Month: May 2015

The Sten Project – Final Works

It’s done! I finished all the work for the Sten Project I was working on, and so I thought I’d post up the final pieces here for people to see. There will be a section for it on my portfolio site at some point (when I can get the damn thing working again….*angry illustrator noises*), but for now, here are the environments, weapons, ships and scenes that I ended up making for the project. It was really fun to work on, and not in a style I ever thought I’d end up working in, but I enjoyed the work and it was nice to have a way of working that didn’t take three million hours to finish something in.

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Tacships

Sten Vs Thoreson  Mindprobe  Sten creating his knife

 

 

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Interview With Louisa Kewell

Time for another interview, everybody, this time with the charming Louisa Kewell!

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
 Hello! I am Louisa I have just finished my degree at The Cambridge School of Art and now have to enter he big wide world!

2. You’ve been studying at the CSA in Anglia Ruskin for almost three years now, what has that been like for you?
In all honesty this has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done, but completely worth it. I have met some amazing people, who have helped boost my confidence and self esteem. Which is something that the extremely shy 18 year old me needed, more than a degree.

3. If you could pick one favourite memory of studying at the CSA, what would it be?louisa 2
In first year a group of us met up and played badminton each week. We could escape from our work for a short time and have fun in the process. There are so many facilities available to you at university and it’s quite easy to over look them when you’re in the studio each day but try not to, there’s plenty to get involved with

4. What do you like the most about being an illustrator?
Since I knew there was such a thing as an illustrator it was my only goal to become one. I love making a mess and being creative it’s just like second nature to me. I could not imagine my life with out making pictures. Plus my desk conveniently has a biscuit cupboard right next to so this really makes my life as an illustrator complete.

5. What do you like the least?
I have to be in the mood to draw. I can’t force myself because guaranteed if I do the likely hood is it will end up in the bin. But it’s important not to feel guilty about this; you might just need to be inspired by something again. A trip to the nearest coffee shop normally fixes this for me.

6. How would you describe your work and what you do?
In retrospect a lot of my work has been inspired by my childhood love of fairy tales, Disney films, and children’s picture books. I am gradually starting my own collection of children’s picture books because you are never too old to start collecting.

7. What are some of your hopes for the future after you graduate? Do you have any specific goals in mind that you’d love to achieve?
Excuse the cliché, but to have my own children’s picture book published really would be a dream come true! I would die a very happy lady.

8. Finally, are there any words of wisdom or any advice you’d give to your first year self, or to anyone just starting their own degree?
I know its depressing but life is too short. If being an illustrator is what you really want then go for it! You have got nothing to lose and who knows where it could lead you?louisa 3

If you’d like to see more of Louisa’s work, make sure to check out her website at: https://louisakewell.squarespace.com

Interview With Sorcha Faulkner

Continuing on with the interviews this week, and today we have the lovely Sorcha Faulkner!

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m twenty years old and originally from the outskirts of Greater Manchester. I love walking, nature and being outdoors.

2. You’ve been studying at the CSA in Anglia Ruskin for almost three years now, what has that been like for you?
I must say I didn’t enjoy first year much, it felt like a real battle. Though it was certainly worth it for the last two years which have gone really quickly, the tutors have been amazing and I’ve love studying alongside such talented classmates!

3. If you could pick one favourite memory of studying at the CSA, whSorcha 3at would it be?
It was a huge shock to be awarded the undergraduate Searle Award for Creativity earlier this year, especially as this year it was all about sketchbooks. I adore using sketchbooks and I feel like a lot of my best work is inside them rather than the final piece. It felt pretty lovely to be recognised for that.

4. What do you like the most about being an illustrator
I love the freedom, being able to decide my own timetable. I also feel very lucky to absolutely love working, I’m happiest when I have a project to get stuck into.

5. What do you like the least?
I’m a huge worrier so I suppose the uncertainty that comes with being freelance, though that certainly is worth it to be doing what I love.

Sorcha 46. How would you describe your work and what you do?
I think my work has a lot of variety, though I always love using texture, collage, pattern and colour. My love for nature shows through in my work quite often as well.

7. What are some of your hopes for the future after you graduate?
Do you have any specific goals in mind that you’d love to achieve? I’d love to have a go at all sorts of projects, especially working editorially for magazines and making surface patterns. We shall have to see how the next few years go.

8. Finally, are there any words of wisdom or any advice you’d give to your first year self, or to anyone just starting their own degree?
Take the opportunity at university to play around and have a go at everything, it doesn’t have to be perfect but you might discover something you love. Keep going and stick with it, it’ll work out in the end!

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If you’d like to see more of Sorcha’s work, make sure to check out her website at: http://cargocollective.com/sorchafaulkner

Interview With Rosie McAndrew

Although our hand-in is now behind us, there are still interviews to come, and this week we have the superb Rosie McAndrew!

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Well, I’m a pretty obsessed with popular culture, films in particular. I’m a northerner, I make a lot of jokes, not all of them good…

2. You’ve been studying at the CSA in Anglia Ruskin for almost three years now, what has that been like for you?
I transferred into second year from a different university and the transition has been pretty interesting. The course is everything I could hope for, the people are great and Cambridge is unlike anywhere else I’ve been so I couldn’t be happier with it all.

3. If you could pickRosie image 2 one favourite memory of studying at the CSA, what would it be?
Probably the Seville trip. It was my first week at Anglia and it started with a trip to Spain with a bunch of strangers. I’m glad I went, It was a really fun experience, I learnt a lot and I got to know everyone…over sangria.

4. What do you like the most about being an illustrator?
That I can bring my interests into whatever I make and there’s always a new subject to research and learn more about.

5. What do you like the least?
Probably the last few hours before a deadline

6. How would you describe your work and what you do?
I make a lot of references to films and popular culture in general, even if I’m the only one who knows its there. I like making connections so generally the idea drives the work.

7. What are some of your hopes for the future after you graduate? Do you have any specific goals in mind that you’d love to achieve?
I’d like to do editorial work and book covers. I’d also like to be involved in film and television in some way.

8. Finally, are there any words of wisdom or any advice you’d give to your first year self, or to anyone just starting their own degree?
If you’re enjoying it the work will show that. Don’t freak out if things aren’t working how you thought they would, take a break and look at it again, and if you’ve exhausted the options its okay to change things all together.

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If you want to see more of Rosie’s work, or get in touch with her, check out her portfolio here: http://cargocollective.com/rosiemcandrew

Nova Daemonia

While there will be another interview going up later this week, I thought I’d return to posting my own work this Tuesday, since hand-in is mere days away, and thus I have finished many things. The thing I have finished for this post is a collection of demons for the modern age, the Nova Daemonia. (Which is latin for ‘new demons’. I know. I’m incredibly clever and witty, it’s part of my charm). Contained in this post are just some of the demons I illustrated for the collection, along with their descriptions.

Sp@wli@w Gikha Ba'tli Sllort

And I want to tentatively say that eventually the whole collection will be available as an e-book. But that’s going to have to wait until after hand-in.

Now For Something A Little Bit Different – Interview With Fiona Rich

So, there’s something a little bit different on the blog this week. With graduation almost upon us, I thought that it would be interesting and fun to run a series of short interviews with some of my fellow soon-to-be-graduates from the Cambridge School of Art. Thankfully, lots of them agreed with me, and decided to take part! Over the next few weeks, there’ll be a series of interviews going up talking to my classmates about their work, their time at university and their hopes for life after graduation.

Without further ado, here is the first interview, with the wonderful Fiona Rich!

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Fee! I am a third year illustration student at ARU, and I love cooking, making jam and playing my ukulele 🙂

2. You’ve been studying at the CSA in Anglia Ruskin for almost three years now, what has that been like for you?
Its been a fantastic rollercoaster of learning curves and breakthroughs, and I wouldn’t change any of it. These three years have gone ridiculously fast! I’m not really ready for them to be over. It’s been an incredible privilege to be doing what I love, with talented people who are passionate about the same thing, for so long. All the free wine at private views hasn’t been too bad either!

3. If you could pick one favourite memory of studying at the CSA, what would it be?
The Seville trip in second year! Never have I drawn so many buildings, eaten so much ice cream, and consumed so many unidentifiable foods.

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4. What do you like the most about being an illustrator?
I have a few things! The first is that it’s fun- its pretty much the only job where its legit to draw an octopus riding a bike and call it work. Also i just think its such a gift to be able to do the thing you love the most for money! Not many people get that opportunity. Finally, I love the flexibility. If you want to go for a bike ride in the middle of the working day and work through the night instead, you have the freedom to do that.

5. What do you like the least?
I guess it’s the bad side of my last ‘good’ point- that because you have the flexibility to work when you want you have to stay on top of everything and be really motivated. I have never written more lists than I have this year!

6. How would you describe your work and what you do?
I guess i would describe my work as textury, messy, colourful and lighthearted. I particularly like making books, especially for children because they’re really fun and they don’t take life too seriously, but I’ve made all sorts of different things because i get bored easily and want to try everything.

7. What are some of your hopes for the future after you graduate? Do you have any specific goals in mind that you’d love to achieve?
I would love to have a children’s book published, that would be the dream! But For now I’m just taking it year by year. I will be doing a part-time internship with my church next year, but I’m also gonna try really hard to keep my illustration going, and focus on getting it out there a bit more.

8. Finally, are there any words of wisdom or any advice you’d give to your first year self, or to anyone just starting their own degree?
I guess it’s cliché but its true- Believe in yourself! You are almost definitely better than you think. Also, talk to the older students! I was terrified of them when i came to uni, but when I got over that, it turned out they were really nice, and had a lot of wisdom to share. I ended getting some brilliant advice that drastically improved my work, as well as making some great friends and getting a cheeky peek into what they were doing too. fee image 1

If you’d like to see more of Fiona’s work, make sure to check out her website at: http://cargocollective.com/fionarich