The 2022 AOI Mentorship scheme is now fully underway! First introduced in 2020 and expanded in 2021, this free program is designed by the AOI to further support and guide under-represented illustrators in an intimate and supporting setting.
Irish illustrator Chrissy Curtin is one of 17 new mentees selected for this year’s edition, paired with mentor Marcus Marritt. We learn how her mentorship is going so far and what she’s hoping to achieve in the months ahead.
What does being part of the AOI Mentorship mean to you?
It’s the support and help I feel I need to advance my career. It’s the reassurance of having the insight of another professional. And it’s a very positive thing to have a mentor who is willing to give up some of their time to help me out, and I really appreciate it.
What has the mentorship been like so far?
It’s been nice getting to know and chat with Marcus, and we’ve had some very interesting conversations so far which have given me a lot to think about.
We’ve adjusted my original goals a bit and now everything is working together towards one overall goal, which is to get my portfolio to a point where I feel comfortable to send it out to agencies.
What do you want to accomplish by the end of the mentorship?
I want to feel more in control of my career progression and know that the work in my portfolio is telling people what I can do, and what I want to do. And I’d love to feel like I was making my way towards illustration being my primary source of income.
We’d like to thank Chrissy for her time in giving this interview. See more of her work on her website and Instagram.
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