Inside KIDLIT will be conducting exclusive interviews with industry professionals with the intention of shining light on informative topics behind-the-scene of the children’s literature industry.
Take us through a typical day in your life…
Every day starts the same regardless of the work I have to do. I crawl reluctantly out of bed (because no amount of sleep is ever enough), make my way to the coffee pot, and fill the largest mug I have to the top. While enjoying my coffee, I open my planner and create a to-do list for the day. Afterwards I check my email and social media and get to work.
Right now I work a full time 9-5 office job as a Graphic Designer, and when I’m not doing that I’m focusing on any number of freelance projects. My overall day is actually pretty varied depending on the work I’m doing but I’m always listening to music or a podcast in the background.
When I’m finished for the day, I usually wind down by working on personal art which I post a lot on my instagram account @brandyrumiez. I play videogames, watch tv and snuggle with my cats, or if it’s nice I’ll go outside and playing ukulele.
Favorite place where you like to illustrate and why?
With the weather being on the cooler side for South Florida, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately drawing outside on my porch. I’m nearly always behind a computer desk for work. The sunlight is a welcome change compared to a glaring screen.
Who are some of your illustrator idols?
I have so many. Dr. Seuss, Quentin Blake, Beatrix Potter, Gary Larson, Maurice Sendak, Mary Blaire, Richard Scarry, Arthur Rackham to name a few.
What are you currently working on?
I just finished illustrating my first children’s book, “Kinsey’s Kidney Adventure.” The story was written by Nadine Morsi, and is about her daughter Kinsey, who was extremely ill and had to undergo a kidney transplant at a young age. After meeting both of them in person and hearing Kinsey’s story, I believe that this book will bring a bit of hope and comfort to children and families that are dealing with serious health issues. Now that I’m done with that book I’m taking some time to work on some personal pieces and spending a lot of time with my colored pencils.
What advice do you have for upcoming illustrators?
Take any advice given to you to heart. Sometimes it feels like you are let down a hundred times for every one time you succeed. The path certainly isn’t easy. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but if it’s your dream you can’t give up. Always work towards your happiness!