We first spoke to Stacie Swift in January last year. So what’s she been up to since then?
What’s been happening with you over the last 12 months?
The last 12 months have been extremely busy and filled with changes and challenges! I have graduated from my Illustration degree, found my feet in running a small business and begun to understand the realities and challenges of pursuing a creative career.
This year has filled me with more passion and drive to run a successful illustration business than ever before.
What have you learnt?
The last few months has taught me a lot of lessons!
Hard work and dedication is rewarded, it is important to pick yourself up and keep going after every disappointment (and they happen much more often than you’d like), if you don’t ask – you don’t get, and there is no better feeling than making the steps toward doing what you love every day.
If you could hop in a time machine, go back 12 months and give yourself a piece of advice concerning your career, what would it be?
I would tell myself to be prepared – that there are more highs and lows than you are expecting – just keep going, it will all work out in the end.
The highlight this year has been seeing my illustrated cards and prints become better known and to have Stacie Swift Illustration products stocked in numerous locations in the UK and overseas.
The difficulty has been accepting that it isn’t yet feasible for me to do this full time and that I have to work a day job as well. But every sale in my shop or new stockist brings me one step closer and it will happen!
What’s been your favourite piece of work you’ve produced?
My recent favourite is this Dancing in the Rain illustration (right). It captures everything I enjoy – bright colours, animals and a little bit of sentimentality too.
What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
To anyone just starting out I would advise them to be the best they can be, there’s a lot of competition out there but success is possible if you are passionate and driven and producing quality work.
Also, make the most of social media – twitter, facebook and blogs are an amazing outlet to show your artwork and create a great network of support and ideas and opportunity!
Sum up the last 12 months in five words.
A good foundation for success!
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