A freelance illustrator living and working in London Lucy Freegard has just begun her MA in Children’s book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
‘After graduating a year ago I made the decision that I wanted to try working for myself as a freelance illustrator, and went for it. I moved back home and set up a studio in a room in my parent’s house. I began sending my work around to people who might want to commission me and have gradually built up a portfolio of both ‘professional’ and ‘personal’ work. I have always been a visual thinker. I always knew that I wanted to be an artist of some sort, but it wasn’t until I went to University College Falmouth to do an Art & Design Foundation that I learnt what an illustrator was and that it was possible to make a living out of being one. I ended up specialising in illustration and book making there and then went straight on to Cardiff School of Art & Design where I graduated with a First in Illustration in 2012.
I like to draw in a way that both children and adults will enjoy. I am interested in the relationship between the three “tellers” – the author, the reader and the illustrator – and how they all share a fundamental role in contributing to the act of storytelling. I particularly love drawing animals with subtle anthropomorphic qualities. I use pen, watercolour, ink and occasionally gouache. A lot of things inspire me and spark ideas, like people, conversations, books, the zoo, other artists, museums and galleries. My grandfather is an artist and he too has been a massive inspiration since I was young.’
‘I currently have an exhibition ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ alongside David Tazzyman, Siân Pattenden and Tom McLaughlin at the Half Moon Theatre in East London, which is open until January 2014. I can’t wait to start an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, I’m really really excited about it. My dream is to earn a living as an illustrator, being creative and doing what I love.’