Thursday, 28 March 2013

Where are they now? MA Illustration graduate case study: Victor Melamed

Victor_Melamed_4Dr Barbara Brownie, online co-ordinator for the School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire interviewed Victor Melamed, one of our graduates from MA Illustration (online). Here is his story...

Victor Melamed is a former student of the online MA Illustration. He has an international career, spanning the UK, USA and Russia, and currently illustrates for magazines including Rolling Stone and The New Yorker, while lecturing in Moscow at the British Higher School of Art & Design.

Victor MelamedHis work first appeared in Rolling Stone in a special illustrated issue featuring young and up-and-coming artists. Having made that connection, he worked to maintain it, and continued to make himself available for further freelance illustration.  Victor found success through contacts, and furious self-promotion on the web. He is dedicated to maintaining a strong web-presence, with profiles on sites such as Behance and Livejournal.

Victor proposes that his work promotes itself. By placing strong images online, in as many places as possible, he is able to rely on networks of web audiences to share his illustration.

Victor understands that, as a freelance illustrator, there is strength in numbers. He co-founded Tzeh, an illustrators’ collective which has helped him to remain part of an active creative community. He feels that new illustrators find much more commercial success if they can align themselves with a group. In particular, he suggests, when a new illustrator’s work is considered radical or innovative, it helps to create connections to established practitioners. He feels that it is through this kind of artistic community that practice can move forward and incorporate new developments.

Victor_Melamed_3Last year he established a year-long Illustration course, the first of its kind in Russia. He aims to integrate ideas from diverse disciplines into the course, including poetry, anthropology, and choreography.

Although his new course leaves him little time for self-initiated work, he has found opportunities to continue to develop his practice. He is currently experimenting with new materials, including plasticine.

Study MA Illustration (online)


  1. Read Was Interesting, Stay In Touch...

    [...]visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]...

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on phone manufacturer.

  3. Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? Theres lots of people that I believe would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks fddddakebbcf

  4. Compare that to large number of space you're going
    to examine once you still keep using a big plate for your new reduced
    diet. If consume excessive balanced diet too you are able to still gain pounds from it.

    Ask people who are around you who've dieted whenever they experienced
    these symptoms.

  5. This will make sure that your particular body gets each of the
    vitamin supplements it needs. By eliminating Gluten from your diet, we give our intestines an opportunity to endure damages Gluten previously caused.

    Almost everyone desires an appartment stomach that
    looks great while in a swimsuit, but few individuals possess the discipline to accomplish a tiny
    waistline through exercise and proper diet.

  6. Family and friends may be the best resource in accomplishing your
    goal. Including snacks or even only one piece of food, because after the week
    when you review your food diary, you may be shocked at simply how much food you consumed.
    According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 85:
    1465-1477, 2007, various diets produce short- term
    weight reduction, but long-term perseverance is harder.

  7. Why not use those coupons for purchasing your selected healthy products.
    Internal motivation is linked to neurological circuitry in the
    left prefrontal lobe; the emotions of accomplishment, adoration for work, excitement
    inside our day all connect to the left prefrontal cortex.
    Chubby cheeks, dark under eye circles and double chins could be the
    response to lack of exercise rather than eating an adequately balanced

  8. This information is priceless. When can I find out more?

  9. Magnificent goods from you, man. I've understand your
    stuff previous to and you are just too magnificent.
    I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you
    say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it smart.

    I can't wait to read much more from you. This is really a
    wonderful web site.