Eddy CrosbyAdvanced Diploma of Arts (Electronic Design and Interactive Media)

Freelance illustrator Eddy Crosby has both studied and worked at Box Hill Institute, developing his design skills as a student, and passing on his knowledge as a teacher.

A versatile artist, whose work ranges from realistic and detailed drawing to more stylised illustration, Eddy nevertheless has a distinctive style which he would like to develop further.

Speaking about his work, Eddy says, “As an illustrator I want my art to communicate or solve an idea… to tell a story. Style-wise, my work has an emphasis on curved and straight lines, giving it a cartoony retro feel. I love pop culture from the 1950’s, 60s and 70’s, so that sort of imagery often inspires my work.”

Eddy commenced illustrating professionally while in his final year at Goldsmith’s College in London. Along with a classmate, he was commissioned by Penguin Books to illustrate a paperback novel, Caverns of the Snow Witch, which went on to become a bestseller.

He then migrated to Perth and worked freelance for 1.5 years, before moving to Melbourne in 1986, where he became involved in children’s book publishing. This was a busy time for Eddy, who worked a nightshift at Australia Post for four years in order to keep his days free to concentrate on his artwork.

Eddy came to Box Hill Institute in 1996 to study a Diploma of Arts (Graphic Art) in order to become more employable as a freelance designer and illustrator. Upon completing his studies he worked as a designer for an e-commerce company for a few years, before travelling overseas again. It was then that he returned to teach at Box Hill.

“I taught animation and graphic design for multimedia at Certificate III, IV and Advanced diploma level (from 2004 to 2007). I mainly worked with students on their animations. I also interviewed students for places on the course and helped organise the end of year show”.

He is now working as a freelance illustrator again, with the main challenge being, “you never know where your next job is coming from”. However, freelance also equates to creative freedom, and thanks to the advent of the internet, illustrators can form a community and no longer feel so isolated.

While continuing to freelance (his work recently appeared in The Australian Women’s Weekly and Melbourne’s Child) Eddy now has plans to focus on a particularly style that he can market successfully, and to start selling fine art prints.