Why side projects are so important

Illustrator colleges, art directors, clients always suggested me to experiment and do personal works. But I’ve never been the person who draw everything whenever she has the time.


I need to have a purpose for everything.


But I have always been a fan of DIY project where I could experiment new techniques too. Throughout the years, I did several side projects such as illustrated lighters, animals scarves, ceramic painting etc…



Lately I realised that experimenting and  personal works doesn’t mean drawing necessarily. You can do whatever you want, you just need to enjoy it and be passionate about it.

Through side projects you improve skills that you can use in your current workplace.



You are not trying to make a career out of it. You are just trying to build skills.


Late last year I made the effort to work on little bit every weekend on  side projects.



There are many reasons for a illustrator to work on a side project. It’s a good way to stay excited about your work, keep your entrepreneurial skills sharp, and most importantly – it’s fun!


An obvious statement, but important: you should be excited to work on your side projects.


If you’re excited to be working on your side project, then you’re only going to be more motivated to finish and show it off.

Work and fun don’t necessarily have to be opposites. Growing up it was always work then play, but as freelancers we’re capable of turning what we love to do into revenue.



For example, making these kind of project I understood I really like pattern. So I’m trying to integrate them in my illustrations when it’s possible.

They also allow me to think outside of the box without focusing on the message or without any worries about what the clients would like.

My last project was my Christmas decoration which I very much enjoyed making. I would like to take this opportunity to whish you a very joyful Christmas. See you in the New Year with a new post!



Are you working on a side project? How you keep inspired yourself? Let me know in the comments box below!

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