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Chris Stokes

Graphic Designer / Illustrator

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationManchester, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Writer - Illustrator


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About me

Graphic designer and Fine Art graduate from the Wirral, now living in Manchester, UK. I am currently working full-time as a graphic designer and illustrator at branding and advertising agency Waggledance in Marple, with previous experience working at the Manchester-based agency Creative Spark. I also have experience working in the photography, publishing, retail and marketing industries and have worked in various roles for both classical and contemporary arts organisations. Outside of my full-time commitments I work as a freelance creative across art, design, illustration, photography and writing, and am always on the lookout for new projects, collaborations and exhibition opportunities. If you are interested in working with me on ideas big or small, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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  • Visual Arts
  • Writing
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Photography
  • Photo Editing
  • Branding
  • Creative Artworking
  • Concept and Ideation

Work history


Graphic Designer


Jun 2016
  • Marple, UK
  • Full Time
  • I am currently working as part of the creative team at branding and advertising agency Waggledance, where I have been working on projects for brands including Blacks Outdoor, upcoming online retailer British We Love and the UK double-glazing company Everest. Working in this small agency environment has meant that I have had full responsibility over projects from start to finish whilst I have also had the opportunity to use my creative writing skills for copy and script writing.


Freelance Creative

Chris Stokes Design

Dec 2015
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Since graduating from Shillington College I have begun working on various freelance design projects outside of my full-time commitments, giving me vital experience in dealing directly with clients. The two biggest projects I have worked on in this time have been for the UK-based air-freshener manufacturer NIA Fragrances and the Kenyan-based sports drink company Wired Energy Africa. The products I have developed with NIA are now on sale in Halfords and Sainsburys stores across the UK, whilst the Wired energy drink has now been launched in Kenya and is soon planned to be distributed across the continent.


Graphic Design Intern

Creative Spark

Apr 2016 - Jun 2016
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • At Creative Spark I gained experience working in a large agency environment as part of a multi-discipline creative team. In my time here I worked on projects for major national and international clients including: Virgin Money, Ministry of Sound, Manchester Airports Group and British Cycling, doing everything from taking part in brainstorming sessions, to creating pitch presentations, to artworking and independent design briefs.


Art Curation

The Holden Gallery

Feb 2016 - Sep 2016
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Working as a volunteer alongside the senior curatorial staff I helped research, plan and deliver 4 exhibitions as part of the gallery’s ongoing contemporary art programme. Tasks involved included: researching and contacting artists and dealers, artwork handling, installation and condition checking, creating technical drawings and floorplans, researching, budgeting and purchasing equipment, social media marketing, general administration tasks and working at gallery events. I also worked as a graphic designer for the gallery - creating print publications, outdoor banners, flyers and vinyl wall decals as well as designing and writing content for the gallery’s monthly e-newsletter (using Mailchimp).


Art Centre Staff & Photographer

Il Centro D’arte Verrocchio

May 2015 - Jul 2015
  • 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Province of Siena, Italy
  • Full Time
  • During summer 2015 I lived and worked in a residential art centre in Tuscany, Italy run by the British sculptor Nigel Konstam. Tasks included helping to deliver painting and sculpture workshops, acting as a gallery host and tour guide, kitchen work, waitering and the photography of artworks for publication and archiving.


Photography Assistant

Blueski Photography

Sep 2014 - May 2015
  • West Kirby, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Working at sports events around the North of England and Wales I operated a portable photography desk and was responsible for all image retouching, Photoshop-created montages, printing, sales and customer relations.


Freelance Writer

Hampton Bond International

Sep 2012 - Dec 2012
  • Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Whilst studying for my Fine Art degree I wrote a short children’s book titled ‘Rose & The Cunning Fox’ (ISBN: 1909555258) which was published in 2013 and went on to win an IJOCS Outstanding Book Award later that year from the International Journal of Clinical Skills.



Certificate IV Graphic Design

Shillington College

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • At Shillington I studied on an intensive three-month course where I developed professional skills using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator whilst working on real life design briefs across both print and digital.


BA(Hons) Fine Art

Lancaster University

Oct 2011 - Jul 2014
  • Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • For my final year project I worked mainly with experimental techniques in drawing, photography and animation and was involved in the organisation and running of a number of different exhibitions. As part of my degree I also undertook optional modules in Creative Writing and Media Production (learning to use professional video equipment and Final Cut Pro software), whilst outside of my academic studies I was an active member of the university cycling club.


Foundation Diploma: Art Design

Wirral Metropolitan College

Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
  • Birkenhead, United Kingdom
  • On my foundation course I undertook classes in a number of different creative fields including Graphic Design, Fashion and Textiles, Ceramics and Animation before eventually specialising in Fine Art.


A Levels

Calday Grange Sixth Form

Sep 2008 - Jul 2010
  • West Kirby, United Kingdom
  • Subjects taken were Fine Art (A*), Product Design and English Literature (B) and General Studies (A). During this time I also received the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award, a Grade 6 Guitar Award and a Young Leader Award from The Melt Training Program, Upton.



Calday Grange Grammar School

Sep 2003 - Jul 2008
  • West Kirby, United Kingdom
  • Subjects taken were Fine Art and English Language (A*), Maths, English Literature, German, Music, Product Design, Chemistry, Physics and Geography (A) and Biology (B). I also represented the school in both hockey and cricket and regularly took part in music performances.



Outstanding Book Award

International Journal of Clinical Skills

  • For my short children's book 'Rose & the Cunning Fox' published by Hampton Bond International (ISBN: 1909555258).


Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • As part of this award I spent 3 years working as a volunteer at The Bank Youth Club in Upton, and received SMBLA training to become a mountain bike trail leader on the club's cycling trips.