Name: Danielle Rhoda
Job title: Freelance Illustrator, Animator, Designer
Ideas & Planning: My work usually focuses on people and places I’ve seen personally. I often begin with sketching or will turn to sketches I’ve done on-site. I used to be careful of not ‘over-sketching’ as I found that it turned out too static for my liking, I prefer it when the marks are loose and playful, often with some mistakes, it breathes life into the illustrations. I’ve never been a fan of details sketching, takes too much time and I quickly then loose focus. Like to spend a few minutes doing so and moving to the main thing! I’d describe my way of working as quite fast-paced but also carefully observed.
Finance: Just starting out in freelance so it’s in no way a stable income yet and pricing varies!
Networking: At univeristy and since I always tried to show up to various events but more for the genuine interest and networking just happens naturally then! I love to collaborate with local artists, it helps to loosen up and look at your practice from a different point of view. It’s super important to remain connected with other people in the industry, you never know what might lead to the next opportunity. Also as freelancers we might often find ourselves stuck in our own head a little bit, it’s so valuable having others to bounce your ideas off of and discuss issues as well as exciting developments.
Quote to live by – Progress is not linear