Illustration Case Studies
Recent Graduates are working with the following:
Usborne Childrens Books, Moonpig, Lego, NHS Trust, Marks & Spencer, Tigerprint Bright Agency, British Museum, Lush and Astra Games.
Students also have the opportunity at the end of their course to exhibit at New Designers in London.
“Since graduating, I have been working as a Graphic Artist at LEGO in Denmark. I have worked on a range of products that have been based on reference from comic books, films and television shows, such as The Lone Ranger, Back to the Future, Avengers Assemble Television series, and Ghostbusters. As well as this, I have also worked on original characters for The LEGO Movie and its related LEGO products.”
Art has always been a huge passion for me and I have even more love for illustration. Doing my degree in Swansea College of Art has been the best choice I've made in my life so far. The course brings so many opportunities for students - guest speakers, course trips, collaborations with other courses and the ability to find your niche as a creative. The main reason I loved studying in Swansea was that the lectures were so friendly. Because they were and still are practicing illustrators themselves, they have a lot of knowledge of the outside world and one of their main priorities within the three year course was getting you ready to become a practicing illustrator after graduating. At the end of the third year, students have the opportunity to showcase their work in the biggest exhibition for new graduates in the UK. The New Designers show in London was the point where I thought I could actually make illustration a career. I won the Hallmark Studio award in which I was given a two month placement. Winning the award has got me so much publicity to make a start in my own path as a creative and I can't wait to see where the future takes me.
New designers led on to my first commissioned project as a professional illustrator. After a year of working freelance for several clients including Moonpig.com and the NHS, I decided to look for a full-time studio position and began working as an in-house designer at Usborne Publishing.
Although my role at Usborne is in design and not illustration, the skills I learnt from my illustration degree translated and helped me adjust quickly. The tutor's workshops in using digital software and experimenting with fonts, layouts and colours were extremely useful and vital to learn for industry. Having full access to the university's library, facilities, tutors expertise, feedback and workshops is a great opportunity to develop your skills while you have the time and freedom of being a student.
What makes a creative career so exciting is you never know where it will take you, after graduating I never imagined I would be working, and love working in children's publishing! A career in design or illustration can at times be stressful, both mentally and physically tiring, so perseverance and devotion to improving your skills is vital. But, being paid to draw a crocodile riding a unicycle seems like a good trade-off to me.