What Am I like? PP Workshop

 

WHAT DO I HAVE TO OFFER?

I’m creative and can draw (obviously), as well as being good with technology, specifically Photoshop/adobe suite basic knowledge. I am very good at coming up with ideas.

WHAT ARE MY PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES, SKILLS, APTITUDES, AND TALENTS? (INTERPERSONAL SKILLS)

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

  • Social/Personable
  • Good Communicator
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Detail Orientated
  • Ability to Multi-Task
  • Reliable
  • Ability to Priotise
  • Concientious thinker
  • Self Motivated
  • Works well in pressure/time sensitive situations

CREATIVE/TECHNICAL

  • Indian Inks
  • Digital Drawing
  • Watercolour
  • Etching
  • Screen Printing
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Versatile with Mediums
  • Creative and Innovative thinker
  • Adobe Suite Proficient
  • Microsoft Office Proficient
  • Experienced using Graphic Design Tablets
  • 2D Design

AM I A CONNECTOR/ MAVEN/ SPOKESPERSON/ ARTIST/ THINKER/ FACILIATOR?

I am an artist and thinker.

Am I a Natural Freelancer? Employee? Entrepreneur?

FREELANCER; I personally think I am lacking the personal motivation, and am probably too lazy to make any kind of success of myself.

EMPLOYEE; I am good at following instructions so yes, I believe I’d make a good employee, I have worked for two people in the past for long periods of time and have been told I am a briliant employee.

ENTREPRENEUR; Long term I have various Business ideas but in most I would need a Business partner for support and motivation, as i work best when I have to get things done for others to do what they need to do.

WHAT ARE MY AMBITIONS, CURIOSITIES, NATURAL LEANINGS, MOTIVATION?

To work as part of a creative team, maybe eventually aim to be in a role such as creative director or maybe create my own Creative consultancy firm. I personally think freelance is too much pressure for me, and I don’t think I’d do well in it, I would still like to do freelance work occasionally or on the side but not full time.

WHAT VALUES UNDERPIN MY WORK?

Social Change, Social Issues, Feminism, Sexism,(Gender Inequality) Women, Sociatial Normalities, Accepted Normalities.

WHAT HAVE I LEARNT ABOUT MY CREATIVE POTENTIAL THOUGH MY DEGREE COURSE? 

I have learnt that I have plenty of creative and fascinating ideas/concepts with potential but have very little follow through(scared of failure, better to never try than to fail) so wouldn’t make a brilliant freenlancer as stands, so I should use my creativity in other ways, as I can draw without issue but fear of failure is a very real issue for me.

HOW READY AM I FOR A PROFESSIONAL LIFE?

To be a freelancer; not at all, but to in a professional working environment, I think I am ready, other than my feer of public speaking but I am improving dramatically in that respect, although I think the pressure of the End of Year Viva may be too much for me, and I could well crack under that pressure.

 

 

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PP- CV 

All people looking to find a job or career know that you need to have a CV for your potential employers to look before you can get even close to an interview.  As illustration students, its hard enough to get yourself onto the career ladder, but to become a professional in the art industry you become quickly aware your going to need TWO CVs (I thought one was bad enough!).

Having worked part time since e age of 17, I was well on the way to having done before I’d even started! I already had a professionally finished CV, which has proved successful at getting me employement, although admittedly, through the workshops I realised it had a few issues, such as dates being reversed, and the content being far too elaborate. These changes were only minor to make, but I’d like to think these difference could make the difference in a potential employer glancing at my CV just to put it straight back down, and giving me an interview.

Below you can see it’s simplistic but professional and stylish and gets the job done;

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Once I had made the changes to my regular CV, I made a copy of this document and made the quintessential changes to make it into a Artist CV. Firstly I changed my personal statement to more of an artist statement, following this I have added an artist skills section, I would also add my exhibitions or awards I’ve won, although at this point in time I have very little to add in that respect. I believe my CV is quite empty for a Artist but I think this is to be expected from an artist straight out of university, with very little professional experience under their belt.

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Apart from the odd gramatical error, this is an accurate representation of my CV’s of current. I will be updating the image at the top to a more up-to-date piece of work once my degree project is done.

Becky Watts Creative CV

 

PP- Personal Statement Draft

I have heard conflicting opinions on whether a personal statement should be in first or third person, and what should be included for which personal statement one in writing, i.e. the one that goes along with your work at a gallery, the one you would put in your online or printed portfolio, the one that goes in your CV. All of which say similiar things but to varying degree of detail.

This is the first draft;

Becky. A. Watts is a self-motivated mixed media Illustrator, who works best under pressure; currently finishing off her degree she is working on expanding her portfolio.

Becky works with a number of different mediums and is happy to explore with a different style, often choosing the media based on what works best for the project topic. With this in mind, her preferred mediums are working with inks, fine line pens, watercolour and collage.

Born in Bury St Edmunds, a large town in Suffolk, and living no more than a half an hour drive from said town her entire life, until leaving for university, her life was relatively sheltered and privileged. It wasn’t until she began reading feminist academic theories, and fictional stories suggested by friends and tutors, as well as immersing herself in Feminist communities, that Becky discovered a passion for campaigning for Gender Equality.

A majority of Becky’s work up to this point has been focused on her passion for achieving Gender Equality, through her work she aims to enlighten and diversify people’s understanding and to allow those who may not necessarily experience sexism to the same degree, or may have been conditioned to ignore sexist behaviour, and insight into the situations experienced daily by many women, and to create a line of communication between those afflicting the behaviour and those receiving it.

4a80ce327b7ff91723de30a30ad1fbdfAfter some feedback and another Personal Statement workshop I came up with these;

CREATIVE CV-

Innovative visual mixed media Illustrator. Passion to make work that serves to raise awareness of social issues. Confident working and leading small teams, but efficient and secure in personal abilities working independently. Proficient social and communication skills.

ARTIST STATEMENT (What may be in accompanying work in a Gallery)

Becky Watts is a mixed-media Illustrator passionate about making work that serves to raise awareness of social issues. A current major project addresses gender equality and aims to open up transformative discussion about sexism.

GENERAL CREATIVE PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am a self-motivated mixed media Illustrator, whom works best under pressure; I’m currently finishing off my degree and expanding my portfolio.

I can work with a number of different mediums and am happy to explore with different styles, often choosing the medium based on what works best for the project topic. With this in mind, my preferred mediums are Indian Inks, Fine-liners, Watercolour and Collage.

In university I developed an interest in reading feminist academic theories, and fictional stories suggested by friends and tutors. Through this I immersed myself in Feminist communities, and discovered a passion for campaigning for Gender Equality.

My most recent project has been born from my passion for achieving Gender Equality, through my work I aim to enlighten and diversify peoples understanding, and to allow those who may not notice sexism or believe sexism is a mute topic, and show an insight into the situations experienced daily by many women, and to create a line of communication between those afflicting the behaviour and those receiving it.