So, tell us what it is you do?
I’m a freelance fashion illustrator and photographer, so basically I spend my time hunched over a desk scribbling away what’s just been on the runway.
What's your background in terms of being an illustrator?
I’ve drawn ever since I can remember, going from Pok’e’mon to making my own little comics when I was 12 to then barely passing Art GCSE but I’ve never studied illustration. During my college course I specialized in photography and then went onto study a degree in Fashion Photography, illustration has always been a spare time hobby and then it’s just developed into something more.
What's your creative process when illustrating?
It can vary, if it’s around fashion week I can be scrolling through Instagram or Twitter and see an outfit that strikes me so I illustrate it immediately or if it’s more casual I can just be listening to some music or walking around then an image pops into my mind so I rush off to try and recreate it. Inspiration comes from all round, even just sitting scribbling mess an idea might form from it, you never know!
Does social media influence your work?
A fair bit yes! It’s opened up the opportunity to view so many other people’s work and when looking at hugely talented people it’s hard not to be influenced to some extent. The fact most of us spend our time scrolling aimlessly through hundreds and hundreds of photos it’s going to be hard not to find something that sticks with you out of that saturation of content.
How do you document your work? Do you sell it?
I try and attack all forms of social media I can get my head round, Instagram is my favourite, then I put a few more scribbles I’m not crazy about on twitter and just delved my work into Snapchat which makes a change from just using it to drink snap friends. I do sell my work, most of the illustrations I post up on social media are for sale as signed originals, people just need to send me a message or email!
What's your typical working day?
I ignore about 3 alarms, get out of bed once I’ve figured out how to open both my eyes at the same time, get ready as quick as possible whilst miming to some power ballad then head off to work. I work 9-5 as a social media manager for a wedding shoe brand, so once I’ve finished at 5 I’d normally head home, get in sort dinner out and sit down with my to do list and bash out some illustrations for the rest of the evening until I get tired and a nap turns into a 8 hour sleep then I ignore 3 alarms again.
How do you work illustrating alongside a 9-5?
My job is creative, I’m fully in charge of creating and posting all the content for the brands so my whole day at work is photographing, drawing and article writing and I’m always doodling at my desk so the creativity never really has a break. It can be tough getting in from a day at work and having to crack straight on with commissions and other work but if I didn’t draw I honestly wouldn’t know what I’d do with all my free time.
Do you have a daily uniform?
All black everything… it’s a cliché but I’ll leave the colour to my work… which is still minimal as you can get.
What's the best thing about being an illustrator?
I’d say possibly having a blank piece of paper in front of you and being able to create anything I wanted, I don’t need a tonne of equipment set up or anything just a paper and pen and I can happily sit there and draw for hours and create, easily pleased.