With the Illustration Degree no longer a part of the Curtin curriculum, students wishing to pursue this passion on campus are invited to become a part of the Curtin Illustration Club. After winning Club of the Year for the second year in a row and having recently surpassed 1000 Members in their Facebook group, the club is going stronger than ever since it began all the way back in 2013.
Current President Lola Baldsing and Vice-President Cameron Whiting are beyond glad to see their club reaching the heights that it is, especially after also winning the 50 Year Club Mega Challenge in recent weeks.
“It feels pretty nice, to say the least,” Baldsing says.
“This was the first year that we were running without an Illustration Degree intake, so we were worried we might be getting towards our last legs so it’s a nice sign to see that we’re not.”
The club runs many different events throughout the year, ranging from workshops most weeks within the 202 building on campus to Bob Ross paint-along nights, life drawings and workshops based around their own comic anthology book.
Called Myth, the club this year published the fourth volume of the comic, their seventh book as a club, including works from as many students as they can put to print from within the club. These even get featured at Supernova every year, with this year’s booth selling out of a number of different prints.
Lola Baldsing (centre) and Cameron Whiting (behind) posing with the club at Supernova 2019. Source: Instagram
Baldsing says the comic anthology is the perfect opportunity for artists and even writers to get their name out there and become a part of the community.
“We’ve got that ISBN number, so they’re real books now,” she says.
“We helped workshop the comics, so now everyone who’s in it is officially a published comic artist, which is nice and juicy for your resume going forward.”
The pair says the club has taken over the role of the Illustration Degree in many ways, as it aids in providing its members with connections to the industry they might not otherwise get, even though the Illustration Minor that still exists.
On top of former members being more than willing to come back and speak to the club, Vice President Whiting says the club is a great way for up-and-coming creators to get their foot in the door in the industry.
“It’s really good to be able to refer to old committee or ex-members,” he says.
“Just asking about contracts, general copyright information, or even pursuing career paths, you can get that all from speaking with these old members that want to bestow it down to the younger generation.”
But for Baldsing and Whiting, they believe the best part about the club lies in the friendships and connections that can be made there, something which they strive to continue to cultivate into the new year.
“In classes, I doubt I would’ve kept long-term friends compared to joining this club,” Whiting says.
“We’ve just been fostering up a community of friends and doing a lot of hang-outs outside the club as well, and I really enjoy this community.”
For more information about the club, you can find them at https://www.facebook.com/curtinillustrationclub/
Or check out their website at https://www.curtinillustrationclub.com/