I think I’d be drawing even if it wasn’t my job.
Name, Age, Location, Professional Title, Employer
Jessica Roux, 27, North Carolina, Illustrator, Self-Employed
What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
Some of my hobbies include reading tarot, traveling, going on hikes, and hanging out with my dog.
Tarot is a big inspiration in my work; I love the iconic imagery of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and collecting new decks. I’m currently working on a oracle deck called Woodland Wardens, and many of the oracle cards relate back to the Major Arcana cards of a traditional tarot deck.
Traveling is something I try to do as often as possible. Every new place I go leaves me inspired and ready to tackle new and exciting projects.
My work is heavily inspired by nature, so it’s no surprise I like to be outdoors! My dog Molly is my muse and my inspiration. She’s the best.
Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
I feel incredibly lucky that I get to illustrate full time, but balancing client work and personal work can be a struggle. I tend to place my client work before my personal work, so there’s sometimes large gaps in between personal projects when my schedule gets really hectic. Ideally, I’d love to establish a better balance between the two, and it’s something I need to work toward. A lot of my favorite client work has come from the client seeing my personal work and wanting to see something similar for their project, so it’s very important to me to keep making personal stuff!
What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
I’m most creative in the evening, but I try to work a normal schedule for my own sanity, so I’m the most productive from about 10 – 6 every day.
What are your creative goals for the future?
I’d love to work on some book projects! I’ve just been dipping my toes in book illustration, and I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve been able to work on so far.
Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
I’m currently working on an oracle deck called Woodland Wardens, where I’m illustrating 52 cards inspired by flora and fauna. Each animal is placed with a specific plant for introspection and reading. I’ve only been able to do 16 cards so far, so there’s a long way to go! But I’m excited about the work I’ve completed so far, and it’s been a fun long-term project to plan out. I’m also planning on illustrating a calendar for 2019, but I’m in the very early stages of starting that.
What scares you?
I’m scared of failure, of working on something I love, and it not being successful. I’m also terrified of ghosts, haunted houses, and that sort of thing, haha.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me means being able to work on what I love while being able to pay my bills. It means getting and working on new projects and opportunities, and continuing to share my work with the world.
Why do you create?
I think it’s something I just have to do. Before I knew I wanted to be an illustrator, I was studying journalism. Instead of working on my classes and reporting, I spent almost all my free time drawing and painting. I think I’d be drawing even if it wasn’t my job.
Anything else you want to add?
Just some shameless self promotion! You can find my work at jessica-roux.com, on Instagram and Twitter at @jessicasroux, at facebook.com/JessicaRouxIllustration, at jessicaroux.tumblr.com, and my shops are at jessicaroux.bigcartel.com and society6.com/jessicaroux. You can see the progress of Woodland Wardens at woodlandwardens.com too.