A former BA (Hons) Illustration student has been included on a global list of this year’s “most exciting” creative graduates
Daniel Spencer was one of only 15 people named in The Graduates 2018 list by It’s Nice That (INT) for his animation work.
As well as its website, INT produces the bi-annual magazine Printed Pages and its platforms reach more than one million people every month.
Every year it names a list of the best graduates to “showcase the most exciting students graduating from all creative courses, presenting a range of talented graphic designers, photographers, animators, illustrators and more”.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, 2018’s list was the first to go global with those selected coming from countries including Poland, New Zealand and Singapore.
And Daniel said it was a huge honour to be chosen among so many talented hopefuls from the creative industries across the world, especially as the only graduate named in the animation category.
“It was really incredible to be selected,” he said. “I think it can be quite scary being a creative graduate, particularly if you are wanting to freelance, and so being recognised by such a renowned platform and publication certainly helps boost your confidence.”
INT paid tribute to Daniel’s “bright, brash, and brilliantly funny 3D animations” and said he was “an artist who just wants to make his audience laugh”.
It said his videos, which feature “a pair of glossy and googly eyes and a set of plump red lips” were inspired “as much by the Marx Brothers as Ren and Stimpy”.
But INT added that “for all its oh-so-cutesy visual panache, Daniel’s creative world is fraught with semi-surrealist danger”.
Speaking about his time at AUB, Daniel said: “I think the most important thing AUB has offered me in my three years is a space to experiment.
“When I first began studying Illustration, I never saw myself even working digitally, let alone within the realms of 3D animation and without the opportunity and encouragement to try out everything and anything there’s no way I would be making what I make now.”
INT also asked if there was a particular person who had shaped his university experience or creative outlook.
Daniel said: “Whilst all of my tutors and technicians were frankly excellent, perhaps the one that has shaped my creative outlook most distinctly was Vincent Larkin.
“Throughout my first year and beyond he continually encouraged me to question my definition of illustration, and how I measured its value and quality.
“That opened my mind to illustration’s possibilities and enabled me to reflect more meaningfully on my own work. I definitely consider myself an illustrator now, but had you asked first year me if that was the case, I’d almost certainly have said no. I’m glad my opinion has evolved since.”
INT said it had been “bowled over by the ridiculously high talent spilling out of universities across the world this year”.
And it said its final 15 graduates were each “carving out their own path with work displaying vibrant personality across photography, product design, illustration, fashion, animation and graphic design”.
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