Ellen Porteus, Digital Illustrator
Ellen Porteus' bold illustrations and patterns make us dream big and bright. She says she makes her own luck and it looks like this talented digital illustrator has found the perfect recipe. Learn from this creative lady on the #shemakesnice blog today. Thanks for sharing, Ellen.
What do you do?
I draw things, usually for money, but not always.
I'm primarily a digital illustrator with a focus on bold vector patterns. I also dip my toes into animation at times.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
Make your own luck. I’ve found that trusting my gut, being positive and taking chances have always led to the best things.
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
1). Enrolling in Design at the University of Technology, Sydney. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I really enjoyed studying and it was so important in establishing what I do now.
2). Getting an email from Bloomberg Businessweek out of the blue. It was my first paid illustration commission, was a total thrill and got my foot in the door of commercial illustration.
3). Being represented by the Jacky Winter Group. This only happened recently, but it was a huge goal and will definitely shape things to come.
What is your dream project?
I have a long lists of dream projects! But I would love to collaborate with a musician to create all of their artwork from album art, videos to merchandise – that would be a real dream.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
At the moment I’m trying to carve out some time to do personal work and try new things. It’s difficult to prioritise experimentation and development but it’s something I’m trying really hard to do. How this manifests I’m not sure just yet!
If you could choose to hear any female contemporary present at Make Nice, who would it be and why?
I would love to see a killer keynote presentation from Beyonce.
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
It takes time.
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
Absolutely – I’ve found that the female community in the emerging art/ illustration world are so encouraging and supportive.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
I’m watching: shows I should have caught on to years ago – like Mad Men.
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
I would love to see creative fields just as valued as non-creative fields.
How can we find out more about your work?
Lots of ways!
You can see lots of work and work in progress on my twitter and instagram – @ellenporteus
You can see my desperately-in-need-of-an-update portfolio website – www.ellenporteus.com
Or you can check out Jacky Winter’s page – www.jackywinter.com/artists/ellen-porteus