Yes I did have a plan. After graduating from a Bachelor in Business, my plan was to do a work & holiday visa in Australia, and then go back to Chile to find a job in Marketing! But it didn't work out that way. I decided to stay longer in Australia (almost 8 months more) and then I went back to Chile, found a very boring office job, and then I realised it’s not what I wanted to do. Then, when I came back to Australia (a year after) I started thinking again about what I really wanted to do with my life and I decided to study Graphic Design, which always interested me, and somehow I ended up doing illustration!
I work as a freelancer, so I'm always dealing with different kinds of people. I can’t say I’ve had really bad jobs, but definitely some have been challenging, as some clients will want you to do things their way and in a particular style, so this has taught me to be more flexible with my style and develop different techniques in my work, and also to be more patient.
Some of the best parts are that I get to work from home and do my own schedule, so I can manage my day the way I want to, and usually I don’t have meetings (only Skype calls once in a while). The worst part is that sometimes I get bored working by myself and as I don’t have a set schedule, I feel work is always on my mind, but that's something I’m trying to work on!
Last year I did a collab with Eunoia Soul Rituals to do some oracle cards which we turned into limited edition prints were all the profits went to the bushfires. We had an amazing response and raised $2000!
Honestly, I started drawing by looking at someone else’s work, I was copying the things that I liked about another artist because I didn’t use to draw much three years ago. But I didn’t want to copy, I just wanted to learn how to draw, and then slowly and with a lot of practice I start developing my own style. It’s about finding what you like and what comes naturally to you, and the key is to practice. But even when you find your own style, you will always find yourself changing and experimenting with new styles, so I would say to others to not to worry so much about what your style is, just enjoy the process.
Never stop learning and always keep practicing, and don’t be afraid to show your work! I think these days there are a lot of opportunities out there with social media, but you have to show people your work to actually get some work.
I’m finishing a book project really soon and doing a card deck with Eunoia Soul Rituals, but hopefully I’ll have more projects soon!
A year of growth.