New Twitter Competition:
Prize: A3 Art Print by Rosanna Tasker
We’re launching a new Twitter competition on Monday! It will run for one fortnight, giving you plenty of time to enter to win!
The prize is a print by the wonderfully talented, Bristol based illustrator, Rosanna Tasker. She studied BA (Hons) Illustration at The University of the West of England, graduating in 2014 with a first class honours degree. She has since worked on a number of commercial and personal commissions, including children’s books, editorial, branding, character design, murals, book jackets and album sleeves.
The print is A3 sized and worth £75.
It’s so simple to enter, all you have to do is retweet the competition tweet and follow @Eilidhmmedia and @RosannaTasker to win. We will then pick a winner at random from those who retweet!
To browse Rosanna Tasker’s work further or perhaps make your own purchase, please go to http://www.rosannatasker.com/ or find her on Facebook: Rosanna Tasker.
Terms and conditions:
Entrants must be UK based only. We will DM the winner to request UK delivery address. The winner will be changed if this address is not in the UK. Parcel will be tracked and need to be signed for.
Interview with the lovely Rosanna Tasker:
Where are you from/how long have you lived in Bristol?
I grew up in Shropshire in the middle of nowhere, so before moving to Bristol five years ago to do an illustration degree at UWE, I couldn’t really imagine enjoying living in city. Bristol blew my expectations out of the water with its thriving art and music scene and friendly vibes, so I’ve lived here ever since and feel very at home.
How long have you been working as an illustrator?
After graduating two years ago I was really lucky to get enough commissions in the first few months to dive headfirst into freelancing. Since then I’ve very much enjoyed getting involved with a variety of different projects and building up my portfolio, whilst continuing to develop my style and the way I work.
Who are your inspirations?
I find Golden Age fairytale illustration (particularly by Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham) so elegant and magical, and I think it certainly made its mark on the early evolution of my style. There was also a 60s wall hanging in my Nanna and Grandpa’s kitchen of a very long-limbed girl, which I was fond of when I was young. I’ve always drawn figures to be quite elongated and I’ve recently realised this may have had a part to play in that.
What advice would you give others wanting to start out as an illustrator?
Although some people enjoy working from home and I hugely admire them for it, finding a studio has done wonders for me and many other illustrators I know. I think just leaving the house every day to go to work, having (ideally creative and hardworking) people around you and a space without the distractions of home can have such a positive effect on the output of your work and general happiness. It also means you can effectively separate your work life and home life which benefits both.
Which is your favourite social media platform and why?
Behance is a brilliant social networking site for artists and designers, it’s portfolio based so employers can look on there to hire illustrators, and it’s a great way to interact with other creatives and their work. I’ve only recently made a Twitter and Instagram so am still learning the ropes!
You’ve done children’s books, book jackets, album sleeves, greetings cards and more. What is your favourite type of project to work on?
At the moment I’m especially enjoying editorials; it can be a really fun and satisfying challenge coming up with a conceptual response that brings to life and fits the tone of an article or topic. Composing and designing stories will always be a main passion for me. Children are very bright and inventive creatures and I’d love to be able to produce something that inspires their imagination somewhere beyond the realms of reality. I also think it would be lovely to have more bizarre, fantastical children’s book style stories for adults, because it seems a shame to lose that sense of eccentric imagination during adulthood!
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I have some solo and group exhibitions set up for 2016, it’s brilliant getting involved with other artists to achieve a diverse showing of artwork. I’d also like to fit in a few more personal illustration projects alongside commissions, including expanding on narratives I have in the works, producing an illustrated calendar and learning more about pattern design to enable me to expand my illustration into use on wrapping papers and fabrics.
The competition will launch on Monday morning, so watch this space! Check Twitter to keep up to date and to enter.