Rebecca spoke with us about the practical fundamentals of freelance illustration, kids as art directors, and how to adapt your creativity to a variety of art briefs.
As an illustrator, what drew you to use Procreate as a part of your workflow?
Absolutely portability. Before Procreate, digital sketching meant I had to work at my computer on my Cintiq. Now I can work anywhere. I often work at the park after school pickup, or on the couch while watching The Office. The freedom is amazing. I’m now more efficient and able to take more on.
What’s your favorite Procreate tool?
QuickShape! Being able to create crisp vector-like shapes in such an easy and intuitive way has been process changing. No other raster software makes it so easy. I’m able to sketch out icons and other “flat" designs in a matter of minutes. Also – perfect circles make me happy.
What’s the one tool you wish Procreate had?
I’d love adjustment layers. Color is hugely important to me and being able to make global changes to colors across all layers (without flattening) is the biggest thing I find myself pining for.
When did you know that being an illustrator was what you wanted to do? Have you always been into drawing and art?
I always loved art and drawing at school. My guidance counsellor steered me towards graphic design as a nice, commercial, easy to understand career that has good employment prospects. I’m glad I listened because a lot of the design fundamentals I was taught at university and in my career as both an in-house and freelance designer are super important for a commercial illustrator. The ability to work a brief, to understand color theory, composition, and print setup, and to grasp the importance of budget and deadline are things that art directors look for.
I designed for 10 years, until I had my second baby and decided to set new goals and rebrand as an illustrator.