Herd of Sheffield artist, Lisa Maltby shared her talent and experience as an illustrator and designer in a session with A-level students.
Lisa, who has designed Sheffield High School’s elephant for the herd, spent time with art students who are starting to think about university applications and what they might need to do.
Lisa said:“I remember being at school myself and wondering if I could really have a career in my favourite subject or if I had to go and get a ‘proper job’.
“After a lot of hard work, I am very lucky that I have been able to pursue my passion and am now illustrating for clients including Chatsworth, Delicious Magazine and Weight Watchers Magazine.”
Lisa went on to talk about the process she went through to design the elephant, which was chosen by the Sheffield High School to be part of the Herd of Sheffield. The project, in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity, will see 58 model elephants designed by artists showcased in the streets of Sheffield from July 11 this year.
“I only decided to submit a design for the Herd of Sheffield at the last minute so was absolutely over the moon to hear it had been chosen by Sheffield High School,” admitted Lisa. “Being faced with the huge task of then creating my two dimensional design on to the three dimensional elephant was overwhelming to say the least, but I am delighted with how it’s turned out and can’t wait to see it in place!”
Year 12 art student at Sheffield High School, Caitlin said: “It was so wonderful to hear from such a talented, female, professional artist. “She gave us all valuable insight in to working in creative industries. It was a truly inspiring talk and has encouraged me to ‘think big’!”
The Herd of Sheffield is joined by smaller elephant calves, designed by local school children and teachers, which are displayed in herds across the city. Fundraising by schools has so far raised around £40,000.