A young artist with a passion for creating comics has won the prestigious Sydney Institute Medal 2014 for her outstanding achievements in the field of graphic design and illustration.
Sarah Boxall, from Barden Ridge in Sydney’s south, has also won the St George College Achievement Award for her strong commitment and application to her studies in the Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design.
Sydney TAFE Director David Riordan said Sarah’s success is an inspiring example of the endless possibilities open to Sydney TAFE graduates.
“Sydney TAFE provides students with the real skills and support they need to fulfil their career ambitions,” Mr Riordan said.
“Whether they are just starting out, retraining or building on their existing skills Sydney TAFE gives almost 70,000 students each year a pathway to achieve their goals and provides employers with the workforce of the future.”
A passionate comic fan, Sarah had always wanted a career in graphic design. She now publishes a regular strip called Melodies of the Heart which has more than 9,500 fans worldwide.
She has exhibited and sold her work at leading comic conventions including Supanova and Animania and last year she designed and illustrated a 25 piece storyboard to help Japanese tsunami victims. She also has her own freelance design business which she started while studying at Sydney TAFE.
“Through my training at TAFE I have learned to be a designer who is able to make a client’s brief a reality,” Ms Boxall said.”I constantly use the design and technology skills I have learned at TAFE and am now selling my products locally and overseas on the internet.”
Sarah was one of 22 finalists for the Institute Medal at the Student Excellence Awards which were held at Sydney TAFE in Ultimo Friday 13 June.
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