Life On The Job


Illustrator - Fuzz E. Grant

Louise in studio
Fuzz in her studio
Her website:
http://www.fuzzillustration.com
All the illustrations on this page were supplied directly by Fuzz.


Introduction

I was born and raised in Australia as the odd child that loved to be creative.

I studied illustration in Melbourne, Australia, specializing in painting. But during a trip to Japan my love of paper blossomed. This love developed into my illustration style, which I create by realizing my sketches using cut paper. I call this 'drawing with scissors'.

I run my own business and work with clients to create artwork for magazines, books, publications and any number of other things.

Fuzz Grant

My job involves interpreting a brief from a client and creating artwork in my style.

A typical day involves me going to my studio, answering emails and doing any administrative work. Then I get to have fun creating art.

A big part of my job in communicating well with my clients to ensure they are getting the artwork they wanted. My job is quite solitary so you need to be OK being alone. You also need to be able to run your own business. But it is lots of fun creating artwork and seeing it out in the world.

Fuzz Grant


Experiences

 I always loved to draw and be creative, so it was clear I was headed into a creative field. I painted and drew on everything. But once I figured out the thing I enjoy about art is creating for other people, especially working with other people's stories (like for a book) I realised Illustration was for me.

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Opportunities

My family and friends were supportive of my artistic career and helped me along the way. I put in a lot of hard work and still do to improve my art and business.

Education

I had a small art education at high school level and it was clear I was creative but it wasn't until the final two years of high school that my focus narrowed in and I was able to concentrate on art.

After high school I studied at the University of Canberrra in Graphic Design then NMIT- Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology for illustration.  Illustration at a university level taught me enormous amounts of skills.

I still use most of those skills today. No one is surprised that I am an illustrator!

Training

Fuzz Grant

Illustration falls between Fine Art and Graphic Design so it took me a while to eliminate those options. But those skills are also transferable to Illustration.

After high school I went to university and studied Graphic Design then switched to Illustration. The training helped me hone my skills and realize the mediums I liked to work in.

I trained for 3 years but a university education is not required. I found it useful but there are many self-taught illustrators.

Employment

I am self-employed and clients come to me for my style of artwork. Being self-employed means my income can vary a lot.

I can't remember my first pay so it must not have been important!

I try and prepare for retirement but doubt that I will ever retire as artwork is something I need to do in my life.

Mostly my days are divided between running the business and creating art. I am predominately alone although I share a studio with other artists. All my contact with my clients is over email or phone.

I produce tangible pieces of art- not on the computer so I have a lot to show people.

People are very interested in my work although it probably sounds a lot more interesting than it feels day to day.

Fuzz Grant

Development

My professional development is based around pushing myself to create better art each day.

I go to drawing groups and draw from live models to keep my skills up and am a member of various professional organisations that provide workshops and classes.

Further study is possible at university- some people obtain a Masters of Fine Arts- Illustration.

On the Job and Fuzz

Fuzz has created most of our illustrations on this website. She currently lives in San Francisco and is able to create our animations, and profiles for each job overnight while we slept in Australia.

Some examples of Fuzz's work for On the Job...

aboriginal worker Aerospace EngineerAudiologistGreenkeeperMicrobiologist

Links

Fuzz Illustration

Fuzz Illustration website
Fuzz Illustration - Pinterest

Pinterest
Illustrators Australia

IA
Society of Illustrators

Society of Illustrators

Activities

Illustrate your own winning story!

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

1. Using at least one character created by Fuzz ...

The Lion
The Sutro Lion... what would be his name?

Penguin
Penguin - up in arms? What about?

Chilepard
Chilepard


Cow bird
Two unusual friends

2. Create a story with an introduction, body and conclusion.

3. Using Fuzz's drawing by scissors method, continue to illustrate your story with different pieces of paper and material. The story is to be at least 2 pages in length.

Take photographs of your characters and the story. Submit to On the Job.

 

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