“Do people not like my work anymore? Is that it? Am I done?” Dan Woodger’s self-confidence and work-life balance are still works in progress. “During the busy periods I cannot wait for time off, but when it calms down, the self-doubt slowly creeps in,” says the Kingston-based illustrator. Since graduating from Brighton University in 2011, Dan has worked tirelessly to hone a vibrant and versatile style, working on everything from stickers to murals. His efforts have since paid off, and today, clients like Apple, McDonald’s, Netflix, The New York Times and even yours truly (see Dan’s work for our newspaper here) have called on him to create colourful and character-based work. Freelance life, however, doesn’t come without its challenges. Here, Dan tells us more about the cyclical nature of freelancing, how new technology has shifted his skill set and why animating is the next step in his career.