Dylan Darwin // Alumni Q&A

2017 graduate
dylandarwin.com

What have you been up to since graduating from the program?
Since graduating Illustration in 2017, I went on to complete a one year Computer Animation graduate program at Sheridan. For the past year, I’ve been working full-time as a 3D Layout Artist at Pipeline Studios in Hamilton, currently working on a Nickelodeon show called Sunny Day.

What does a typical work day look like for you?
Every day, I go into the studio and work to complete a quarter of the backgrounds for each episode. I compose shots by referencing storyboards and moving 3D assets in Maya. Most days I will plug in, listen to music, and cycle between new episodes of my favourite podcasts. Work will sometimes continue into the evenings if I have a freelance illustration or graphic design project on the go. 

What stands out in your mind as a highlight of your time here at Sheridan? 
I miss the environment and freedom to be completely indulgent and introspective with image making. I remember the period around third year when I began to hit a state of flow while working. It felt like I was falling down a rabbit hole! After exercising my skills and experimenting with a bunch of processes, I started to realize the conditions I work best in. I found the challenge of individuating my work and the opportunity to share it with a community to be special and integral to developing my sense of self. Understanding what separates my work from others is what gives me confidence in using all mediums and has helped me get to what I’m doing today.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to pursue an education and career in illustration?
There is a lot of hustle and patience involved in getting work! I’m keeping my passions alive by continuing to record ideas and moments with drawing, painting, writing, and other self-directed projects.

Sasquash    Screen grab from my final film in Computer Animation

Sasquash
Screen grab from my final film in Computer Animation

Sasquash    Screen grab from my final film in Computer Animation

Sasquash
Screen grab from my final film in Computer Animation

Screen grab from a short animation about a surfer and shark meeting

Screen grab from a short animation about a surfer and shark meeting

Snotty Nose Rez Kids  Poster for CBC’s Polaris Music Prize Awards

Snotty Nose Rez Kids Poster for CBC’s Polaris Music Prize Awards

Collection of doodles I do at work of my coworker’s figurines

Collection of doodles I do at work of my coworker’s figurines

Sketchbook painting of my favourite bowls and snack

Sketchbook painting of my favourite bowls and snack

Aftermath of the Pusha T concert at Danforth Music Hall November 20, 2018

Aftermath of the Pusha T concert at Danforth Music Hall November 20, 2018

Journal entry of a day visiting the Museum of Fine Arts and Wally’s Jazz Club in Boston

Journal entry of a day visiting the Museum of Fine Arts and Wally’s Jazz Club in Boston