Hello my name is Anthony Cooley. I am a 24 year old artist from Derry, northern Ireland who works mainly in the area of illustration but also likes to dabble in other areas such as animation and concept art.
Tell us a bit about your design background:
Since I was very young, art has always been in my blood. My grandfather was a very talented artist himself so I believe it was him who passed on his artistic flare to myself. Growing up, drawing was always my favourite pastime and in school regrettably every other subject apart from art fell to the wayside because i always knew it would take me somewhere. A funny story is that in 3rd year at school i actually dropped art as a subject in favour of accountancy. Turns out that in my first day of accountancy class i had a major reality check which saw me drop that and rightfully take up art once again. Numbers, scary stuff indeed. I have submitted my work to various art competitions over the years and have been quite successful in winning these as i grew up. After school I enrolled in the north west institute for a 2 year course in art where i had the best 2 years of my educational life. It was such a blast doing just art for a change. After that I attended Magee university in Derry
for the next 3 years of my life studying design and communication and further nurturing my little artistic baby. I emerged from Magee university 2 years ago with a first class honours in my degree feeling empowered and ready to set the world alight with my artistic skills.
Who / what inspires you?
Tell us a bit about your creative space:
I basically do all of my work at the moment in my studio at home, (cough cough, my bedroom aherm...) but hopefully soon I can be successful enough to get my very own art studio that's not located 2 metres from my bed haha. I work best when left in peace in quiet where i can focus on my craft but the occasional interruption from my 2 year old nephew to chat about important things like peppa pig/scary monsters/peppa pig againprovides much needed respite when I've been working for too long.
I basically do all of my work at the moment in my studio at home, (cough cough, my bedroom a
Pen, paper, and a big ol' mug of tea! ;)
What is your greatest achievement to date?
What are your plans for the future?
Thanks a lot to Anthony for being my very first interviewee. What a cracking read! Any inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .You can also find Anthony's work on Etsy, check out his blog & find him on facebook.
If you fancy sharing a bit about yourself with the crafting world then email me (address is on the top right of the blog) for more information, or fill out the questions above.