Chioma Opara
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Chioma Opara

Illustrator | Storyboard Artist | FacilitatorLondon, United Kingdom
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Chioma Opara
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Chioma Opara

Illustrator | Storyboard Artist | FacilitatorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Hi all! I’m Chioma, a proud Nigerian-British storyboard artist and an illustrator who’s super passionate about accessible content and amplifying underrepresented stories. My pronouns are she/her and I’m also a professional geek. I was born and bred in London, where I am based. Although I am adaptable to new work cultures thanks to having lived in multiple countries across Europe and the U.K. These include The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, The Basque Country and Germany! I have four years' experience in the industry with over fifteen years in practicing drawing. Capable of producing traditional or digital pieces and delivering briefs from concepts to finish. I have continuously developed and strengthened my style, a fusion of digital and traditional techniques. This is an asset to visually depicting experiences of struggle, triumphs and daily life. Want to chat to me about an opportunity? Feel free to get in touch!
Projects
  • Sketches
    SketchesObservational studies of different life moments. These include pieces from life or still photography.
  • 8 LGBTQ Black Figures
    8 LGBTQ Black FiguresEvery year, October is Black History Month in the U.K. But, it is LGBTQ History Month in the U.S. That switches over in February. To showcase how these experiences can intersect, I created spots of 8 Black LGBTQ people that should be in History books.
  • The Coffee series
    The Coffee seriesA series of illustrations on coffee culture. Published in Coffee People Zine #10, September 2020. This issue features work exclusively by Black creatives in the coffee community. Sales revenue is given to The Bail Project and The Okra Project - two organisations supporting and strengthening their communities.
Work history
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    Community and Content ManagerThe Association of Illustrators, The Black British Illustrators' Network
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    • Managed and interacted with the online community, The Black British Illustrators' Network (BBIN), which resulted in members growing to over one hundred and regular online portfolio reviews. • Researched events, wrote copy and organised information which allowed The AOI to clearly promote useful workshops to their members. • Both roles were undertaken on a voluntary, self-initiated basis and they were performed remotely.
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    Art and Design Activity Leader/TutorThe English Experience, Mirenglish
     - EuropeFreelance
    • Led teams of three colleagues whilst teaching and organising visual and performing arts' activities to twelve to fifteen children and teens. • Supported sports classes in San Martino di Lupari, Bilbao and Barakaldo, which concluded with students and parents giving me 100% satisfaction rates and positive testimonies. • Directed a cross-cultural drama performance that highlighted English speaking and cultural relations in entertainment.
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Skills
  • Poster Art
  • Poster Design
  • Illustration
  • Art Education
  • Music Artwork
  • Storytelling
  • 2D Drawing
  • Facilitating Workshops
  • Community Building
  • Concept Generation
Education
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    MDes Comics and Graphic NovelsDuncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
     - Dundee, United Kingdom
    I volunteered as a panel chair at the 8th International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. I helped with the internationally renowned comics' conference during my master's programme. I managed the timing of the ‘Monstrosity and Masculinity’ panel and introduced presenters. Discussion was also stimulated between presenters and the audience in the Q&A session.
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    ErasmusUniversity of Amsterdam
     - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Erasmus placement that was added to my Bachelor's. I also worked as a Communications Intern at The Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam, October to December 2013. Provided visual layout plans for the blog From Inside: A Diary of Syria, which gave autonomy to Syrian voices and was featured on the BBC.
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Awards
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    CopywritingMarketability
    A short one day course focused on copywriting short and long form texts for print, online and social media. This includes newsletters, customer responses and FOMO copy.