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From Tyra Banks to Seth Rogan, this University graduate is impressing the stars

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Published on 30 May 2019

Hannah Rich's work
Hannah Rich's work

University of Sunderland graduate Hannah Rich has been winning praise from A-list celebrities thanks to her artistic talents.

Hannah Rich received a First Class Honours BA in Illustration and Design from the University in 2017.

Now she is on the receiving end of compliments from models and actors including Seth Rogan and Tyra Banks.

Hannah Rich has been taking part in the 100 Day Project which sees her drawing famous faces every day as part of the popular Instagram challenge.

Now the celebrities she has been sketching have been getting in touch to say thank you to the artist.

Among her work, the freelance illustrator drew comic actor Seth Rogan, who’s appeared in films such as Donnie Darko, who liked her post on Instagram.

New York Times cartoonist Ed Piksor also took the time to show his appreciation for the drawings of Seth Rogen and actress Margot Robbie.

The social media challenge sees artists like Hannah showcase their talents online every day for a hundred consecutive days.

By Day 12, actress Madeline Brewer praised Hannah’s impression of her character on The Handmaid’s Tale, while she also won approval from Erika Jayne of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Supermodel Tyra Banks is the latest star to mention Hannah’s talents.

Hannah said: “While studying at University of Sunderland, I was really encouraged by my tutors Holly Sterling, Donna Barkess and Matthew Briggs. They helped me to establish my own artistic style and taught me to tackle projects that I’m passionate about.

“The course builds your stamina for working professionally. It’s a really comfortable and supportive environment. I have returned to the studio every year to deliver presentations to the Illustration undergraduates. Each time, I am welcomed back with open arms.

“I never expected to see those names pop up in my notifications, it’s really exciting. I take portrait commissions every day, so this project means a lot of extra drawing but it’s certainly worth it.

“I’ve never exhibited or sold miniature portraits like these before so there is a lot to look forward to when I finish the set.”

You can follow Hannah Rich on Instagram @hannahrichillustrator.