Illustration Students Create 2019 Calendar

  • Published: 5 Oct 2018

Students from Duncan of Jordanstone’s fourth year Illustration class have created an illustrated calendar, which features a different piece of original art for each month and is available to purchase as part of a collaborative fundraising effort. Mairi Laird and Fraser Robertson told us more…

“We thought a calendar would be a great way to bring everyone’s work together”

“Our class is full of incredible artists who all have very different styles and ways of working, and the calendar is a great way to bring everyone’s work together”, Mairi explains. “We wanted a way to fundraise that would involve the whole class – as well as being good fun, a calendar seemed like the perfect fit!”

Artwork by Sophie Morrison 

“We were actually inspired by the previous fourth years to create the calendar”

Mairi continues, “Last year’s fourth year students created a 2018 calendar which is hanging on my wall at home”. So when we were initially brainstorming ideas that was the first one that came to mind. We began work on it during summer, and asked if our classmates would each produce a piece of work for an assigned month. As our class is quite large, we were actually able to produce two different calendars – one with a pink cover and one with a blue cover.

"I worked on the typography, gathered up everyone’s images and myself and another student, Sophie Morrison, collaborated on the cover. It only took about a month to get the calendars ready to print!”

“We’ll be using the proceeds to fund our Degree Show next year”

Fraser explains, “The proceeds from the calendar will be going towards funding parts of our Degree Show, as well as for taking members of the class to D&AD New Blood in July next year. D&AD New Blood is a festival for new designers and creators to showcase their work in London among other students and companies. It’s incredibly important for us to attend as the event usually attracts loads of creatives in the industry; art directors, editors, design houses, and various other creative outlets.”

Artwork by Paul Dock

“The calendar is available to pre-order on Etsy”

“We’re selling the calendar on my Etsy shop, which I’ve been running for about a year now”, Fraser continues. “I sell prints, zines and other items and it’s definitely something I would like to continue once I graduate next year. In conjunction with going freelance for the last nine months via various commissions, these products have been my main source of income, and I’d like to continue to do this post-university as well as create my own projects, works and shows too.”

You can pre-order a copy of the calendar on theLostAstronaut shop on Etsy now – they’re priced at £13.00 and you can choose between pink or blue version. A full list of contributing artists is also on the Etsy shop.

“Our class is full of incredible artists who all have very different styles and ways of working, and the calendar is a great way to bring everyone’s work together”

Mairi Laird