Jerlyn Thomas is a Digital Creative Director, UX Designer, Published Illustrator, Strategist, Triathlete and Ultramarathoner. She is originally from the Commonwealth of Dominica, a tiny Caribbean Island located in the Lesser Antilles.
She is a talented artist, and she manages the renowned Instagram art page @commuteartist (www.commuteartist.com)
How long have you been an artist?
I picked up a pen and remembered drawing in my mother’s textbooks when I was 5, so I count that. Let’s just say since 5 years old since there’s no other evidence to support haha.
How long have you been freelancing?
I’ve been an on again off again freelancer for over 15 years. I’m always freelancing regardless if I have a full-time job at any time. I think when you’re a full-time employee you can’t potentially do 100% of your skillsets to keep you motivated or proficient. As an artist, you should always be practicing and refining. When I’m full-time I choose jobs that give me a balance on working on the things that I’m passionate about.
In the course of your freelancing, what are some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
I think most freelancers struggle in the beginning with clients who pay on time, or at all. I overcame that with an “iron-clad” contract and a required deposit.
What are your favourite tools for working?
I’m pretty much useless without a Wacom tablet and my MacBook with Adobe Creative Suite (Or, my iPadPro and Apple Pencil). However, now and then, I love being traditional with a pen/pencil and sketchbook.