" distributed at Small Publishers Fair- RGAP: Conway Hall London
2010 "Flycatcher","Ken di J" and "My Life, " illustrations for "The Observatory" publication, Visual Communication Research Group. University of Derby
2009 "A Collection of beige Thoughts" illustration for "The Observatory" publication, Visual Communication Research Group. University of Derby

Recent conferences

Conference Paper " Illustrated Worlds ": Richard Levesley & Marc Bosward Spatialising Illustration, Varoom, Swansea Met Jan 2013.

Additional interests and activities

2011 Curator and event manager of the AOI Images 35 Best of British Illustration touring exhibition, exhibited at Markeaton street

I practice as a freelance Illustrator and have been commissioned in Editorial, Advertising and Design, developing advertising campaigns in collaboration with Art Directors, Copywriters and Designers.

Experience in industry

I am a freelance Illustrator and have been commissioned by the following:

Guardian Guide, Bloomsbury Publishing, Lambie/Nairn, Radio Times, WTCS advertising, Independent On Sunday, BDH/TBWA advertising, Delicious Magazine, Paperlink cards, Saatchi & Saatchi, Timeout Magazine, Tiger Print, Waitrose Food Illustrated, Ogilvy & Mather U.S.A, Restaurant magazine, Sunday Times magazine, Hotel Magazine, Red active

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