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Freelance Illustrator and graphic designer from Liverpool, UK, Liz Harry has a love for rainbows and drawing type which feeds into her accessories design. With a background in the music industry creating cover art for bands its no surprise music and all things POP have an influence over her work. Joy and fun are at the core of what Liz enjoys creating, even if the topic is serious.

Tell us a fun fact about you

I don’t shave my armpits!

How did you get into illustration?

I started drawing with my brother when we were both young, he got into football but I kept going. During my teenage years I entered loads of drawing competitions, which kinda cemented the idea of art as a career.

Who or what inspires you the most?

Though I do take a lot of inspo from popular culture and packaging aesthetically, I find what I’m surround by on the day-to-day is what feeds mostly into my work. So, as I’ve got 3 kids, there’s the influence of cartoons and a fun, playful side. But sometimes its just the conversations I’m having or what I’m doing in that moment that spark a thought.

What does a typical day look like for you?

The great thing about my work is no two days are usually the same – I can be illustrating from home one day, then building props the next. I do have a structure to the day, which is mainly to fit around my 3 kids. So in the morning I’ll respond to emails, then onto the job in hand. I usually work through lunch when I’m absorbed in what I’m doing and then have a break at 2.30-3.30 to pick up the 2 younger kids from school, which gives me a quick refresh! Sometimes if it’s a quiet day, I’ll stop there, other days I’ll carry on till 5/6 until everyone’s home for dinner. After the kids are in bed, I’ll sometimes pick up work again. Depending on the job, working of a night can be amazingly productive and there’s nights where I forget the time and stay up till the wee hours.

What do you do when you have a creative block?

I think taking a break and do something different for a bit if I can is vital! Though one thing I’ve noticed during busy periods is just to change up tasks, so I’m still getting through my workload – so if I have a creative block I’ll pack orders for a few hours and try again.

Top three clients you’ve worked with?

Universal Music, Arctic Monkeys and Culture Liverpool.

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

Pens, tracing paper, illustrator & photoshop – all the coffee!

What’s your favourite resource for inspiration?

Instagram and Pinterest.

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

I’m gonna expand on what my dad’s mantra was and say ‘DO WHAT YOU LOVE, WORK HARD AND BE NICE TO PEOPLE’ this is the best advice I can give – at a push I’d add ‘GET GOOD AT COPING BRILLIANTLY WITH VERY LITTLE SLEEP!’ but that’s more of a mum thing.

What would your dream project be?

I’d love to design some apparel and bedding! I’d love to create some immersive spaces too, and see how my work could possibly translate in a physical space. Hmmm, there’s too much fit fit in tbh… the dream is that I’m able to keep on creating without restraint, in a nutshell.

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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