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Jacky Sheridan is a Belfast based illustrator who specialises in hand drawn typography, branding and bold editorial work. Her hand inked linear work mixed with a trademark bright palette gives a nod to traditional Pop Art. She is a walking Irish stereotype and her dream illustration job would be commissioned to design wine or beer bottle labels. You can find more of her work at jackysheridan.com, or as JackySheridan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tell us a fun fact about you

I used to play roller derby and my derby name was ‘Princess Die’, much to my English Ma’s chagrin.

How did you get into illustration?

I actually did my undergraduate degree in Illustration, so it was a case of doing a crazy amount of personal projects, working like a maniac and building my client list up as soon as I was launched out of university and into the real world!

Who or what inspires you the most?

Old punk show flyers, Irish vintage pub sign writing and Polish matchboxes for colour scheme inspiration.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Dragging my arse into my illustration agency’s ‘UsFolk’s’ studio space, skulling a Diet Coke and answering any client emails before I get my inks out and sink my teeth into anything creative for the day. Also listening to a lot of Dolly Parton whilst I do all of this.

What do you do when you have a creative block?

I love going to a gallery or museum exhibition when I’m really creatively constipated. There’s nothing like staring at an oil painting that probably took years to create to cop you on about a hour or two’s worth of illustration work.

Top three clients you’ve worked with?

I’ve got a lot of clients I’ve loved working with but for me probably Vice, The Skinny and The Debrief (RIP) have been the most fun commission wise. A great AD makes all the difference.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work?

Pencil, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, occasional Tombow marker for typography & Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator to colour or digitise anything.

What’s your favourite resource for inspiration?

I’m still a mad fan of a book you can hold in your hand – my absolute favourite is ‘Hand Job’ by Mike Perry, a) because the name is absolutely gas, and b) because it’s an anthology of amazing hand drawn typography.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance?

Have a self promo plan and start it before you leave your day job. There’s no shame in having a day job while building a regular client base.

What would your dream project be?

I am a massive Irish stereotype and I’d love to do a beer or wine label illustration!

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work?
Instagram

  

Born in Thailand and based in Chicago, Illinois, Jane Wongjirad is a full-time senior graphic designer/art director. At night, she’s a lettering artist who goes by Cottonwood312. She loves flourishes, flowers and fun. She wants to spread out positive messages and hopes that her arts cheer up others.

Tell us a fun fact about you
Recently, I became a mom to a handsome 11-months old Border Collie mix. He’s such a good boy.

How did you get into illustration?
I love drawing and art at a very young age. I didn’t go to art school but I always pick up a pencil to sketch on something. I work in graphic design and art direction so that skill comes in handy. I started to explore hand-lettering couple years ago. Now it becomes part of my day.

Who or what inspires you the most?
Nature. Traveling. Putting myself in other cultures.

What does a typical day look like for you?
With a coffee cup in hand, I’m usually at my desk by 9 am. I work from home so I can sit here all day long. Though I try to break up my day by walking the dog or getting up to grab snacks/water.

What do you do when you have a creative block?
I try to get some inspirations from other artists on IG or by flipping through design magazines. Other times, I just walk away from it.

Top three clients you’ve worked with?
A software company, a drug management company and a company that makes chewing gums.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work?
Paper and pencil, and my lovely iPad Pro.

What’s your favourite resource for inspiration?
Instagram, Pinterest, Communication Arts magazines, museums.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance?
Currently I’m a full-time employee but I freelanced for years. Freelance doesn’t mean ‘free’ or low-cost service so know your worth and manage your time. Also, you only want to work with someone who wants to work with you. It’s ok to say no.

What would your dream project be?
Seeing my work on print ads, packagings or billboards somewhere.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work?
Instagram

Danii Pollehn is a print designer and illustrator living in Hamburg, Germany. After graduating with an honors in Fashion Design from the Academy of Fashion & Design in Berlin and Hamburg, Danii has worked as a freelance stylist for magazines and print-commercials for several years. With a special interest in nature, traveling and paying attention to the details in everyday surroundings Danii finds an endless source of inspiration to create unique and innovative artwork and designs.

Tell us a fun fact about you I´m addicted to asian food, chocolate, trench-coats, Frank Ccean, Sampha and James Blake, my sneakers, books, art, breakfast, grocery shopping and I‘m leaving a crumb trail!

How did you get into illustration? I was always painting and drawing so it seemed like a logic career path to me.

Who or what inspires you the most? Plants and flowers of course but traveling and my every day surroundings are always a great way to get inspired!

What does a typical day look like for you? Starting with a great breakfast afterwards checking and answering emails, and working and preparing orders. Painting in the afternoon and working on Instagram in the evening.

What do you do when you have a creative block? Just stop forcing it and try to use the time to meet friends and have long walks!

Top three clients you've worked with? Recently I did flowers for a big company which I really enjoyed creating. Winning a design contest to have a textile design with Urban Outfitters was amazing when I started out, or I also enjoyed creating an entire print collection for a local surfwear company!

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Procreate and Photoshop.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Pinterest or I also love to check out old books on fleamarkets!

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Get yourself out there and start networking!

What would your dream project be? Designing for big fashion houses like Gucci or Chloe or just have my stuff on big billboards in NYC would be awesome! Having my own home decor collection with ikea would also be perfect!

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram

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