Are the characters you draw inspired by life, reference, imagination, or a combination?
I gain a lot of inspiration from models and fashion icons - which I enhance with digital elements, because I'm not limited by anything except my imagination. I love to portray my subjects in unique poses with sultry eyes and bold styles, so I would say I'm inspired by a combination of real life and imagination.
How long have you been freelancing for, and how are you finding it so far?
I've been a freelance illustrator for almost a year now and I feel like I've still got a lot to learn. However, it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've always wanted to be my own boss, so I'm very thankful for the opportunity to practice my skill at my own pace. I'm still learning a lot about having my own business and how to manage my time and resources, but all in all I'm very optimistic about the future.
Do you have any advice for other freelancers starting out?
As a beginner in the world of freelance, one thing I can say for sure that has helped me on my journey is using social media platforms. I've worked with many great clients through Instagram and Behance, and most importantly it's a great way to stay motivated and inspired. I know it can be really hard sometimes but as long as you are putting in the work, the results will eventually show.
Your style has changed pretty substantially over the years. Was that a conscious change one day, or a gradual evolution?
Once I quit my full time job I had a strong urge to create a style I could call my own, one I could truly be proud of. It was a huge struggle, because ever since I became an artist, my artistic style was like a part of my identity. I want people to recognize my art no matter where they they find it, or whether I've signed the piece.
I think the drive to create a unique style and impact with my work was what drove me to explore several styles until one resonated with me. I had a lot of time to explore after I quit my job, and I utilised that time to develop an online presence (especially on Instagram). That presence required me to keep outputting work, which naturally made me experiment with different styles and techniques of painting.
I'd say the contemporary style I have now was only developed a few months ago. If you scroll far enough down my Instagram feed you can actually see when my style started to evolve. Overall, I am pretty content with my current style but very excited to see how it will grow and change in the future!