Nicole McLaughlin

Nicole McLaughlin

Editorial IllustratorGlasgow, United Kingdom
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Nicole McLaughlin

Nicole McLaughlin

Editorial IllustratorGlasgow, United Kingdom
About me
I am a Glaswegian illustrator who has just graduated Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. The main inspiration in my work is to make people smile. As an illustrator, I feel it is my mission to convey a message. I work with bold line, loose shapes and strict palettes. During my final year at university, I had the opportunity to work as the Illustration Manager for the university magazine - The Magdalen. I was awarded Designer of The Year 2020 from DUSA Media. This sparked my passion for Editorial work. I also adore working in various areas - packaging, children's book, book illustration, stationery and merchandise.
    HOUSE OF ILLUSTRATION: Love PoemsCreated for the House of Illustration competition 2020. Each piece is designed with a similar palette having a distinct colour to highlight an aspect of the poem.
  • YCN x UK GREETINGS: Fright Night
    YCN x UK GREETINGS: Fright NightAn open brief by UK Greetings to create a collection of gift cards, gift bags, wrapping paper and stationery. I decided to create pieces for Halloween. This personally is my favourite holiday and I feel this form of gift packaging is greatly lacking. I wanted to create pieces that captured the fun and innocence of Halloween. Using puns as inspiration for the visuals, bright welcoming colours and icons visuals to create a collection which sits well together. This is the gift bag that doubles as
    PENGUIN COMPETITIONCreated for the Penguin Competition, Non-Fiction category. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. As this book covers a wide variety of topics and mainly using comedy to make complicated topics understandable, I wanted to reflect this by creating a selection of illustrations. I wanted to create the idea of a chalkboard as this created the challenge of working with a strict palette relevant to the subjects.
  • DURA,These Windows: Knitted Glass
    DURA,These Windows: Knitted GlassA collaboration project with Illustration students and Creative Writing students based on a day at Dundee's V&A. This illustration accompanied Knitted Glass by Hannah Whaley. This poem explores the theme of a toxic friendship and the mental health that comes along with it. Sometimes the hardest relationships to end is a friendship.
    SCRIBERIA PROJECTA two-day project with Scriberia to replicate how their company works. Each classmate was given their own subject to research and illustrate key points. "How not to be stupid, according to a top stupidity researcher" was the top I was given. I wanted to flip the idea of a stupidity researcher, creating the idea that clowns could only do this job role. This made it exciting to visualise the main points of my topics. I wanted to work with a strict palette so the diverse images wouldn't be too di
  • CHILDREN'S BOOK: What Do My Cats Do At Night?
    CHILDREN'S BOOK: What Do My Cats Do At Night?An illustrated children's book wrote and designed by myself. This book is a homage to my pet cats. The story explores the possible adventures of Fantine and Fiyero as I sleep at night.
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Projects credited in
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, BDes (Hons) Illustration
    Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, BDes (Hons) IllustrationTo be an illustrator is to be a problem solver, taking an idea from a client and turning it into something visual that can communicate in a visual world. From the outset, our students experience different aspects of an illustration practitioner’s daily life, working to tight deadlines and to industry briefs as they discover their own way of generating creative solutions to make hardworking pictures. The illustration course at Duncan of Jordanstone exemplifies how students can shape their pract
  • The Magdalen Magazine
    The Magdalen MagazineThe Magdalen is a monthly student made magazine run by Dundee University Students Association. I worked with a team of editors, writers, designers and illustrators to produce a new issue every month with different themes and features based on current events in Dundee. Every year the magazine is redesigned to give it a new look so it is forever changing just like the students. As co-creative director I redesigned last years magazine as well as designing spreads and sending the magazine off to pri
Work history
    Illustration ManagerThe Magdalen Magazine
     - Dundee, United KingdomFull Time
    As illustration manager, my main role was creative director. I would create illustration descriptions based on articles submitted to the magazine. I managed the comic section, seeking out artists who I knew could work with the magazine's quick turn around. For my year placement, I also illustrated every front cover for that year and multiple articles. This job was a great way to understand working with strict deadlines and design restrictions. If anyone these were wrong it could uphold production which I never wanted to happen. Having design freedom meant I was allowed to design the article in its entirety giving me confidence with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. At the end of my placement I was awarded Designer of the Year 2020 by DUSA Media.
  • Digital Artwork
  • Editorial Design
  • Children Illustration
  • Quick Learner
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Comic Art
  • Risograph Printing
  • Animal Illustration
  • Character Art
  • Illustration
    BA(Hons) IllustrationDuncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
     - Dundee, United Kingdom
    DUSA MEDIA: Designer Of The YearDuncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design