I lived the first 23 years of my life in Lisbon and I moved to London four and half years ago. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for leaving a country blessed with sunshine and warm weather. But there’s more to Portugal than good weather and good food. Unfortunately, there was also a major economic crisis, but more on that some other time! Right after finishing Uni I had the opportunity to work at Proximity Lisbon for a year, doing all sorts of design work focused on advertising. Shortly after, I received an unexpected call from one the design directors at Isobar London offering me a job. I remember being so happy and scared at the same time! Working overseas especially on a big city like London was very exciting, but the payoff was having to leave my family and friends behind. Luckily everyone was super supportive and understanding. To make things better my partner decided to move with me! If that’s not love, I don’t know what is!
It was in London I first considered doing illustration as a freelancer. With time, working on a permanent role was proving to be a bit restrictive for me. While at work I’d be getting these ideas for illustrations and I’d get home and proceed to work on those. That’s where my passion truly is. I started craving more freedom, I wanted to be able to choose the people I work with and to be involved in portfolio worthy projects. A year ago or so, I went full-time freelance.