Lynn Scurfield // Alumni Q&A
What have you been up to since graduating from the program?
Since graduating I’ve been primarily focusing on my freelance career. Right after school I had a small stint doing graphic design work but I quickly realized it wasn’t for me. After I quit I put 100% of my energy into freelancing and slowly but surely I’ve been able to make a small living for myself just by drawing. I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing clients such as The New York Times, Macmillan publishing, Image Comics, Reader’s Digest, The Walrus, etc. doing some really fun projects!
What does a typical work day look like for you?
My workday starts anywhere from 9-10. I check emails and then start doing some work (whether that be client work, personal work, experiments, etc.). I take a lot of little breaks, walk around a bit, eat between 12 – 1 and then check emails again. Then I usually try to work until 6pm. There are a lot of days where I work far past 6pm, and when I take longer breaks than I should, but that’s a pro and con of freelance: being able to make your own schedule.
What stands out in your mind as a highlight of your time here at Sheridan?
I think my favourite part of Sheridan was being able to connect with people who also loved art. Some of my greatest friends were made at Sheridan, and the community that was fostered there is truly invaluable. I can’t even imagine how I could have my career without going to Sheridan and meeting the best people!
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to pursue an education and career in illustration?
I’d say experiment all you can while you’re still in school. Go wild! Make amazing stuff and truly horrible stuff, do it all while you’re in a space that fosters that kind of experimentation. Also don’t be afraid to put yourself out there while you’re still in school. Post your work on social media, reach out to people you admire. Be an active part of your community!