Alan and Dennis Poole are twin brothers who studied visual literacy and illustration, design and animation at The Learning Connexion in 2011. They have since set up their own illustration business on the Kapiti Coast. We asked them some questions about running their own creative business and what life has been like since graduating.
What did you study at TLC?
We primarily studied illustration, visual literacy and design where we learned a great deal about the illustrative processes, the use of visual metaphor to convey meaning, working to briefs and producing high quality imagery quickly. We also studied animation where we both focused on 2D animation using computers to create images and assemble animations via video editing software. We also learned a variety of techniques which are used in the industry and have found these useful when producing imagery for video.
Since graduating from The Learning Connexion what projects have you been working on?
We've mainly been working on a variety of illustrations for educational publishers as well as some work for a U.S. based web animation company. The work has ranged from spot illustrations, backdrops for video, half to full page illustrations, characters (for books and video), diagrams, maps and illustrations for books. We've used a variety of styles to meet the needs of different clients.
Tell us about working in commercial illustration?
What is most important is to follow the brief and to constantly communicate with the client during production of the work. Finished roughs that conceptualize compositions for scenes, character designs and so forth should be shown early on so that the client can get a feel for where the work is going. Often the client will require changes to the work as things go along, so the illustrator should always be prepared to modify images as required. The aim is to make sure that when the final is created, the client doesn't require any further changes. Working digitally makes the process much easier as it is a medium which is ideally set up for making modifications.
What are the advantages of running your own business?
The main advantage is that we can pick and choose what projects to work on, and we only need to answer to the client, not any higher management!