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.


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