That’s illustrator Cait Maloney’s secret to success.
How would you describe your work?
Colorful, relatable, witty, humorous, sometimes surreal.
Your style is very original – how did it develop?
I stressed out pretty hard about my “style” during college. A lot of the other people in my major had very distinguishable styles and I thought my work was all over the place. It eventually developed naturally after doing more and more work (deadlines helped).
How did you get started in the visual arts?
I have been artsy pretty much since I found out I was a human. My mom was into painting and craft shows, so we always had materials to create with around the house. She was encouraging about making things and drawing / painting all the time and she was involved in the local “art scene” which I thought was really cool. I guess it was in middle school that I got serious about art as a career and by high school it was a no-brainer that I was going to college for art.
How did you get to where you are now?
I thought a degree in a “fine art” would be pointless, so I looked into illustration since it seemed like a good way to get paid to draw. I didn’t really know anything about it other than book illustration (which I wasn’t particularly interested in at the time). When I discovered all of the other applications illustrations are used for, I was sold. I started getting paying gigs toward the end of my time in college. Once I graduated and got over a year of creative block, I started to hustle pretty hard between a day job and freelance work – taking on as much as I possibly could stand. I figured if I wasn’t doing it, someone else was.
What’s it like being a freelancer?
Its a lot like pizza – even when its bad its still pretty damn good.
What advice have you got for other freelancers?
Work to play! Get up and walk around often (a reminder for myself). And create every day!
If you weren’t a visual artist, what do you think you would be?