When BA (Hons) Illustration student Joely Dean helped out at an Alzheimer’s art workshop as part of a work placement, she was inspired to create a series of illustrations exploring the feelings and experiences of someone living with the disease for her final major project.
“I undertook a work placement at Llantarnam Grange and helped out at some Alzheimer’s art workshops, and was inspired to raise awareness of the disease for my final major project. The illustrations represent both the feelings and symptoms a person experiences as the disease develops. It was my hope that my images would be emotive enough to connect with the audience. The Illustration degree has help me develop my illustration skills, digitally and traditionally. Throughout the course we have worked on industry based projects and live briefs which have given us insight into the working life an Illustrator. More recently, the course has provided weekly sessions, from how to create invoices and register as self-employed, to how to sell yourself in an interview, which will be invaluable for my future career as a freelance illustrator.
I’ve already been commissioned to do a few pieces after graduation, thanks to connections I made at another work experience opportunity I had on the course at The Riverfront Theatre in Newport. One of these projects is a collaboration with a creative team including a scriptwriter and musicians to work on illustrations that will be used to accompany a play which is currently in development.”