Adriana Bellet on how to become a freelance illustrator and redefining what success means artwork
Creative Boom

Adriana Bellet on how to become a freelance illustrator and redefining what success means

  • S2E59
  • 58:42
  • July 4th 2021

Adriana Bellet is the Stockholm-based illustrator, otherwise known as Jeez Vanilla with clients including NBC News and The Guardian. Originally from Spain, Adriana graduated from University of the Arts London in 2010 with a postgrad in Surface Design and has been freelancing ever since. Here, we chat about her surviving the last decade as a freelancer and her recent move to being represented by an agent. We also talk about Black Lives Matter and the danger of tokenism, as well as the demands of motherhood, and how her views on work have changed since having two children.

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Katy Cowan
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A journalist, writer and broadcaster, Katy Cowan is also the founding editor of Creative Boom, one of the UK's leading platforms dedicated to the creative industries. She launched her magazine in 2009 with a mission to celebrate and support artists and designers, particularly those who are underrepresented. Today, her site delivers inspiration, insight and advice to six million creative professionals every year.