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Freelance Creative Consultant & Illustrator
Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Gareth Sleightholme began his career as an archaeological illustrator producing historical reconstructions and finds drawings for an archaeology unit based in Yorkshire. Since 1997 he has worked as a creative consultant, and illustrator in the heritage/leisure industry both on a freelance and full-time/in-house basis, working on the design of a wide range of diverse projects across Europe and Scandinavia, such as The London and Hamburg Dungeons, The Norwich Castle Museum refurbishment, SantaPark (a large themed visitor attraction in the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland), various sea life aquariums, art direction and design for film and television as well as helping to develop and teach the new Masters Degree in Animation and Sound Design at Norwich. Following a short period of producing conceptual design work on a freelance basis, Gareth joined hpl europe ltd full time, taking on the role as Senior Creative then Creative Director in their design dept over the next five and half years. As of late 2008 he is now once again a Freelance Illustrator and Creative Consultant to the Visitor Attraction and Heritage Industry (including historical illustration work), while lecturing at HSAD on their Games Design & Animation BA Hons programmes. He is currently looking at work in the field of Conceptual Design for the Games Industry and at Music & Theatre Graphics; as well as researching further into the links between Reading, Empathy and Creativity following completion of his Masters Degree (merit) in design looking at Visualisation of Educational Concepts within Art Schools.
Games Design Concept Art
Heritage Historical & Museums Illustration
Posters & Graphic Design
I am currently Lecturing at the Hull School of Art and Design in Games Design & Animation as well as working on various freelance design and illustration projects within the Visitor Attraction, Heritage and Leisure markets; I am also actively seeking interesting Concept Art and Illustration work.
Please feel free to contact me should you wish to know more about the services I can provide.
Currently Lecturing in Games Design and Animation (both BA Hons), having taught across a number of courses (all primarily concerned with drawing/design for 3D/visualisation/CAD etc), including FD in Design for the Public Realm, 3D Design & Extended Btec Diplomas, & various CAD modules within other disciplines, Fine Art Fashion, 3D Design, Jewellery & Ceramics etc.
Leading the Design/visualisation from concept to completion within the retail events and exhibition markets for clients such as Orange, Virgin Atlantic, Cadburys, Roadchef, Lego, National Trust, Touchwood, Bluewater and Cine UK.
Historical & Archaeological Illustration for the Norfolk Museum Service, inc the Tolhouse & Time & Tide Museums, Great Yarmouth & the Castle Museum Norwich. 2002 to 05.
Conceptual Design for Chameleon Projects/Cubic Design Ltd towards various Sea Life (+ other) projects inc the giant medusa sculpt at Brighton Sea Life. 2001 03.
Research & Conceptual Design for Rex Sign & Scenic Studios, inc a "Jack the Ripper" Themed Bar, an 'Edu-tainment' Space Ride, the Hocus Pocus Haunted House & the Hans Christian Andersen Experience (Copenhagen) + various other visualisation/design works. July 2001- Jan 03.
Design Consultant for MJP Studios. 2001 02.
Freelance Research, Illustration & Copy for the Gilmerton Cove (Edinburgh) visitor attraction. 2002.
Freelance Conceptual & Production Design, Old Time Automatics Ltd. 2001 02.
Art Director/Stand-by Art Director & Prop's Buyer, "August/Grace", short film for Anglia Television's "First Take" series. July 2001.
Various Freelance illustration and design work, Aug '95 - April 2001, inc: commissions from Coes of Norwich, The British Association of Day Surgeons and design/storyboard work for an ITC research project.
Animation tutor, animation summer school, Norwich School of Art and Design, Summer '95. duties inc: organisation and preparation of a program of study, tuition and supervision of students (aged 14 to 40). inc: basic model making and animation, practical and theory, and camera and video equipment operation.
Art Gallery Invigilator, Pt/time Norwich East Gallery, Summer '94 - Aug '95.
Full Time Education, Sept '90 - July '95.
Dealing with all aspects of design manufacture & installation of various visitor attractions & theme parks, inc: The London, Hamburg & Edinburgh 'Dungeons', 'Linninmaki' Finland, 'Tales of the Silent City Malta, 'Santa Park' Lapland, 'Treasure Island' & 'Speeltuin' casinos Holland, 'Bamses World' animal park Sweden, Kristiansand 'Circus' Park Norway, Harrods 150th year event & various Sea Life Centres in Europe & the UK.
Typical duties inc: Leading design from concept to production, Site visits, Basic surveys, early ground plans & layouts, Conceptual design packages & presentation models, Presentation video design, production and editing, Historical/relevant research, Customer flow & batching assessment, Scale model & technical services model building, Workshop production drawings, Audio/Visual show research design, scripting, storyboarding, production & editing, Soundtrack design, Interpretation panel copy & design. On-site art direction, Hands-on theming & set dressing.
Typical duties inc' the drawing of "finds", and the visualisation/illustration of accurate historical reconstructions for the archaeological record, displays and educational materials. Attending site surveys, digs, often drawing on-site.
...looking at Visualising Educational Concepts within Art Schools.