Alumna Sarah Kent’s illustration featured in Cosmopolitan

Alumna Sarah Kent graduated from BA(HONS) Illustration, University of Portsmouth in 2013 and has since began an exciting career of graphic designing for BDT Marketing Hampshire County Council. Recently Sarah’s illustration was featured as a double page spread in this months issue of Cosmopolitan after being picked as a finalist for Cosmopolitans cover competition.

Sarah  submitted work  to Cosmopolitans cover design competition and was chosen as one of the 6 finalists out of 100 submissions. The judges chose her illustration because it was ‘very fun and quirky and completely different to anything else they had seen.’ Sarah is honoured for being recognised by such a huge magazine and said this is definitely  a highlight since leaving the illustration course.

Sarah is enjoying working for BDT Marketing as she has the opportunity to work on projects with people she thinks are amazing and appreciate her illustration style, she was offered the job after completing a 3 month internship with the organisation. Her main role is to design flyers, banners and brochures for museums, countryside sites, libraries and other council projects across Hampshire. Sarah has had the opportunity to illustrate projects such as a pop-up leaflet featuring an illustration of a tree house that is at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Hilliers tree house illustration

Pop-up Leaflet for Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

“As these are family orientated sites a lot of the publicity created have great visual themes and are really fun to design.”

Sarah believes studying illustration was extremely beneficial in encouraging her portfolio to  stand out from the crowd,  showing a different skill set that a graphic designer may not have.

“Having a Foundation in painting and drawing is really useful, if any student wants to become a Graphic Designer learning Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign is an absolute must.”

Sarah strongly recommends seeking as much as work experience as possible and to make the most out of any opportunity that comes along.

“Without having work experience and doing freelance illustration alongside studying, I would not have got the job. Work experience is important as it shows that you can get along with people and you are already familiar with how challenging designing with a client in mind can be.’

Sarah thanks the BA (HONS) Illustration course for letting her create whatever she wanted too and ending up with a pretty great job.

Check out the Pompey Illustration blog here.


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