How would you describe what you do?
I create realistic illustrations using oil paints for a variety of clients and jobs. My commissioned work includes editorial illustration, and portraits as well as images for internal publications. Alongside the commercial illustration work I also have a self-directed painting practice which is heavily influenced by my travels and tends to lean more towards landscapes and architecture.
What does a typical working day look like, and where does it happen?
I really like routine so my working day generally consists of: waking up around 8am, exercising, making a great breakfast and taking care of life admin things. Then at about 12pm I start work in the studio (which is a room in my flat so there’s no commute) and will work until around 7 or 8pm with a break for lunch.
My time in the studio is either spent on my laptop doing image research and digitally collaging roughs for clients or painting from those collages. Though if I have a tight deadline, I’ll start painting much earlier in the morning or work until I go to bed, but thankfully that doesn’t happen too frequently.
Since graduating in 2013 I’ve found that daily exercise is essential for me both mentally and physically; to balance out the stress and anxiety of freelancing, as well as the seven or eight hours I spend sitting at a desk in the afternoons. I find that I also need some sort of background noise on whilst I’m painting. This mostly consists of TV shows I’ve seen a thousand times – rubbish enough that they don’t need require my focus, but compelling enough that I can sit still and work for hours at a time.