Miriam Amankwa
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Miriam Amankwa

Freelance Illustrator / Portrait and Events PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
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Miriam Amankwa
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Miriam Amankwa

Freelance Illustrator / Portrait and Events PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Initially, I was stuck with what to pursue in life so I thought on feedback that I received from my classmates whilst undertaking my foundation diploma and took a chance... From taking the risk to switch courses from Fashion Graphics to Illustration, I had found a course that brought out the best of the skills I already had and built my propensity as a practising illustrator. Upon completing my degree at Solent University, I built professional printing techniques that I could take forward into my professional artist practice such as screen printing and bookbinding. Also, being selected for an artist in Residency outside of Europe gave me the opportunity and confidence to not only communicate with other fellow creatives from different nations but to also immerse myself in the culture and the lifestyle of Shanghai, China. This international opportunity provided me with the chance to grow within myself - both as a young woman and as a creative professional and I would be open to partaking in more artist residences to enable me to grow as a professional illustrator and artist. Since then, I secured a Graduate internship as a designer which gave me the opportunity to create outcomes to real-life briefs such as creating a poster for Cycle September and creating a brochure cover for the prospectus for the School of Art, Design and Fashion. Currently, I am looking for freelance illustration and photography opportunities as well. Thank you for taking the time to view my work. If you would like to contact me for art/illustration or photography related enquiries, information, charges and availability - please feel free to contact me via the following emails: drawescapism@gmail.com, missvisualsphotography@gmail.com. Have an awesome day and God bless
Projects
  • Painting "In Full Bloom"
    Painting "In Full Bloom"I created this painting to represent embracing myself and coming into my own as I transitioned from my 20s to my 30s Hours spent: 13 hours 28 mins Media used: @winsorandnewton Oil colours Canvas: Hobbycraft #painting #artistsoninstagram #illustrationartists #illustrationsofinstagram #blackfemaleartist #oilpainting #winsorandnewton #winsorandnewtonoilpaint #portraitartistoftheyear #skyportraitartistoftheyear #blackfemaleukartist #drawescapism #mimianiwaa
  • Pink Lilies (2023)
    Pink Lilies (2023)This painting is a requested commission. This was also the first time that I've painted onto a different surface (purchased a wooden board from Etsy). Happy with how I'm progressing with each painting I do.
  • Self Portrait Entry: Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2022 �
    Self Portrait Entry: Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2022 �Presenting to you my completed self portrait entry for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year � � The aim was just to familiarise myself with oil paint again after not practicing with it for awhile, I'm beyond happy with the outcome and proud of how it has turned out! Medium: Winstor and Newton Oil Colour Paint / @winsorandnewton Time: Approx. 26 hours � Here’s to more painting, 2022 and beyond! � Close up shots and remaining time lapse coming up… #oilpainting #skyportraitartistofthe
  • Inktober 2018
    Inktober 2018For the majority of October, I partook in an annual drawing challenge called Inktober - using only Ink based art products. Although I wasn't able to finish, this challenge helped me to be more confident with using ink products.
  • 'Lost In Translation' -  China Academy of Arts Summer School 2017
    'Lost In Translation' - China Academy of Arts Summer School 2017In 2017, I was selected to partake in an international summer school in China. After doing various workshops including learning how to tie-dye, we summarized the end of our summer school by creating our own final outcome in response to a brief set. Mine was based on the misunderstanding between my new friend and I - based on whenever we converse, one person tries to understand what the other is saying. Before completing the final painting, I did a practise portrait painting first.
  • Graduate Design - Intern (Final Outcomes - 2019)
    Graduate Design - Intern (Final Outcomes - 2019)Over the period of my internship, I was given the opportunity to create final outcomes for two faculties that I was supporting. Initially, I was nervous but began brainstorming plenty of ideas to work with and heightened my confidence and understanding in working with real-life briefs. Adhering to the university's brand guidelines whilst creating the final outcomes helped me to understand the importance of communicating with clients for future reference and coming to a mutual decision regarding
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Projects credited in
  • Painting "In Full Bloom"
    Painting "In Full Bloom"I created this painting to represent embracing myself and coming into my own as I transitioned from my 20s to my 30s Hours spent: 13 hours 28 mins Media used: @winsorandnewton Oil colours Canvas: Hobbycraft #painting #artistsoninstagram #illustrationartists #illustrationsofinstagram #blackfemaleartist #oilpainting #winsorandnewton #winsorandnewtonoilpaint #portraitartistoftheyear #skyportraitartistoftheyear #blackfemaleukartist #drawescapism #mimianiwaa
  • Pink Lilies (2023)
    Pink Lilies (2023)This painting is a requested commission. This was also the first time that I've painted onto a different surface (purchased a wooden board from Etsy). Happy with how I'm progressing with each painting I do.
  • Self Portrait Entry: Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2022 �
    Self Portrait Entry: Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2022 �Presenting to you my completed self portrait entry for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year � � The aim was just to familiarise myself with oil paint again after not practicing with it for awhile, I'm beyond happy with the outcome and proud of how it has turned out! Medium: Winstor and Newton Oil Colour Paint / @winsorandnewton Time: Approx. 26 hours � Here’s to more painting, 2022 and beyond! � Close up shots and remaining time lapse coming up… #oilpainting #skyportraitartistofthe
Work history
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    Graphic Designer - InternSolent University
     - Southampton, United KingdomInternship
    Within this internship, I was assigned to support two departments within Solent University (Estates and Facilities / External Relations) involving liaising with different colleagues from across different departments to discuss potential outcomes I could create using the latest industry digital software - Procreate. During the period of my internship with Solent University, I prioritized the workload and deadlines of the creative briefs assigned to me whilst ensuring that I was working in accordance with the internal and external quality standards and benchmarks and to ensure that my created outcomes were informed by by critical feedback and generating ideas inspired by previous work created by graduates. Skills that were affirmed and developed throughout this internship were: Ability to follow a brief and demonstrate initiative Ability to produce a high standard of work Ability to work to deadlines Ability to communicate effectively with external client
Skills
  • Portrait Photography
  • Illustration
  • Screen Printing
  • Drawing
  • Pencil Drawing
  • Oil Painting
  • Portrait Artist
  • Events Photography
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Video Editing
Education
    Ravensbourne University London logo
    Ravensbourne University London logo
    UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies (QCF) Field Of Study Fashion and TextilesRavensbourne University London
    London, United Kingdom
    An entry-level foundation course which covered all the different fields within fashion. From the beginning, the course was fast-paced to help us anticipate and prepare ourselves for deadlines. Skills I learnt included: • The basics of Photoshop • Life drawing • Manipulating different silhouettes on a mannequin
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    IllustrationSouthampton Solent University
     - Southampton, United Kingdom
    I gained industry expertise and dexterity throughout various modules over the duration of my degree including editorial illustration, screenprinting, bookbinding and life and observation drawing.
Awards
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    Graduate Artist CommisionSolent University