About

mair_perkinsBack in 2012 I set up my company specialising in 2D animation, motion graphics and illustration. I work with a small team of local creatives on animation projects but I still do the creative work on every project as well as project management. Not only do I thoroughly enjoy working on the artistic parts of projects but my clients are able to deal directly with the creative person producing their animation or illustrations.

I bring creative ideas, technical ability, project management skills and a personal, friendly, reliable approach to all projects.

I don’t just make pictures, I work with you to find out what your visual communication needs are and work with you to create a brief then meet that brief to solve your design problem.

I also occasionally teach and lecture on animation so I’m pretty good at explaining things.

Contact me if you’d like to talk over your project or just to say hello.

Skills

  • Project management and production
  • Storyboard design
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Free hand drawing (On paper, iPad Pro and a Wacom Cintiq tablet)
  • Coffee (Seriously, I worked in a coffee shop for two years. I can make lattes, mochaccinos, you name it!)

Background

I've been hooked on making pictures since I was old enough to hold a pencil. So I followed an art education route up to University where I specialised in Visual Communication (Animation) BA Hons.

I graduated in 2009 and found a job as a graphic designer. Whilst working I studied for a Masters Degree in Animation and began freelancing. I went full time freelance in late 2011 after completing my Masters degree and within a few months, I set up my company, Mair Perkins Ltd.

Since 2012 my business has grown and I work with a local team of creatives on projects and share a coworking office space with other creative and tech business owners in Derby. Since 2015 I have also been teaching animation for a certified Adobe Software training provider and in 2016 I became an associate animation lecturer at the University of Derby.

Personal

I was born in the Hampshire, England. I lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 2 years when I was a child. After New Zealand I lived in County Durham, England until I moved to Derby, England for University in 2006.

I currently live in Derby with my husband and four cats. When I'm not animating or illustrating, I'll be either reading, playing video games, running, at the gym, binge watching films and TV shows or playing with cats. I also love to travel and always take a sketchbook to record my adventures.

Check out my Las Vegas wedding and USA Road Trip blog.

And my travel sketchbook drawings.

How do you pronounce your name?

"Mair" is a Welsh form of Mary and it's pronounced "My - ah". My Grandpa was Welsh and my family has a lot of Celtic named members. We often joke that our family gatherings sound like a Lord of the Rings council meeting.

I set up my business as Mair Perkins but then I married my wonderful partner, Callum, and wanted to adopt his surname. For simplicity and consistency I still lead my professional life as Mair Perkins. Feel free to call me by Perkins or Bain!

 

Clients

BBC, Channel 4, Hat Trick Productions, Vodafone, Microsoft 365, The Peak District National Park, NUS (National Union of Students), Derby City Council and more.

Publications

You can see some of the books I've illustrated available on Amazon.

2015: Happy Ponies Book One and Two (Children’s book)
2014: Doodler’s Anonymous Colouring book vol 4
2014: Amazing Iggles (Children’s book)
2014: Fairytales and Nursery Rhymes … the gruesome truth (Children’s book)
2014: Goat’s Cheese (Children’s book)
2013: Boris the Lost Badger (Children’s book)
2012: Magazine advert illustration for Total Guitar
2011: GOSH Monster’s book. Illustration contribution for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
2010: Editorial illustration for Dusted magazine
2008: Digital painting tutorial for .PSD magazine

TV, Film, Festivals and Exhibitions

2016: Artwork featured in Derby Museum and Art Gallery's "Everyone" Exhibition.
2015: ShAFF: Sheffield Adventure Film Festival
2015: World Newspaper Congress, Washington DC
2015: Five Lamps Film Night at QUAD, Derby
2015: Beeston Film Festival
2013: The Cruel Cut documentary screened on Channel 4
2012: World Newspaper Congress, Kiev
2012: London International Animation Festival (LIAF) at the Barbican
2012: Aniscape, Leicester
2012: Five Lamps Film Night at QUAD, Derby
2011: Flip Animation Festival 2011
2011: Five Lamps Film Night at QUAD, Derby
2010: Skin Trade documentary film
2010: HD Fest
2010: Video Games weekend exhibition in QUAD, Derby.
2010: E4 Sting – Zombie Hand
2009: Flip Film Festival
2009: London Design Festival
2008: BBC Big Screen, Derby
2008: Canada's Much Music TV

Speaking and lecturing

2016: Guest Speaker at Women in Tech, Nottingham
2016 to Present: Associate Animation Lecturer for the University of Derby Visual Communication Department
2016: Guest Speaker at Design Swansea
2015 – 2016: Careers talk for the University of Derby for 2nd year Visual Communication students
2015 – 2016: Teaching After Effects classes at Creative Studios, Derby
2015: Teaching After Effects classes for the Digital Studio at QUAD, Derby.
2013: Guest Speaker at RvB UK: Video game and animation convention. Panel on running a creative online business, Leicester
2013: Guest Speaker at Geekeasy, Derby
2013: Guest Speaker at Creative Coffee, Leicester
2013: Guest Speaker at Fry Up Friday, University Derby Enterprise Centre
2013: Guest Speaker at Creative Business Social Media Marketing with David James Ross at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
2012: Guest Speaker at for Seed Creativity Careers talk at the University of Derby

Press

Occasionally I've been in the newspapers or local radio regarding my work. Read all about it.

IMDB Credits

I've gained a couple of IMDB credits for animation over the years.

Professional Associations

Awarded 1st Place in the International Design Against Fur competition

Design against fur logo

NUS Award Finalist in Technology and Innovation

NUS Awards logo

Northern Design Finalist in Digital Media

Northern Design Competition 2009 logo

Times Higher Education Award Innovative Campaign Finalist

Times Higher Education Award Innovative Campaign Finalist