Josephine Guan // Alumni Q&A
What have you been up to since graduating from the program?
I’ve been weaving my way around different jobs since graduating, I worked in film and TV for a bit doing motion graphics, then that got me into an advertising agency doing graphic design. I draw in my free time for fun!
What does a typical work day look like for you?
Typically I go to work around 10, and if I don’t have any meetings in the morning I spend that time collecting inspiration and sketching ideas for projects. There are usually several projects on the go that have different requirements. We deal with branding and identity so I have to mandate things like colours, graphics, photography and illustration. Then my afternoons are spent sharing my ideas with coworkers and creating things.
What stands out in your mind as a highlight of your time here at Sheridan?
What stands out to me is the group of people that you are surrounded by at Sheridan. Everyone by 4th year has their own interests and specialties so it was always nice to see what they’re up to and ask for help when you need it. I think that’s helped in my career because I’ve learned to keep in touch with others and share knowledge and resources.
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to pursue an education and career in illustration?
I would say to keep an open mind. I went into this program thinking I’d have a career as a storybook illustrator but that idea got reshaped as I went through the courses and got exposed to what is out there. I think it’s important to learn the conceptual process of working because that can be applied to other creative jobs out there. Lastly—nurture your interests outside of illustration, it will help you in the long run!