Ucas – personal statement

My personal statement created for the ucas application process.


I’m currently studying an art foundation diploma. I attend the fine art and printing workshops as part of this course and specialise in illustration, my eventual career goal being a book illustrator. Prior to attending the printing workshops I didn’t have much interest in printing because of lack of knowledge, but I’ve been inspired by the workshop and plan to experiment further in this area.

My favourite thing about art is colour, I find myself inspired by this all the time whether it’s in others work or in the world around me. my favourite artists are Masashi Kishimoto and Rob Ryan, both completely different artists working in different styles. Kishimoto is a Japaese manga artist who is the author and artist of the popular Naruto manga. Ryan is a paper-cutting artist who works with a craft knife and paper to create intricate designs which often tell stories by combining image and text. My favourite style to work in is Japanese manga style, I find it intriguing creating my own characters in a style I have devoloped over the years. Growing up watching anime and later reading manga comics sparked this interest as I have been inspired by th style from the first time I saw it as a child. my preferred medias to use are Caran Dache coloured pencils and Letraset Promarker pens as I love how bold the colours come out as well as the way they can be smoothly blended, more than using them individualky I enjoy using ProMarkers to form a base colour layer and then add coloured pencil overtop for further detail and texture on the image, however, I am keen to develop and experiment with other medias and approaches. Another method I enjoy is papercut which I am practicing to develop further. I feel that illustration is about story telling and that even when the image is of a single character standing on a blank page, a story can still be told about the character through their expression, clothing and any other props etc. To make illustrations, or art in general, stronger, I like to add text such as quotes I find meaningful or important, This adds more feeling and brings the piece alive by adding another layer of meaning. In terms of how I work best, I like to have my art materials spread around me when I work so I have no need to get up in the middle of a piece to get something as that puts me off what I was doing when I’m in the ‘zone’. I work best with music playing through my headphones and sometimes like working alone, sometimes with others around depending on where I am.

My hobbies include reading, especially the fantasy genre which feeds into my work often as I find it inspiring as well as mythology which I find intriguing, especially Norse and Greek. I hope to be an author and have written an unpublished book which is in its editing stages to the moment, Watching anime is, of course, another hobby I have which is always inspiring me to create more work as I explore various styles and comes cross new artists through watching different anime series’s in my spare time, I have recently been to some galleries which included Saatchi and the Royal Academy of Arts as well as some independent ones. My favourite pieces of work were to be found in the Saatchi gallery (Jamie Hewlett’s Tarot Cards) and the Flowers gallery (Patrick Hughes interactive 3D paintings) which I found exciting because of the style and the colours used, plus the interactivity.

I want to study at Universityevel because I wish to improve my artwork further to become an illustrator and I feel I can improve through professional tutor feedback as well as drawing inspiration from the work off hose around me with similar interests. being on the foundation course I am on has broadened my creativity and made me more open to trying new style an  materials to create artwor, and I feel that a university course can also help me improve in other ways to become a better illustrator and create work which can be enjoyable and inspirational to others.


Yuko Rai

Yuko Rai

Yuko Rai is another Japanese artist. She is based in Tokyo as an illustrator and her work focuses on character rather than background — something I both relate to in my own work and find appealing.

Some of her most interesting pieces, in my opinion, are the illustrations of ordinary everyday scenes, e.g: a family talking whilst eating around a table; a woman playing with a cat in her front room; a man having his hair cut at a hairdressers or barbers. These are all things so ordinary that you don’t immediately think of turning them into art and so they make you stop and really look at the artwork because it is both ordinary and yet unusual.

Another aspect of Rai’s artwork that I like is the way that a lot of the objects of the art are positioned—not looking directly at the viewer or ‘camera’. This, alongside the natural at,psphere and image eyeline, makes you feel as though you are looking at a scene from within the scene itself rather than at an image of the scene from the outside which makes the artwork captivating to view.


(art belongs to Yuko Rai, found: http://www.artisticmoods.com/yuko-rai/)

Sanada Teruo

Sanada Teruo

Sanada Teruo is a Japanese manga artist who’s work is done in a vintage manga style.

The most notable feature of his artwork is the eyes on his characters, whilst the style he works in uses little of the typical manga shading (as far as I can tell it is only used occasionally in backgrounds), the eyes on his main character are almost entirely filled im black making them the most noticeable feature. The eyes are also large even by manga standards and, in my opinion, resemble dolls eyes which give a fairly odd look to the character which I don’t personally like.

What I do like about the arts so her act that, to me, the style resembles a mix between eastern manga and typical western childrens illustration styles which makes for interesting artwork, although this isn’t something I’m, personally interested in replicating myself I can see how it appeals to others.


(art belongs to Sanada Teruo, image found: http://fehyesvintagemanga.tumblr.com/post/122607556674/sanada-teruo)

Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi

EPSON scanner image

Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi is an artist and illustrator based in Japan, although he states on his website that he’s “interested in international collaboration”. In my opinion, this shows him to be an open minded and creative person, as he is willing to create work with people who may both have a different style as well as different cultural influence, something that could create work very different to his individual style but could also be effective at drawing attention to the art because of how unique it would be.

From what I’ve seen of his work, Wakabayashi uses a dulled colour palette, fairly unusual in children’s illustrations. Howrver, he uses the dulled coloured in a way which puts contrasting colours together to make various individual aspects of the image stand out, some more than others so your eyes move around the whole page as different components jump out at you in turn. I think this can work better than bold colours at keeping a child’s attention as, in some ways, the method Wakabayashi uses stands out more, also giving a level of interactivity with how you view it.


(art belongs to Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi, image found: http://www.artisticmoods.com/tetsuhiro-wakabayashi/)

Nuriko-Kun – Artist


*(Disclaimer: I do not own the artwork shown here, it belongs to Nuriko-Kun whose DeviantArt page can be found here: http://nuriko-kun.deviantart.com)*

Nuriko-kun is an artist I discovered on DevianArt who works digitally in then manga / anime style. She works alongside her partner Bassara to create characters and storylines for a manga they are working towards creating together called Parashi.

Her art style is very professional and, when aI first saw it, I believed it was fanart from an existing anime because of the quality of her work and the style that she works in.

I find her use of lighting fascinating as she ued shade and highlights to work with the scenery, even suceeding in replicating sunlight through leaves in one image.

Each character is interesting in their own way, whether through body language, position or clothing and accessories, all of which work to tell the viewer a little about the character, whether it’s their personality, status, role in the manga or lifestyle. This all works to tell stories without words or any information given besides the art of the character or scene, which is a very important aspect of manga art as there is limited space for text and the storytelling relies mostly on the artwork.