Emma Dawn Designs store on TheHungryJPEG is known for her endearing and cheerful SVG files that could make you smile just by looking at it. For this week, THJ proudly presents to you one of our bubbly contributors, to share about her story and the starting point of her career as a crafter and SVG designer. Check out our interview session below;
Could you tell us about yourself?
Hi! I’m Emma from Emma Dawn Designs.
I design digital SVG files that can be used on cutting machines like the Cricut, for the crafters and creatives from all over the world. All my designs are one of a kind and all of them are hand-drawn on my iPad. I like creating fun, cute designs that can put a smile on your face.
How long have you been in this industry?
I’ve been in this industry for about 1 – 3 years.
When did you know you wanted to pursue designing and start selling it?
In March 2020, The UK went into its first lockdown due to the Coronavirus. I found myself without a job but I got plenty of time on my hands. I realised that I had a great opportunity to give my SVG design business a go. I’d been thinking for a couple of years of starting a business selling my design to crafters, but the timing was never right and I was really terrified of putting myself and my art out there.
I spent the first few months of lockdown creating around 10 cute animal designs, testing them, designing my shop look and logo and then opened up my SVG shops in May and started to put my social media accounts together. Then, things started to take off and now, I work full time on my business. I absolutely love what I do and feel very lucky that people like my designs and support me and my little business.
What inspires you the most? Where do you get your inspiration?
I’ve always loved paper cutting and mandala designs. I just wanted to combine the two but in my own unique way. I have a lot of nieces and nephews and they loved the animals that I designed for them, especially finding the shapes that I added to the designs like the flowers, love hearts and stars. I got most of my inspiration from them and also from the seasons.
Are you a traditional or digital artist? What are your preferred mediums to create your designs and graphics?
I am a digital artist, I use my iPad and Apple Pencil to do all my design works on an application called Procreate. I love Procreate as it’s just brilliant for allowing me to get creative. I started using it a few years back to get better with my drawing skills. Then, I realized that I could design something and cut it out on my cutting machine and that was a game changer!
Could you describe your design style?
My design styles are more to cute, fun, happy characters, from animals to everyday objects. I like to design with the thought of putting a smile on other people’s faces.
What is your favorite part of the designing process?
I love it when I get an idea and start drawing it. It’s when you can start to see the image you have in your head evolved into a design. I can get lost in my drawing. It’s brilliant for me to sit down for a few hours and just be happy in my own little world doing what I’m doing.
Have you ever experienced creative blocks before? How did you handle it?
I do get creative blocks. I find this happens when I’ve been designing non stop and not really taking time to focus on myself. I find the best thing is to step away from designing and have a few days off.
I always find something to inspire me and my next design. It could be from a TV show or Pinterest or from one of my social media followers. I also have a huge list of designs that I’d like to do, so I always go back to the list and see what I am in the mood to draw.
Do you have any advice or tips for future graphic designers out there?
I think my main advice is, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve met some amazing people in the past years who have given me a much needed confidence boost and some fantastic advice. Also, do something that you love and are passionate about because if your heart isn’t in it then the effort won’t be there as well.
If there is something you wish The Hungry JPEG could do for you, tell us.
From a seller’s point of view, I’d love to be able to see PDFs for me to print out for my accounts of the money I receive. On other platforms like Etsy and Design Bundles, I receive monthly statements and PDF invoices showing my sales and the amount I have received from them in that period.
It’s never too early to start preparing for your Halloween’s celebration. Take a look at these affordable Halloween SVG decorations from Emma to spice up your Halloween!
And, that’s it! Getting inspired by the kids and the seasons, Emma managed to transform the positive vibes and energy into SVG files and digital designs. Browsing through Emma’s store could lift up your mood and make you smile. If you’re having tough times or maybe sudden creative blocks, don’t forget to take a break and visit Emma Dawn Designs now for a brighter and better day. Hope you will enjoy it!