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Sakari, Illustrator / Digital Painter
Finland, workplace of 1-20 employees
Bachelor, Design
Yearly salary (€)
In profession since
Weekly hours

Could you describe your job in short?

I do illustrations as a side job. The clients and freelancing gigs vary quite a bit. Usually anything from advertising to more traditional media entities like tv-channels. Gaming startups are also common enough.

What do you do on average work day?

Usually it's just doing illustrations with what ever technique is the best suited for the purpose. In my case this can be anything from traditional watercolours to a digital painting.

With new clients, the gig starts from a creative brief and a set of sketches to communicate what the finished product will be like in terms of composition, style and color scheme.
The level of detail in the finished piece is highly dependant on the available budget and chosen style.

What do you love about your job?

Getting paid to do something I love. Doesn't really feel like a job. :-) Besides that, it's the creative challenge that each new brief introduces what makes the job really interesting.

What are the worst parts of your job?

Long days spent sitting in front of a computer since I do work mostly in the evenings and weekends outside of my day job's working hours. Difficult clients tends to be cliché with everything freelancing related, luckily I have not had this experience yet. Granted, I tend to work only by referral so that has a huge effect on my clientele.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Creativity Customer service Non-verbal communication Time management

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

Adobe PhotoShop Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator SketchUp

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

I've learnt everything software related by myself. Traditional art skills are the most important by far.

If your job differed from your initial expectations, what were your expectations and how did your job differ from them?

The importance of human interaction skills can not be stressed enough. The better the communication is, less complications will emerge. Everybody will be happier.

What does your work week include?


Meetings / Group work




Independent work