Kyle Platts - Illustrator

Kyle Platts graduated from Camberwell's BA Illustration course in 2011, having graduated from FdA Illustration in 2010, and now makes his own books as well as working freelance.

Overall, how was your time at Camberwell?

Camberwell was everything I expected it to be, the tutoring was great and I made some good friends. I especially enjoyed living in Camberwell, I feel really attached to it now.

What was the first job you took after graduation?

The first paid piece of work I did after graduating was for Vice magazine. I had given one of my zines to a guy at the graphic arts festival Pick Me Up and he turned out to be an editor there. 

Can you tell us what you’ve been up to since you graduated?

It’s been kind of none stop since I graduated. I work mostly editorially, but I make time for personal projects like Megaskull, my first book which was published by Nobrow

What are you working on at the moment?

I just collaborated with another artist, designing virtual drones to fly round Manhattan. That project was really interesting. I designed a John Lennon memorial drone. At the moment I’m working on another Nobrow piece, but I can’t say too much about it!

How did your time at Camberwell inform your work?

As well as the tutoring, I would say that working with my friends was good for my development. Having friends who enjoyed drawing like I did was so new to me in the beginning. It’s important not to take that for granted. The friends you make at college are invaluable. You will probably end up helping each other out later in your careers.  

What tips would you give to a student starting out at Camberwell?

I can only offer the most obvious advice, and that is to be proactive. Use the time you have wisely, do personal projects and intern. Those things become more difficult to do when you graduate. In college I created ways to get my work around, like starting a club night just so I could design the flyers and posters.