Scarlett Shearwood : Freelance Illustrator and Designer
To say I love to draw would be an understatement. I live to draw. If I had given myself permission to pursue a career in the arts a lot sooner, I would have saved myself a good deal of heart ache. Last year (2020) afflicted us all, some more than others. I count myself lucky to have escaped with a back injury that meant I had to give up my physical on-site job and pursue something far gentler, possibly home-based. Cue, le artiste!
I spend my time these days doing a bit of freelancing, a bit of book-keeping, and a bit of selling vintage items on eBay. But mostly everything I do is in pursuit of one goal: To draw. Anything that helps me get better as an artist I’m all over like a rash. That’s why I’ve taught myself Adobe Photoshop, followed by Affinity Designer (illustrator equivalent) and Affinity Publisher. I love nothing more than doodling on my tablet. Or attending a life drawing class.
I am constantly teaching myself new things, completing structured paid courses on Udemy alongside free tutorials on Youtube (who doesn’t love a bit of Stan Prokopenko ?!). I take an active role in design and artistic communities on Instagram and Reddit in order to grow my knowledge, connections, and visual library. I also regularly attend courses hosted by local academic institutions, including fantasy art and digital painting at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds – 100 hours and counting! Alongside this, I often attend life drawing sessions hosted by Leeds Drawing Club and am currently completing the drawabox.com series of practical lessons. I am also currently learning Blender, as i have become obsessed with the Loona app and would love to create something similar. Have you not tried it yet? It’s dreamy.