Leah McGhee

Leah McGhee

Illustrator, WriterNorwich, United Kingdom
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Leah McGhee

Leah McGhee

Illustrator, WriterNorwich, United Kingdom
About me
I am an artist currently based in Norwich, where I study Illustration. I am prolific in traditional illustration and particularly enjoy character art, book illustrations and storyboarding. I have experience with freelance and collaborative projects, and I am open to freelance work, commissions or internships. I am also a writer for my university's magazine, Storehouse, where I work in a diverse team to produce articles enjoyed by students and the public. In my spare time I enjoy making resin and silver jewellery, and I sell these pieces on my Etsy shop.
  • Fairy on a Mushroom (Ink Painting)
    Fairy on a Mushroom (Ink Painting)A more personal project, gifted to my parents.
  • Life Drawing: Aerial Yoga
    Life Drawing: Aerial YogaA life drawing of an aerial yoga pose, drawn with a red coloured pencil on yellow card. I wanted to explore the contrast between softness and tension in the body.
  • Bloody Mary
    Bloody MaryThe Virgin Mary altar and votive at The Duomo, Florence. The original photo was taken on 35mm film. Using an alternative process known as gum bichromate, I transferred the negative onto watercolour cardstock to achieve this look.
  • Reportage Illustration (ongoing)
    Reportage Illustration (ongoing)Some quick drawings of friends, back from when I could safely draw people at cafes/bars. We had a sketching session during a break from our exhibition in February. When things calm down with the virus, I'd love to draw more people like this again.
  • Revival
    RevivalA poem for Issue 19 of Storehouse Magazine.
  • A Love Twice as Fair
    A Love Twice as FairA collaborative project between myself and UEA Creative Writing student, Nina Watson. We drew inspiration from Medieval manuscripts and fantasy to create a short queer love story. It was showcased at a public exhibition at NUA in February 2020. I illustrated the pictures and the border with ink and brush pens, and handpainted the illuminated typography. I then used InDesign to format the pictures and text, keeping the eight page limit in mind.
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Work history
    IllustratorUEA - The University of East Anglia
     - Norwich, United KingdomFreelance
    I worked in a small team for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA. Together we produced illustrations in response to various articles on climate change. The illustrations were put together in zines and can also be found online: https://tyndall.ac.uk/news/self-i-art-x-science-project-nua-and-tyndall-centre
  • Illustration
  • Writing
  • 35mm Photography
  • Alternative Photography
  • Jewellery Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Book Illustration
  • Botanical Illustration
  • Creative Storytelling
  • Character Art
    (BA) IllustrationNorwich University of Arts
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Most OriginalHarlaxton Manor
    I won the award for 'Most Original' in a Pinhole Photography Exhibition at the Critics' Choice Awards in Harlaxton Manor.