"I really love handcrafted things and engaging with the materials, I often do zines and comics." Anna Chase-Robertsby Anna Chase-Roberts
“I focus very much on drawing in my work.
I really love handcrafted things and engaging with the materials, I often do zines and comics, narrative-based work and a little hand drawn animation as well.
I’ve loved my time at AUB. I’ve been here for four years as I started on the Foundation course and went on to the Illustration degree.
It’s a really nice institution as it’s quite small and everyone you meet is creative in different ways so you get inspired by them.
You also have the opportunity to collaborate with different people and courses, I’ve worked a lot with Film and Photography which has been great.
The course is also really open and broad which is something I’ve really enjoyed.
I will now be starting my freelance career so I will be living on a canal boat in London for a bit and then I plan to move to Melbourne next year for a while and take a break, ready to come back and build up my own practice.”
"I’m very influenced by Japanese Art and also traditional art." Ana Lurovby Ana Lurov
“I’m very influenced by Japanese Art and also traditional art. Recently I’ve also enjoyed exploring more abstract themes.
My time at AUB was great, I’ve studied here since my Foundation year.
I’m really glad that I started with a Foundation: it really helped to open up my perspective of artwork and the University as well.
I really want to apply to do an MA now, I want to take more steps forward. After that, I’d like to do some freelance work and then go on to work for an Animation company.”
"My most recent project was on perfectionism, the negative aspects of this and how we can obsess over things that lead to anxiety." Amy Brownby Amy Brown
“My most recent project was on perfectionism, the negative aspects of this and how we can obsess over not only superficial things but also more intense things that can lead to anxiety and really overthinking every aspect of life.
Outside of my most recent project, I also like really playful animation, with lots of characters and colours.
My time at AUB has been really great. I was initially unsure about whether to choose Illustration or Animation and I’ve found that Illustration gave me a lot more freedom.
Illustration has allowed me to do a lot more whilst still specialising in Animation.”
"My work was a sequence of narratives about a dream world." Becky Strange
“My work was a sequence of narratives about a dream world. I was mixing the idea of toys alongside tower blocks, one person going through the world, and then nostalgia through the toys. It’s really surreal.
I didn’t do a Foundation year, I just went straight into Illustration. It was really nice because we always had communal tables. First year was very explorative, with lots of different workshops and talks. In second year we did an animation project, which was really fun, as well as a bit of model making. Third year was very self-orientated, and we had a lot more freedom to carve our own style.
I’m hoping to get some work experience with a puppet theatre, and start making puppets and character design. I’m also interested in graphic novels and editorial work.”
"For my final work I interviewed men, who I had met online, about their opinions on loneliness." Catherine Hood
“For my final work I interviewed men, who I had met online, about their opinions on loneliness. It was based on contemporary thoughts and feeling on loneliness. In terms of awards, I was highly commended in The Macmillan Prize for Illustrations and also won Bronze for Creative Conscience.
I’ve been at AUB for four years because I did a Foundation year first. I enjoyed being able to do what I wanted, it was all about our personal interests. There was a lot of freedom. Whenever I was stuck I could always talk to Lisa, she helped a lot.
I’m starting as an art worker in two weeks, but I’m going to carry on illustrating in my spare time, and creating books about subjects I’m interested in.”
"It’s all made out of paper cuts and lit up from behind with LEDs." Courtney Dyer
“I’ve always wanted to raise awareness for animals and wildlife, but I’ve always had success through narrative. I love the classics, so I decided to use Moby Dick to raise awareness for sperm whales. I produced quite a lot of work based on raising awareness, but I decided to use four light boxes to make one big image of Moby Dick. It’s all made out of paper cuts and lit up from behind with LEDs .
This year has probably been my hardest year, but I’ve had massive support from my tutors. I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did at all. When I first started I had no idea what I wanted to do, I didn’t think I had a niche but, as soon as my tutors saw that I was in to paper cuts, they really helped with that. In third year you get so much freedom to do what you want, you just go for it.
I never though freelance would be an option, but I do have an interview with an Illustration agency in London!”
"My final work is based around youth culture, mainly portraiture, to evoke emotive feelings." Georgina Sturgeby Georgina Sturge
“My final work is based around youth culture, mainly portraiture, to evoke emotive feelings.
I’ve enjoyed the whole community feel. It’s quite a small university, so I got to know everyone, and there’s always help there if you need it.
I’m hoping to become an editorial illustrator and do some freelance work. I’m putting the feelers out now, and I’ve got on editorial brief for Vice, which is pretty good! So far that’s it, but I’m working my way out there.”
"My work is based around the issue of sexually transmitted diseases..." Imi Ridley
“My work is based around the issue of sexually transmitted diseases. It’s basically shock tactics of why you shouldn’t get them and a guide to how you can get them and what you can do about it.
To begin with,I felt a little bit lost but, in my third year, I found medical illustration. It’s my niche and tutors really helped me with that. The lecturers are really supportive of how diverse you want to be, and also how disgusting you want to be in my case. They didn’t judge me!
I was looking at what I wanted to do after uni, so I’m going to be doing a masters in Medical Illustration. It could potentially lead to working in hospitals etc.”
"Everyone thinks they have packed well for holiday and the right way, I wanted to highlight that the stuff you pack you don’t actually use." Leo Mortonby Leo Morton
“The work I am showing here is from an independent exhibition, which was set up by some of the students. I had been on holiday to Australia for a couple of weeks to go to a wedding, and thought I would explore the clichés of going on holiday. Everyone thinks they have packed well for holiday and the right way, I wanted to highlight that the stuff you pack you don’t actually use.
I was most proud of my final major project, which was a short narrative comics based on a radio show on Radio 4, called digital human about how technology affects our lives an how it will effect society in future I made a series of six illustrations based on that. I feel like that was the point where I knew what I was doing, and found my style finally.
The freedom allowed to us has let us find ourselves, they send us into the wild really and say go and find yourself. There has never been any ‘you should do this’. If we are in the middle of a project and say a professional opportunity comes up, the tutors say don’t worry about the project, go and do that because your career is important. I feel like the tutors are amazing at setting us up and telling us what to expect when we leave.
At the beginning of third year I was meant to be doing my final major project, then an opportunity came up for me to do art for a local student’s film for his major project. We are just super encouraged to collaborate with other people, so I could work that in to my project, even though it wasn’t strictly related. It’s not too much about the school work, but the work ethic and how to work together.
Working with others and learning how to organise a project are the best things I have learned. The process of learning a project and following it through, and getting feedback was great. When I came to uni, I had an idea of how I like to work. The tutors give you feedback and at the beginning you think ‘I don’t think I want anyone to tell me how to work’, but with that and setting up our graduation show has been a good opportunity to work with people and organise things. I feel way more experienced now and pretty happy going out and doing my own thing.
I would like to get interest in my work from being here and in the course. Next I want to find some studio work, but its all open really.”
"I was looking into stately homes which have been destroyed or are no longer here. That was the thought process behind my projects, rebuilding and recreating them." Amy Bellinger
“I was looking into stately homes which have been destroyed or are no longer here. Castle Howard was gutted and destroyed by fire in about 1940, and they are slowly rebuilding it and in the process of restoring it. That was the thought process behind my projects, rebuilding and recreating them.
I think the most useful thing I have learned is to be flexible, don’t get too fixed on one rigid idea and go with it a bit more. I’ve also learned some of the technical industry stuff too, legal things, payment, and how you run a business.
It has been great to just have three years to just focus on your work; you have great support from your tutors. You can really figure out who you are, what you are interested in, and where you are going to head with it.
I would like to get some feedback from my work, see how it is received, and hopefully sell it on to a manufacturer and have it mass-produced. I’d like to see how well it goes down.”
"I used another location of the V and A drawings and decided to create a narrative between the two locations, and create something a little bit more abstract than a coach station." Philippine d'Otreppe de Bouvette
Victoria Coach Station
“The work I am showing here is about the coach journey when I was at Victoria coach station at 6 in the morning. I decided to do some drawings, so I spent a few hours filling my whole sketchbook. I combined and collected drawings together and screen-printed them. I used another location of the V and A drawings and decided to create a narrative between the two locations, and create something a little bit more abstract than a coach station. I heard the phrase ‘please always keep an eye on personal belongings’ and thought that was interesting and could use something of high value from the V and A as a metaphor for the belongings, something they could carry as they travel around with their luggage.
The course has helped me a lot. The three years on the BA is quite simply continually improving, and I have always had the idea of what I have wanted to do, from drawing from observation. The three years have gone very quick, constantly working on what is my interest, and the team at uni has definitely helped me improve it.
I think the best thing I have learned is to never stop drawing, keep working. Even if you have had a bad day, or you feel that your drawings are not working anymore, just carry on the day after, always keep exploring and keep inspired by everyday life.
I am very glad to be exhibiting at D&AD, as I can see that many people looking around, I could speak to some people who could be interested, create contacts. Being here makes me more confident about my work, and something that I want to carry on, if uni is over it is not the end.
In the future I would like to move to London, work on my portfolio, spend a year making as much as I can, take a class and perhaps do a masters in a year or two”
"I came out with the narrative of four characters going to space. One of those is the protagonist who ends up floating into space on his own, creating origami bees to pass the time." Rachel Thomsonby Rachel Thomson
“I based the project I am showing here, on the Mars One project. I started off looking at that, then came out with the narrative of four characters going to space. One of those is the protagonist who ends up floating into space on his own, creating origami bees to pass the time. I got a bit carried away, I made a book with double sided pages, so I am showcasing some of the pages.
The course has enabled me to do a lot of different things. For another project I was doing animation, I was looking at animated editorial illustration, and have done a lot of screen-printing which I learned in Bournemouth. I have enjoyed the course, as it has been very free and enabled me to find out what I like doing.
The thing that I want to develop the most is to get better at Photoshop. I’d like to develop work that looks like it has been screen-printed, but hasn’t, to try and make digital look printed.
I am feeling excited and nervous in equal measures. It’s sad to see uni go, but it is exciting to go out in the world and get work seen and see what other people think of your work, other than just tutors. I think it’s nerve wracking and exciting in equal measures. I am very excited to get out there and get freelance work and get my work seen by industry people.”
"This brief was great to work on, as the target audience and tone of Vice gave me the freedom to push the boundaries and bring my usual brand of strangeness to the work..." Bradley James
Illustration student nominated for D&AD New Blood Award
Bradley responded to the Vice brief – ‘Capture the spirit of VICE UK’s ‘Rule Britannia’ in an ident’. He tells us more about his entry: “This brief was great to work on, as the target audience and tone of Vice gave me the freedom to push the boundaries and bring my usual brand of strangeness to the work. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture the theme of the series in such a short space of time.”
Visit Bradley’s website to view his entry and more of his work.
"Each item probably takes a couple of days to a week [to produce], depending on the size of them. So, it's a lengthy process!" Emily Irving — High Noonby Emily Irving
A Nostalgic Holiday
“All of my projects are nostalgic, so the things that make people remember a certain point in their life. This particular project was about one of the biggest things I think everyone has a memory of at some point in their life, which is going on holiday.
It’s a lot of trial and error — the suitcase, for example, took about six days to put together. I generally work with paper and card and that had to be more solid, so that had to be made out of cardboard, which is something that I’ve never used before.
For me, it’s just about the preciseness and the obsession that I have with the perfection of cutting paper and really trying to figure out how it all goes together. The fascination for me comes from the construction, so it’s about figuring out how I put it together and how it’s going to function.”
"Just being around weird creative people is great and being able to be weird is great!" Claire Edwardes — High Noonby Claire Edwardes
“[This is] a selection of different bits of work I’ve done throughout the year. I love anything cluttered and a bit rubbish and trinkets and bits like that. Basically, it’s just creating lots of rubbish — nice-looking rubbish!
Each piece took me about a day to make, in my tiny little uni room with a sewing machine at 3 o’clock in the morning, frantically trying to get it all done, covered in thread!
I love how diverse Illustration is, in terms of what you can do. I can’t draw and I’m quite happy to say that as an Illustration student! So being able to do this and showing me different views of what Illustration is, is great.”
"I just love creating characters and little worlds — this is what I love to do." Sam Davies — High Noonby Sam Davies
Peter Pan and Friends
“I do children’s picture book illustration. The Peter Pan one is kind-of self-explanatory! I was just watching it and decided I wanted to do my own version. I just love creating characters and little worlds — this is what I love to do.
In my first year, I loved drawing but I didn’t know where my work was aimed at and I just loved children’s picture books anyway, so I thought I may as well have a go and I’ve been getting better and better so I’m just carrying on with it, really. It’s definitely what I want to be doing in the future.
AUB allows you to be who you are and they cater to everyone — I’ve had a really good time.”
"A lot of my work focuses around buildings as opposed to people. I quite like getting the character of a building as opposed to that of a person." Louis Craig Carpenter — High Noonby Louis Craig Carpenter
A City Scene
“A lot of my work focuses around buildings as opposed to people. My dad’s an architect, so it’s probably where the love of buildings came from. I quite like getting the character of a building as opposed to that of a person. For my final major project, I wanted to a lot of screen-printing, so I did a book so I could do a lot of screen prints of images from within it. I really, really enjoy it and it’s something I want to do a lot more of.
Before I started on Illustration, I was thinking of doing modelmaking, hence the model of the buildings. It’s also probably why I love screen-printing, because it’s quite physical.
I’ve had a lot of freedom to do what I want [on Illustration], which is really cool.”
"I draw out a simple storyboard but the frames are very much dependent on what I have in terms of material — there's a lot of Ideal Home magazines from the 60s and 70s" Joe Mackenzie — High Noonby Joe Mackenzie
A Scene from the 50s
“I was looking at 1950s culture and I’ve always loved stories where nothing really happens. I’ve always loved the atmosphere and building a tension. It’s sort-of Mad Men inspired. The story is simple — the bloke’s coming back from work and the woman’s got her place in the home. It’s making the point that roles now are very different.
I draw out a simple storyboard but the frames are very much dependent on what I have in terms of material — there’s a lot of Ideal Home magazines from the 60s and 70s and a lot of film magazines, advertising films in the cinema from the 50s. The frames develop from what I actually have and I piece it together from what’s in front of me.
I came into it [Illustration] not having a particular style and it wasn’t until this year I made it my goal to finish having a continuity in my work that all looked like my work.”
Collaboration is at the heart of what we do...
Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. Here are two of our final year Illustration students working together to bring out the best in each others mediums. Marianna Madriz draws beautiful characters and Abby Foord works in paper engineering – this is what they created together.
'I'm inspired by Latin American folk art, fashion & 1950's design..." Marianna Madriz
Man from a Golden Land
“I like to think of my illustration work as a mixture of everything I admire visually: playful characters, striking colours, shapes and patterns. It’s inspired by Latin American folk art, fashion, 1950’s design and anything surrounding me that I find interesting, and I feel my final book for university reflects this to some extent.
After the summer shows I want to keep creating and getting better, learning to develop good story lines and experiment with sequential illustration. I’m hoping to create more self published zines and narratives, as this is mainly the route I want to take with my work.
Right now I’m really excited to meet likeminded graduates and creatives who want to achieve the same goals, and are hungry to collaborate with new people. I definitely feel this summer will be a good platform to get some new projects going and establish everlasting connections!”
"I explore knitting as a drawing tool whilst trying to challenge stereotypes that surround the process of knit." Crystal Budd
“My work explores the versatility of knitting as a drawing tool whilst trying to challenge stereotypes that surround the process of knit.
I’m excited for the summer shows as it’s a chance to see what everyone’s been working towards for the last few months. It makes a big difference seeing work displayed in an exhibition setting as opposed to seeing small snippets here and there and watching pieces develop bit by bit.”