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Hannah McCaffery

 

 

 

Hi, my name is Hannah McCaffery and I studied Design Illustration Graphic Novels and Childrens Publishing here at Glyndŵr University. Below you can preview some of my work or for more you can visit my website.

 

If you want to know more about the course or student life here please feel free to email enquiries@glyndwr.ac.uk

What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndŵr?

Before attending Wrexham Glyndŵr University I had completed my Art Foundation Diploma at Coleg Menai in Bangor. I was awarded with a Merit and came away from there with the decision to study Illustration, specialising in Illustration for Children.

What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndŵr University?

What first attracted me to Wrexham Glyndŵr University was the fact that they had separate Illustration courses for the area in which you wanted to specialise in.

All the other Universities I looked at only studied Illustration as a general subject and I already knew the direction in which I wanted to go with my Illustration career. I was also very interested when reading what the course entailed and the modules that were covered and I just felt that the course sounded like it would really teach me everything that I needed to know and more.

I was impressed at how in depth the descriptions were about each module so I knew exactly what I'd be doing if I applied to the course. I was also looking to attend a smaller University in a town rather than a big city, as I thought it would have a more personal feel.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed experimenting with different areas of Illustration in my first year, especially the Life Drawing classes and being taught how to use wet and dry mediacorrectly and effectively. I also enjoyed working in a studio space with all the other students on my course and having a constant interaction with our 3 tutors, I felt relaxed and motivated whilst working in the studio as well as being sociable and getting to know my fellow classmates.

In my final year, I enjoyed being able to work on my own projects and getting advice and guidance whenever I needed it. I also really enjoyed attending New Designers in London at the end of my final year as it was incredibly beneficial to promote myself as an illustrator, so much so that I was signed by an Illustration agency.

What has been your favourite module?

My favourite module was either Life Drawing or the Communication modules in which we would create an illustrated story from a piece of narrative.

Describe a typical day on your course

A typical day on my course would consist of arriving into the studio at 9:30 to a nice warm atmosphere and everybody ready to start working. The tutors would then start the day off by explaining what we would be doing that day, either a special lecture or practical class or simply spending the morning working on our current projects.

Throughout the day the tutors would then speak to us all individually for a catch up and to see how we were getting on with our work, providing constructive criticism where necessary.

What have you been doing since graduating?

I always wanted to become a Freelance Author and Illustrator for Children’s books, and thanks to my 3 years at Glyndŵr I have been very lucky to have been signed to an Illustration agency the summer I finished my course after attending New Designers.

I am now working on a series of children's books for a US publisher and working for a local design company as their in-house illustrator.

What did you enjoy most about being a student here?

The social interaction with other like minded artistic people was what I enjoyed the most about being a student at Glyndŵr. I found working around other creative people was very inspiring and having such great positive tutors really motivated me to achieving my goal.

Did you stay in student accommodation?

Unfortunately I did not stay in student accommodation as I lived locally, but from what I saw and heard about the accommodation, it sounded very appealing.

 

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