A Northampton graduand has been given a welcome boost to help launch her career as a freelance picture book illustrator after winning a university competition.
Amanda Summers from Ecton, who recently achieved a first class degree in illustration at the University of Worcester, has been announced as the overall winner of the University’s CreativeLab project - a professional development opportunity for final year art and design students which won her £2,500 as well as business support and mentoring for up to a year.
She said: “I was really shocked to win the CreativeLab project. You don’t immediately associate being a picture book illustrator with having a business plan, so I nearly pulled out of the competition.
“However, my lecturers all gave me the support that I needed and talked me back into doing it. They gave me the confidence to stick it out - I can’t thank them enough for this.”
Amanda, who will graduate in November, is hoping to have her World War II evacuation-themed children’s book published soon.
Longer term, she would also like to set up educational and creative workshops for children,