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Friday 12 August 2016

Recent graduate Sam Hiscock’s final-year project illustrates the compulsion to collect

Sam Hiscock graduated from Solent’s BA (Hons) Illustration this year, and is building his career as an artist. We caught up with Sam at this summer’s degree show extravaganza, to talk about his final-year project, how Solent has helped him develop as a professional, and his next steps.

Tell us a bit about your final project 

For my final major project I created a fully illustrated picture book. The book illustrates an autobiographical poem all about my family house, the things in it and growing up there. Though the poem has narrative, it’s really all about my interest in the smaller details of life, curiosities and anything dusty and old!

What was the inspiration behind your project?

The biggest influence for this project and actually my illustrations in general has to be my interest in collections, antiques and curiosities. Having grown up in a house filled with collections, from toy cars and buttons to stone garden ornaments and clocks, I am fascinated by these illogical obsessions with everyday items.


What have you enjoyed most about your time at Solent?  

For me the highlight of my three years at Solent has to be the final year exhibition. Seeing mine and my peers work up and knowing the development and hard work that went into it all, is a really exciting and proud moment.

What’s next?

A few months ago I was lucky enough to get a portfolio interview with The Bright Agency, an illustration agency based in London, who now represents me as an artist, which is very exciting! So over the next year I look forward to working with them and building a career as an illustrator. At the same time I’ll be starting a 12-month graduate associate role here at Solent at the end of this summer, working as the store manager at Re:So [the University’s award-winning retail outlet]. So I have a very busy and exciting year ahead!

Do you have any advice for other students or potential students?

Make the most of the professional advice from lecturers, and studio space while you can… it goes by very quick!