Lucy's time at Teesside led to her setting up her own business.
Teesside opened up so many opportunities for me as student. And now as a business, Teesside University also offers opportunities such as networking events and business support.
When I started researching courses I wanted to go into illustration, but I was encouraged to do something that offered more career options. Then I found out about Teesside University. Teesside was a big University for games and I saw an opportunity to combine my passion for drawing with one of my biggest hobbies.
Being a student so far from home was so freeing and fun, with Middlesbrough and the University providing lots of opportunities for fun activities and nights out, despite it being a small town. What I loved the most was that everything seemed to revolve around the campus, so you could bump into people and end up socialising without needing to make plans.
I was also a member of Anicom (Animation and Comics Society) and the International Society and other smaller groups. I made so many friends through this and we still keep in touch.
My goal during University was to be a freelance artist, but I thought I would have to get some studio work first and work my way up to it. But just as I graduated in 2010, I got my first freelance project and have kept going since, despite the first few years being tough financially.
I mainly work in the games industry, where I get to design characters and environments and animate them. My area of expertise is characters and a lot of my work revolves around their design and animation. I have worked in over 20 games and numerous other projects including animated shorts and books and even a small experimental personal game.
I am also a Women in Games Ambassador, putting on events and helping women who want to get into the industry, and a guest speaker, talking to students about freelancing and art.
At university my drawing and animation skills saw a massive improvement, but I’m also grateful to my lecturers who taught me to consider the business aspect and to have confidence in my work. What really stood out for me was Animex, where I got to meet professionals already doing what I wanted to do and learning from them, as well as having the chance to network.
I feel like I am reaching my goal as a successful self-employed artist. There are still things I want to achieve in my freelance work, like seeing my work in certain games I admire, but mostly making my own games. Another thing I would like to focus on is giving back to the industry through my work with Women in Games and guest talks to students who want to follow the same path.
Yes, Teesside opened up so many opportunities for me as student. And now as a business, Teesside University also offers opportunities such as networking events and business support.