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Q&A with Hayley Warnham

London based illustrator & image maker

I am a London based illustrator & image maker with experience working mainly in the fields of editorial and publishing.

How did you get started in illustration? What is a turning point in your professional career?

My interest in illustration began during my Bachelors Degree where I tried various creative routes and found illustration to be the most suited to my way of working. From there on I placed my focus on gaining clients and working on freelance projects which later led me to study at the Royal College of Art. I graduated last year and have been working freelance in London ever since.

What is your ideal work environment? 

Working freelance can sometimes be tough. Motivation can often be lacking if you work from home, so my ideal work environment would be in a studio alongside other creatives.

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Where does your work inspiration come from? (Do you believe in 'inspiration' at all)?

There's a tendency to get sucked into the Internet and begin comparing yourself to everyone else, but I think it's important to get away from the computer and find your inspiration from various sources. Interact with people, read books - just exposing yourself to various outlets is a great way to get the mind working and inspired.

Where are your favorite art places in your city or outside?

London is the ideal place to take a break and discover new things. I often find myself cycling around the city visiting galleries and museums with my sketchbook, and on the rare occasion that you'll find sunshine in London, you'll find me in the park working on my tan.

Who are the creatives you admire most?

I admire many illustrators and designers, and I'm discovering more everyday - it's impossible to chose.