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Daniel Lyon

BA (Hons) Comics and Graphic Novels

Daniel studies comics and graphic novels, find out more.

It is a wonderful university, and life on campus would be a good opportunity to experience during your studies.

Daniel Lyon

Why Teesside?

My passion for art grew from drawing characters I saw on TV. I knew I wanted to develop my own artistic skills as well as learn about the creation of comic books at university. Studying at Teesside gave me the perfect opportunity to live independently within student accommodation, where I could meet new friends and enjoy life on campus within the local area.

Why comics and graphic novels?

I have always worked on cartoon styles within my own drawings, and I felt this course would be a good opportunity to share my creative talents in comic book form as well as develop story ideas for my own characters.

Course highlight?

I am surrounded by other talented students who wish to fulfil their dreams like me, and I benefited from good feedback on my work. Some modules have been quite challenging in some areas, but they developed and progressed my skills, and allowed me to keep practising my own illustrations traditionally and digitally, in addition to working on my own creative stories.

Favourite place on campus?

The library! I spent a lot of time in the library. Whenever I needed support with my written work, someone was always available to help me. The support I received was excellent. I also met up with some of my classmates in the Library to work together as a team and give each other feedback on our own individual assignments.

How was the Students’ Union?

The SU on campus was another location where I would meet up with some of my friends, especially during events such as the Halloween Quiz Night. I was a member of the Travelling Society where I spoke to students about travelling to different countries. as well as places within the UK.

Have you had any industry experience during your studies?

Yes, I was presented with an opportunity to work on a comic book strip for Viz, based on one of their scripts. I had to consider the brief, my own creative style and the requirements of the magazine. I enjoyed the experience.

What skills/experience have you gained at Teesside that you feel will help you in your chosen career?

I have gained skills and experience working on digital software such as Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio, and Procreate. I have learnt some new skills that will help with my ambition to become a comic book artist or a freelance illustrator. With the experiences I have gained during my studies I feel confident about my artistic career. I’m also going to look into comic book competitions and companies that are looking for comic book artists to work on some illustrations for a comic book or graphic novel, which will improve my CV.

Future ambitions?

To create my own comic and children’s books.

Would you recommend Teesside University and your course?

Absolutely, It is a wonderful university, and life on campus is a great experience.

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