What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
The best thing for me is having time. Time for life, and time to explore personal creative ventures, both of which I struggled with whilst having a full-time job. And chasing invoices are without a doubt the least favourite part of my job!
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
I’ve worked for a few magazines this year, which I’ve absolutely loved. When I get the opportunity to see my work in printed form it gives me great satisfaction because it becomes tangible, away from the screen. For Ladybeard Magazine in particular – I was given six very abstract words relating to emotion and the issue’s theme: The Mind. I took reference from brain synapses and tried to keep the imagery feeling very organic.
What skills are essential to your work?
Working in video requires a lot of patience. It can be frustrating how long things take, especially because clients need things very quickly a lot of the time. I find that being able to adapt to different studios and other ways of working is a really important skill too. When it comes to the work itself, everyone has their own vision and the way they see the world, so with every project I like to bring my own approach, experience and enthusiasm to the table.
Are you currently working on any self-initiated projects?
I’ve been working on a self-initiated series inspired by deep-sea creatures. I first started this project when I became slightly obsessed by nudibranchs which are a type of sea slug. I was completely astonished by their unimaginable colour combinations and differing forms, and started to attempt to recreate my own 3D versions, which led me to making my current series. I have created a source of imagery that I constantly collect for, and draw colour and texture inspiration from. Nearly all of it comes from nature.
What tools do you use most for your work?
After Effects, Cinema 4D, my Logitech mouse and my notebook.