An art director from [online platform] Broadly initially approached me over the summer after seeing my work through Instagram. They wanted to ask if I would be interested in working with them.
I had just finished my first illustration for them, which was briefed at 7pm on a Friday and completed ready for Monday morning. But then an hour later, the client had another last minute job that came in just before I was off to bootcamp at 6pm. It was initially a two hour deadline, but with feedback, approval and collecting my boys from karate in between, it came to just three hours! I missed bootcamp and sat working in my gym kit, finishing at 9pm.
At the moment, working on such a tight deadline is really common for news-related illustrators. I like working on these, as decisions have to be made quickly. These jobs tend to be the more profitable as you’re earning your fee in a shorter space of time. I’m not sure that I’m known for it, but I actually have a few regular clients who do call me when they had a mad deadline.