Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) 2014 Grand Prize Winner Nicolas Ménard has been busy these past few months building his career, freelancing, and finding time to create personal projects.
Nicolas was honored by the ADAA judges in 2014 with a Grand Prize in Traditional Media for his illustrated book Elsewhere and his animation short Somewhere won the category of Animation. Both projects were inspired by his early experience of leaving his home in Montreal to study at the Royal College of Art in London. Nicolas is now represented by Nexus Productions in London.
Experimental personal projects have helped Nicolas remain inspired across both his personal and professional work. Nicolas creates indie animated shorts and maintains an online portfolio, in addition to his professional projects. “I’m freelancing in London as an illustrator and animation director, and I work on animation commercials. Between jobs, I keep screen printing and working on personal short films and other projects. I figured out that this seems like the best way to stay inspired.”
How has Nicolas juggled the demands of work and personal projects since graduation? “That’s been the hardest part to figure out after studies: How do I find a balance between personal work and commercial work? And how will that make me happy? I’ve found that having gaps between jobs allows me time for research and experimentation. This way, I can ensure that my artistic production keeps flourishing.”
We wish Nicolas, and all of the students participating in the ADAA community, to enjoy building and pursuing creative careers while staying inspired along the way. View work by Nicolas Ménard in the ADAA Gallery.
The Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015 contest early submission session is open until April 17, 2015. Final deadline is June 19, 2015 at 5pm PST.