Artist Amelia hopes that her career as an illustrator will take flight

Boxmoor artist Amelia Ilangaratne
Boxmoor artist Amelia Ilangaratne

Young artist Amelia Ilangaratne is looking to make an impact as an illustrator after graduating with top honours – and her striking large-scale creations certainly catch the eye.

Amelia, 22, of Woodland Close, Boxmoor, is a former pupil of Boxmoor Primary School and Hemel Hempstead School and since she was 17 spent her summers working at Dacorum Borough Council as a playscheme assistant, mainly based at the Chaulden adventure playground,

She has now graduated from the University of Leeds with a first in art and design and is aiming to build a career in freelance illustration.

She specialised in drawing in her degree studies, and put her skills to the test with her final project, a 26ft long pen and ink illustration called Flight and Fall .

The work took an estimated 350 hours to complete and, says Amelia, communicates the treatment of the animal in society through a fantasy narrative.

The work has been displayed in the stairwell of the University of Leeds Clothworker’s Building, and is due to be exhibited in the city next April.

Amelia said: “Since graduating I have seen interest from fans who viewed my work at the degree show in June, and I am now busy producing commissions for clients.

“The interest has been very unexpected, but it is so encouraging that there are people who are willing to purchase my work for their homes and display it in their galleries.”