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Jen is a illustrator based in London. Having previously worked as an artist agent for 3 years, last year Jen took the leap into freelance to spend her days illustrating. With a background in traditional printmaking, Jen’s print-influenced pieces and charming textured approach combine the use of analogue and digital techniques to create eye catching imagery.

Tell us a fun fact about you

Whilst on work experience at a pet shop, Sir David Attenborough came in and wanted to buy some exotic birds, yet at the time I had no clue who he was! Definitely a missed opportunity!

How did you get into illustration?

Since I was a child I’ve always been drawing and making things. Then at university I started off doing a graphic design degree but two weeks in realised I had made a big mistake so asked if I could be transferred to the Illustration course. From there I have not looked back.

Who or what inspires you the most?

A lot of things inspire me, I love nature, animals, interiors and anything that has a vintage or mid-century past.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I work from my home studio so my morning routine is very basic. I usually start work around 9:30 by replying to emails and sorting out what projects need to get done. Then I focus on the artwork either that be working on something digitally or sketching some ideas. I try to finish work at a normal time around 6ish, yet being freelance this can sometimes run away with itself and I end up finishing at 11pm. But I am getting better at time management!

What do you do when you have a creative block?

Go for a walk. When I am stuck in a real creative rut going to an exhibition or meeting up with friends usually helps clear my mind.

Top three clients you’ve worked with?

Apple, where I was asked to take a live art session at their store on Regents Street, Breathe Magazine and Electric Cinema.

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

All the textures in my work are created by hand using materials such as spray paints, pencils and crayons. I scan these in and use them to build up the artwork. But I render the final artwork digitally on photoshop using an iPad and Apple Pencil.

What’s your favourite resource for inspiration?

I love pinterest. I also hoard a lot of books and magazines so these are great resources of inspiration.

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

Work really hard, be patient and good things will come!

What would your dream project be?

My dream project would be anything that involves me being able to draw travel imagery or landscapes.

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