What do you like about working in Brighton?
Brighton is a beautiful, compact cosmopolitan city with the relaxed feel of a seaside town. It attracts lots creatives and freelancers, and there are many studios and creative spaces. When I moved down from London, I met a number of other illustrators and found a great studio fast. There is always lots going on, from food, music and arts festivals, and when you’ve had enough of the city you can escape to the Downs which is the countryside around the town. Because of this, housing is expensive and space is limited.
How does your freelance work usually come about?
I regularly appear in papers and magazines and so have an ongoing visible presence. If your work appears in some of the bigger publications like The New Yorker or The Guardian, you are seen by more people and this often leads to more work. I am approached by quite a steady stream of clients and am lucky enough to be able to pick the projects I want to work on. Of course I have a website and am active on Instagram, too.
How collaborative is your work?
This varies from client to client. For some art directors there is a tone they want, so you have to do your best to deliver under those constraints. But there are some ADs who you’ll be able to encourage to go in a less obvious direction. From experience, you know which ones are more open to different ideas; in this situation I try to offer them many more options they hadn’t initially considered. In this instance, the collaboration between myself and the client is subtle and rewarding. You get more pieces out of it that work beyond the article.