Artist highlight

Tegan Clancy

Tegan Clancy

Tegan Clancy is an Aussie Illustrator who loves painting colourful designs, currently freelancing for a variety of local and international clients. She is passionate about concept art for animation and designing strong environments with emotional lighting to match.

CGMA Classes 

What is your background as an artist? What educational experience/background did you have coming into CGMA? Do you have professional experience?

After university I graduated with my Bachelor in Communication Design and I started working as a Graphic Designer in Advertising and Product Design. It was funny though, most of my jobs as a Graphic Designer had a touch of illustration.

Why did you decide to take CGMA classes?

When I was travelling in LA one year, by chance I attended the CTN Animation Expo, where I became fascinated with the art behind animation. I was blown away by all the amazing artists sharing their knowledge and I wanted to learn as much as I could about Visual Development. As I needed to study outside of my full-time work hours, CGMA’s flexibility was perfect!

What classes did you take and why did you choose them?

Coming from a graphic design background, I knew I needed to learn a little about everything but straight away I had a passion for environments. So first I studied Environment Sketching for Production with Armand Serrano. Followed by The Art of Colour & Light by Tyler Carter and Ryan Lang. Wanting to round out my skills and become a more versatile artist I signed up for Nate Wragg’s Character Design for Animation and Character Design for Production.

How did taking classes help you refine your craft and help you along your artistic journey?

Originally I began studying the classes for my personal projects outside of work, but slowly my passion for concept design started to form my career. Each course I signed up for was building upon my knowledge from the previous and strengthening my skills to become a freelance Illustrator.

What was your first big gig and how did you get it?

My first big gig was just after I took the leap of faith and left my full-time design job to become a freelance illustrator. A big studio found my work online and contacted me for some freelance character designs. They had liked my personal work and it was proof my many hours of online study had paid off.


Why would you recommend CGMA to another artist?

It’s a great way to advance your skills in your own time. Sometimes Australia time zones aren't compatible for live courses and I loved being able to sign in and catch up on my own time.

Why is having professional feedback important to you?

I love learning from the industries best artists and having professional feedback is one of the main reasons I keep coming back to study at CGMA. The draw over feedback each week is concise and spot on, pushing my design skills further.

What was your inspiration to creating a specific character?

Funnily enough, creating 3 environments for a homework assignment in Armand Serrano’s class inspired me to create the whole world and characters of The 3 Little Pigs.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I still believe I have more to learn and I want to thank CGMA for giving me the opportunity to study with the industries best artists while living so far away! Connecting with fellow student’s from around the world is a great bonus.

We would like to thank Tegan for sitting down with us and sharing the CGMA experience. To see more artwork from Tegan please see