We may have been fan-girling over Egle Zvirblyte for the majority of 2017. This power babe is big on optimism, girl power and connecting with interesting people 💪💖 Egle offers up some awesome nuggets of wisdom, so read on to hear what she has to say.
Give us the elevator pitch on what you do. Hi, what floor are you going to? Yeah, same for me! I’m an illustrator by day and an artist by night; my work style is bright, energetic, irreverent; I focus a lot on character design, composition, and emotion. My art is a collection of comic situations, girl power and optimistic energy, it’s like a juicy boost.
‘Stay true to yourself, as the work you show will become your brand — and you’ll get hired for it!’
What does a typical working day include for you right now? At the moment I’m preparing for an exhibition in Miami during Art Basel and also making new edition of prints. So my typical schedule for the past few weeks has been starting my morning with emails, making a to do list for the day, doing commercial work for the first half, then dealing with merchandise production and then pulling overtime painting. It’s a bit of a marathon.
Whats your take on internships? Do it! It’s such a great way to learn the ins and outs of a designer’s practice, make contacts and get a better understanding of art business. Choose somewhere that is close to your heart, that you would feel inspired by or aspire to.
‘Community is so important in creative arts, it helps for great projects to be born, ideas to spread, and to use your potential in the best way’
What do you look for in a great portfolio? Originality. What’s your story, who are you as a creative? Continuity. Do projects make sense overall as a collection? Identity. Stay true to yourself, as the work you show will become your brand — and you’ll get hired for it!
What career advice would you give your 16yr old self? Ask as many questions as possible, don’t be afraid to explore all paths that you feel you might be even the slightest interested in. In this day and age of internet and social media, even an obscure hobby can turn into a career! When I was 16, I felt a lot of pressure to decide on the “title” who I wanted to be, yet the standard options seemed pretty limiting. I wish I found out sooner that you can just email people, meet for coffee, come in for a lookaround. If you are eager, people actually love to share about what they do, and you’ll get a good idea if the path might be for you. So just start knocking on doors!
How important is networking to you? It’s everything! Haha. I actually dislike “networking”, but I love meeting interesting people. Community is so important in creative arts, it helps for great projects to be born, ideas to spread, and to use your potential in the best way. Also, you feel connected, you know where to go for advice and can share your knowledge. Wherever I travel, I try to meet up with people whose work I admire.