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Amanda: Illustration

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Last day in the internship in Chris Sickels studio at Red Nose Studios. Pictured (left to right) Chris Sickels, Amanda Greene.

Amanda Greene is an Illustration major who interned at Red Nose Studio in Indiana. Click here to learn more about her creative work!


What did you do at your internship?

This spring I completed an internship with Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio. Chris is an illustrator who works with a combination of sculpture, stop-motion, and photography to create unique and whimsical images for magazines, posters, and picture books. During the two weeks that I interned with him I was able to assist him in creating an illustration for a magazine cover. I was responsible for constructing a few minor elements of the set. When we had completed the set, Chris taught me some photography basics and I was able to take a few test photos of the piece. After the image was finalized, the client asked for an animated loop of the image to be used on their website and other mobile platforms. I was able to help Chris determine the actions of the character and length of the animation. We then spent a day filming and editing and I was able to learn a lot about the software and processes that Chris uses. Once the animation was all finished, it was sent to the client for final approval. This one project comprised the majority of my internship, but I was able to learn a lot from it. It was very beneficial for me to see and become involved in the process of a client-based illustration from beginning to end. I feel that I have a more concrete understanding of the daily routines involved with being a full-time illustrator.

What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?

I think the most beneficial thing I got from my internship experience was an opportunity to observe what it's really like to be an illustrator. Chris and I were able to discuss things like finding and communicating with clients as well as topics such as balancing work and family. In the classroom, we talk about similar things, but it's different to hear it from someone who'd actually living that life.

What professional skills did you develop in your internship?

Although my internship was only two weeks, I was able to learn a lot. From observing Chris's process of working on an illustration for a client from start to finish, I was able to learn skills such as time-management and communication. I was also able to learn a lot of technical skills that are unique to Chris's process that I likely never would've learned in a class at BYU - soldering, for example, as well as photography, stop-motion, three-dimensional composition and lighting, as well as many others.

Would you recommend this internship to other students? Why?

Yes! If any other student in the Illustration program is interested in creating three-dimensional illustrations or even just learning from a unique professional in the field, I would highly recommend considering Red Nose Studio.

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Image of Amanda Greene taking test shots of Chris Sickels illustration.