What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
I really enjoy my day job so far. It’s a very nice change of pace from the intensity of retail, not to mention they treat you a lot better. I enjoy the creative environment and I'm learning a lot of things. With illustration, it’s pretty hard not to enjoy drawing for work, the downside is you can get screwed over a lot, and people don’t quite understand the amount of work that goes into it. Working a full-time job and freelance can be pretty tiring, but I’m a very sociable person so I always make time for any social occasions (the pub).
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
I haven’t received a single commission over the past year to be perfectly honest. Anything that did come in fell through, unfortunately. But I've been excited by a lot of my personal projects. I realised I don’t need to wait around for someone to hire me to make illustrations on a subject I like. I can just make the work myself and put it out there.
What skills would you say are essential to your job?
I'd say the main focus of what I do in both lines of work is knowing what makes a good composition. Drawing skills are great, but understanding what makes an image work and how it sits on a page, print, T-Shirt, email, poster and so on is pretty key.