Net-Zero Visions: Interview with artist Rosie Carter

Net-Zero Visions brings together communities across Devon with the creative industries and transition experts to produce positive ‘Visions’ of six locations as carbon net-zero in 2050. These locations will have their Vision realised by acclaimed professionals in different media, including animation, illustration, interactive games, and public murals.

During this exciting time as the Visions approach completion, the commissioned artists will be interviewed for a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process, collaboration with communities and next steps for their work.

Progress on the mural
Mural designed by Eleanor Croker, with additional augmented reality elements to be designed by Rosie Carter and Aaron Allchin.

Tell me a bit about yourself!

My name’s Rosie and I’m a Game Arts student and my specialism is 2D digital art. I’ve been drawing for many years but focused in on digital drawing as a future career goal around 4 years ago with an interest mainly in character design, UI design and concept art. 

How did you get involved with Net-Zero Visions, and what communities are you working with on this project?  

My tutor got me in contact with Emma and Net-Zero Visions as an opportunity to work on something for industry experience and to be a part of something that involves a big community to create a piece of art to represent what each community wanted. 

How have you responded to the communities’ ideas to develop the Visions?  

There was a lot of workshops, meetings and discussions with the communities surrounding their ideas and wants for what each mural will represent for them; the artists took those comments in and came up with ideas on how we can represent that. 

Please describe how you are creating the Visions.

Aaron and I are working on making an AR (Augmented Reality) filter that the public will be able to use on Instagram which animates the mural that other artists are working on, and it will be at the Sustainability Hub at the University of Plymouth. My part will include animating objects such as boats, people walking in the mural environment and windmills amongst many other things that we have planned. Additionally, we intend to add links to important websites, so that people can find out more information about Devon Climate Emergency’s plans and goals. 

What are the next steps for the Visions?  

Once we have created the assets needed for the mural, there will be a QR code on the mural to indicate where to find the filter online so that they can scan the mural with their phones and see the assets we create. 

Is there anything that you’ve learned from this process, or will take forward with you?

Augmented reality is a new medium for me; therefore, we’ve spent a lot of time getting used to the software (Spark AR) and testing what it is capable of. Being able to explore different software opens up opportunities for more types of projects in my future studies and possibly career. 

When the Visions are showcased, what would you like people to take away from them?

I can’t wait for people to see all the work that the other talented artists have put into these murals as I think they represented what the communities were asking for and that it encourages people to look into Devon Climate Emergency and a lot of other sustainability projects and practices across Devon.