Amy Holliday has just completed a degree in illustration at the University of Cumbria and her talent has already been recognised by the prestigious Computer Arts magazine. She has just been declared winner of the Illustration Category Excellence Award in the magazine’s 2011 Graduate Showcase.
The magazine printed a double page spread of Amy’s illustrations which included drawings of budgies, dairy cattle and a typography design for the university’s summer arts exhibition.
Amy (22) comes originally from Barrow-in-Furness and studied BA (Hons) Illustration at Carlisle. When it came to choosing what she wanted to study, it wasn’t difficult for her to decide:
“I always knew I wanted a career path that allowed me use my love of drawing, so going on to study Illustration became an obvious choice for me after completing an art foundation course at Barrow Sixth Form” Amy explains. “I chose the University of Cumbria because it was smaller and friendlier than other universities and was situated on the edge of the countryside, similar to my home in Barrow.
Amy continues: “The four illustrations Computer Arts chose to publish were from different projects I completed during my studies. I wanted to capture the liveliness of the feathery birds and the dairy cattle were part of a brief to design an exciting new range of milk packaging aimed at young children and parents.
“The Summer Woodland typography was my poster entry for the University of Cumbria’s summer exhibition. The design was inspired by the Cumbrian countryside, using fresh and vibrant colours to signify the graduating students’ lively attitude and work.”
Simon Davies, course leader in illustration at the university says: “These are the first students to graduate from our illustration degree so it is extremely gratifying for Amy to gain national recognition in this way. She thoroughly deserves this accolade as a reward for her consistent hard work and above all for her beautiful illustrations.”
In the immediate future, Amy hopes to realise her potential as a freelance illustrator and more of her designs can be seen on her website www.amyholliday.co.uk
If you are interested in studying Illustration at the University of Cumbria visit www.cumbria.ac.uk