Visual Storytelling: Illustration, Graphics & Animation

Wed, 11th March 2020

18:30 – 20:30 GMT

Please note you will be connected to eventbrite.


Photo by Kelly Sikkema 

Visual storytelling is something we encounter literally at every moment; from roadside billboards, packaging of the products we buy through to art. There are a large number of roles and careers that shape the visual stories we soak up every day.

For our second event, there is a chance to get hands on in our drawing workshop with Artist: Marilyn Ford. This is followed by panel discussion with visual storytellers: Animator, Director, Writer & Author - Candy Guard and Graphic Designer & Art Director, Émilie Chen.

We will kick-off the evening observing and exploring ways of drawing, through experimentation, different approaches and techniques, you will have the opportunity to illustrate your own story. There is no expectation you be a master draftsperson to attend- all that is required is an open mind and a willingness to get involved.

For the second half of the evening we will convene with an informal panel discussion, a chance to hear from each guest as they talk about their role, their achievements and be open to queries about access to the industry and any other questions you are burning to ask, but have never had the chance.

This event is open to all; starting out in the industry, considering switching careers, looking for inspiration or just curious about creativity.

Panel Guests

Candy Guard

Candy Guard is a multi-award winning animator, director, writer and author.


She established her reputation for comic observation with a highly successful strip cartoon in the Observer magazine and created Pond Life, an animated sitcom for Channel 4 that won numerous awards and both critical and popular acclaim.


She currently combines a career as a writer, animator and illustrator, and also teaches scriptwriting to film and animation students.

Émilie Chen


Émilie Chen is a graphic designer and art director who specialises in design for cultural organisations and publishing houses.


Previously working as a senior designer at The National Theatre she now freelances for the likes of Penguin Books, Somerset House, BAFTA, the Young Vic and the Almeida Theatre.


She co-founded the London chapter of Ladies Wine Design with Helen Friel in 2016 and has given lectures at Central St Martins, Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Communication.


Marilyn Ford

Marilyn Ford is an artist and arts educator who specialises in teaching children with special educational needs.

She recently took a sabbatical from her teaching vocation to focus on her art practice specifically focusing on animation, illustration and sculpture. 


Presently she is working on a stop motion animation music video for a progressive-rock band, honing her skills in prop, character design and puppeteering.


She is also currently illustrating  two books for children, helping them to develop skills to think for themselves during period of political and cultural change - such as Brexit.


Minotti: 77 Margaret St, London W1W 8SY


£8.50 (plus eventbrite fee)

Numbers as limited to 15 people, to ensure there is the opportunity to connect with the panel and other attendees.

Ticket costs go towards paying workshop & panel members for their time. 

If you are unable to afford a ticket, please get in touch via our contact page and we will do our best to find a solution.

Please note you will be connected to eventbrite.​

Previous Events

Working with Moving Image - Film, TV, Commercials & Art

Wed, 8 January 2020

Our first event focused on ‘Working with Moving Image’. The workshop explored experimental 16mm found footage loops with Greater than 11% founder, Renee Vaughan Sutherland followed by a panel discussion with Commercial's Director, Karen Cunningham & Videographer, Tatiana Telle. You can read more about the event on our blog.