Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Clark.
Erin, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I got my start as an artist at a very young age. I grew up surrounded and encouraged by the family who loved art, my grandmother, especially. She was an incredible, versatile artist- a painter, sculptor, a graphic designer during WW2, a weaver, seamstress and more! Its something I grew up with, and came to me naturally. I spent hours in my room drawing and painting as a child, studying, reading and rereading picture books, trying to emulate the beautiful illustrations in each one. I’ve always felt the urge to create, whether it was drawn, paint, sculpt, or design and I knew from a very young age that I would find a way to make it my career.
Three years ago, I went full freelance as an illustrator and designer. Before, I was working for alternative cosmetics companies, and I’d either draw on my lunch break or spend some time after dinner fitting in what makes me happiest. I’d been slowly growing my side business as a designer & illustrator and it felt like a now or never moment- I was ready to take my chances!
Since leaping, I get up in the morning, make a little breakfast, and some coffee then set to work at my drawing table or computer depending on what I’m working on. I’m perhaps a bit different than most artists, and I am my best and most creative in the morning rather than late at night!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I often say that if I wanted life to be an easy road, I should not have chosen to be an artist! Nothing worthwhile in life is easy, and you can say that tenfold for working in the creative industry, especially as a freelancer. Rejection is part of it. Clients that ghost you. Projects that sound great, but the pay isn’t what you would hope. Invoices you have to chase. Have creative block or a dry spell. You name it, it has happened.
But, when all is said and done, I can create my own schedule, wake up each day with excitement and spend time my dogs. There is something to be said for flexibility and owning your own creativity without someone looming over you.
Please tell us about your art.
I am the creative mind behind Inkedinred.com. I am both a designer and an illustrator, which I think sets me a little apart from other artists as I am able to combine my love of traditional drawing with digital. Most of my work begins as inking on paper then transforms into a new life after being digitally scanned and colored.
I think I am best known for my unique greeting cards, but I have a variety of talents in my repertoire! I can create anything from textile patterns, infographics, packaging, branding, custom paintings, illustrations, and more!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Definitely perseverance. Life itself can be challenging and then throw on top working in the creative industry, amongst many other very talented people. There have been days when I’ve woken up and felt like I will never achieve the things I’ve set my sights on.
Perhaps I’ve gotten rejected four times, but then I’ve been suddenly given a chance to work on an amazing project- and that’s what makes it all worth it. Perseverance throughout has brought me where I am today, and looking back, I can see the progress I’ve made, although it might now be so obvious when I’m in the thick of the moment.
- Design services – $40/hour
- Custom 8×10 digitally printed illustration – $65
- Custom 8×10 original illustration – $150
- Custom illustrated greeting cards – $100
- Website: http://www.inkedinred.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inkedinred_art/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inkedinredart/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/InkedInRedART
Profile Photo by Ian Maddox