I just loved hearing that illustrator Rachel O’Donnell created her “Alphabet Soup” print in anticipation of her soon-to-be arrival. And also that she often finds herself sitting in a puddle of art supplies (me too!). Today she’s sharing a little bit about her creative life with us. Be sure to click here to purchase or view her work.
A Creative Life: Rachel O’Donnell
I have been working as a freelance illustrator & designer for the past 9 years. I studied Surface Pattern Design at Syracuse University, and after graduation I started freelancing between job interviews. I realized that is what I loved to do! I exhibited at SURTEX and was able to meet a lot of art directors and designers. I have worked with lots of different companies, creating artwork for a variety of products including: giftwrap, greeting cards, gift bags, bedding, apparel, wallcovering, and more. I do mostly kids and baby art, and Christmas too. Recently, I started selling prints of my artwork for baby & kids rooms!
I like to create things that make people smile. I am inspired by POSITIVE things- I choose to focus on upbeat, optimistic and happy.
I try and bring my camera with me wherever I go to try and remember things that I see. I recently moved from Florida back home to upstate NY and the changing seasons are wonderful. I have been spending a lot of time painting outside over the past few months. Fresh air and long walks do a lot for when I am in a creative slump.
Also, I am expecting a baby in November! I am so inspired by this new little person! This is our first child, and my husband and I are working on an Alphabet-themed nursery. I created a painting called ‘Alphabet Soup’ to put in the room – its full of little drawings and surprises, lots of fun things for baby to find.
A typical day… usually everyday is different, which makes freelance work so much fun! But I usually get up early and try to do all my computer work in the morning, which leaves my afternoons free for painting & sketching, or creative projects. I enjoy having lots of different projects happening at once, and am most happy when I am sitting in the middle of a big mess of art supplies.