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Caitlin Walden

Freelance Drawer & Painter

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Location:Doncaster, United Kingdom
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/caitlinwalden
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About me:
Having always been fascinated by my surroundings and keen to make marks, I have been ceaselessly practising art and design ever since I could hold a crayon. In art and illustration I have always challenged myself and experimented with subject and media.
In school and college I attended numerous life drawing classes which I feel had a huge influence on my already substantial interest in the human form.
During my own time I have always created narratives in both writing, comic strips and still images, and I enjoy character, creature and landscape design for a wide range of genres. I am currently working on a dark fantasy comic series.
Being also a very keen gardener (both at home and professionally for a year at a renowned public gardens), I very much enjoy studying nature, in particular trees and green landscapes. Therefore I think my style (flexible and changeable though it is) reflects the unique organic forms found in living organisms.
When not drawing, painting and making the odd 3D model, I enjoy walking and hiking, particularly in native woodland, coast and mountains. I keep a large number of cacti and some unusual pet invertebrates.
Though I prefer traditional art, I am skilled in digital media such as Adobe software, and I often create surreal photomontages or manipulations. I take a lot of photographs wherever I go, and have some thoughts of taking this to a professional level, perhaps combining it with my love of horticulture and writing.
My creative influences include the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Sylvain Chomet, the illustrations of Edmund Dulac, Jan Pienkowski and Aubrey Beardsley, and the paintings of surrealists and British landscape artists. I also very much enjoy the sculpture of Andy Goldsworthy and Anthony Gormley.
I am currently a freelance illustrator for a London-based market research agency, illustrating innovative product concepts for brands such as Wrigley, Nestlé and Lowe's. I am often sent batches of 50-100 written concepts and required to sketch them in a limited time, present them to my client, and then amend or finalise the drawings so they are ready to be used to help demonstrate new product ideas.
In previous jobs I have also been required to keep good time, work to high standards and strict deadlines, and maintain excellent communication with many people.

Portfolio: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tralamander/sets/72157633153734907/

Education:
The Cherwell School: September 2003 – June 2008
8 GCSEs grades A*-C
Core subjects + Art, Graphic Design, Spanish and Geography

Oxford and Cherwell Valley College: September 2009 – June 2010
National Diploma in Art and Design

Camberwell College of Arts: September 2010 – May 2011
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (specialising in communication/illustration)

Hadlow College: March 2012 – March 2013
NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture (work-based learning)

Work Experience:
Brainjuicer PLC: 2011- present
Product Illustrator

Horniman Museum and Gardens: March 2012 – March 2013
Apprentice Gardener

References:

Stephen Lee: Sculpture Tutor at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College
stephenmlee@hotmail.com

Amanda Jenkins: Associate Dean of College, Camberwell College of Art at University of the Arts London (UAL)
a.e.jenkins@camberwell.arts.ac.uk
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