Chris Harrendance

Foundation Year1995

Previous School: Cynffig Comprehensive school

After Foundation: Swansea College of Art

Where are you now?: Freelance Illustrator and part time illustration lecturer at Swansea College of Art

"My time on the foundation course was during 1994-1995 when it was based at Glyntaff. The memory of that red-bricked building on the hill fills me with an enormous sense of wellbeing. It was here that friendships were forged and talents nurtured. I still consider this period of my life as a defining moment in my creative journey. Under the direction of a fantastic team of lecturers and support staff, a foundation (in its literal sense) was laid down for us to build upon.

Having gone on to specialise in Illustration, my work isn’t governed by one particular discipline. I work using a variety of disciplines from traditional printmaking processes, painting and 3 dimensional pieces as well as digital work and animation. As a freelance illustrator I have had the luxury of working on a variety of projects, from prop design and costume design on film sets, illustrations for books, and creating animated music videos for bands. I put this ability to work across a variety of areas down to what I learned on my foundation course. That drive to explore different creative paths is the same drive that was encouraged during my time there.

25 years later and the core of my creative endeavours are still inherently entwined with the principles and guidance that were taught to me during my time on the foundation course. Happy 30th FAD!"




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