Jac Batey

Course Leader MA Illustration

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Locked Pro Plan feature


Projects credited in

About me

I make Artist's Books and Zines: I use the names 'Damp Flat Books' and 'FutureFantasteek'. Many of my books and zines are held in permanent collections such as the V&A Museum, Tate Britain, the British Library, the Getty Institute in Los Angeles, the Joan Flasch Collection, Chicago and The Met in New York. Many of the themes I enjoy working with are anxiety, satire and modern living. I have attended conferences internationally to present my artist's books and to talk about art-zines and illustration. MA Illustration Course Leader: This course is focussed on socially aware projects that question our place in the world. I also supervise PhD students within Art and Design (specialism Artists' Books, Zines, Illustration).

Locked Pro Plan feature


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Lecturing
  • Comic Illustration
  • Zine Design
  • Design Research
  • Narrative Illustration
  • Drawing Sketching
  • Reasearch
  • Research Visualisation
  • Blog Illustration

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • University of Portsmouth

    University of Portsmouth

    • Education & Research
  • N

    Norwich University of the arts

    • T

      The University of Brighton

      • D&AD New Blood Festival 2020

        D&AD New Blood Festival 2020

        • Events

      Work history


      Jan 1995
      • Portsmouth, United Kingdom
      • Part Time
      • Course Leader for MA Illustration. Tutor for BA Illustration. Supervisor for PhD students.


      Jan 2016 - Jan 2019
      • Norwich, United Kingdom
      • Part Time
      • External Examiner for BA(HONS) Illustration Course.


      External Examiner

      ALIF Creative Academy

      Jan 2006 - Jul 2006
      • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
      • Part Time
      • External Examiner, ALIF Creative Academy, Malaysia. Multimedia Course/Design Course (Degree Equivalent)


      Jan 1996 - Jan 2007
      • Brighton, United Kingdom
      • Part Time
      • Visiting lecturer for MA Sequential Illustration / Editorial Design. I was a personal tutor, lecturer and specialist in narrative illustration and new technologies.



      Jan 1997 - Jan 2003
      • Brighton, United Kingdom
      • PhD BY PRACTICE: THE SAFE CIGARETTE 'The Safe Cigarette' My thesis presented a series of Artist’s Books and Multiples of graphic expressions of anxiety, each informed by a comparative study presented as a sequence of Volumes of the visual strategies used to advertise cigarettes in America in mass-circulation magazines between 1945 and 1964. The thesis was presented as a boxed object containing the eight Volumes (also produced as handmade books), with Gatefolds and 9 Artist’s books and Multiples. The thesis identifies specific design and illustration solutions in cigarette advertising such as considerations of artwork, photography, layout, typography, characterisation, and diagrammatic representation of process. The conclusions are then used as the basis for 9 books and multiples in which I explore, within my own artwork, the dynamics of visual instruction, and the devices for reassuring the anxious consumer using irony and humour throughout. You can read the whole damn thing (yes, the whole thing) here: http://thesafecigarette.blogspot.com