Tell us a bit about yourself
I'm Sancia, an illustrator based in the UK with an affinity for colour and a sensitive disposition. I like to bring texture, colour and a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour to my work and particularly enjoy drawing people of all different shapes and sizes. When I'm not drawing I'll often think about dismantling the patriarchy, what I’ll be having for breakfast the next day, and cats.
Tell us about one of your favourite projects and what inspired you to do it
One of my favourite projects I did was "Cover Girls" which was a self-initiated project I worked on in my third year of university. I had initially been looking at fashion lines and expression as a starting point, but then I found myself thinking of all the things women are told they can and can't wear. Further research allowed me to gather so many instances throughout history of this, that I was able to create a timeline with examples from modern day all the way back to 500 BC. The final product was a 12 paged risographed concertina. It includes lots of pencil lines and unbridled rage masked as blunt humour.
What are you working on at the moment?
In periods where work is a little slower I'll focus on admin stuff like contacting art directors. I also like to use the time to bulk out and update my portfolio. I have a portrait commission I'm working on at the moment (these are available to purchase in my shop) and I'd also like to get some more editorial work on my site so I'm going to spend some time doing spec work.
Who are your biggest influencers in the industry?
I follow and interact with so many wonderful creatives, I'm inspired daily by their work. To name a few: Harry Woodgate, Charlotte Tisdale, Amber Butler, Nina Sweeney, Sam Prentice, Beatrix Hatcher, Jasmine Floyd and Taaryn Brench are all wonderful artists and I love seeing what they're all up to. Seeing their stuff makes me want to keep making things myself.
What was the last thing that inspired you?
I've been finding time to read again lately so I like to keep notes as I'm reading for design inspiration, as book cover design is something I'd love to specialise in. I recently finished a YA fantasy trilogy that I'm thinking I might try and illustrate some covers for, but we'll see! I also have a collection of beautifully illustrated picture books, comics and graphic novels for when I need a quick-fix of inspiration, the most recent one I picked up again was How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis which I highly recommend.
Tell us why it's important for you to have an illustration portfolio website
I knew it was very likely that I would be freelancing after university so I wanted to make sure I had a professional website ready. It's incredibly helpful when I'm approaching clients and seeking out jobs to have a place to link to where my work is readily available to view, and I can control how it's presented and customise it to my liking.
As an illustrator what are your tips for building a good website?
I think it's sometimes tempting to put every single thing you've worked on up on your site but curating your portfolio is a skill in itself; make sure your work reflects how you work now and what you'd like to be working on in the future. The number of projects is entirely up to the person, but I quite like to separate my work into categories and then have a couple of my favourite projects available to view as well.
How do you promote yourself?
I'd say the main platform I use is instagram, I like to have a nice visually appealing grid and I work hard to maintain that. It's also a good place to show behind the scenes/a more human side to people who follow your art using stories and reels. I like to be on as many social media platforms as I can, just to cover my bases and to reach as many people as possible. Twitter is also great for connecting with creative people, a lot of jobs can be found on there and participating in hashtags such as #PortfolioDay that come around every three months is a great way to get yourself out there. Connecting with other illustrators online is not only useful but it's also really fulfilling, you feel less alone in your journey and industry. There's such a lovely community of illustrators who are so willing to share their experiences and offer insight.
Why do you use Portfoliobox?
It's easy, reliable and incredibly customisable which I love. I didn't want making a website to be a headache, so finding Portfoliobox was just what I needed. The features and templates are amazing and if there is ever something I can't work out the support team are very responsive and supportive.