University of Sunderland Illustration Graduate Adam McDade

Adam McDade is a graduate of the University of Sunderland, a first class graduate he previously studied foundation art before settling on completing a course in illustration.

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“Although like pretty much all illustration my work is created to fulfil a specific brief, I still perceive every new image that I make as a sort of self-portrait, in that the illustrative approach communicates my influences from current piece to previous piece, and reflects sentiments of interests outside of illustration which transpose into visual outcomes.

My influences come from literature and poetry, particularly that of the counterculture movement, ‘The Beat Generation’, in addition to traveling and south-east Asian culture; food, Buddhism, lifestyle etc. Creative thinking from any discipline helps influence my working methodology.

I’ve recently completed my B.A in Illustration and Design at the University of Sunderland, in which I am forecast to achieve the classification of a first class degree. Prior to this I had studied a foundation art and design course in order to get onto the illustration course, and prior to that I had studied BSC Psychology for a year, which although wasn’t the right direction for me, helped to inform much of the thinking and concepts of my visual work since. Since completing my course I have been working on a number of personal commissions, and a collaboration project of a psychedelic graphic novel is currently in the stages of fruition.”

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