Anjelica Roselyn is a womenswear designer and fashion illustrator based in London. Her fun and unique illustration style has gained recognition from fashion icons such as Pat McGrath, Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Adam Selman, Marco de Vincenzo, and Ohne Titel. We are especially loving how she is making waves in the live illustration space.
In the beginning, how did you attract your first good clients?
I think it’s a combination of being consistent - having a good portfolio that showcases your work/who you are as an artist, and consistently putting out new work. Also you can’t be shy when it comes to contacting new companies.
Do you have any tips for being your most productive?
Stay inspired and pace yourself. If you’re constantly burning yourself out then you’re not going to be productive when it’s time to focus.
What is your favorite thing about freelance?
I think the fact that you learn so much every day through doing almost everything yourself. You may have a period of time where you’re working on the same project or piece of work but freelance work makes for a varied day to day - if you’re consistent.
How do you continue to attract your ideal clients?
I don’t think I know the magic key to attract a client however I believe clients will always hire you because there is something unique about you. If they can hire someone else for doing the exact same thing, then they will. You have to naturally stand out.
Lately you've been illustrating live at events. Can you tell us a bit more about what that means and what you like about it?
I love live illustrating because you don’t have to overthink what you’re drawing - it’s very in the moment. Also it’s great to see people’s instant reactions while you’re drawing, and when you finish drawing. Plus it’s great to draw in different environments. I think it’s a great way to make you a well rounded/well experienced illustrator.
Do you have any tips for dealing with the nitty-gritty business details?
I’m still learning that myself but so far I just know that you have to clear out time completely to deal with these things. Blocking out a couple days or so at a time as opposed to trying to merge everything together. Also having spreadsheets/files (like an invoice template with your logo) saved already is a huge help.
Are there any projects on which you're ruminating that you'd like to make time for someday?
Mostly a lot of merchandise for my online store, I have so many ideas that I wish to execute eventually.
The 3 greatest attributes you need to be a freelance creative are:
Determination, Patience, Resilience.