Hannah Megee studied Fine Art at the University of West England and graduated in 2005. She went on to complete a masters degree in Authorial Illustration at University College Falmouth, which she completed in September 2010. Hannah has illustrated two books to date; ‘The Liminal Arc Transmitter’, which she also wrote and self-published in 2010; and ‘The Sea Swallow’, written by Gareth Thompson which was published in July 2011 by Foxtail. She also works freelance as a commercial illustrator.
- Six Red Marbles
- Smart Learning
- Static Caravan
- Broadbent Studio
- The Oxford Handbook of Humanitarian Medicine
- Wyre Borough Council
Interview with Hannah Megee by Vicky at Illustration Web:
What drew you to illustration? I’ve loved drawing since I was a toddler, and just never grew out of it like other people. I get extremely angry if I can’t draw at least once a day, so it’s best for everyone that I’m left to it.
Do you have any formal design training? I did a Fine Art degree at University of West England, and then I did a two year Illustration MA at University College Falmouth.
Where do you live now & what drew you there? About 20 minutes from where I grew up in a small village near Dartmouth in Devon. I’ve moved around the Westcountry a bit but nowhere is quite so beautiful as where I live now. And we also have a working steam railway line.
Who or What is your biggest inspiration? A sense of separation.
Do you collect anything? No, I’ve spent the last few years of my life trying to shirk the compulsion to hoard.
What are your interests outside of illustration? Playing the harmonium, listening to sad music, swimming in the sea, watching sad films.
Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. I’ve just finished a children’s book called ‘The Sea Swallow’ written by Gareth Thompson that was published on 13th July.
What would be your dream job/commission? Nick Cave’s album artwork.
Who is your art hero? I am a massive fan of outsider artist Henry Darger – anyone who hasn’t seen the immensity of his work should go and look immediately!
Who are your illustration heroes? Gustav Dore, Sidney Sime, Ivan Bilibin, Edward Gorey (of course!).
Who are your musical heroes? Nick Cave, Josh Homme, Kurt Cobain, Daniel Johnston.
If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? A magician.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? I really want to do the Trans Siberian rail trip. Something about its loneliness has always appealed to me.
If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? I’d go back to around 1890 and become super best mates with Tesla.
What do you have bookmarked? An elderflower champagne recipe, Dan Hillier’s website, an illustration site called 50 Watts, a Russell Brand podcast archive.