I work by myself in my own company as sole trader. I am responsible for all the areas of my work. Agency however helps with marketing and selling my work.
I usually start working at 9.30am and finish around 6pm. I start by reading my emails and I respond to them right away, if possible. I make coffee, if nobody at our workroom hasn’t made it yet. I get lunch around 12 and get back at 1pm. During the day I work independently with different kinds of illustration and design works. While creating illustrations, I sketch them with pencil, send the drafts to the client, make possible fixes, and create the finished images on computer.
I also do book design and illustration, brochure and brand design and typography and color design. Sometimes I write or edit text for for example children’s picture books. Every now and then I update my portfolio, put pictures in Instagram or write introduction texts about myself. Sometimes individual piece of work might get finished in 2-3 days, however I design and do some projects for a year or two. I work with longer projects in phases of varying length, from one day to several months of intense work.
Working freely, and when for example illustration work starts flowing and turns into playful dabbling. At its best, my job doesn’t feel like working at all.
Too tight deadlines and occasional changes required by the clients, which in my opinion don’t do any good for the picture.
The work itself teaches you. Talking with the colleagues is extremely important. Meeting new people often gives you necessary new perspectives for your own doing.
In my work I have actively gotten involved with things that interest me. During my career I have tried to make the work to match my expectations and dreams.