|ANDY MCLYNN - Interview
Why did you choose to study in Brighton?
I had been living and working in Brighton for a couple of years before
applying to University, and decided that I would prefer to stay here, as
I couldn't think of a nicer place to study.
What was the best thing about the Illustration course?
The best thing was that it emphasised drawing, which suited me as it
was that which I was interested in.
What were the best moments in the three years you studied?
Finishing, if only for the look on everyones face when it was all over.
What did you expect would happen once you'd finished the
That I'd be inundated with offers of work and that I'd have to barricade
my door to keep the agents and art directors off my back.
What are you doing now? What are the problems involved
in being an illustrator?
I am working as a Christmas extra at the post office. I've had a couple
of newspaper commissions and I've got a childrens book to illustrate in
the new year, I've also been doing some theatre props (in Japan) so work
is pretty varied. The main problem in being an illustrator is generating
enough work really, and being proffessional after three years as a student.
What do you think was your best piece?
The best bit was a drawing of a cat that I
did as part of a series of drawings for 'The Master and Margharita'
which I used for my degree show, blown up onto an A1 sheet, which got the
most comments and is the first piece in my folder.
Life after graduating in Brighton?
Getting pissed in the same bars I frequented
as a student with the core posse from illustration.