Senior Lecturer, Illustration
Sue Clarke has been an academic and illustrator for over 30 years; she graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1989 with a first-class BA(Hons) degree. She is currently Senior Lecturer on the BA(Hons) Illustration Course at Falmouth, and External Assessor for the BA(Hons) Illustration Course at Derby University. She has taught at Falmouth for 17 years, across different roles, including Head of the 1st year and Module Leadership for Level 4 and Level 6.
Previous academic roles include Joint Course Leader on the MA Illustration/Animation Course at Kingston University, External Assessor for the BA Illustration Course at Hull School of Art and Associate Lecturer/Visiting Lecturer at various Universities, including Central St. Martins, Brighton and Buckinghamshire. She has taught across a range of levels, such as Art Foundation, BA and MA, in Illustration and textiles, and has written various short courses.
Sue has worked substantially as a freelance illustrator alongside teaching throughout her career and has built up a large international client list across Editorial Illustration, Design, Advertising and Publishing, in the UK, USA, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan and Holland. Selected clients include Time magazine, Wall St. Journal, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Radio Times, New Scientist, Penguin Books, Walker Books, Transworld, Macmillan, Hyperion/Disney, BBC Educational Books, The Royal Festival Hall, NatWest, Amnesty International and Decca Records. Notable, sustained commissions include regular contributions to Wall Street Journal in the US, Europe and Asia, and several self-authored fiction and non-fiction children's picture books and award-winning pop-up books.
Personal research in conjunction with 'Painted Words' Illustration agency in New York continues to explore paper engineered books with inbuilt visual illusions, based on the Chinese 'Jacob's Ladder' toy mechanism.
Recent research includes a written contribution to an academic book on Illustration titled, 'A Companion to Illustration', edited by Alan Male, published by Wiley Blackwell in the US, with worldwide distribution, for which she also illustrated the cover of the book. Her chapter is titled: 'The Illustrator as Visual Problem Solver: A Deconstruction of Conceptual Strategies for the Contemporary Illustrator'.