About

Hello, I’m Mair and I’ve been making pictures since I could hold a crayon but I’ve been running my animation and illustration business since 2010 and established the company in 2012.

Currently I live in Derby, UK with my husband but I grew up in County Durham in the North East of England. When I was quite young, my family and I lived in New Zealand for a few years.

I’ve always been interested in telling stories, sharing knowledge and problem solving through images. As I kid, I loved illustrated fact books and encyclopedias, cartoons, anime, comic books and video games which all still influences my artwork today!

My speciality is character focused animation where I work with my clients to develop characters and scenarios to tell a story and communicate a message. Over the years, I’ve worked on all sorts of projects but I’m particularly passionate about sustainability and the environment, education and both physical and mental health. I love the idea that awareness can be raised and positive change can be made through visual storytelling. I’ve won some awards related to this too.

As a hands on, independent creative business owner, I’m experienced with idea generation, script writing, storyboarding, art direction, character design, illustration, animation production and all the project management, communication and organisational stuff that goes with that.

Not only do I thoroughly enjoy working on the artistic, technical and management parts of projects but clients are able to deal directly with the creative person producing their project. On occasion I hire other talented, local folk on a per project basis mostly for script writing assistance, voice overs, music production and sound effects.

Feel free to contact me if you’d like to talk over a project idea.

Mair Perkins

Workspace photos

Animation and illustration desk
My desk with sketches, storyboards and animation work.

Home office set up
Other desk with a drawing pen display set up. Working on an animation here.

Street view outside the office in Derby
Street view outside the office on St Mary's Gate in Derby.

Clients

  • The World Economic Forum
  • The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • The BBC
  • Channel 4
  • Lancaster University's Environmental Research Department
  • The Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
  • Hat Trick Productions
  • Vodafone
  • Microsoft 365
  • The Peak District National Park
  • East Midlands Trains
  • The NUS (National Union of Students)
  • Derby City Council
  • and more.

Qualifications

  • Masters in Design (MDes) Visual Communication
  • BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Animation

Publications

Some of the books I've illustrated are available on Amazon.

2016: The Light Bringer book cover illustration
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

Children's book publications illustrated by Mair Perkins

Podcasts

In 2018 I was interviewed on the "Get Work Savvy" podcast and the "Motion Hatch" podcast about my animation and illustration business. If you'd like to hear more about my career path and how I established my company, you can listen either via the links in a browser or by searching on your podcast app.

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

2019: Speaker at the Adobe After Effects World Conference
2016 to Present: Associate Animation Lecturer for the University of Derby Visual Communication Department
2017: Guest Speaker at Women in Tech, Nottingham
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

 

Mair Perkins speaking about animation at Women in Tech Nottingham

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 and Awards

Investors in the Environment Green Award (Equivalent to gold)

www.iie.uk.com

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