• A collection of ten illustrations covering a variety of themes

      McNaney, Nicki; Levesley, Richard; Poynton, Stuart; University of Derby (2014-09)
      Exhibited at the Off Register Print Exhibition and the Wirksworth Festival. Artists from the wooden dog press collective exhibited artwork at the festival. The Wirksworth Festival aims to reach and create new audiences for contemporary visual art and encourage opportunities for participation and critical debate. The Festival makes a positive contribution to the community and economy of the area and is a key player in the artistic and cultural life of the region.
    • Illustrated worlds

      Bosward, Marc; Levesley, Richard; University of Derby (Association of Illustrators, 2013-10)
      The practice of the contemporary illustrator is no longer exclusively defined by the traditional orthodoxies of the commissioner and illustrator relationship. Contemporary Illustration has expanded the parameters of the discipline to include toys, games, animation, collectable objects, fashion and other forms of media and merchandising. This multi-disciplinary and authorial practice is often predicated on the creation of an identifiable, virtual ‘world’ that is manifest across an illustrator’s output, independent of variations in audience, purpose and subject matter. This paper will explore the illustrator’s use of visual language in constructing virtual, illustrated worlds.Drawing from a range of contemporary examples, the paper will explore the capacity of illustration to generate a virtual world that engages and absorbs its audience. The paper will argue that a sense of place established through non-representational approaches can address the actual, socio-historical world through the interpretation of the constructed world’s diegesis. The paper will also consider how a world is realised across personal and commercial outputs and the interrelationship and interface of authorial and commercial imperatives.
    • Illustrated worlds, virtual environments and authorial voice

      Bosward, Marc; Levesley, Richard; University of Derby (2013-01)
      The practice of the contemporary illustrator is no longer exclusively defined by the traditional orthodoxies of the commissioner and illustrator relationship. Contemporary Illustration has expanded the parameters of the discipline to include toys, games, animation, collectable objects, fashion and other forms of media and merchandising. This multi-disciplinary and authorial practice is often predicated on the creation of an identifiable, virtual 'world' that is manifest across an illustrator's output, independent of variations in audience, purpose and subject matter. This paper will explore the illustrator's use of visual language in constructing virtual worlds that define authorial voice. Drawing from a range of contemporary and historical examples, the paper will explore the capacity of illustration to generate a virtual world that engages and absorbs its audience. How does an illustrator use the language of exaggeration, distortion, symbolism and metaphor to construct a system of coherent signifiers that constitute a world that is repeatedly revisited across their practice? The paper will argue that a sense of place established through non-representational approaches can address the actual, socio-historical world through the interpretation of the constructed world's diegesis. An analysis of contemporary illustration in its relationship to genre and authorship will be discussed in relation to this premise. The paper will also consider how a world is realised across personal and commercial outputs and the interrelationship and interface of authorial and commercial imperatives. The paper will offer an assessment of these issues, offering approaches for illustrators to explore the intellectual, psychological and emotional resonance of illustrated worlds, and to extend the formal and thematic parameters that determine illustration's status as a narrative form.
    • Inside my head.

      Levesley, Richard; University of Derby (2016-11)
    • Limited edition screenprint

      Levesley, Richard; University of Derby (2015-02)
      My work explores themes of humour, word play, narrative and visual storytelling. Focus is on the use of Illustration to explore personal voice and the extent that this can be applied to processes whilst retaining visual identity. I am interested in the process of Illustration and experimentation in various outputs, this is currently leading me into further visual treatment such as 3d laser cut artworks and ceramics.
    • People in my world.

      Levesley, Richard; University of Derby (Oriel Davies Gallery, 2016-02)
      Digital image making print on characterisation. Limited edition Screen printed publication on the theme of weather A peer selected exhibition by Alex boyd Jones Curator, Director of Oriel gallery Amanda Farr and Chris Glynn Senior lecturer, Cardiff Metropolitan University.
    • Tickled pink.

      Levesley, Richard; University of Derby (2017-03)
      Research into small publishing projects. Exploration of current market competition in illustrated publications and zines. An extensive investigation into risograph printing process in order to create limited edition publication.
    • Unsavoury thoughts

      Levesley, Richard; University of Derby (Meraki greetings cards, 2018-01)
      Investigation into trends within the industry, exploring varied audiences for the gift market. Research of current Illustration competition, use of humour and subjects in the industry. A body of visual experimentation and process to challenge and create contemporary illustrated outcomes in the field of design. Visual research into drawing and experimentation into line quality, characterisation and developing appropriate characters for audience. Distributed nationally currently featured in UK retail outlets such as Paperchase.
    • World Heart Day 2017

      Levesley, Richard; University of Derby (29/09/2017)
      A national campaign that engaged social media, fashion design, publication and media to engage in the world heart day. A diverse visual response to the open theme of the heart, capturing cultural, and humorous characterisation associated with hearts. Engaged media in the campaign and raise awareness of the charity globally.