Freelance Illustrator, Richard Chasemore, studied Technical Illustration and graduated in 1992.
Richard’s career has seen him become a Lucas Film Licensed Artist, publishing art work for Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He has since gone on to work as concept artist on films such as Fury, and now runs the art department for Hydroswing NA.
Richard tells us more about his career to date:
Tell us, briefly, about your career journey since you graduated?
“I left working freelance for several of the lecturers, I ended up doing a lot of military art for reference books. Then went on to do some books for DK (Dorling Kindersley) Publishing before I was asked to work on Star Wars Licensing projects.
“I ended up working at Sky Walker Ranch in CA! Through that, I worked for 10 years on Star Wars. I did panels and conventions across the world, which was so much fun! I worked on a big project for United Technologies’ Corporation (UTC) I put on a space suite glove, went to China to illustrate a brand new factory, and worked in Manhattan at DDB Advertising Agency helping to producing an award winning set of adverts!
“There’s a lot more in-between, but recently I have been running an art department for Hydroswing NA. They produce Hydraulic Doors, very big doors for aviation and more architecture roles now.”
Can you explain a little about what you do now?
“Complete with planning skills, I oversee and am responsible for managing media blasts, safety operator manuals, all imagery and manipulation, 3d conceptual work, multiple web sites, design, SEO, press releases, updating technical documents and installation manuals. I was also responsible for liaising with both clients and architects on bespoke designs and pitches.”
Can you tell us a little about the work you’re most proud to have produced so far?
“My greatest and proudest moment was writing digital graphics books for Payne Gallway Publishing. I found huge pleasure in not only making exercises to help guide people to learn software, but how proud they were in turn in what they have created. The teachers were so pleased to have a life line between skill sets and new tech they needed to teach.”
What’s your one piece of advice for the next generation of creatives?
“Art & Design is like anything, you must train, and practice and above all love what you do. Just don’t accept second best, there are always jobs for the good people out there. Always go for 100% and 100% will get easier and easier until it’s just what you do!”