Oldbury Wells School

Working With Marvel Illustrator Mike Fyles


25 January 2017


Oldbury Wells Sixth Form Art and Design students have been working with Marvel cover illustrator Mike Fyles this week on an exciting project involving local primary schools which is to be launched next week. The students studied Mike's work, gaining an understanding of the history of comic book design and developed practical work devising thumbnail ideas, layouts and designs in traditional and digital media. Mike works as an illustrator designing and producing cover art work for a range of small press publishers specialising in adventure stories. His work has been published with Marvel and Moonstone and he has recently finished a project producing merchandise for a British-based company which he hopes to see in leading stores soon.

The project is the 'Get Creative Writing Competition' devised by Oldbury Wells to inspire Year 5 and 6 primary school pupils and our Year 7 pupils to write their own adventure stories in no more than 500 words. The children will be visiting us on Thursday and Friday 2nd and 3rd February to take part in a writing workshop with published children's author, Mark Robson, who will guide them through the writing process. The primary pupils will then work with our Sixth Form Art and Design students to produce front cover designs for their stories using the skills and techniques learnt during the illustration with Mike Fyles.

Deputy Headteacher, Miss Thomas, said, "The students had an amazing and memorable experience working with Mike, gaining a deeper understanding of the life of an illustrator and creating superb illustrations and ideas to take forward to the primary book cover workshops."

An exhibition of shortlisted competition entries will be held in our Sports Hall on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th March. MP Philip Dunne will present prizes to the winners and runners-up at a ceremony in our Sports Hall on Friday 17th March.

Pictured is illustrator Mike Fyles and some of our Sixth Form students 
with the work they produced during the book cover design workshop.


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