Alan Vest is going up in the world.
The former Cleveland College of Art and Design student is one of just 10 graduates to be chosen as a ‘rising star’ and to have their work showcased to millions of people as part of a national initiative by arts magazine Creative Review and advertising company JCDecaux.
Their art will appear on more than 1,000 of the firm’s digital screens at stations all over the UK, including Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, St. Pancras, Victoria and Waterloo in London, as well as at Brighton, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and York, as well as shopping centres such as Bluewater, Brent Cross, Eldon Square Mall and the MetroCentre.
Alan, who studied at the college’s Hartlepool campus, said: “I studied Illustration for Commercial Application - it was a brand new course and I was one of the first year graduating.
“I feel so lucky to have my work selected - what an amazing opportunity and I’m so grateful to be involved. I like to use different pens to make marks and lines on paper, I may then incorporate a range of other materials and try to keep the image as raw as possible.”
Alan has already made his mark in the industry, having been commissioned to produce illustrations for The Guardian’s weekly column, ‘My Writing Day’ after contacting the paper as part of his course’s ‘Professional Practice’ module: “We were set the task of making a telephone call to industry.
I feel so lucky to have my work selected - what an amazing opportunity and I’m so grateful to be involved.Alan Vest
“Editorial illustration is an area I have become very interested in and I decided to call up The Guardian. Afterwards I contacted the art directors via email and sent through a few examples of my illustrations,” he said.
“When I found out The Guardian wanted me to commission me for a weekly column I was so happy, nervous but most of all excited to be recognised. I’m so grateful to be given the chance to draw for such a prestigious paper.”