Liza Tretyakova – BA (Hons) Illustration graduate

Year of graduation: 2012

Current employer: Pic-o-matic Illustration Agency; AnimalBooks

Current job title: Illustrator; Art Director

Current location: Moscow, Russia

“I have a favourite writer, and it always has been my dream to illustrate one of his books. Recently, my dream has come true.”

Tell us what you have been doing since completing your studies.

Since graduation I have been working mainly as a freelance illustrator for publishing houses and agencies as well as private clients, creating illustrations for children's books and advertising. I have also been working as an illustrator with Pic-o-matic Illustration Agency (Moscow, Russia) and last year I was appointed Art Director of Children's book serial, AnimalBooks.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

1. In September 2015 I was awarded the first prize for the best children' s book illustration in the International Publishing Competition "New Children's Book" (ROSMAN Publishing House).

2. I have a favourite writer, and it always has been my dream to illustrate one of his books. Recently, my dream has come true: I illustrated his book for children, "I am a Mouse."

3. I have acquired a skill of working with papier-mache when creating gigantic vegetables for children's school play.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

When I started my course at the University of Plymouth I had already had some experience working as an illustrator, so I was fully aware of what speciality I wanted to achieve and why. Ashley Potter was the first tutor who had seen and professionally assessed my works, and I am deeply appreciative of all those practical skills and experiences my tutors shared with me during the years I studied there. I have learned such valuable skills such as etching and ceramics; also, I had an opportunity to try different techniques and materials, which resulted in the improvement of my illustration skills and helped to build my self -confidence.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

The final graduation exhibition which was the visual result of the skills and techniques I had learnt.

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