Dominique Rose

I tried admirably hard to get a real job, but my true talents have only ever been in drawing and writing. So, I gave up on my dream of becoming a proper adult and became a freelance writer and illustrator instead. Most days, I illustrate digitally or with ink and, as it turns out, that's also how I write. I am armed with a BA (Professional Writing and Publishing), more sketchbooks than sense, and an obsession with bringing stories to life.

The past year was consumed by a personal project to reimagine and illustrate the 78 cards of a tarot deck. Card by card, the Blind Tarot has subtly shifted my illustrative style and approach, and allowed me to practice capturing complex emotional concepts as striking visuals.

Concurrently, and with two small humans underfoot, I have found the time to complete my Bachelor of Arts. I started my degree with the intention to work in editing but, as always, the siren song of writing was hard to resist. I have succumbed and now juggle my time between illustration and writing blogs, articles and other web content about lifestyle and social issues.

my core skills

Digital illustration

Editorial illustration

Ink illustration

Content writing

Creative non-fiction

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Being told that I might go blind. That's a weird answer, I know, but nothing motivates you to do the things you love quite like the fear of having it all taken away from you. The good news is that I still have my vision and I definitely don't take it for granted anymore.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

Coffee, tea, coffee, tea, tea, tea, wine x 7

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Covered in paper and surrounded in the things that inspire me — including my noisy family.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

When I say that I am a writer and illustrator, most people assume that means I combine the two together and create children's books. Maybe I will do that someday, but the truth is that the two roles are usually entirely independent of each other.

What are the tools of your trade?

Ink, pastels, paper, my laptop and Wally the Wacom tablet.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?


Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Learning to corral all of my ideas. My brain has a tendency to flood me with more ideas and projects than one person could ever hope to take on. I have learnt to write down each new idea, no matter how ridiculous, so that I can make enough room in my head to move on and actually get some work done.

examples of my work

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