Robert Manning is a multidisciplinary image maker, illustrator and designer based in Southsea, Portsmouth UK. Manning specialises in editorial, conceptual and figurative work and uses a combination of traditional media, digital techniques and 3D software to create evocative content that draws inspiration from culture, philosophy and the arts. “I am currently in my 2nd year of studying illustration MA at Portsmouth university — my research concerns practice and methodology in the digital domain and my major project is series of authorial short stories built for smartphones.” You can view work in progress here: robertmanning.orgLocked Pro Plan feature
I have recently started to work with Asylum Magazine - a long-standing charity, that produces print magazines. "The early years: 1986 to 2002…. In the spring of 1986 Asylum, costing 50p but “Free to Inmates”, was launched. The cover announced the highlights of the first issue as follows: “Exclusive interview with R. D. Laing: ‘Psychiatric Democracy in Italy, The Politics of Mental Health'” That captures most of the intentions of the founders. We were a group of sufferers and professionals, much influenced by the “antipsychiatry” movement of the long past sixties and galvanised into action by two visits to England of Mental Health Workers from Italy who came as missionaries for Psichiatria Democratica in Italy." It is a great honour to be involved with such an organisation of which I admire in high regard.
Client: TCO London / Little White Lies magazine (online edition) Objective: Creating dynamic, bespoke covers for the popular weekly online edition of Little White Lies film magazine. Outcomes: Following carefully constructed briefs and lesioning with art directors, I was tasked with creating visual content with short turnaround times. This role honed my brief interpretation skills and introduced me to working with strict demanding deadlines. Each project involved a large degree of contextual research because of the content matter.
-In my role as a junior graphic designer, I was responsible for creating visual content for web and social media. I was also responsible for managing the print production of catalogues and marketing material. Additionally, I was also responsible for a collaborative process of visual branding: this included interpreting and redesigning the company style guidelines for future reference.
Client: TCO London / Little White Lies magazine (Editorial web content) Objective: Producing multiple digital illustrations for the editorial content, including interviews with high profile film actors and directors. Experiential outcomes: Creating editorial content introduced me to responding to written media with compelling reflective visual content.
This internship role served as an introduction to working in a team-based creative environment. I was tasked with assisting the lead designer on creating content for social media and contributing engaging content for the company website. This role introduced me to many skills involving photography, batch editing in Adobe Lightroom and complex image manipulation in Photoshop.
I am currently studying a part-time MA illustration degree. I passionately wish to progress further into the creative industry. The time I have spent at Portsmouth university has helped me strengthen my skills in illustration and broadened my academic aptitude. I have worked closely with the university - helping to secure and manage a graduation exhibition in the local area. This has also given me the opportunity to focus on my own personal skills in software, draftsmanship and writing. My final major project 'Stories From the Phone Shop' has been nominated for an award for innovation. I am due to graduate in early September - I am currently seeking exciting work opportunities.
I studied sound design, music and audio production at Kinston University. The degree introduced me into the industry of creative work. The discipline gained from studying music to the highest level has helped guide my work ethic in the visual creative field.