Hi Sara! Thanks for taking the time to join us on Design Splat! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work:
How did you get into Design & Illustration?
I started out studying journalism, because I initially wanted to work in magazines (that’s still a future goal though!), and I did an elective that was very creative, using Photoshop and Illustrator. It was then that I realised I wanted to pursue a more creative path. As for illustration, I just decided that I was no longer willing to not be able to draw. So I picked up a pencil and persevered. And am still persevering!
How do you approach a new project? What is your creative process?
Most of the time I’m just trawling the internet and magazines for inspiration. Occasionally, ideas come to me when I’m falling asleep, so I have to write them down before I forget them.
Do you create your pieces by hand or with the use of the computer? Or both?
For illustration, I use pencil and paint. Then most of the time I will clean them up in Photoshop.
Where do you get inspiration for your art work?
Magazines, the internet, blogs. Everywhere in general! Even just wandering around the streets of Melbourne is great.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d love to be working as a full time freelance illustrator, or working for a great magazine.
What’s the dream ambition?
To live in New York, illustrating by day and exploring by night.
Does fame attract you?
Fame not so much, but I’d love to start exhibiting and getting my work into more publications.
How do you rate yourself as a designer?
Always learning. And I always will be. Some days, I’ll have an epiphany, where I’ll work something out, and all of the struggle and frustration will be so worth it!
What makes a good designer/illustrator?
The ability to believe in what you’re doing, and keep working to improve. Also not falling into too many trends would be nice, but unfortunately, clients often want the new trends for their pieces.
Do you think the design Industry will be difficult to get into? Are you worried about the amount of competition?
There is a lot of competition, but I’m happy to just keep plugging away.
What do you think it takes to become successful in the design industry?
Research is always a good tool to keep on top of new developments, and to keep an eye on what’s happening in the industry. Learning never stops either.
Three words to describe yourself?
Night Owl. Inquisitive.
Hobbies and Interests?
Socialising with some nice wine. Illustration is my hobby and part-time job, so wine will do for a hobby!
Way too many to mention, but two Aussies that come to mind that have long inspired me are Kat Mcleod and Kareena Zerefos.
Tools of the trade?
The sharpest pencils, watercolour and ink. Good quality paper is a must as well.
Best and worst piece of work?
Worst: lots of them, particularly when I look back at the work I did when I first started. Best: a woman I drew whilst in a life drawing class at Uni. I have to get her framed still, and will put her above my bed.
Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?
Just keep going! And don’t listen to people that tell you it will be too hard. It is a hard industry, and you have to have a thick skin, but your effort will be worthwhile.