You've built a career doing the work most designers and illustrators dream of doing. What tips do you have for creatives to do more of the work they love?
When I was working as a designer in a studio, I just did the work and thought that's how you build your folio. I hit 30, and I didn't feel creative.
That's when I decided to become a freelance illustrator, and I soon discovered your folio doesn't need to be made up of "actual" jobs. I started doing little projects that I enjoyed.
One of the first was my Rushmore poster. I've always loved that movie. I did the poster, added it to my folio, and suddenly, I started getting projects referencing that design.
A recent example of this ethos is the Air Max day design I did for fun. A week later, I'm doing a large wall graphic for Nike.
Doing these self-initiated projects proves you can do the work, but I also found I have to do them to stay fresh and happy. It gives me a sense of evolving and getting better.
There's always room for improvement no matter what you do.