Sian Roberts Interview
Sian Roberts is a freelance illustrator based in the South East of England. She works digitally to create charming prints and patterns full of colourful characters and bold environments. Sian’s work is greatly inspired by animals and nature. Whilst exploring playful narratives she works to produce illustrations which are enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Tell us a fun fact about you On Wednesdays I run an art club for KS3 students!
How did you get into illustration? From a young age I have always enjoyed drawing so I decided to do a foundation course in Art and Design after college. From there I moved my focus to illustration, completing a BA(Hons) Illustration degree at university.
Who or what inspires you the most? I grew up watching endless David Attenborough documentaries which really cemented my interest and love for drawing animals.
What does a typical day look like for you? I am currently working as a teaching assistant in a secondary school, so Monday to Friday consist of an early start followed by a day of explaining concepts and methods of working (if there's ever a chance to illustrate information on my whiteboard I am there!) Once home and with a cup of tea sorted, I'm reaching for my iPad or sketchbook to get going with developing my print shop or doing freelance work till the evening.
What do you do when you have a creative block? I'll get some fresh air and go to the gym before drawing something which seems completely random and off topic.
Top three clients you've worked with? Being fairly new to freelance I have so far only worked with small local organisations and produced personal commissions as well as developing my own work which has all been good fun.
What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? I will often create roughs in pencil before moving onto the Procreate App on my iPad.
What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Nature documentaries and Pinterest.
Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Just to go for it! Find what it is you love to draw and keep working and developing it.
What would your dream project be? I would love to work on a children's picture book!
How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram
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