Nicola Manuel


Mid Level
London, United Kingdom
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About me

Illustration, reading and publications are three passions of mine. From commissioning freelance illustrators as an agent at Folio, to feeding back my thoughts to creatives through The Association of Illustration and to even volunteering at Cancer Research. Work keeps me busy, striving to achieve new goals each day.

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  • Social Media
  • Artist Interviews
  • Fantastic Organisation
  • Computer Typing
  • Creative Arts
  • Abobe Indesign/photoshop/illustrator
  • Portfolio Advice
  • Portfolio Management
  • Artist Promotion
  • Artist Agent

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Association of Illustrators (AOI)

    Association of Illustrators (AOI)

    • Design
  • Advertising Week

    Advertising Week

    • Advertising
  • Cancer Research UK

    Cancer Research UK

    • Charity
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    The Profile Book

    Work history


    Mar 2018
    • Godalming, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Having cancer held to my heart (and brain...) I decided to help out a local charity, who specialise in Epliepsy. Changing Perceptions we like to do the stripping, sanding, painting and often re-purposing each piece to create truly inspirational one-off items that other people can take away and treasure, all over again.


    Mar 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Consulting the AOI freelance illustrators members with their portfolio. Consulting their pros and cons of their portfolio, website and social media channels (in particular their Instagram accounts) and what they can do to stride and achieve more within their illustration platform. Crossing an array of styles, there’s no one style that has been seen more than once: from oil and watercolour to digital and painterly.


    Sep 2017 - Mar 2018
    • Godalming, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Working in Godalming is a niche town and so I wanted to really get involved with the local produce: from the coffee and cheese, to the wines and meats. Customer facing it was a great way of completing tasks to working as part of a team.


    Jun 2016 - Mar 2017
    • Godalming, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • I wouldn't call it fighting cancer, because you don't get a choice in winning or losing. There's no right or wrong in any cancer situation due to it being how your physical body can cope with the medicines/treatments. My situation? Currently in remission of a cancerous grade III brain tumour to the front leftal lobe. By volunteering at Cancer Research twice weekly in Godalming I've enjoyed giving back to what, I've found, to support me the most. By working on the cashier till, I speak to put through purchases as well as sorting through the many donations the shop receives! Thoroughly enjoying the experience, as it sits closely to my heart.


    Artist Agent


    Apr 2015 - Apr 2017
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • The job duties of an Artist Agent involve a fair amount of communication and negotiation with prospective employers. It is my duty to not only represent the 60 artists that we have in our roster, but to ensure their work is seen at all times by prolific roles looking to commission. Often I am lead to working within the editorial (Forbes Japan, Stylist, Telegraph and Which?) and publishing commissions (Wide Eyed, Penguin US & UK, Templar and Usbourne), but have also worked across advertising (Alibaba, Volkswagen, and Blake School) and animation. Artists promotion is a top priority both working through the digital mediums and in print; from keeping an up-to-date portfolio of work on the website, to promoting their work through social media platforms and also including the printed portfolios, which are taken to client meetings. Showcasing exclusive interviews online with our artists is a new initiative from myself that I introduced to Folio - 'In the Studio'. It is here that Folio’s artists reveal their techniques and inspirations providing a terrific insight for budding artists and professionals alike. Overall the role is to support the artists represented in the roster and to see them succeed!


    Mar 2014 - Apr 2015
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Membership Assistant Role: Membership renewal, upgrades and feedback. Roles within the job include supporting the Membership Department with all services relating to AOI’s membership schemes. The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards. Established in 1973 the AOI has worked successfully with businesses and colleges to increase the standing of illustration as a profession and improve commercial and ethical conditions. With a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, students and colleges the AOI continues to support and educate future generations at every stage of their career.



    Soapbox Press

    Jan 2012 - Jun 2017
    • Winchester, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Soapbox Press is an independent publishing company, who are the platform for the creative voice through the written word. Explore our website, look at our publications and see what services we offer to creative practitioners, universities and creative institutes. We found that the focus of art and design was generally on practical design and the final product, but what they really valued was the thought process behind their work. Our first publication, the Winchester Journals, represented selected articles written by students from Winchester School of Art, providing a platform for the creative student voice, conscious of their future impact within the arts industry. We have taken strides from there and have since worked with Chelsea College of Art, alongside Furniture Designer Darragh Casey and a one year 'This Way Up' e-book. Within this company I hold the role of Co-Founder. During the course of our first publication I contributed to the production and distribution sector, seeing that the publication sold well within galleries, shops and libraries. At present I run the 'Interview' and 'Visualisation' series online whilst solely managing the social media for the company. You can find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!



    Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
    • Winchester, United Kingdom
    • Studied for three years within 'Illustration and Animation', which was a pathway through 'Graphic Arts'. I spent three years of full time studying, with inspiring tutors such as Amanda Sue-Rope, Andrew Foster and Holly Wales. Graduated with a 2:1 overall.