What do you like about working in the part of the UK you’re based in?
I only moved to Brighton this year, and it’s been fantastic. I’m from London and I’ve lived there my whole life. I spent a long time looking for a place to live, where I’d have enough space to do my work, but had no luck.
People say that Brighton is just as expensive as London – which is true to some degree – but you definitely get more for your money. I realised I didn’t need to be in London as a freelance illustrator, so it worked out perfectly, and it only takes an hour to get into London.
The creative scene here is great too. I recently had a table at Brighton Illustration Fair, and met loads of lovely local artists. David Shrigley recently made the move here, and there is talk of Leonardo Dicaprio moving here! Plus, everything is within walking distance, so no more getting the tube.
How does your freelance work usually come about?
I believe most of my clients find my work through my Instagram and then contact me via email. Instagram has been a pivotal part of my career. It has opened my eyes to loads of amazing artists and allowed so many people to discover my work, which I’m very grateful for.
I used to send out loads of emails to various companies, trying to find work and very rarely got a reply. I’ve found the most effective way to get jobs has actually been to focus on my personal work and to just keep posting it on my social networks to keep people updated.