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Roderick Mills Illustration

Roderick Mills

Roderick Mills is Course Leader and Level 6 Year Coordinator for MDes/BA (Hons) Illustration at University of Brighton. Deputy Chairman Association of Illustrators, co-founder of MOKITA Illustration Forum, member of the Scientific Committee CONFIA International Conference on Illustration and Animation, sits on the International Advisory Board of Illustration Research, and is a regular contributor for Varoom! Magazine.

Since graduating from MA Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art Roderick has worked across most areas of illustration included editorial, publishing, corporate literature, advertising, web design, exhibition design & animation. Working for a variety of international clients including: The BBC, Royal Mail, The Design Museum, The National Theatre, Opéra National de Paris, Penguin Books, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Yale University, Pentagram Design, Die Zeit, Stone Yamashita Partners San Francisco, Los Angeles Times, Faber & Faber Books, The Guardian,
Bloomsbury Publishing, Macmillan, New York Magazine, La Habitación Ediciones SL Barcelona, The Partners, Sideshow Books USA, Esquire Magazine, The Toronto Times, VSA Partners New York.

Roderick lives & works in London & is represented by Heart Artists’ Agent in both London & New York.

Awards have included: Print Certificate of Excellence USA, Society of Publication Design SPOTS, AOI Images 24 Pentagram Prize, The Quentin Blake Award for Narrative Illustration RCA, The Folio Society Awards RCA, The ED&F Man Portfolio Prize RCA, was nominated for a D&AD Silver Award for Illustration in 2003, & work is included in the collection of Bibliothéque natonale de France Réserve des livres rares.

Work has featured in various books on Illustration including:
Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen
Published by Laurence King 2014
Illustration by Andrew Hall
Published by Laurence King 2010
New Ornamental Type: Decorative Lettering in the Digital Age by Steven Heller & Gail Anderson Published by Thames & Hudson 2010
The Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration Edited by Angus Hyland, Pentagram Design
Published by Laurence King 2007
Pictures & Words: New Comic Art & Narrative Illustration by Roanne Bell & Mark Sinclair
Published by Laurence King 2005
Pen & Mouse: Commercial Art & Digital Illustration Edited by Angus Hyland, Pentagram Design
Published by Laurence King 2001

Academic:
Roderick has delivered academic papers at a number of international conferences including:
Towards a Graphic Culture: Studying Drawing International Conference Florence Italy 2015
CONFIA International Conference on Illustration and Animation Portugal 2014 & 2015
The Itinerant Illustrator 5th International Research Symposium Bangalore India 2014
Drawing in the University Today International Conference on Drawing, Image and Research Porto Portugal 2013

Research:
In tandem with illustration Roderick also collaborates with the film-maker Rosie Pedlow. Their first film ‘Immortal Stories’ funded by the Sciart Research Award - The Wellcome Trust, was screened at various International Film Festivals & was awarded Mention Spéciale du Jury at Festival Nouveau Cinéma Montreál, Québec Canada.

Roderick's practice based research explores narrative within an hybrid-multidisciplinary illustration practice. Using various media from drawing, film and animation, with a growing interest in both writing and curatorial opportunities for visual storytelling, building on 14 years of running a commercial practice.
In recent personal work Roderick has explored through drawing the depiction of fictitious locations of haunted houses from horror films. Whilst another ongoing series 'The Spectacle' are representations of empty billboards within detailed landscapes, recalling Guy Debord.

Exhibited internationally including Dubai, New York, Bangalore, Berlin, London, Basel, Copenhagen, Sheffield and Haarlem.

Film Festivals include:
2011 London Short Film Festival ICA UK
2008 30th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival France
2008 Tabacalera International Contemporary Culture San Sebastian, Spain
2008 La Enana Marrón Madrid, Spain
2008 Curtocircuito Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2007 52nd Corona Cork Film Festival Ireland
2007 L’Alternativa 14th Barcelona Independent Film Festival Spain
2007 700IS hreindÿraland Iceland
2007 European Media Art Festival Osnnabruck, Germany
2007 Mediawave Nemzetközi Film és Zenel Fesztival Györ, Hungary
2007 Nemo Biennale Festival of The Digital Arts Paris, France
2006 Festival Cinéma Montreál Québec, Canada
Mention Spéciale du Jury: Immortal Stories
2006 Número-Projecta ’06 7th Lisbon Internacional Festival Portugal
2006 60th Edinburgh Film Festival Scotland
2006 Blink Gasworks Gallery London