Today, we’re interviewing Sandra, who combines being a full-time mom and successful illustrator. We hope her journey will inspire you to go for your own dream art career! ♥
Describe your world and your work in a few words!
I love to draw anything cute, animals (especially foxes), seasons, witches or simple illustrations inspired by everyday life!
What does drawing mean to you?
I used to be an employee with a fixed schedule before I became self-employed. Being my own boss, managing my schedule and organizing myself as I want, without external constraints, gives me much more freedom. And I feel so comfortable with drawing, it’s the natural way I chose because I love to create!
When did you know that you wanted to make drawing your vocation and what was your background?
Art has always been a part of my life, I always followed the artistic branch at school, which allowed me to try several mediums.
After having to move to another country, I quickly found myself in the working world (which had nothing to do with art). It’s only when I was 27 years old that I decided to drop everything and went back to school to start studying again. I did 2 years in animation and then I realized that what I truly liked was illustration.
How do you manage to make a living from your art?
My online store brings me for the moment a third of my turnover. I also have Patreon which brings in a little income. But the vast majority comes from custom commissions and freelance work.
What was your biggest challenge?
Showing my family that making a living from art is a real job (well it’s still a work in progress!!).
What was your greatest achievement?
Receiving messages from people who tell me that I’ve inspired them, especially by mixing mom’s life and the life of an independent artist!
What advice would you give to someone who would like to take up illustration?
Just do it! It’s true that there is a lot of competition and it’s a very difficult world. But if you can find your niche and build a small community it’s just magical!
Being an illustrator means working a lot, really a lot, but it’s also bringing ideas to life that only YOU can have, and that’s awesome !!!