When and why did you start illustrating?
From an early age, I loved drawing. I remember my grandparents had the most amazing artwork pieces in their home. When I was small, I used to stare at my favourite pieces and think to myself that someday I would create something that beautiful. My favourite painting had the most beautiful shades of teal in it — to this day this is my favourite colour. I drew and painted a lot growing up, and was particularly interested in art subjects at school, which led me to go on and study fine art and graphic design at university.
At uni, one of my favourite subjects was illustration. I remember painting a beetle with a lot of detail, which I was particularly proud of, and the lecturer exclaiming that she thought I would make a fantastic illustrator.
I finished uni and went onto a career in retail, but always continued drawing in sketch pads and painting on the side. And now, years later, I’m sketching, drawing, illustrating and painting full-time and hoping to land a few commissions and collaborations and continue to grow my online business.
What is the biggest money management challenge with your side hustle?
Coming up with great new ideas and having to budget and work out how you’re going to bring these ideas to life. Sometimes you have to keep new ideas on the back burner till you can afford to put them into production.
There has also been a few occasions where you try something new out and it doesn’t exactly go to plan which costs money and time. I guess it’s all part of the learning process.