Josephine Guan // Alumni Q&A

2017 graduate
josephineguan.com

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!

How to Roll a Joint   This was for a fun side project that the designers and I at Sid Lee have worked on for Wayward Arts magazine. The theme is different ‘How-To’ books and mine was ‘How to Roll a Joint’. I made the props and art directed the shoot, and it was photographed by Jeff Carlson at FUZE

How to Roll a Joint
This was for a fun side project that the designers and I at Sid Lee have worked on for Wayward Arts magazine. The theme is different ‘How-To’ books and mine was ‘How to Roll a Joint’. I made the props and art directed the shoot, and it was photographed by Jeff Carlson at FUZE

Kim’s Convenience   I think this is my claim to fame… I helped with initial sketches for the Kim’s Convenience opener while working at Studio Feather. We had another pitch where the characters of the show appeared on packaging in the store, it wasn’t approved but apparently the cast loved the caricatures!

Kim’s Convenience
I think this is my claim to fame… I helped with initial sketches for the Kim’s Convenience opener while working at Studio Feather. We had another pitch where the characters of the show appeared on packaging in the store, it wasn’t approved but apparently the cast loved the caricatures!

Emotophone  Last year at Sid Lee one of our clients wanted to make an installation in our neighborhood. We came up with these speakerphones similar to the ones you find in playgrounds, and strangers had to ask each other 36 questions that might make them fall in love.

Emotophone
Last year at Sid Lee one of our clients wanted to make an installation in our neighborhood. We came up with these speakerphones similar to the ones you find in playgrounds, and strangers had to ask each other 36 questions that might make them fall in love.

Emotophone  A shot of the installation

Emotophone
A shot of the installation

Kenya Cup   We participate in an agency softball competition every year and I got to help illustrate on some punny merch! (We lost)

Kenya Cup
We participate in an agency softball competition every year and I got to help illustrate on some punny merch! (We lost)

Kenya Cup   We participate in an agency softball competition every year and I got to help illustrate on some punny merch! (We lost)

Kenya Cup
We participate in an agency softball competition every year and I got to help illustrate on some punny merch! (We lost)

Kenya Cup   Some process work for the softball stuff

Kenya Cup
Some process work for the softball stuff

Personal illustration work

Personal illustration work