What happens when you believe in yourself and focus on the positive you want in your life? Jessica Durrant, a freelance illustrator specializing in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle genres shares with us her creative journey and how tuning into her authentic voice allows her to create artwork that stands the test of time. With clients such as Jimmy Choo, Sephora, Lancôme Paris, and runway designer power houses such as CHANEL, Oscar de la Renta, and Elie Saab under her belt, she shares many tips on working with clients, the benefit of personal work and why it’s important to believe in yourself.
TODAY WE WILL LEARN HOW TO
Thrive in your art practice
Deal with rejection
Expand your business through personal work
Evolve your artistic style
Know when to say “no” to clients
Work through creative block
Turn around negative self-talk
TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS
Rejection can be a motivator. Turn your letdowns into inspiration and fuel to create stronger work.
Build habits in your art practice that create time for personal projects.
When you create from a place of being genuine and authentic to yourself – that’s where the magic happens in your work. There’s no way to bottle that.
Everyone has an aesthetic that they love, and usually those aesthetics will come through in your work. Keep creating art, and eventually you will be able to step back and see that you do have a style. You do have your own narrative. You do have your own hand.
Creating art is always a challenge. It’s very rare that it’s easy to make good art.
How to know if a client is a good fit:
Listen to your gut & intuition
Are they referencing your work or another artists work?
Are they as excited about it as they should be?
Are there sparks between you and the person you’ll be working with?
Do they trust you? Are they willing to trust you?
Do they respect you?
It’s okay to say “no”. Not all jobs will align with your authentic artwork or passion.
Creative block is not the end of the world. Give yourself a break. Whenever you do, it’s like a detox, and it allows you to get back to connecting to what you love the most.
Loving what you are creating in your personal work can rejuvenate you and give you the confidence you need for your client work.
Imagine what can be possible for you. Don’t let negative self-talk drown out your dreams. Imagine them. Visualize them. Believe they are possible for you. It will help you raise your feeling of self-worth and focus you on the positive that you want in your life. Wonderful things can start to happen!
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Book: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Artist: Bob Ross
Fashion Designer: Dior
Fashion Designer: Valentino
Radio Personality: Ira Glass
“When you are first starting out you are comparing your idols best work to your sketches. You need to know you will need to go through thousands of mediocre drawings and then you will get to the other side.” –Ira Glass
“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears” –Nelson Mandela
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GET REAL – PONDERINGS TO PROPEL YOU FORWARD
Are you getting something bad over and over in your life?
What is it?
Why do you think this is happening?
Start with changing the negative stories you are believing about yourself.
In order to change your story, try this – What would be the opposite story?
How does that feel?