I just try to put as much as myself as I can into the professional projects so at least I can be proud of what I make and it can still feel like me.
Name, Age, Location, Professional Title, Employer
Tallulah Fontaine, 26, Highland Park, freelance illustrator.
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?
Usually if I'm feeling stuck on something I like to visit a botanical garden or museum. Walking around and drawing just for fun is usually pretty good for me. I also like to watch other people be creative to help inspire me. So I'll go see friends play a show or check out a gallery opening.
Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
Absolutely! Commissioned work definitely takes over since the cost of living is so high and I will end up working as much as I need to. Balancing a job and a personal life is something I am still learning to do and sometimes personal work ends up on the back burner. I just try to put as much as myself as I can into the professional projects so at least I can be proud of what I make and it can still feel like me.
What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
The mornings are usually the most creative for me. I like to think about ideas for projects right before bed but I have to write them down or else I will forget by the morning! I'm most productive between 4pm-12am. I focus more when not distracted by the sun and outdoors.
What are your creative goals for the future?
To work on some larger, more comprehensive projects that would allow me to develop bigger ideas and collaborate with other people. Eventually some kind of job as an art director would be ideal.
Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
Yes, although very slowly. Its a comic about my friend Megan, male palm trees and lizards.
What scares you?
So many things.
What does success mean to you?
Being happy with my work and not having to live job to job.
Why do you create?
I don't like doing anything else.
Anything else you want to add?
The new Mitski song is really good. Everyone go check her out.
For more of Tallulah's wonderful work, head on over to www.tallulahfontaine.com.