Jacky Sheridan Interview


Jacky Sheridan is a Belfast based illustrator who specialises in hand drawn typography, branding and bold editorial work. Her hand inked linear work mixed with a trademark bright palette gives a nod to traditional Pop Art. She is a walking Irish stereotype and her dream illustration job would be commissioned to design wine or beer bottle labels. You can find more of her work at jackysheridan.com, or as JackySheridan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tell us a fun fact about you I used to play roller derby and my derby name was 'Princess Die', much to my English Ma's chagrin.

How did you get into illustration? I actually did my undergraduate degree in Illustration, so it was a case of doing a crazy amount of personal projects, working like a maniac and building my client list up as soon as I was launched out of university and into the real world!


Who or what inspires you the most? Old punk show flyers, Irish vintage pub sign writing and Polish matchboxes for colour scheme inspiration.

What does a typical day look like for you? Dragging my arse into my illustration agency's ‘UsFolk’s’ studio space, skulling a Diet Coke and answering any client emails before I get my inks out and sink my teeth into anything creative for the day. Also listening to a lot of Dolly Parton whilst I do all of this.

What do you do when you have a creative block? I love going to a gallery or museum exhibition when I'm really creatively constipated. There's nothing like staring at an oil painting that probably took years to create to cop you on about a hour or two's worth of illustration work.


Top three clients you've worked with? I've got a lot of clients I've loved working with but for me probably Vice, The Skinny and The Debrief (RIP) have been the most fun commission wise. A great AD makes all the difference.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Pencil, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, occasional Tombow marker for typography & Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator to colour or digitise anything.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? I'm still a mad fan of a book you can hold in your hand - my absolute favourite is 'Hand Job' by Mike Perry, a) because the name is absolutely gas, and b) because it's an anthology of amazing hand drawn typography.


Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Have a self promo plan and start it before you leave your day job. There's no shame in having a day job while building a regular client base.

What would your dream project be? I am a massive Irish stereotype and I'd love to do a beer or wine label illustration!

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram


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