James Chisholm is a self-employed graphic designer and
illustrator. In his final year of study James set up web-based
company, Sour T-shirts, where he has taken his designs
from paper to print and onto the clothes rack.
"It was fun, informative, challenging, and in
the end, life-changing. I really loved the course and it was very
much a collaborative environment. The lecturers and support staff
were fantastic and it was great to work with experienced fellow
"When I was younger I used to dream of designing book and CD
covers and so I knew I always had a passion for illustration as a
career. It was a tough choice between Illustration and Graphic
Design, but I am glad I stuck with Illustration because it is
wonderfully diverse and encompasses a lot of different teachings
from across both areas. I also quickly realised that it spans much
more than just book and CD covers!"
"I like being my own boss and having the freedom to choose what
I do, both creatively and business wise. Running your own business
is very time-consuming but I do what I love and I love what I do. I
get to design and create new things every day, work on interesting
projects and meet new people – I’m very lucky!"
"My degree taught me some vital lessons. Firstly, that
constructive criticism and feedback is priceless. Secondly, I
learned self-discipline and how to manage my time. The course gave
me time to develop as an artist and become much more professional
in my approach to my artwork and business."
"I gained a massive boost in confidence. I joined as a mature
student because I have Bi-Polar, but the University helped me to
grow beyond the boundaries I had set for myself and when I
graduated aged 27, I was a new man."
"Illustration is an excellent choice and can lead to many
different career paths. If you are thinking of setting up your own
business make sure you network, set yourself sensible goals, and
always aim to improve and develop."
"I recently designed and supplied a t-shirt to the author Terri
Garey, writer of the Nicki Styx books for a readers’
"Next year I'm launching a second brand and I hope to continue
to grow my business. I’m already busy beyond belief and I'm hungry
for more - only time will tell."
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