Rhiannon Tibbey-Tiedeman

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I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil, beginning with giant circles on the walls, progressing to an interest in cartoons to traditional portraiture which has developed the foundation for my skills in digital drawing. Coming from a Fine Art background, I began my Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design in 2012, gearing my studies towards the field of illustration and graphic design. More than anything else, I love coming up with visually-pleasing answers to everyday issues, from redesigning logos to designing for commercial purposes. After I complete my studies here at the University of Newcastle, I’d love to begin a career as a copywriter in the advertising field.

Where do you prefer to work?

I prefer to work in an environment where I am comfortable, which could mean anything from my couch or my bed at home in front of the TV to a more professional setting, like a desktop or on my art table. It really depends on the work I am doing at the time but if my work environment is close to food, then that’s always a plus.

Whilst studying design, what is the most significant thing you have learned?

I have learned during my studies that in order to survive in the industry (regardless of what path of design you follow) you need to constantly update your skills as well as reassess your design process or run the risk of your designs becoming dated and unusable. You need to combine experimentation with experience if you are to succeed; you take what you’ve learned about good design and apply it to your work but at the same time, you take risks and experiment with new mediums, techniques and styles to come up with an appropriate answer to your brief.




The project that this was a part of was a series of drawings that showed different drawing theories and techniques in ink using shells as the subject. This was completed with a dip pen and ink on hot pressed board showing the Universal Light Source Theory.


A portrait of Christina Hendricks from Mad Men that I completed one night using pastels- a medium I don’t often use and a paintbrush to blend. Portraiture is my area of expertise,
so this was a rather enjoyable, relaxing project that helped hone my pastel skills.


The brief asked for an app logo of an old board game that didn’t rely on imagery directly associated with that board game (no chess pieces, etc). I chose Jumanji and opted to focus on the board design as well as a colour scheme I felt reflected the game.


This is an illustrative interpretation of the lyrics “Whatever you do, don’t tell anyone”
from The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret by Queens of the Stone Age. The overall design was inspired by a book called Tampa by Alissa Nutting which chronicles an inappropriate teacher-student relationship.



A response to a modern adaptation of a fairytale- a Tim Burton-esque ensemble comedy movie poster featuring the villains of major fairytales, including the Evil Queen (Snow White), The Stepmother (Cinderella), the Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), the Sherriff (Robin Hood) and Rumplestiltskin.