Bronwyn Coveney [bronco]
What is your profession? What is your title printed on your business card?
Character Animator, but I also offer my services as an illustrator.
What did you study and why did you choose to study that field?
Funnily enough, I've kind of gone in full circle. I was going to study Illustration, but after making my work move in sixth form, I caught the Animation bug! So I studied Animation for three years, got my degree (a nice rounded 2:1) but the first job I did after getting my degree...? A children's book illustration project!
What links do you have on the Internet: website, blog, social networks?
At the moment, just:
My animated film can be seen here:
And my showreel:
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I've always wanted to work in art, so I'm living my dream! Believe me, my inner child is very, very happy!
List any credits, publications, competitions, etc.
Keith Doodle Saves Christmas - by Josef Bastian, illustrated by Bronwyn Coveney (available December 2008)
What is your specialty in illustration?
I specialise in children's illustration and cartoon-style art. My pictures aren't just static either; I can also make them move (I trained as an animator too!)
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
Yes, I completed my BA in Animation with honours in September 2008.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
My style is very warm but edgy. However, if a client is looking for a certain style then I am willing to replicate a particular style.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
I include an "image insurance" in my tariff, so if a client isn't happy with a final product, a repeat is produced with no extra charge. Though I wouldn't recommend taking advantage of this too much, as it does cost time.
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
Everything is done on paper. I'm very traditional. Digital copies are done and touched up via editing software, and these are sent out to artists overseas or put onto disc for artists in the UK.
What are you working on now?
I have two ongoing projects at the moment:
The Parental Alienation Awareness Organisation (PAAO) have requested a character design for their mascot, PANDA, and a series of cartoon strips. The character is also going to be made into a stuffed toy, and will feature on the website and in the newsletters. This is being done out of the goodness of my heart!
A local client has requested illustrations for a story written by her daughter. Although not a huge project, and not a professional one per se, I still feel that all clients deserve excellent illustration experience at a realistic price.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Three words: Go For It! Keep practising, keep all doodles, no matter how small, and make a fantastic portfolio. Then get onto as many websites as possible - freelance websites are an excellent starting point, though some do charge - and start making a name for yourself!
What hobbies have you got?
As well as my art-based passions; animation, drawing, music, writing and theatre, I love sports. I've been involved in the martial arts and water sports, and love them both. But my real sporting passion is for running. I dream of running a marathon one day.
Of what are you an addict?
Warmth. Sounds bizarre, but I don't like the cold. Give me a fire, and I am happy as a pig in unspeakable brown soilds.
A word or expression that you love.
My favourite word: Refurbishment.