List of personal aspirations, options, and lifestyles

Personal Aspirations:

  • Open an online store to sell my art (Etsy?)
  • Short-term: be a part time illustrator with another part time job to pay bills
  • Long-term: be an illustrator as a full-time job


  • University
  • Gap year to work and earn money (for uni)
  • Apprenticeship – preferably illustration based in some way which is difficult to find


  • Move back to America
  • Be stable enough as an illustrator to get a nice house
  • Own a dog (preferably multiple dogs)

List of personal attributes


  • Adaptable
  • Creative
  • Cheerful
  • Curious
  • Focused
  • Good listener
  • Imaginative
  • Independent
  • Logical
  • Open Minded


  • Bossy
  • Cynical
  • Detached
  • Finicky
  • Impulsive
  • Lazy
  • Nervous
  • Obsessive
  • Hypercritical
  • Sarcastic

Notes on decision-making techniques

  • Uni is very expensive
    • My loan would be very small because my household income is relatively high
    • My Dad refuses to give any money towards me going to uni
      • The uni expects my household to make up the rest so I would have to subsidise it myself
    • I want to live away from home
      • I would not be able to pay living expenses with a loan and my savings alone
      • I would need to get a part time job and work weekends/evenings/days I’m not in lectures
  • An apprenticeship will give me money as I learn
    • I can’t seem to find any locally that will teach my a subject I enjoy
      • I won’t be interested in a course I don’t enjoy, I won’t stick to doing it
  • Take a gap year
    • I wouldn’t enjoy traveling
      • New places make me anxious
      • I don’t have enough money
      • I would have nobody to go with
    • It would give me time to work full-time
      • I could save a few grand and afford to live at uni the following year



Each of my universities and the surrounding area.


Each university on one map, highlighted with a yellow star.


Prospectuses (relevant pages)


List of visited websites – any reasons why/information gleaned

Written/verbal responses to enquiries – phone calls/letters/emails

To: The Sad Ghost Club


I am a student at PCA studying Illustration and my lecturer has set us the task of reaching out to a successful artist/company and ask what you would like to see in a portfolio. I know this is email account is more geared towards troubleshooting with your products (which I love!), but I can’t find another email to contact you with so I hope this is okay!

Essentially, I would love to know what is good to have in a portfolio, perhaps what you included in yours (I know Lize attended PCA too!), and if you had any tips and tricks for me 🙂

Thank you for your time!



Hi Emma!

Thanks for the email, Lize here! I’m not too sure what to suggest because from graduating to now I’ve never compiled a portfolio… My ultimate tip though, is SOCIAL MEDIA. Post as much as you can, especially what you’re currently working on, work in progress pics, stuff about you, after leaving I focused on improving my work and building a ‘following’ which meant when I started SGC I already had a cluster of the internet interested in what I was doing! Instagram is great, and tumblr is good but hard to get noticed on, tumblr really likes angsty stuff, and I found more success with ‘journal’ type work with lots of words (and swears, tumblr loves swear words hahah) and small spot illustrations. Social media is really good for finding the right ‘community’ as well, tell people you like their work and they’re likely to do the same, which helps with getting your name around!

Sorry i can’t offer more help!!
Good luck!!
Lize x

Work experience (Live projects)

  • Okido
  • Renewable Energy
  • Commissioned pieces from Jordan Baker


  • Watercolour Galaxy bookmarks for Etsy

CV/Personal Statement

My CV can be found here.

My Personal Statement(s) can be found here.

Both are works in progress and are subject to change at any time, so I am keeping these as hyperlinks to the changing documents. The highest number is the most recent rewrite.

Fees, grants, loans, and any financial information – budgeting exercise



List of your strengths and weaknesses


  • Adventurous
  • Hard working
  • Passionate
  • Appreciative
  • Artistic
  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Curious
  • Enthusiastic
  • Friendly
  • Generous
  • Independent
  • Optimistic
  • Patient
  • Respectful
  • Spontaneous
  • Trustworthy


  • Easily stressed
  • Easily bored
  • Afraid of conflict
  • Shy
  • Always tired
  • Perfectionist
  • Stubborn
  • Impulsive
  • Bossy
  • Fearful
  • Anxious

Labour market information – what relevant jobs are out there? (newspaper/website info)

A 400 word critical evaluation of your progression choices detailing progression routes and choices made

I have wanted to attend university for a few years now, so I have had my 5 choices decided for about a year – PCA, Plymouth Uni, Bristol UWE and Falmouth. I didn’t want to stray too far from home so they are all in the South West, and have easy accessible travel routes back to Plymouth. After attending my course at PCA for 2 years I realised that the path I would like to take my art down is the illustration route, so I applied to Illustration BA’s across the board, and also popped Painting, Drawing and Printmaking into my application to PCA.

I did look into an apprenticeship briefly, but the courses I found just didn’t appeal to me. I would like to continue studying art as much as possible, but I do not think I would enjoy and persevere with an apprenticeship in a course loosely related to what I’m interested in.

After talking to my parents about finances, my Dad told me that he and my step mum would not be helping me pay for any of my uni expenditure. This meant that I would need to look for ways to earn and save money for myself. I ended up coming to the conclusion that I would need to work full-time in order to save enough money for my first year, and part of my second. I would then have to carry on working while I was at uni to continue saving up money (through free periods, evenings, and weekends) for my further years. This lead me to the realisation that I would need to take a gap year before heading to uni to save up money, so that is what I will be doing next year.

In conclusion, in order to progress I will be taking a gap year to earn and save a few thousand pounds, then heading to Uni to study a BA in illustration or painting, drawing and printmaking, and from there I hope to become a successful, full-time illustrator one day.


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