Reccented I was asked by The Interactive Design Institute to write a piece about my day as an illustrator and I thought I’d share it here with you too.
My day starts by getting up at about 9:00. One of the nice things about being self-employed in the ability to decide on your own schedule. I just naturally feel much more creative in the afternoon and evening, so I often stay up late working. My boyfriend is a jazz musician so he is mostly working evenings and weekends, so it makes sense for me to work at these times as well, and then chill out a bit more when we’re together.
I always start by checking my emails in the morning. I have a lot of international clients so I get lots of emails in the middle of night, so I try to deal with those first thing.
Unless I have an imminent deadline, I don’t usually do much drawing in the morning. I normally check my to do list, reply to emails, write blog posts, do my accounting, package and address etsy orders and unfortunately sometimes chase invoices. I normally start doing a bit of illustration for a couple of hours at about 11:00, and then I break for lunch. One of the things I love about working from home is being able to cook fresh food from scratch twice a day.
After lunch it’s back to work. I normally pop out to run errands and go to the post office at about 4:00 and I quite often have a coffee out with my boyfriend. When you work from home it’s really important to get out the house, even just for half an hour, and take a bit of a break from being at your desk. I think talking little breaks makes you more productive over all and stops you going crazy.
Once I’m back at my desk I generally work until pretty late, normally with some music playing in the background and endless cups of green tea. I quite often get a burst of inspiration at about 11:00! I try to unwind with a bit of yoga or a book before bed.
Every day varies though, self promotion and seeking inspiration are important parts of what I do. I will often attend book launches and private views which are fun, and I try to meet up with many illustrators and lovely creative people as I can! Here I am, at my desk, in case you wondered what either of those two things looked like. Big thank to Your London Florist for the beautiful peonies, btw!