We sat down with Tina Homewood, who recently printed a portfolio with us. Using our tabloid format, Tina initially purchased just one copy as a trial-run of sorts. Once the newspaper arrived at her door, Tina knew it was the ideal way to showcase her portfolio. So, Tina came back and made a larger order – to great success. We sat down and had a chat with Tina, so read on below to find out more about Tina, her work, and her thoughts on the industry.
We really love the tabloid you printed with us, could you tell us what made you choose newsprint? Could you tell us a little bit about your work in general?
Well, as a new designer in this digital age, I knew early on that although having an online portfolio is essential, I wanted something printed that would stand out. I love the idea of having something physical that you can hold in your hand and a tabloid seemed to be a perfect fit. It allowed me to showcase my whole portfolio without it being too large or heavy, which by the way is perfect for posting to agencies! In terms of my work, I would say my style is fairly playful. I like to experiment with illustrative styles, colour theories and I’m also a big fan of Swiss design.
What do you think of the current climate for designers/illustrators? Is now a good time to be an artist?
Absolutely! In 2016, the Creative Industries were estimated to be worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy and I am sure it will continue to grow. It can be tough but talent and perseverance will eventually pay off!
Following on from that, what advice would you give to somebody wanting to break into the industry?
Firstly, don’t stop learning! There are so many great resources out there at the moment. Invest your time in tutorials even if it’s a short one on how to crop a photo. Follow design blogs, watch youtube videos and read as much as you can – just keep practising. Secondly, network as much as possible; create an Instagram of your work, follow designers and companies you admire, enter design competitions and go to design events. Don’t be afraid to ask for opportunities – if you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. Finally, believe in yourself – you’re usually much better than you give yourself credit for.
Finally, and most importantly… Out of everything you’ve ever created, which piece has been your favourite?
The Cocoloco chocolate branding project was probably my favourite one. There were so many ways to extend the brand once the packaging had been designed, giving me plenty of freedom to have fun with it! The final outcome was striking, bold and colourful whilst still conveying the concept clearly.
Thanks for speaking to us Tina!