Today I'd like to introduce a new weekly (or so) blog feature 'Take my own Advice'. My thought is that by pushing myself to answer questions about being a freelancer I can help myself to understand my business better (and grow) and hopefully inspire others in the freelance industry as well. I've certainly learned a lot from my mistakes, I'm sure others will too. I am so very inspired by Graphic Designer Bri of Design Love Fest's weekly advice columns with illustrator Katie Evans. Their insight has helped me a lot and has inspired me to take bigger steps towards a more professional career in illustration. This freelancing thing is a funny business with many ups and downs.
Today's question: How did EmmaKisstina come about?
EmmaKisstina was born one year after I had graduated from college (with a
|My first ever EmmaKisstina illustration.|
So I combined all my favorite things into simple pop arty illustrations. I started drawing items from my many collected coveted glossy Vogues and Elles and added my favorite colors, pastels, in my favorite medium, pen and paper! They made me really happy, so they would also make other girly girls like me happy too, (right?). I love happiness. I think art should make you happy; not provoke.
The name EmmaKisstina came about as a play on my first and middle name Kristina and Emma. It's girly and fun, and pretty easy to remember. My legal name is Kristina Emma, I go by Kristina, but my mother always thought Emma Kristina had a better ring to it (In Sweden many people go by their middle name, this isn't strange at all). Though to keep the confusion at bay at school and what not in America, Kristina became my first name and Emma my middle. I also remembered that one of my childhood friend's mommy always called me 'Kisstina' which is just super cute. (Unfortunately here in Sweden Kiss means piss, which is a real bummer, and causes some immature giggling.) But oh well I am in love with my brand name anyhow.
Of course I didn't get fans and buyers and followers over night. But that's a whole other story...