Marika Van De Kamp
Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator
April 24, 2020
W: Historically have you found yourself feeling the most creatively fulfilled by the work you do professionally or outside of that?
M: Usually I feel the most creatively fulfilled outside of the work I do professionally. I've had a couple freelance clients that allowed me to work within a style I enjoy and have more creative freedom, but this isn't usual for my professional work. I love having the freedom to work without guidelines and fully immerse myself in what I am creating.
W: What types of design or art do you partake in to fuel your need for creative outlet?
M: For work I mainly focus on branding, illustration, and page layout projects. I especially love illustration projects because I have always been an artist from a young age. I create art for fun using different mediums such as watercolor, acrylic paints, and colored pencils. I really enjoy using tactile mediums and working to combine both hand-made and digital techniques! Experimentation and play are both key aspects of my creative process.
W: How do you find your creative drive impacted by times of high stress? Including right now as we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?
M: That's a tough one! Sometimes I am really motivated to work quicker and more efficiently, like when I have a pressing deadline I tend to work well. But without distinct deadlines in times of high stress I tend to lose my creative drive. Especially right now in the midst of a pandemic, I've found it difficult to work on my own passion projects and create art for fun. I've had no problem sticking to deadlines I've made for freelance work and once I force myself to sit down and work on things, I get in the zone and have fun creating. The key for me is even for personal projects I need to set aside chunks of time dedicated to this work, otherwise I will keep on pushing it off.
"I love having the freedom to work without guidelines and fully immerse myself in what I am creating."
W: What are 3 tips you have for finding creative inspiration/outlet when in isolation or a high stress environment?
Change up your scenery when you feel stuck! I know that's a tough thing to do in the middle of a pandemic, but whether it's getting outside for a quick walk, going for a drive, taking a shower, working from a different room, all these things help me reset and clear my head to keep working!
I find lots of inspiration from looking through my own photos I've taken. Pictures from traveling, of nature, from spending time with friends, etc will sometimes spark an idea in my brain and give me inspiration without physically going out and doing something.
Doing a different kind of creative activity. For example, one time I was really stuck moving bits and pieces of an illustration around on my laptop and wasn't making any progress. I ended up breaking out my paints and started creating artwork outside of my computer. This allowed my brain to have fun with creating again and I was able to get back to my computer later with a fresh mind. Other things I like to do are journaling, baking, and photography.
W: If you could create any project right now with unlimited time, energy, and resources, what would it be?
M: I would LOVE to paint a mural. That was one of my 2020 goals and now that we are stuck at home it's looking a lot harder for me to accomplish this in the near future. I was hoping to travel around Asia and see if I can find any cafes or shops that would like a mural done. If I could just travel around the world for a while painting murals, that would be a dream of mine.